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Ilene Segalove, Ilene and Barbie: Close but No Cigar, 1976, archival ink jet on paper, 16 x 11".

Ilene Segalove

Andrea Rosen Gallery

Ilene Segalove, Ilene and Barbie: Close but No Cigar, 1976, archival ink jet on paper, 16 x 11".

A small, framed still from a black-and-white film shows a scene from the 1957 drama The Violators: A haggard, brooding man sits at the kitchen table, cigarette in hand, while his dutiful wife—robe-clad yet still vaguely glamorous—leans over him to fill his coffee cup. Hung adjacent to the still are four larger images, silver gelatin prints on Masonite. The first merely magnifies the shot from the film, thereby freeing it somewhat from its recognizable status as film still. The second repeats the image a third time but renders it with obvious difference. Here, though the overall schema is the same, every detail is changed. The haggard, brooding man is really haggard; the woman leaning over him, though bearing a distinct resemblance to the first, is jowlier, her robe’s folds revealing her body to be slightly lumpier. Strangely, though the scene looks more homely, it is

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