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Inez van Lamsweerde

Johnen + Schöttle

After depicting naked, sexless women with sweaty hands and feet and three-year-old girls with men’s mouths, the Dutch artist Inez van Lamsweerde has turned to photographing men. At first glance, the large-format, sharp photographs of Rob, Marcel, Klaus, and Andy are less spectacular than the previous work. The men dressed in yellow polo shirts lie down in front of a neutral white background, as if they were gently falling to the ground. Their rapt expressions—eyes closed, mouths slightly open—make these men seem lascivious in a way that does not correspond to masculine role models. What is absent from this series of photos, however, is any sense of shock.

Once one has registered the more subtle discrepancies in these works, however, they prove much more disturbing than Van Lamsweerde’s earlier works. The hair is styled in a way that shows evidence of the application of curling irons and

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