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La Jolla: Steve Kahn– The Hollywood Suites


These pictures, collectively titled "The Hollywood Suites” were all made in run-down apartments. Alternately provocative and haunting, they were the subject of solo exhibitions on the West Coast and in Europe during that decade and included in noted group exhibitions such as “Exposing: Photographic Definitions” at the Los Angeles Institute of Contemporary Art in 1976 and “The Altered Photograph” at P.S. 1 in New York in 1979.
The series divides into two groups of pictures. "The Hollywood Suites (nudes)” features sexually charged pictures of young women, often partially clad and sometimes cropped. In “The Hollywood Suites (mirrors, windows and doors),” he concentrated on architectural interiors, making arresting use of windows and doors. The images themselves are grainy and offer an unnaturally sharp contrast between darks and lights. Select examples feature doorways embellished with geometric patterns done in twine.

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