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May 29, 2015 12:00 PMCalender

Doug and Mike Starn (American, b. 1961) L

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Auction: American & European Works of Art - 2816BLocation: BostonDate / Time: May 29, 2015 12:00PM


Doug and Mike Starn (American, b. 1961)

L, 1986. Unsigned. Toned gelatin silver print, steel, tape, and plywood, 48 x 48 in. (121.9 x 121.9 cm),unframed.
Condition: Print has creases, folds, tears, losses, and abrasions typical of the artists' work, brackets for hanging affixed to the reverse.

N.B. Doug and Mike Starn are identical twins who work collaboratively to create uniquely innovative psychological photographs. Their unique style infuses iconic images with new depth and meaning; once straightforward photographs become suddenly personal through their "handmade" manipulation as they confront the viewer with their notions of intimacy, aging, mortality. The Starns tear, crease, crop and otherwise "damage" in the traditional sense of the word. They also expose the paper to chemicals to create variations in tones and clarity. Born in New Jersey, the Starns trained at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. This piece was done in 1986, the same year they had their first show in New York, at Stux Gallery.
Estimate $8,000-12,000

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Mike Starn, Doug Starn, N.B. Doug, chemicals, Stux, Stux Gallery