Here’s Looking Back at You:
Images of Woman from the collection of Eileen K. Inc. 

Curated by Saul Ostrow

October 18, 2015 – April 1, 2016

A group exhibition from the Eileen K. Inc. diverse private collection, curator Saul Ostrow highlights an unintentional pattern of female agency and identity.

Bernardo Torrens, Eileen

Bernardo Torrens, Eileen

2013, acrylic panel, 58x46 inches

Chitra Ganesh, Gravity's Dream

Chitra Ganesh, Gravity's Dream

print, hand flocking and glitter, 22x30 inches

Loretta-Mae Hirsch, Spook Girl with Rabbit

Loretta-Mae Hirsch, Spook Girl with Rabbit

2011, 7x10 inches

Noriko ito, The Mandala of Females

Noriko ito, The Mandala of Females

2008, oil on canvas, 35.4x45.7 inches

Gino Rubert, El Escavalo y a Modelo

Gino Rubert, El Escavalo y a Modelo

2012, mixed media, 38.2x72.44 inches

Ida Applebroog, Modern Olympia

Ida Applebroog, Modern Olympia

2003, inkjet and velvet hand collage on paper, 22x30 inches

Oleg Dou, Fawn

Oleg Dou, Fawn

2011, c-print, Edition 9, 51.2x35 inches

Antonio Santin, Chamorro

Antonio Santin, Chamorro

2012, oil on canvas, 24x24 inches

Gedion Rubin, Girl in white

Gedion Rubin, Girl in white

oil on canvas, 106x101cm

Marin Majic, Kuken (Chicks)

Marin Majic, Kuken (Chicks)

2012, oil on linen, 62.99x90.55 inches

Christian Vincent, Night Swim

Christian Vincent, Night Swim

oil on canvas, 77x92 inches

Marcin Cienski, Red Dress

Marcin Cienski, Red Dress

2012, oil on canvas 47.24 x 62.99 inches

Tun Myaing, Hallway #1

Tun Myaing, Hallway #1

2010, oil on paper, 11 x 8 inches

Tun Myaing, Hallway #2

Tun Myaing, Hallway #2

2010, oil on paper, 11 x 8 inches

Jansson Stegner, Pilgrim

Jansson Stegner, Pilgrim

Pilgrim of the Prairie, 2004, oil on linen, 26 x 23 inches

Kim Dorland, Laurie

Kim Dorland, Laurie

2011, oil on wood panel, 96 x 96 inches

Birgit Brenner, Kurz

Birgit Brenner, Kurz

Kurz vorher schlief sie noch mit ihm, 2011, acrylic gloss, digital print, acrylic paint, and oil on board, 137.8 x 118 inches

Martin C. Herbst, MM 1.1.

Martin C. Herbst, MM 1.1.

MM 1.1. (mariamagdalena 1), 2005, oil on aluminum, 38 x 38 inches

Marina Abramovic

Marina Abramovic

Light Side/Dark Side, digital print, 22x30 inches

Andrew Sendor, Installation View

Andrew Sendor, Installation View

"Installation view: Paloma Perlita Artist unknown 2012, human head & mixed media, dimensions variable, The Laws of Attraction, JJ Cummings 2013", 2010, oil on canvas 20x14 inches

Anna Navasardian, Rope II

Anna Navasardian, Rope II

2013, acrylic on canvas, 60x44 inches

Nicky Nodjoumi, A Woman

Nicky Nodjoumi, A Woman

A Woman and Three Men, 2003, oil on canvas, 70x52 inches

Sante D'orazio, Two Kissing Heads

Sante D'orazio, Two Kissing Heads

2007, print, 16x20 inches

Hubert de Lartigue, Lady Rezo

Hubert de Lartigue, Lady Rezo

2011, oil on canvas, 70 x 15.75 inches

Michal-Baratz-Koren, Bath Sheba

Michal-Baratz-Koren, Bath Sheba

2014, digital c-print and archival inkjet, 120 x 149 cm

Georgia Russell, Lorraine

Georgia Russell, Lorraine

2012, 3 cut photography on plexi box, 31.5 x 39.4 x 7.3 inches

Ross Chisholm, Seminal Queen

Ross Chisholm, Seminal Queen

2011, oil on canvas, panel one of four, 9.84 x 11.81 inches

Ross Chisholm, Seminal Queen

Ross Chisholm, Seminal Queen

2011, oil on canvas, panel two of four, 9.84 x 11.81 inches

Ross Chisholm, Seminal Queen

Ross Chisholm, Seminal Queen

2011, oil on canvas, panel three of four, 9.84 x 11.81 inches

Ross Chisholm, Seminal Queen

Ross Chisholm, Seminal Queen

2011, oil on canvas, panel four of four, 9.84 x 11.81 inches

Nathalia Edenmont, Not Amused

Nathalia Edenmont, Not Amused

2011, c-print mounted on glass, Edition 4 of 6, 58.5 x 68.25 inches

Julie Hefferman, Self Portrait Dirty Princess

Julie Hefferman, Self Portrait Dirty Princess

Self Portrait Dirty Princess with Tail, 2005, oil on canvas, 52 x 60 inches

Yigal Ozeri, Untitled; Olya Monochrome

Yigal Ozeri, Untitled; Olya Monochrome

2015, oil on canvas, 48 x 72 inches

Cindy Sherman, Nurse

Cindy Sherman, Nurse

1980/1987, Sepia toned photograph, 10 x 8 inches

Ridley Howard, The Waiting Room

Ridley Howard, The Waiting Room

2007, oil on linen, 12 x 13 inches

Philippe Pasqua, Untitled

Philippe Pasqua, Untitled

2012, mixed media, 80 x 60 inches

Yuri Makoveychuk, Eileen

Yuri Makoveychuk, Eileen

2012, oil on canvas, 24 x 26 inches

Piet van den Boog, Oh Shut Up..

Piet van den Boog, Oh Shut Up..

Oh Shut Up.. Charlotte, 2008, acrylic and oil on black steel, 66.875 x 59 inches

 

 

The Eileen K. Inc. Collection began in 1990, when Eileen S. Kaminsky bought her first lithograph. Driven by instinct, her collection has grown expansively over the years. Going through it, Ostrow observed an emphasis on Woman, and most particularly, the various parameters and subjectivities that influence how both artist and viewer confront female representation.

 

As a starting point for this exhibition, Ostrow referenced Jacques Lacan, the early 20th century French philosopher and psychoanalyst who controversially declared “La femme n’existe pas” (Woman does not exist) as a strong statement against the idea of the female as the “other” to the male. Instead, the female is a being and force of her own within the human race.  

 

To this effect, Ostrow created four Sessions, or narratives, to view traditional stories of the feminine in a more psychoanalytical light. In “Ancien Régime,” time is of the essence: as history evolves, so do the values through which we see images. In “On The Face of It,” we are asked to consider how much can be deduced about Woman through portraiture. In “Here’s Looking at Her,” the images objectify Woman, yet paradoxically, exalt many of her wide-ranging emotions. “A Day in the Life of…” examines un-named, solitary subjects, asking viewers to consider how much of a person can we truly understand from one image, even if the chosen moment is unguarded.

 

In his accompanying essay to the exhibition, Ostrow pushes back against the idea of “essential qualities” to characterize any person. He writes: “Definition is a device; a construct based on a generalization, which is nothing more than an abstract schema of the thing in question.” Simplicity undermines complexity.

 

Among the 37 works, featured artists include: Marina Abramović, Chitra Ganesh, Julie Heffernan, Noriko Ito, Nicky Nodjoumi, Cindy Sherman, and Christian Vincent.

 

The exhibition is presented in the ESKFF Gallery on Mana’s fifth floor.

 

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