Victoria Gitman
Argentinian, born 1972
Collected by a major museum
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Garth Greenan Gallery at Dallas Art Fair 2018,
Garth Greenan Gallery
REALLY? Curated by Beth Rudin DeWoody,
Wilding Cran Gallery

Victoria Gitman rummages through flea markets for vintage ladies’ handbags and jewelry with minimalist designs and intricate patterns, then renders them to scale so precisely that a critic once attributed her work with “a verisimilitude that verges on magic realism.” The painstaking depictions of every glass bead and swatch of lace recall the illusionism of Old Master paintings, while the dainty subjects suggest fetishistic obsession. Similarly conceived and executed with equal meticulousness are Gitman’s “The Beauties” (1998-2000), a series based on small portraits by Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres. In these paintings and graphite drawings, which can take months to complete, Gitman replaces the immediacy of Ingres’ brushstrokes with steady, deliberate lines. While “trying to capture somebody else’s style and somebody else’s marks,” as she describes, Gitman nonetheless adds some of …

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