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Rineke Dijkstra at the Guggenheim

There’s a mid-career retrospective of the Dutch artist Rineke Dijkstra (pronouced Ren-A-Ka Dike-stra) on show in multiple galleries at the Guggenheim this summer.  Her large-scale photographs of adolescents always seems to find the absolute honesty of the subject without a hint of an artificial pose. The famous portraits of teens on the beach are haunting and until this show, were the only work we had seen by Dijkstra.  This retrospective highlights the breadth and depth of work this extraordinary artist has created.

We were astounded by a series of young Portuguese bullfighters, dressed in their grand costumes, having just finished a fight.  Some have blood on there faces and they all have the blood of the bulls covering their ornate and beautiful, often ripped clothes. Their young faces are proud and only their clothes and the blood give away what they have just lived through.

Dijkstra spent time in Liverpool England in the early 90s where she befriended a group of club kids at The Buzz Club and created video installations.  With a kicking house soundtrack, each club goer is focused on individually for a moment in time.  Watching them dance, or try not to dance, many chewing gum furiously, wasted on whatever they’ve ingested but so focused on dancing or making out, this installation is the truest club kid experience we have ever seen on video.  In 2007 she revisited the club scene in Liverpool this time at The Krazyhouse where she focuses on five individual club kids.

The images in this extraordinary retrospective will stay with you for a long time after the show is done.

Rineke Dijkstra: A Retrospective. On View at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum. 1071 Fifth Avenue. New York. 100128

June 29-October 8, 2012.

 
Images from top:
 
Rineke Dijkstra
Vila Franca de Xira, Portugal, May 8, 1994
Chromogenic print, 90 x 72 cm
Courtesy the artist and Marian Goodman Gallery, New York and Paris
© Rineke Dijkstra
 
Rineke Dijkstra
The Krazyhouse (Megan, Simon, Nicky, Philip, Dee), Liverpool, UK, 2009           
Four-channel HD video projection, with sound, 32 min., looped
Courtesy the artist and Marian Goodman Gallery, New York and Paris
© Rineke Dijkstra 
 
Rineke Dijkstra
The Krazyhouse (Megan, Simon, Nicky, Philip, Dee), Liverpool, UK, 2009           
Four-channel HD video projection, with sound, 32 min., looped
Courtesy the artist and Marian Goodman Gallery, New York and Paris
© Rineke Dijkstra
 
Rineke Dijkstra
Olivier, The French Foreign Legion, Camp Raffalli, Calvi, Corsica, June 18, 2001
Chromogenic print, 90 x 72 cm           
Courtesy the artist and Marian Goodman Gallery, New York and Paris
© Rineke Dijkstra
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