MAO Art Image of The Week by Zoe Strauss
You may remember this new hot artist from the 2006 Whitney Biennial. And while some of the 2006 WhiBi artists have almost already been forgotten... Marilyn who? Walker somebody? Some girlfriend from LA named Bradford? or some retail queen named Mechsepper? What, Pasta Vezzoli, no, I'd rather have lasagna ??
Ms. Zoe Strauss has been a busy busy Philly girl.. with recent solo shows in Philly @ the ICA, and in LA at Acuna-Hansen gallery, plus her work was in the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and of course we can't forget her.. Under The I-95 Project!
Well NYC art world.. she's back!! This Friday, September 15th at 7pm will be Zoe Strauss Night at the Whitney Museum!
Click here for Free Tickets It's going to be quite an event!
In fact.. Here is a post from Zoe's own blog regarding the planning for this night...
Because the feel of "Zoe Strauss night at the Whitney" will be more like a prom with presentations and discussion, as opposed to a turgid lecture, I am soliciting ideas for a theme.
The theme is always "Zoe Strauss," but what about just taking it a little further?
I have some theme ideas for Zoe Strauss Night at the Whitney.
"You Shook Me All Night Long" by AC/DC is top of the list.
"You'll Never Walk Alone" ,"You're All I Need to Get By" ,"American Girl" and of course "Diving into the Wreck"
"The Lavender Menace","The Battle of Blair Mountain","Escape to Witch Mountain","Close Encounters of the Third Kind","Vertigo","Manifest Destiny"
OR what's turning out to be the winner in my mind
"The Manhattan Project"
Manhattan Project could include so much...as seen at the Levy opening, we could have manhattans served with dry ice dropped to the bottom.
how about a bikini "atoll" contest? .....
OK...So.. There's just something about this photo that strikes me. While most viewers find Zoe's inner city neighborhood shots both powerful and saddening. I find her shocking hyper realist portraits the strongest.
I'm not sure if it's this middle aged woman's 1980's blond hair style, the long taxi cab yellow finger nails, or her
tacky fake snake skin dress...it all just screems makeover draws in the viewer.
Zoe has a signature eye all her own, but you always seem to spot a little Diane Arbus, some Walker Evans, and just a bit of Nan Goldin influence, carefully blended into her photographs. Be sure to check out more of her gritty, often mesmerizing images at www.ZoeStrauss.com
So.. What do you think of this image? And the work of Zoe Strauss? Clearly MAO is a fan..
Now if she wouldd just get an
rich influential NYC spin doctor art dealer to pump up represent her... god only knows how far this Philadelphia talent's photography career will go! Sooo..Mooove over Loretta Lux!! Here comes Zoe Strauss!
And for those
clueless individuals whom are not yet familiar with Zoe's work, you can read more in a ton of publications and websites...here's just a few to get started..
- Art On Paper this month, where Jean Dykstra wrote "Out From Underpass: The Photo's of Zoe Strauss"
- Roberta Fallon on Zoe's ICA show
- Ramp Project at ICA
- A Zoe Interview In Slate Magazine on Thoughts on 9/11
- The Philadelphia City Paper, Highway to Art by A.D. Amorosi
- Radio (listen to an) interview with Joel Rose
So see you all this Friday Night at The Whitney!
Oh.. and Dr. Quiz... Sorry, but we're going to be getting a late start on our normal weekend out in East Hampton...so, just pick me up in front of the Whitney.. around 9:30ish! Thanks..