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Body of Evidence


Laurence Miller Gallery presents BODY OF EVIDENCE, featuring over thirty photographs and works on paper largely drawn from a single Midwest collection. The exhibition explores a wide variety of interpretations and representations of the human body, from procreation to incarceration; from the factual to the fantastic; from humorous to tragic. The pictures, by more than twenty artists, fit into four major themes: Family, Evidence, Individuality, and Performance. Collectively, these diverse representations of the body powerfully intersect with contemporary politics, ethics, and cultural priorities. Within the idea of family are Cindy Sherman’s self-portrait as a pregnant young woman, originally produced for a Planned Parenthood auction; Sophie Calle’s pair of gravestones, marked MOTHER and FATHER; Diane Arbus’ Jewish Giant, towering over his parents in their modest Bronx apartment; Darrel Ellis’ elusive portraits of himself and his great uncle; Julie Mack’s portrait of her mother and two brothers on the living room sofa, the father curiously absent. Merry Alpern’s voyeuristic views, captured through a distant window, reveal drug use and sex acts that could be offered as criminal evidence. In stark contrast is...

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