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Eric Baudelaire

Elizabeth Dee Gallery

Any number of artists have fetishized the tropes of cinematic fiction. Consider the prestidigitations of, for instance, Gregory Crewdson, Charlie White, or Francesco Vezzoli. The young Eric Baudelaire could be considered another, though his sober political aims place him on a different trajectory. (In this regard, Jeff Wall’s work is perhaps more resonant.) Baudelaire often takes pleasure in Hollywood verity, but he uses the artificial setting of his photographs and videos as a means to explore the production and reception of images in the wake of war and catastrophe. Simulation, both as topic and technique, is a fixation for the artist.

Baudelaire first appeared at Elizabeth Dee Gallery in a small group show last November, in which he presented The Dreadful Details, 2006, a large, lush photographic diptych portraying the gruesome aftermath of a battle. The scene was a memorable tableau

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