New York

Jimmy De Sana

Pat Hearn Gallery

Jimmy De Sana delineated his love of objects and the exemplary lie of photography in an interview with Diego Cortez in 1986: “A photograph is how much you want to lie, how far you want to stretch the truth about the object. And, as photography is always based on real objects, it lends itself, by means of technique or manipulation, to explorations of what may appear to be an absence of reality, balancing on an ambiguous line between concrete and abstract space, between reality and illusion, in a way that no other medium is able to do.” De Sana’s career began as it ended—in the exploration of those various balanced betweens. His catalogue raisonné could be called “Juxtaposition, or The Erotic Life of Next to.”

Some of his most inventive, resonant work appeared in book form. Following and celebrating the release of Disney’s 101 Dalmatians, his first book, 101 Nudes, 1972/91, peered into the

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