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Anne Collier, Cut (Color), 2009, C-print, 45 3/4 × 55".

Anne Collier

Bard Center for Curatorial Studies

Anne Collier, Cut (Color), 2009, C-print, 45 3/4 × 55".

OVER THE PAST DECADE OR SO, Anne Collier has developed a photographic practice that straddles the romantically emotive and the conceptually cool. She performs this balancing act by making images of psychologically laden clichés: motivational and self-help guides, album covers, posters, photographic landscapes, celebrity portraits. This survey, tightly selected and elegantly presented in Bard’s CCS Galleries, may not have been complete enough to call a retrospective, but it nevertheless offered a welcome opportunity to assess Collier’s accomplishments across approximately forty works, all made since 2002. What viewers found was an artist who masterfully confronts us with material that solicits our identification, even as her formal approach prevents that circuit of affinity from ever being completed.

The earliest work in the show depicts a vacuum-formed plastic binder archiving a

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