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Rineke Dijkstra

Dutch, b. 1959

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Rineke Dijkstra

Dutch, b. 1959

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Exquisitely attuned to her subjects, Dutch photographer Rineke Dijkstra makes large-scale, spare, psychologically rich portraits of people in states of transition. She works in series and has photographed new mothers with their infants, adolescents and pre-adolescents in bathing suits on the beach, and new recruits to the Israeli army. By focusing intently on her subjects and almost entirely excluding background details, Dijkstra emphasizes the individual, capturing visual cues that illuminate subtle psychological and emotional states. Dijkstra claims influence by the Dutch masters of painted portraiture, saying, “[G]enerally I get more out of looking at old paintings such as the Rembrandts, Vermeers and Versproncks at the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam. I think the light, as well as the emotional and psychological forces at play, are so incredible in those paintings.”

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Solo show at a major institution
Guggenheim Museum, and 3 more
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Group show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 15 more
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Collected by a major institution
Tate, and 2 more
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Artforum, and 3 more
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Venice Biennale International Exhibition, and 2 more
Biography

Exquisitely attuned to her subjects, Dutch photographer Rineke Dijkstra makes large-scale, spare, psychologically rich portraits of people in states of transition. She works in series and has photographed new mothers with their infants, adolescents and pre-adolescents in bathing suits on the beach, and new recruits to the Israeli army. By focusing intently on her subjects and almost entirely excluding background details, Dijkstra emphasizes the individual, capturing visual cues that illuminate subtle psychological and emotional states. Dijkstra claims influence by the Dutch masters of painted portraiture, saying, “[G]enerally I get more out of looking at old paintings such as the Rembrandts, Vermeers and Versproncks at the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam. I think the light, as well as the emotional and psychological forces at play, are so incredible in those paintings.”

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
Established
Established representation
Represented by industry leading galleries.
User
Solo show at a major institution
Guggenheim Museum, and 3 more
Group
Group show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 15 more
Institution
Collected by a major institution
Tate, and 2 more
Publication
Reviewed by a major art publication
Artforum, and 3 more
Fair
Included in a major biennial
Venice Biennale International Exhibition, and 2 more
Articles Featuring Rineke Dijkstra
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Apr 4th, 2018
Why Rineke Dijkstra’s Mesmerizing Photographs of Young Women Still Captivate Us
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Jul 7th, 2016
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