Catherine Yass

Laure Genillard

To those who take notice of her, Catherine Yass returns the compliment. When commissioned to make a work her light boxes focus upon those in power within the commissioning organization; when invited to participate in group shows she complies by contributing a portrait of the curator or portraits of others sponsoring the exhibition. Characteristically these photographs are not “straight” portraiture but constructed, subjected to various processes—overlaying positive and negative images combined with further manipulations in the printing process that intensify the colors. Yass’ first one-person show in a private gallery makes a spectacle of the whole exhibition system. The dealer, the collector, the critic, and the artist—the four cardinal points of the gallery system—are all here. The figures in each of these four photographs are ciphers, decodable into the signs of this system, but also

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