KNOW / / Iconic Nudes and New York Mannequins / / Lee Friedlander [NSFW]
Sola Agustsson

In 1979, Madonna answered photographer Lee Friedlander’s newspaper ad seeking a nude model, receiving $25 for the session. Thirty years later, one of the full frontal images of the then-unknown student sold at Christie’s for $37,500.

Friedlander took nude photographs of models from 1977 through 1992 while teaching at Rice University. However, most of Friedlander’s photos from his five-decade career focused on social landscapes: store fronts, street corners, candids that reveal what lies beneath the surface. He also explored street scenes, interiors, self-portraits, and still lifes. His influences include Walker Evans and Eugene Atget.

From 2003 to 2011 he worked on the Mannequin series, juxtaposing figures in window displays with reflections of the cityscape. His images capture a strange, hidden reality that is often unsettling. Even his nudes are somewhat disconcerting, as the subjects are often in unnatural and intentionally self-conscious positions.

WHERE TO SEE
From October 26 through December 22, the Mannequin series will be view at Pace/MacGill, and black-and-white nudes will be on view at The Pace Gallery. The artist will be present at an opening reception on October 27 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.