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Friday, April 16, 2010

Artist of the Week

Instead of highlighting random artists at random times, I've decided to feature an artist each week.  This creates (or creates the illusion of) more order in my life.

This week's artist is Sally Mann.

Her work is hard to pinpoint.  The above video is a nice introduction to her work and a scouring of the web will reveal a wealth of information.  Her photography is ethereal, mysterious, and, at times, confrontational. 

Best known for her series of photographic portraits of her children, particularly the series Immediate Family, Mann's work simultaneously disturbs and enchants.  The imagery offers a  raw and tender look into her personal life via her family and yet speak volumes about the undercurrents of social life within America that are frequently and deliberately overlooked.

On PBS' Art 21 site you can find a bio, some images, and some links.  If you are into contemporary art and don't watch Art 21 you are wrong.  I'm sorry to be so harsh, but it's the truth.

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