• Maya, Induction Center, Tel-Hashoner, Israel, April 12, 1999, c-print, 49.6 x 42.5 in (126 x 108 cm)

    Rineke Dijkstra

    CaixaForum Barcelona
    Av. Francesc Ferrer i Guàrdia, 6-8
    June 4–August 21, 2005

    Jeu de Paume
    1 place de la Concorde
    December 13, 2004–February 27, 2005

    Fotomuseum Winterthur
    Grüzenstrasse 44 & 45
    March 11–May 22, 2005

    Rineke Dijkstra’s beautiful and unsettling portraits of individuals in transition—early adolescence, childbirth, and initiation into military life—are brought together for the first time in this show of seventy photographs and two video pieces. The exhibition starts with Dijkstra’s beach pictures of teenagers from the early ’90s and climaxes with her recent studies of a young Frenchman entering the Foreign Legion and Israeli teens turned soldiers. These portraits, for some of which Dijkstra followed her subjects for several years, convey a poignancy that is mirrored in her video portraits of young club-goers dancing for the camera.

  • Installation view, Sandra Gering Gallery, New York, 2001-02

    Xavier Veilhan

    Centre Pompidou
    Place Georges-Pompidou
    September 15–November 15, 2004

    As in his Projet Hyperréaliste presented at the 2003 Biennale de Lyon, the work of Xavier Veilhan revisits modernity through visual adventures that heighten the experience of perception. For his first solo exhibition at the Centre Pompidou, one of the best French artists to come out of the ’90s fills Espace 315 with a “total work of art”: A distorted pattern of squares covering the walls manipulates the perceptual dimensions of the room, and a monumental sculpture of a boat is lifted off the ground by a polyester wake. Also on view are a new Light Machine (a cross between a movie screen and a “luminous painting”) and pixelated digital landscapes on aluminum. And in October, Veilhan will install a spectacular mobile in the Pompidou’s forum space.