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Rizzoli, Dec 28, 2004 - Photography - 159 pages
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Beyond traditional portraiture, Richard Kern's new works manifest a strong eroticism while incorporating the cinematic power of his earlier "Transgression" theme. His recent photographs with saturated color and stark, atmospheric lighting accentuate his pretty-but-not-perfect young nudes. Inspired, unique, and "real," his approach is as daring as ever in Soft. Still sticking with the "no airbrush" motto, Kern's unpretentious, honest photos draw the viewer in close. Kern's longstanding relationship with the "No-wave" scene, which incorporated music, performance, feminist art, and the punk lifestyle, is reflected and distilled in these photographs.

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About the author (2004)

Richard Kern's work has been the subject of several exhibitions throughout the world. His work appears regularly in Index, Teme Celeste (Italy), Blind Spot; and Purple (France). Kern has also shot numerous book and album covers, and has directed music videos and short films.
matthew higgs is a curator of art and design at the CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Art in San Francisco and associate director of exhibitions at London's Institute of Contemporary Art. He is also a contributing writer for ArtForum.