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Body of Evidence

February 6 – April 4, 2020

Clarence John Laughlin The Masks Grow To Us, 1947

Clarence John Laughlin
The Masks Grow To Us, 1947
vintage gelatin silver print

Diane Arbus A Jewish giant at home with his parents, in the Bronx, N.Y., 1970

Diane Arbus
A Jewish giant at home with his parents, in the Bronx, N.Y., 1970

Bruce Wrighton Parking Attendant, Binghamton, NY, 1987

Bruce Wrighton
Parking Attendant, Binghamton, NY, 1987
chromogenic print

Weegee The Critic, 1943

Weegee
The Critic, 1943
gelatin silver print

Harry Callahan Chicago (Eleanor), c. 1955

Harry Callahan
Chicago (Eleanor), c. 1955
vintage gelatin silver print

Fred Herzog Family, 1967

Fred Herzog
Family, 1967
prigment print

Diane Arbus Woman with a Pearl Necklace and Earings, NYC, 1967

Diane Arbus
Woman with a Pearl Necklace and Earings, NYC, 1967
gelatin silver print

Yasumasa Morimura Self Portrait (B+W) / Dietrich (mannish), 1995

Yasumasa Morimura
Self Portrait (B+W) / Dietrich (mannish), 1995
gelatin silver print

Taryn Simon William Gregory at Wick's Parlor in Louisvulle, KY with his fiance Vicki Kidwell, whom he dated prior to convicition. Gregory was a pool champion in prison. He served seven years of a 70 year sentence, 2002

Taryn Simon
William Gregory at Wick's Parlor in Louisvulle, KY with his fiance Vicki Kidwell, whom he dated prior to convicition. Gregory was a pool champion in prison. He served seven years of a 70 year sentence, 2002
C-print

Kiki Smith My Secret Business, 1992-93

Kiki Smith
My Secret Business, 1992-93
lithograph

Merry Alpern Dirty Windows 17, 1994

Merry Alpern
Dirty Windows 17, 1994
gelatin silver print

Merry Alpern Dirty Windows 24, 1994

Merry Alpern
Dirty Windows 24, 1994
gelatin silver print

Merry Alpern Dirty Windows 7, 1994 gelatin silver print

Merry Alpern
Dirty Windows 6, 1994
gelatin silver print

Merry Alpern Dirty Windows 7, 1994

Merry Alpern
Dirty Windows 7, 1994
gelatin silver print

Kazuo Sumida Show Time, 1984-1990 gelatin silver print

Kazuo Sumida
Show Time, 1984-1990
gelatin silver print

Kazuo Sumida The Most Popular Girl at the Gay Bar, 1984-1990

Kazuo Sumida
The Most Popular Girl at the Gay Bar, 1984-1990
From the series Tosa Late Night Night Diary,
gelatin silver print

Abelardo Morell Book: Naked Maja, 1994

Abelardo Morell
Book: Naked Maja, 1994
gelatin silver print

Helen Levitt NYC, 1980 dye transfer print

Helen Levitt
NYC, 1980
dye transfer print

Denis Darzacq Lila Derridj, Paris, France, 2009

Denis Darzacq
Lila Derridj, Paris, France, 2009
chromogenic print

Denis Darzacq Charline Barboutie et Vincent Languille, Brest, Finistère, France, 2010

Denis Darzacq
Charline Barboutie et Vincent Languille, Brest, Finistère, France, 2010
chromogenic print

Peter Moore Robert Rauschneberg, Pelican, May 25, 1965

Peter Moore
Robert Rauschneberg, Pelican, 1965
vintage gelatin silver print

Peter Mooore Yayoi Kusama, Peep show, New york, March 29, 1966 vintage gelatin silver print

Peter Mooore
Yayoi Kusama, Peep Show, New York, 1966
vintage gelatin silver print

Peter Moore Charlotte Moorman and Nam Jun Paik, 1965

Peter Moore
Charlotte Moorman and Nam Jun Paik, 1965
vinage gelatin silver print

Peter Moore Cellist Charlotte Moorman & Composer Nam Jun Paik, rehearsing his mixed media opera, 1968 vintage gelatin silver print

Peter Moore
Cellist Charlotte Moorman & Composer Nam Jun Paik, rehearsing his mixed media opera, 1968
vintage gelatin silver print

Sophie Calle Les Tombes, Mother, 1990 Les Tombes, Father, 1990

Sophie Calle
Les Tombes, Mother, 1990
Les Tombes, Father, 1990
gelatin silver prints in welded steel frames

Darrel Ellis Great Uncle, 1976

Darrel Ellis
Great Uncle, 1976
encaustic on panel

Darrel Ellis Unitled ink and charcoal on paper

Darrel Ellis
Unitled
ink and charcoal on paper

Martha Holmes, Claes Oldenburg, Snapshots form the City, 1960 vintage gelatin silver print

Martha Holmes
Claes Oldenburg, Snapshots form the City, 1960
vintage gelatin silver print

Cindy Sherman Unititled, 2002

Cindy Sherman
Unititled, 2002

Clarence John Laughlin The Egocentrics, 1940

Clarence John Laughlin
The Egocentrics, 1940

Luis Gonzaleza Icarus, 1992

Luis Gonzaleza
Icarus, 1992
Two toned gelatin silver prints

Fatemeh Baigmoradi Untitled, from the Series It's Hard to Kill, 2017

Fatemeh Baigmoradi
Untitled, from the Series It's Hard to Kill, 2017
unique charred inkjet print

Press Release

Laurence Miller Gallery is pleased to present BODY OF EVIDENCE, featuring over thirty photographs and works on paper largely drawn from a single Midwest collection.  The exhibition explores a wide variety of interpretations and representations of the human body, from procreation to incarceration; from the factual to the fantastic; from humorous to tragic. The pictures, by more than twenty artists, fit into four major themes:  Family, Evidence, Individuality, and Performance.  Collectively, these diverse representations of the body powerfully intersect with contemporary politics, ethics, and cultural priorities.

Within the idea of family are Cindy Sherman’s self-portrait as a pregnant young woman, originally produced for a Planned Parenthood auction; Sophie Calle’s pair of gravestones, marked MOTHER and FATHER;  Diane Arbus’ Jewish Giant, towering over his parents in their modest Bronx apartment; Darrel Ellis’ elusive manipulated portraits of his mother and father; Julie Mack’s portrait of her mother and two brothers on the living room sofa, the father curiously absent.

Merry Alpern’s voyeuristic views, captured through a distant window, reveal drug use and sex acts that  could be offered as criminal evidence. In stark contrast is Taryn Simon’s Innocents Project, featuring William Gregory, wrongly convicted of murder and imprisoned for seven years for a crime he did not commit. 

Perhaps it is our eyes that convey the most about our individual identity. Witness Bruce Wrighton’s life-size portrait of a glaring parking lot attendant; Clarence John Laughlin’s surreal portrait of a woman’s face merged into a mask; a very early pre-Film Stills Cindy Sherman self-portrait; and Kazuo Sumida’s close-up of a white-skinned Japanese gender-fluid cabaret entertainer.

Performance is a broad category, incorporating a Weegee snap shot of two Society women on their way to an opening at the Metropolitan Opera, confronted by a disheveled drunken woman hired by Weegee to provoke them; a group of Peter Moore documents of performances, including Robert Rauschenberg’s Pelican, in which a man on roller skates attempts to skate around a rink while bearing an open parachute on his back; and two portraits by Denis Darzacq from his series ACT (shorthand for action, actor and activist), in which he collaborated with young adults with bodies challenged by conditions such as Down's Syndrome or cerebral palsy, to enable them to express their own joy and exuberance for life.