it takes courage to be different and a lot of competence to make the difference.
Time: February 6, 2010 at 3pm to February 19, 2010 at 7pm
Location: 74 Gallery - Porto, Portugal
Street: Rua do Vilar, 74
Event Type: solo, exhibition
Organized By: Francisco Urbano
Latest Activity: Feb 15, 2010
When he named his series of photographs Nude visiting an exhibition or Nude visiting the studio, Robert Schwarz deliberately decided to drive the spectator on a wrong track. By doing so, he prepared the ground to lead us to an inescapable parallel with the Nude descending a staircase, 1912, which resulted into the well-known historical scandal. Admittedly, Duchamp’s masterpiece conjures up photography and, more particularly, the motion-analysis as developed by Marey, superimposing on a canvas the successive states of a cubified woman in movement. But this is a wrong track, just a gesture of pretended decency to divert the too-superficial observers, who will just smile and go their ways.
There is much more, in these series. And in a very different register: that of a profound questioning of the respective statuses of painting, of photography, of the museum as an institution, of the artist’s studio and, finally, of the artist and of the spectator of his artefacts.
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