Rineke Dijkstra, Hendrik Kerstens and Hellen van Meene in “About Face” exhibition at Pier 24 – San Francisco, CA

May 15th, 2012 by

Hellen van Meene, Riga (Latvia), 2004, courtesy Pier 24 and the artist

May 15, 2012 – February 28, 2013

Pier 24 Photography presents About Face, an exhibition focusing on the tradition of portrait-based photography. On view are nearly one thousand photographs drawn primarily from the Pilara Foundation’s permanent collection. The exhibition includes work by Rineke Dijkstra, Hendrik Kerstens and Hellen van Meene. Revelations – the Diane Arbus retrospective at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art – inspired the purchase of the Foundation’s first photograph, a portrait from her challenging and emotive Untitled series. The emotional intensity characterizing this photograph has informed subsequent acquisitions for the collection.

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Rineke Dijkstra and Hellen van Meene in Bank of America Collection exhibition at the National Museum of Women in the Arts – Washington, DC

February 18th, 2011 by

Rineke Dijkstra, Hilton Head, SC, USA, 1992, courtesy National Museum of Women in the Arts

February 18, 2011 – May 22, 2011

Eye Wonder: Photography from the Bank of America Collection. Drawn from Bank of America’s renowned collection of international photography, Eye Wonder features more than 100 works by a wide array of artists, including Berenice Abbott, Margaret Bourke-White, Rineke Dijkstra, Gisèle Freund, Candida Höfer, Graciela Iturbide, Dorothea Lange, and Hellen van Meene.

Hellen van Meene, Untitled, 1999, courtesy National Museum of Women in the Arts

By selecting offbeat subjects, shooting intense close-ups, or manipulating focus and color, the artists featured in Eye Wonder have created dreamy and often haunting photographic images. As part of the modern or postmodern eras, these artists have understood that photographs offer only an illusion of reality and that the medium is as subjective a means of expression as other visual art forms, music, or literature. Highlighting photographs created from 1865 to the present, the exhibition displays a rich diversity of subjects and styles that demonstrate the artists’ firm grasp of technique. The works in Eye Wonder depict everything from landscapes, seascapes, and skyscrapers; to artists, writers, and dancers; to vegetables, flowers, and silverware. By applying dynamic techniques, the photographers suggest evocative narratives that may be read in infinite ways.

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1250 New York Ave., NW

Washington, DC 20005

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Margi Geerlinks, Mathilde ter Heijne, and Hellen van Meene in Podesta Collection exhibition at National Museum of Women in the Arts – Washington, DC

December 8th, 2010 by

Hellen van Meene, Untitled, 2008, courtesy the artist

December 8, 2010 – March 6, 2011

P(art)ners: Gifts from the Heather and Tony Podesta Collection at the National Museum of Women in the Arts, including work by among others E.V. Day, Nicoletta Munroe, Mathilde ter Heijne, Louisa Lambri, Catherine Yass, Margi Geerlinks, Ann Lislegaard, Hellen van Meene, and Valeska Soares.

P(art)ners demonstrates the Podestas’ shared collecting vision through a selection of nearly 30 photographs and sculptures drawn from more than 300 works that the couple has donated to National Museum of Women in the Arts.

Margi Geerlinks, Eva II, courtesy the artist

The exhibition centers on images of the female body that offer multiple views of feminine identity. Figural works are complemented by images of contemporary architecture and public spaces, which are, the Podestas note, "completely and surprisingly asexual. Yet they are what remain of us when we’re not there."

Mathilde ter Heijne, Fake Female Artist Life, 2003, courtesy the artist

This exhibition honors the Podestas’ roles as featured speakers at the inaugural TEDWomen conference in D.C., December 7-8, 2010. TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) conferences aim to facilitate the open, global exchange of innovative ideas related to the arts, sciences, and business. TEDWomen focuses on inventive ideas and projects initiated by women and girls around the world. In turn, Heather and Tony Podesta’s gifts to NMWA’s collection demonstrate how powerfully women shape the focus of visual art today.

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1250 New York Ave., NW

Washington, DC 20005

Tel.: 202-783-5000


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Inez van Lamsweerde/Vinoodh Matadin, and Hellen van Meene series for New York Times 7th Annual Great Performers

February 21st, 2010 by

February 21, 2010

Gorgeous interactive pages with photographs by Inez van Lamsweerde / Vinoodh Matadin, and Hellen van Meene for the New York Times.

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Hellen van Meene solo exhibition at Yancey Richardson Gallery – New York City

September 17th, 2009 by

September 17 – October 31, 2009

The Yancey Richardson Gallery is pleased to present tout va disparaitre, an exhibition of recent work by Dutch photographer Hellen van Meene, comprising a selection of work made in New York City, the American South, Russia, and the Netherlands between 2007 and 2009. The exhibition coincides with the release of an eponymous book by Schirmer/Mosel. Known for her intimate, intense portraits of children and adolescents, van Meene’s recent work explores different modes of portraiture such as role-playing, collaboration and documentation. In addition, with this work the artist has placed a new importance on the environment. Deviating from her unvarying use of a square format camera, the artist has also used a panoramic camera to emphasize the relationship between her subjects and their setting.

Van Meene’s American work has the bite of gritty realism. New York children face the camera, standing on rubbish-heaped sidewalks or at abandoned piers while African American youth, photographed on van Meene’s 2007 road trip between Florida and New Orleans, strike poses in front of dilapidated houses or in a wooded lot. These are poignantly revealing: one young woman stands against a tree wearing a ladylike dress and matching accessories; another reclines odalisque-like on a rusted car hood; and three boys stand shoulder to shoulder, each projecting a distinct attitude that hints at their individual destinies.

By contrast, van Meene’s European work suggests a fictional world of literary origins, one imbued with a somber mood of psychological introspection. In the 2008 series Pool of Tears, made in an abandoned house in Holland, children wander the hushed rooms like ghosts, pinned to the wall by shards of light. Made the same year, the Russia work is infused with a melancholy, introspective mood, accentuated by a palette of deep blue, magenta and mustard yellow. Whereas the American youth confront the camera directly, the Russian and Dutch subjects appear captive to their own private anxieties and dark musings.

Born in Alkmaar, Holland in 1972, van Meene has exhibited internationally. Her work was included in Dutch Seen: New York Rediscovered at the Museum of the City of New York; in Extended Family: Contemporary Connections at the Brooklyn Museum of Art; and in The Portrait Photography as Stage: from Mapplethorpe to Nan Goldin at the Kunsthalle Wien. Her work is held in the collections of major museums worldwide, including the Stedelijk Museum, the Victoria & Albert Museum, the Art Institute of Chicago, MoCA Los Angeles, the Guggenheim Museum and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. In 2001 she was short-listed for the Citibank Photography prize. Previous publications include Hellen van Meene: Portraits (Aperture, 2004) and Hellen van Meene: Japan Series (The Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago and De Hallen, Haarlem, the Netherlands, 2002).

Yancey Richardson Gallery
535 West 22nd Street
New York, NY 10011
Tel.: 646-230-9610


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