Rineke Dijkstra and Thomas Struth: See•ing
Image 1 / 2: Rineke Dijkstra. I See a Woman Crying (Weeping Woman).
Image 2 / 2: Thomas Struth. Louvre 2, Paris.
This exhibition pairs work by two artists who focus on the essential qualities of photography and video to frame and represent. The video I See a Woman Crying (Weeping Woman) (2009-2010), by Rineke Dijkstra (Netherlands, born 1959) presents a group of British school children describing what they see in a reproduction of Pablo Picasso’s painting Weeping Woman from 1937. The large-scale photograph Louvre 2, Paris (1989), by Thomas Struth (Germany, born 1954), pictures young visitors gathered in discussion in a gallery. Both artists bear witness to the discovery of art by audiences, and double the viewer’s own experience in the gallery space, as well as that of seeing what is being seen.
Rineke Dijkstra was trained at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam. In 2012, she had a major retrospective organized by the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, California. She has had solo shows at the Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt am Main, Germany (2013); Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus, Ohio (2011); and Tate Liverpool, United Kingdom (2010), among others. Her work is in a number of international collections, including the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Art Institute Chicago, Illinois; and Musée National d’Art Moderne, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France.
Thomas Struth currently lives and works in Düsseldorf, Germany. In 2011, he recently had a major retrospective at Kunsthaus Zurich, Switzerland that traveled internationally. Struth has had numerous international solo exhibitions, including at Nederlands Fotomuseum, Rotterdam, the Netherlands (2014); The Stiftung zur Förderung zeitgenössischer Kunst, Weidingen, Germany (2013); Situation Kunst, Bochum, Germany (2010); Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid, Spain (2007); and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York (2003), among others. His work is in a number of international collections, including the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Los Angeles County Museum of Art, California; and Tate Modern, London, United Kingdom.