Lorraine O'Grady

 

Whitney Biennial

 2010
Lorraine O'Grady
The First and the Last of the Modernists 
Installation view; Whitney Biennial, 2010
Lorraine O'Grady
The First and the Last of the Modernists
Installation view; Whitney Biennial, 2010
Lorraine O'Grady
The First and the Last of the Modernists 
Installation view; Whitney Biennial, 2010
Lorraine O'Grady
The First and the Last of the Modernists
Installation view; Whitney Biennial, 2010
Lorraine O'Grady
The First and the Last of the Modernists 
Installation view; Whitney Biennial, 2010
Lorraine O'Grady
The First and the Last of the Modernists
Installation view; Whitney Biennial, 2010
The First and the Last of the Modernists 
Diptych 1 Red (Charles and Michael)  (2010)
Fujiflex print; Edition of 8 with 2 AP; 46.75h x 37.38w in (118.75h x 94.95w cm)
The First and the Last of the Modernists
Diptych 1 Red (Charles and Michael) (2010)
Fujiflex print; Edition of 8 with 2 AP; 46.75h x 37.38w in (118.75h x 94.95w cm)
The First and the Last of the Modernists,
Diptych 2 Green (Charles and Michael)  (2010)
Fujiflex print; Edition of 8 with 2 AP; 46.75h x 37.33w in (118.75h x 94.82w cm)
The First and the Last of the Modernists,
Diptych 2 Green (Charles and Michael) (2010)
Fujiflex print; Edition of 8 with 2 AP; 46.75h x 37.33w in (118.75h x 94.82w cm)
The First and the Last of the Modernists,
Diptych 3 Blue (Charles and Michael)  (2010)
Fujiflex print; Edition of 8 with 2 AP; 46.75h x 37.38w in (118.75h x 94.95w cm)
The First and the Last of the Modernists,
Diptych 3 Blue (Charles and Michael) (2010)
Fujiflex print; Edition of 8 with 2 AP; 46.75h x 37.38w in (118.75h x 94.95w cm)
The First and the Last of the Modernists,
Diptych 4 Grey (Michael and Charles)  (2010)
Fujiflex print; Edition of 8 with 2 AP; 46.75h x 37.38w in (118.75h x 94.95w cm)
The First and the Last of the Modernists,
Diptych 4 Grey (Michael and Charles) (2010)
Fujiflex print; Edition of 8 with 2 AP; 46.75h x 37.38w in (118.75h x 94.95w cm)

About the Exhibition



2010

Whitney Biennial
New York, NY

Lorraine O’Grady’s diptych series pairs images of nineteenth-century French poet Charles Baudelaire and twentieth-century American musician Michael Jackson—artists she considers to be “the first and the last of the modernists.” O’Grady maintains that Baudelaire and Jackson, artists separated by nearly 150 years, occupied pivotal positions in their genres and shared surprisingly similar traits, including dramatic flair, aspirations to greatness, unrelenting perfectionism, drug addiction, and ambiguous sexuality. Choosing from tens of thousands of internet images of Jackson to pair with the few available images of Baudelaire, O’Grady represents the two men at roughly the same ages, tracing their trajectories: Baudelaire’s descent from an aristocratic family into poverty and Jackson’s rise to wealth and fame. Made in part to reconsider the life and career of Michael Jackson, The First and the Last of the Modernists raises questions about the roles of art and popular culture as well as how modern figures are presented, flattened, and distributed through the news media.

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