22.6.06

TIMOTHY GREENFIELD-SANDERS
XXX 30 PORN-STAR PORTRAITS

image copyright origial ownersTimothy Greenfield-Sanders (1952 Miami Beach, Florida ? lives and works in New York) is well-known for his portraits of personalities from the worlds of art, fashion, entertainment, sports and politics.

XXX 30 Porn Star Portraits contains texts by intellectuals like Gore Vidal (the preface), Nancy Fiday, JT Leroy, John Malkovich, Lou Reed, Salman Rushdie, John Waters. On the same theme of pornostars Greenfield-Sanders has also created a DVD, ?Thinking XXX? (produced by HBO, the same network as Sex and the City, The Sopranos, Six Feet Under, The Wire) and a music CD ?XXX: Music from Thinking XXX? (the soundtrack from the film that includes, among others, tracks by Peaches, Ladytron, Mylo, Moderato and Lou Reed).

The cycle XXX 30 Porn Star Portraits features portraits of American porn stars shown in two different shots, one in the nude and one with clothing. Otherwise the two images are absolutely identical in terms of proportions, pose, expression, color of the monochrome backdrop. The classic reference to the famous work by Goya La Maja Vestida/La Maja Desnuda is clearly evident. What is striking about these portraits is the proud composure of the subjects, presented in life-size prints in the exhibition. The diptychs are made in two sizes: 50.8 x 81 cm in an edition of six multiples, and 147 x 223 cm in editions of three.

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