New York

Rocky Schenk

Tom Cugliani Gallery

The depiction of the female nude as a depersonalized object for viewing has been considered problematic for several decades, but only in recent times have such portrayals provoked more insistent negative criticism. Rocky Schenk’s slick, sophisticated images of the female figure dominated his recent exhibition of photographs here (all untitled, all but two from 1987).

Taken on a superficial level, these images could automatically elicit a negative response if not for an ambiguity of intention. Schenk’s work appears to be neither explicitly sexist nor cleverly subversive. At the same time that the photographs reveal the dangerous roots of an anonymous depiction of the glamorized female figure, they fall back into standardized reinforcements of such outmoded views.

Clearly Schenk looks to the most stylized and recognizable glamour photographers associated with the Hollywood tradition of the

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