Image of the Week - Rineke Dijkstra
It's the peak of summer, so time for a
vacation beach portrait. So for the 5 of us working this week.. Here's a beach image to ponder!
IMO, no one modern photographer has done these better than Rineke Dijkstra. Her auction prices have continued to clime to
stupid unbelievable heights, and at only 47, she's had a major retrospective of her work that toured Europe throughout all of 2005, and early 2006. Unfortunately, the show never made it to NYC or the states, and I couldn't fine photo's of it online (just this word doc).
But we can still enjoy the show through her book Rineke Dijkstra:Portraits A Retrospective, published by D.A.P./Schirmer/Mosel.
Probably the first major breakthrough body of work for Rineke, this beautiful photo is from her Hilton Head Island, SC series from 1992. It really has a delightful magic, Rineke captured a moment of this adolescent girl's look of contemplative loneliness, and innocence.
Whenever I look at this photograph, I always think of Botticelli's "The Birth of Venus"
It's not just the colors, but also, her classic
vapid expression, the placement of her hands, the way her hair blows in the wind, and the sky blue background.
I'm not sure if Rineke Dijkstra had this painting in mind when creating this photograph.. but you just have to take note of the many similarities. Would you even consider this a type of Art Appropriation? Maybe.
What do you think of this image? And the work of Rineke Dijkstra?
Just another art appropriation abortion??
All thoughts are welcome.