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Jennifer Bolande

INOVA - Institute of Visual Arts

Talent, David Robbins’s 1986 photographic work assembling eighteen black-and-white headshots of precocious peers then orbiting the neo-Conceptual East Village gallery Nature Morte and the fledgling Metro Pictures, includes a portrait of artist Jennifer Bolande. Smiling out from a field of now-illustrious figures such as Cindy Sherman, Jenny Holzer, Ashley Bickerton, and Jeff Koons is the young hopeful, finally getting her art-historical due at Milwaukee’s Institute of Visual Arts, with a full-blown survey aptly titled “Landmarks.” Known for simple poetic gestures and innovative photo objects, Bolande, a champion of plucky appropriation strategies, has a keen eye for identifying the allegorical and contingent meaning attending everyday objects and vernacular imagery. And, as this retrospective featuring more than fifty well-chosen works attests, she has remained remarkably consistent in

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