New York

Aaron Cobbett

Debs & Co.

LIKE WARHOL AND JOHNS, Aaron Cobbett started out in the trenches of fashion, dressing windows for Henri Bendel and Bergdorf Goodman. He moved into photography in the late '80s, taking pictures of drag queens and boys downtown and publishing them in magazines like Empire and H/X In the mid-'90s he started exhibiting his work in galleries. For this show he decided to do “something different”—photograph women. But the artist's claim of branching out is a little misleading: Cobbett has turned “ordinary” women into caricatures of glamorized womanhood, who resemble, more than anything else, female impersonators.

All the subjects in “Lady,” Cobbett's third solo show in New York, are known in the art, music, fashion, or club world: Madonna's publicist, Liz Rosenberg; Zelma Davis, former lead singer of C&C Music Factory; clubland (and now Sex and the City) clothier Patricia Fields; pop star

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