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MGFA presents: Amy Arbus

Amy Arbus’s series, After Images, is an homage to classic paintings by Picasso, Modigliani, and Cezanne among others. It is perhaps her most visually arresting photographic series to date. Arbus’s chiaroscuro lighting and lush colors produce emotionally dark trompe l’oeil portraits. The photographs are a discussion of what occurs in the lens between the real, the represented, and how memory influences perception. ICP curator Brian Wallis writes, “her astonishing pitch-perfect pictures say as much about the sweetly treasured past of painting as they do about the unpredictably hybrid future of photography

Photographer Amy Arbus has published five books, including the award winning On the Street 1980-1990 and The Inconvenience of Being Born. The New Yorker calledThe Fourth Wall her masterpiece. Her most recent, After Images, is an homage to modernism's most iconic avant-garde paintings. Her advertising clients include Chiat/Day, Foote, Cone and Belding, American Express, Saatchi & Saatchi, SpotCo, New Line Cinema and Nickelodeon. Her photographs have appeared in over one hundred periodicals around the world, including New York Magazine, People, Aperture and The New York Times Magazine. She teaches portraiture at the International Center of Photography, NORDphotography, Anderson Ranch and The Fine Arts Work Center. Amy Arbus is represented by The Schoolhouse Gallery in Massachusetts. She has had twenty-five solo exhibitions worldwide, and her photographs are a part of the collection of The National Theater in Norway, The New York Public Library and The Museum of Modern Art in New York.

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04/30/2016

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