Untitled #57, from the series “I did not remember I had forgotten”, 2002.


Laura Letinsky

The Renaissance Society
5811 South Ellis Avenue Cobb Hall, 4th floor
March 7–April 19, 2004

Curated by Suzanne Ghez

Laura Letinsky scrutinizes the intimacies of the domestic in probing photographs that bring a contemporary relevance to the familiarities of genre painting. This exhibition of thirty prints from the mid-’90s to the present surveys her interrogation of romanticism in emotionally complex works that are as voluptuous and elegant as they are feverish and remote. In their depictions of the remnants of shared meals, the photographs play on fragments of activity: Melon rinds, withered bouquets, and scattered bread crusts lie quietly against the geometry of the table plane and articulate the moment when the quotidian becomes transcendent. With formal intelligence, Letinsky’s images suggest libidinal rituals and the mapping of longing, fulfillment, and decay in lush and silent repose.