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Artsy Insight: Pixelated Portraits

Artsy Editorial
Mar 16, 2013 4:03PM
American Food Flag after Jasper Johns, 2010
Carl Hammer Gallery

“If at first we see the fantasy, airbrushed and gleaming, we are also confronted with the dreamers of this fantasy,” Rashid Rana once said. His works, depicting iconic Bollywood stars, only register as composites upon second glance. Like the portraits of Cameron Gray and Chuck Close, Rana’s pixelated creations are composed through the collective assembly of individual units—in Rana’s case, through the montage of thousands of tiny photographs of local Pakistani men, suggesting the complicated relationship between individual and collective national identity.

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