New York

Neil Winokur

Barbara Toll Fine Arts

Despite their scenting lightheartedness, Neil Winokur's photographic portraits underline the close relationship between portraiture and funerary art. In these multipanel works a relatively straightforward photograph of the subject is accompanied by close-ups of various objects selected by the sitter, presumably for their personal significance. In earlier works Winokur had presented these panels in various arrangements—stacked like a totem pole, with the image of the person at the top and the accompanying photos of objects below; or arranged like a pyramid or like a cross, again with the person at the top. In the works shown here he has adopted a standard format, with the subject in a large central panel flanked by smaller panels depicting the associated objects. This arrangement suggests a Renaissance altarpiece, with the central Madonna and Child or crucifixion surrounded by smaller

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