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New York: Uklański

March 17, 2015 - August 16, 2015

Fatal Attraction
Piotr Uklański Photographs
March 17–August 16, 2015

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Gallery 851
Since emerging in the mid-1990s, the New York-based artist Piotr Uklański (born Poland, 1968) has worked with a wide variety of materials, from eye-popping collages made with pencil shavings and motley assemblages of fiber and crockery to paintings made with tie-dye or globs of brightly colored resin. This exhibition, the first to survey Uklański’s photography, locates his work with the camera at the center of his artistic practice. Reveling in moribund or marginal artistic languages from a position at once ironic and sincere, the artist simultaneously subverts and pays homage to defunct modes of expression.

Uklański’s underappreciated yet historically significant series The Joy of Photography (1997–2007) explores clichés of popular photography using the kitschy subjects and hackneyed effects of Eastman Kodak’s how-to manual for the serious amateur. Whereas artists of the 1980s like Richard Prince appropriated such images by rephotographing them to reveal their constructed nature, Uklański remade them in a manner akin to slightly irreverent cover versions of songs that bring out hidden or repressed aspects of his source material. In this way, the artist both acknowledges appropriation’s endgame—that there are no new pictures under the sun—while creating a space for the creation of new works.
Related Installation
This exhibition is accompanied by the installation Fatal Attraction: Piotr Uklański Selects from the Met Collection, on view March 17 through June 14, 2015.

Related Events
Gallery Talk:
Exhibition Tour—Fatal Attraction: Piotr Uklański Photographs
Monday, April 20, 10:30–11:30 a.m.
Free with Museum admission

Gallery Talk:
Exhibition Tour—Fatal Attraction: Piotr Uklański Photographs
Friday, May 15, 10:30–11:30 a.m.
Free with Museum admission


March 17, 2015
August 16, 2015
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