Elina Brotherus

Martin Asbæk Gallery

“Artist and Her Model,” Finnish photographer Elina Brotherus’s second solo exhibition in Copenhagen, surveyed a narrow selection of the artist’s photographs from 2000 to 2008 and offered a finely wrought miniretrospective. Viewers familiar with her work might have read the title as tongue-in-cheek—since many of her pictures are self-portraits—seeing the show instead as a lineup of greatest hits from a larger archive and, moreover, as the diaristic examination of a persona, simultaneously in front of and behind her camera.

A few examples from her well-known series “The New Painting,” 2000–2004, were on view, including one of the only works without Brotherus in it: Figure au bord de l’eau (Figure on Waterfront), 2002, which voyeuristically captures a nude man as he quietly ponders the sublime lakeside view before him. Brotherus took classical paintings—some from the Romantic tradition—as

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