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Dennis Farber
Large Format Vintage Color 20X24 Polaroid "Radiant Child" signed and dated

1989

$2,500

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30X26 with Mat. (20X24 inch polaroid) From The New York Times: Dennis Farber abducts children from photographic illustrations in children's books of the 30's. He paints Ku Klux Klan costumes on some toddlers at a birthday party, as if he could see their character and future by the light of the birthday candles. In "Alice's Tea Party," two girls and a stuffed bunny enjoy tea, but the girls' faces have been obliterated, and it is no longer clear what one child is giving the rabbit. Alice doesn't live here anymore; her body is at home but her identity has been bleached away, leaving us vaguely anxious. In "Radiant Child," a child on the beach disappears in a bright blaze of white, pale pink and scratchy crosshatching; what remains is a kind of apotheosis with hair, clutching a plastic pail and shovel. Mr. Farber makes what amounts to counter-photographs, which cancel the indisputable presence of the subject before the lens, the actual trace of reality on film. Here reality is in the process of melting. These images also gently overthrow our common understanding that the body can be pictured but the spirit cannot, and they upset the human certainty that childhood recedes and only photographs keep it alive. What would we do for nostalgia if photographs did not preserve our lost youth and dead acquaintances? Dennis H. Farber (born 1946) is an American painter and photographer. He received a BA from Trinity College (Hartford, Connecticut) in 1968 and an MFA from Claremont Graduate University (Claremont, California) in 1975. He has taught at both the University of New Mexico and the Maryland Institute College of Art. Farber's photographs run the gamut from street photography to manipulated images that are virtually abstract. Most of his paintings are completely abstract, such as The Death of President Coolidge in the collection of the Honolulu Museum of Art. The Baltimore Museum of Art, the Brooklyn Museum, the Carnegie Museum of Art (Pittsburgh), the Center for Creative Photography (Tucson, Arizona), the Columbus Museum of Art (Columbus, Ohio), the Corcoran Gallery of Art (Washington, DC), the Honolulu Museum of Art, the International Center of Photography (New York City), the Jewish Museum (New York City), the Long Beach Museum of Art (Long Beach, California), the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, the Museum of Modern Art (New York City), the Museum of New Mexico (Santa Fe), the Orange County Museum of Art (Newport Beach, California), and the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, they are among the public collections holding work by Dennis Farber.

Details

  • Creator
    Dennis Farber (1946, American)
  • Creation Year
    1989
  • Dimensions
    Height: 30 in. (76.2 cm)Width: 26 in. (66.04 cm)
  • Period
  • Condition
    minor crazing in the emulsion with no loss at all.
  • Gallery Location
    Bal Harbour, FL
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU3821688013

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