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Loretta Lux (German, b.1969)
LOT ID: 77762
Hugo & Dylan 2, 2006

Chromogenic Print (C-print), Ilfochrome Print
11.75 х 15.75 in. (29.84 x 40.01 cm.)
Signed, numbered, titled and dated on verso.
Print/Casting Year 2006
Edition of 20
Lot description
Loretta Lux (b. 1959, Dresden, Germany) creates photographs that reveal her prior training as a painter and the influence of Old Masters such as Goya, Bronzino, Runge, and Velasquez. Lux carefully selects every detail in the image, finding props and costumes (often vintage clothing, including some of her own childhood clothes) and arranges her subjects and their backdrops into formally structured compositions. She is most well-known for her portraits of children (many of whom are the children of her friends) in which she digitally alters their features into an eerie hyperreality: "elongated limbs, oversized heads, and eyes spaced just a little farther apart than average contribute to the strange mystique found in their cool gazes and isolated locations" (mocp.org). The scenes are manipulated on the computer to merge her subjects with landscapes or interiors that she has either painted or photographed herself. She spends several weeks working on each image, reducing it to a narrow palette of pastels and reproducing "the slick sensuality of processed goods" (mocp.org). With this painterly pace she finishes only about six photographs a year.

As seen in "Hugo and Dylan 2," many of Lux's newer works "explore the double portrait, in which the relationship between two self-aware children is characterized by detachment and alienation" (Yossi Milo Gallery). These double portraits often have simpler backgrounds than her earlier photographs, creating a type of narrative in which the figures are isolated from any association with a specific place or time, and focusing on their interaction.

Lux studied painting at Akademie der Bildenden Künste, Munich from 1990 to 1996, and began photographing in 1999. She currently lives and works in Ireland. Recent solo exhibitions of her work have been held at Yossi Milo Gallery, New York; Hague Museum of Photography, The Hague; and Torch Gallery, Amsterdam. Her photographs have also been featured in exhibitions at the National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo; Australian Centre for Photography, Sydney; Art Institute of Chicago; and at the Museum of Contemporary Photography in its 2006 exhibition "In Sight." Her work is included in several collections in Europe and the United States, including the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Brooklyn Museum of Art, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, the Norton Museum of Art, the Bayerische Staatsgemäldesammlung, Munich, Artothek Munich, Photo Museum Munich, and Fotomuseum Den Haag. Lux is the recipient of a Bayerischer Kunstförderpreis (2002) and The International Centre of Photography’s Infinity Award for Art (2005).
Hugo & Dylan 2 by Loretta Lux
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