September 12 – October 31, 2015
In an era where most images have been fashioned to fit an ideal of airbrushed, spray tanned, artfully coiffed perfection, the almost effortless authenticity of the portraits in Tara Bogart’s A Modern Hair Study and The Locks still life is refreshingly unpretentious. She evidently agrees with early 20th-century American photographer Edward Weston, who valued “the stark beauty that a lens can so exactly render presented without interference of artistic effect.”
Bogart is an artist whose passion for photography emerged early in life in her native Milwaukee. Inspired by an archival image of Felix Nadar’s Hair Study while visiting the National Library of France, she has created a series of intimate portraits of French and American women. Focusing solely on their backs and their hair, she forces the viewer “to contend with all of the peripheral things that make each woman unique.”
Distinguished both by their femininity and anonymity, the portraits in this series are characterized by images that are clearly youthful and contemporary – modern women displayed in an atypical setting. Our immediate attention is captured by variations in hairstyle, color, and embellishment, ranging from shockingly cherry red, blue and orange hues of Nadya, Sinead
Bogart states “In these intimate portraits I am a voyeur concentrating on a generation that is not mine. While certain
Tara Bogart was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and has exhibited work at Hous Projects, New York, Aperture, New York Catherine Edelman Gallery, Chicago, Center of the Arts at Virginia Tech, VA, The Portrait Society Gallery, Milwaukee, The Newspace Photo Center, Portland, OR, Institute of Art & Design, Grava Gallery, Katie Gingrass Gallery, H2O Gallery, Art and Soul Gallery, and The Charles Allis Art Museum, Milwaukee. She has been reviewed by the New Yorker, CNN Worldwide Photos, Zoom Magazine, The British Journal of Photography and The New Republic and American Photography 29. Tara Bogart is in the private and public collections of The National Library of France, Paris and the J Crew Corporate Collection to name a few.
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