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  • Miranda Lichtenstein, Ito #6, 2009, Polaroid print, 5 3/16” x 4 3/16”

  • Miranda Lichtenstein, Steep Rock #2, 2006, Polaroid print, 5 3/16” x 4”

  • Miranda Lichtenstein, Civitella #5, 2009, Polaroid print, 5 3/16” x 4”


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Miranda Lichtenstein’s Polaroids at The Gallery at Hermès, New York

The Polaroid experimentations of New York-based artist Miranda Lichtenstein is the subject of the most recent exhibition at the Gallery at Hermès, situated atop the flagship boutique on Madison Avenue. The exhibition offers a glimpse at Lichtenstein’s work, from the very first snapshots she took using a 4×5 Linhof camera with a Polaroid back, given to her as a gift, while at a summer residency at Monet’s garden in Giverny, France, back in 2002, to her more recent photographs, produced in her Brooklyn studio. The viewer will have the chance to discover Lichtenstein’s elaborate flower compositions, featuring misaligned shadows painted by hand that are placed behind the colorful flowers, as well as her experimentation with Japanese Washi paper, used both as background and screen, and her Italy-inspired exploration of space and proportion, incorporating classic still life subject matter like fruit, vases and flowers.

The photographer, who, according to her words, is interested in “instilling a sense of wonder in the viewer, in an age when very little surprises”, has won international acclaim for her ambiguous compositions that challenge our perception of reality, opening a whole world of possibilities. Exhibition curator Cory Jacobs explains: “As an artist exploring the still life genre, Lichtenstein has turned objects into images, but given their singularity, these works are also objects unto themselves. They are small, tactile and imperfect. They urge you to look more closely while providing a view into the evolving eye of an artist over 11 years of making art, never staying still.” “Miranda Lichtenstein: Polaroids” is supported by The Fondation d’entreprise Hermès and will be on view until June 4, 2014, at The Gallery at Hermès, 691 Madison Avenue, New York.