Muse

Sophie Brzeska 1913 by Henri Gaudier-Brzeska 1891-1915

Sophie Brzeska. Henri Gaudier-Brzeska. 1913.

This beautiful portrait is of Sophie Brzeska, a Polish writer and the muse of Henri Gaudier-Brzeska. They met in Paris when she was almost twice his age, and Henri soon took her name although they never married.  They had an intense but chaste relationship which ended abruptly with Henri’s death -he was killed in the trenches in WWI at the young age of 23.

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Rotimi Fani-Kayode

Tulip Boy, 1989 Nothing to Lose VII, 1989 Grapes, 1989 Rotimi Fani-Kayode Rotimi Fani-Kayode Adebiyi, 1989 Rotimi Fani-Kayode, Nothing to Lose XI, 1989 Rotimi Fani-Kayode, Untitled,


Masked Portraits

Four portraits by Man Ray:

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Shade

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Lane. Erin Fitzpatrick


Le Tribut

Le Tribut - Marcel Marien, 1985

Le Tribut – Marcel Marien, 1985


Listen

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Listen. Newsha Tavakolian. 2010.

The “Listen” series focus on Iranian professional female singers who have been unable to perform solo or to produce their own music since the revolution in 1979. Tavakolian brought these singers to a private studio, and filmed/photographed them performing in front of a chintzy ‘70’s-era backdrop to an imaginary audience. The power of the series lies in the absence, the silence of their passionate performances.

In addition to her portraits of girls and singers, Tavakolian also created fictional CD covers (which metaphorically remain empty) that portray her own interpretation of Iranian society.Tavakolian writes, “For me a woman’s voice represents a power that if you silence it, imbalances society and makes everything deformed. The project ‘Listen’ echoes the voice of these silenced women. I let Iranian women singers perform through my camera while the world has never heard them.” For anyone interested in hearing more from Tavakolian, here is a brief video interview.

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Elizabeth Peyton

Elizabeth Peyton