Three Things You Should Know About Karl Haendel
Haendel’s large-scale photorealistic graphite drawings of postwar American imagery recall 1960s Pop and 1970s Photorealism, but often with subtle political commentary.
Produced by LACMA with the Prints and Drawings Council, this print was created to complement John Baldessari: Pure Beauty June 27–September 12, 2010 at LACMA. Purchase of this print benefits the museum.
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Karl Haendel is known for meticulous pencil drawings based on appropriated photographs. He is interested in investigating the properties of photography—inverting tones, scaling, and flipping images—but he prefers the slowness of drawing. “Photography becomes a tool, like a paintbrush […],” he explains, adding, “The ability to play with images is fundamental.” In 2011, he worked with filmmaker Petter Ringbom to create Questions for My Father, a film based on drawings Haendel made in 2007, such as Questions for My Father #2, that explore notions of masculinity.
American, b. 1976, New York, New York, based in Los Angeles, California