Erwin Olaf, ‘Barbara (Portrait) from Grief’, 2007, Phillips

Property Subject to the Artist's Resale Right (see Conditions of Sale for further information)

Image/Sheet: 132.5 x 90.5 cm (52 1/8 x 35 5/8 in.)
Frame: 138 x 105 cm (54 3/8 x 41 3/8 in.)

Signature: Signed, titled, dated and numbered 5/10 in ink on an artist label affixed to the reverse of the flush-mount.

L. A. Martin, ed., Erwin Olaf, Aperture, 2008, p. 55

About Erwin Olaf

Known primarily for producing lush, large-format color prints of staged scenes that suggest complex narratives, Erwin Olaf explores ideas of gender, sensuality, and history in studio photography and photojournalism. His series “Fashion Victims” (2000) offers commentary on the consumerism of sex and designer labels, while “Separation” (2003) portrays an introverted family in a sterile interior space. More recently, Olaf produced “Berlin”, a series of images shot at historical locations around the German capital, including at its Olympic Stadium, and featuring Aryan children performing authoritarian roles. Of the series, which hints obliquely at Berlin’s troubled past, he has said, “I want the viewer to come up with their own story and create his or her fantasy.” Olaf has also produced film and video installations, and has photographed advertising campaigns for international companies such as Levi’s and Microsoft.

Dutch, b. 1959, Hilversum, Netherlands, based in Amsterdam, Netherlands

Solo Shows

Haags Gemeentemuseum, 
The Hague, Netherlands,
Erwin Olaf
Fotomuseum The Hague, 
The Hague, Netherlands,
Erwin Olaf
Museu da Imagem e do Som, 
São Paulo, State of São Paulo, Brazil,
Tensão - Erwin Olaf
Centro de Arte Contemporáneo de Málaga, 
Cell of Emotions
Galerie Rabouan Moussion, 
Erwin Olaf, Waiting
Erwin Olaf: Skin Deep
Waiting - Erwin Olaf
the Museum of New Art, 
Detroit, MI, USA,
Breakfast in America
Hasted Kraeutler, 
New York,
Hermitage museum, 
Amsterdam, Netherlands,
Dusk & Dawn

Group Shows

New York,
Great Journeys: The Magnum Square Print Sale In Partnership With Aperture
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