New York

Robert Heinecken

Pace/MacGill Gallery

The times appear to have caught up with Robert Heinecken. Many aspects of his work over the past three decades have now come into favor, although in altered form, in the work of the current generation of appropriationist photographers. In his emphasis on mass-media images of women and his interest in the manipulation of libido by advertising. Heinecken’s work can be seen as anticipating Richard Prince’s deadpan quotations from, or Cindy Sherman’s restagings of, similarly charged materials. Heinecken has long enjoyed a reputation as a sort of West Coast enfant terrible of photography, challenging not only a succession of formal constraints, but also taboos with his often deliberately provocative subject matter. From his early 14 or 15 Buffalo Ladies, 1969, in which images from porn magazines were layered onto old studio photographs of primly dressed 19th-century matrons, he has aimed his

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