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Improving George W. Bush’s shower self-portrait
Lee Friedlander, from the series Nudes and Mannequin
Friedlander’s playful spirit is evident in this dual presentation of his work, on the 2nd and 9th floors of Pace MacGill Gallery, currently in its final weeks of exhibition. The female forms of Mannequin and Nudes are larger than life. His Nudes are colossal structures amidst their domestic settings. Surprisingly, they are neither pornographic nor intimate in the unabashed expression of the naked body. Somehow, Mannequin feels more familiar—shop windows frame female figures towering over apartment buildings, yet with a statuesque grace. The selections from these collections find the enigmatic female form as muse, without losing a sense of humor to challenge the way we see the world.
Both exhibitions are on view through December 22nd. To see more from these series, and to find out more from the gallery, visit pacemacgill.com.