In works of classical simplicity and remarkable psychological depth, Dutch artist Rineke Dijkstra presents a contemporary take on the genre of portraiture. Dijkstra is fascinated by people in states of significant transition, whether adolescents, soldiers, or new mothers. Her sensitive pictures generate a monumental sense of presence, not only in how they record the details of an individual’s physical appearance, but also in how they illuminate subtly shifting inner states. This richly illustrated exhibition catalogue, published in conjunction with the artist’s first major retrospective in North America, highlights both Dijkstra’s large-scale color photographs and her video installations. The plates are accompanied by interviews with the artist and nine of her portrait subjects, insightful essays by exhibition curators Jennifer Blessing and Sandra S. Phillips, and catalogue entries that further illuminate Dijkstra’s multifaceted body of work.
Rineke Dijkstra: A Retrospective
Preface by Richard Armstrong and Neal Benezra; essays by Jennifer Blessing and Sandra S. Phillips; interview with the artist by Jan van Adrichem; interviews with portrait subjects; additional contributions by Chelsea Spengemann
258 pages, 181 illustrations, 9 x 11 ¾ inches, hardcover and softcover
Published in 2012
Published in association with the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum on the occasion of the exhibition Rineke Dijkstra: A Retrospective, held at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (February 18–May 28, 2012) and Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York (June 29–October 3, 2012)
ISBN 9780892074242 (hardcover)
ISBN 9780892074235 (softcover)