New York

Lina Bertucci

Perry Rubenstein Gallery

Lina Bertucci’s photographs of contemporary artists are an irresistible prospect for fans: Who wouldn’t be curious to see his or her favorite painter or sculptor submit to the aesthetic of another? Nevertheless, the images do resonate beyond the recognition factor, since photographic artist portraiture dates back to the dawn of the medium. And the tradition of artist portraiture in the nineteenth century arose concurrently with the nascent mass media, itself facilitated by the invention of photography. As exemplified in the oeuvre of, say, Félix Nadar (who photographed Eugène Delacroix and Sarah Bernhardt), artists, for the first time, had been incorporated into the ranks of the “famous”—that is, they had themselves become images for popular consumption.

Dating from the late 1980s to the mid-’90s, the photographs on view here cover the art-world waterfront. Among the subjects are elder

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