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Bill Jacobson (American, b.1955)
LOT ID: 75338
Songs of Sentient Beings #478, 1992

Silver Print
10 х 8 in. (25.4 x 20.32 cm.)
Other, Not viewed out of frame.
Edition 2/5
Lot description
Viewable Image: 5.5 x 4.75 in
Paper Size: 10 x 8 in
Framed: 22 x 18.75 in

This silver print photograph by Bill Jacobson entitled “Songs of Sentient Beings #478,” stands as a memory of the surreal unknowingness and forfeiture experienced during the height of the AIDS epidemic. In its entirety, Jacobson’s image is of a vaporous male body, appearing to plunge farther and farther from view, or remembrance, clutching to a vulnerable desert of disconnect. Positioned within an insipid backdrop, the male’s equally pale physique and broken bodily shell smears the line between form, environment, and reality. The figure’s anonymity stresses its dichotomy between what's real and what's imagined.

American photographer, Bill Jacobson (B. 1955, Norwich, CT) is known for the use of an antique, haunting style of photography, with his spectral portraiture gradually fading into static backgrounds, acting as cryptograms for memory and loss. His most noted work investigates the loss felt during the height of AIDS epidemic, using vague forms to expose the insubstantiality of the human body. Jacobson received his BFA from Brown University and his MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute. More recently, his work was exhibited in James Kelly Contemporary, Sante Fe, NM (2012); Robert Klein Gallery, Boston, MA (2012); Julie Saul Gallery, New York, NY (2011).

Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, NY
Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY
Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago, IL
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY
Songs of Sentient Beings #478 by Bill Jacobson
  • Songs of Sentient Beings #478 by Bill Jacobson
  • Songs of Sentient Beings #478 by Bill Jacobson
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