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Sam Samore

Thomas Nordanstad Gallery

Fashion magazines are notorious breeding grounds for fantasy, often of the erotic sort. While it’s unclear whether Sam Samore hopes to evoke this kind of eroticism in his recent series of photographs, this much seems certain: he digs female models. Though Samore’s horizontally oriented series of large black and white prints is entitled “Allegories of Beauty (Incomplete),” 1995, it is difficult to locate anything here beyond the run-of-the-mill permutations of beauty that can be found in any glossy. Perhaps this is the point: maybe Samore just wants to make art that looks and acts like fashion photography—or vice versa.

Evoking the film still (the artist’s trademark style, and also a device used occasionally by fashion mags), these casual yet elegantly cropped “snapshots” of Glam Girls from shoulders and neck on up are blown up and judiciously framed, suggesting the presence of a camera that

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