• Katy Grannan, Anonymous, San Francisco, 2009, color photograph mounted on Plexiglas, 26 x 19 1/2".

    Katy Grannan

    Fraenkel Gallery

    With “Boulevard,” her latest exhibition at Fraenkel Gallery, Katy Grannan continues her subtle subversion of the idioms and codes of portraiture, a titillating project that has invariably drawn her to the marginal and marginalized, documenting an ever-expanding cast of offbeat characters and social outcasts ranging from the banal to the poignantly strange. As in previous work, Grannan’s images traffic in a poetic awkwardness that stops just short of the grotesque, and it is this finely honed sensibility—which mixes prurience and detached observation—that has positioned Grannan, rightfully

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