Currently on display in Gallery 292 are photographs from artist Rineke Dijkstra's Beach Portraits series. I remember seeing the catalogue for this series a year ago in the book shop, and instantly being drawn to the calming and cool shades of blues, greens, and grays in the photographs. Flipping through the book, I found that though the color tones spoke to me, the images of adolescents in bathing suits seemed jarring, cold, and confrontational. How interesting that photographs of kids at the beach could seem cold and crass even - something about them is very forward and uncomfortable. Both the book and the photographs remained ingrained in my memory, so I was pleasantly surprised to wander in the galleries a month ago to discover these large photographs staring back at me. They really are just as beautiful as in the book, and incredibly arresting.
Brighton, England, August 21, 1992, from Beach Portraits, 1992
Hilton Head Island, S.C., USA, June 24, 1992, from Beach Portraits, 1992 via sourceIf you're in Chicago and have a moment to see these, I really insist. And if you happen to be in the San Francisco area between now and May 28, there is a Rineke Dijkstra Retrospective currently on display at SFMOMA that is to-die-for!