Master photographer Hiroshi Sugimoto
’s Queen Victoria
will be included, capturing a wax version of the royal figure in one of the artist’s trademark long-exposure photographs. One in a series of five, the portrait leaves an eerie impression—an artificial stand-in rendered through painstaking 19th-century technique, the authenticity and power of Sugimoto’s work seemingly reviving the Queen. Here is an opportunity to see Sugimoto reject motion and instead capture stillness over time.
The budding, multi-disciplinary James Franco also contributes work that considers identity and impersonation in unexpected ways, with film stills bridging his cinematic work and visual art. Wig / Costume 2—its title emphasizing appearance rather than person—shows the artist in drag. Franco has grown accustomed to playing with identity in his professional work and public life, and these stills, which consider dualities in Franco’s career, characters, and himself, portray the divided, polarizing artist in his most condensed form.
On view at Pace Gallery, Frieze London 2013, Main, Booth G8, October 17th – 20th.