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Leigh Ledare

An Invitation: Sunday, July 24, 2011, 2012

Photolithograph on archival newsprint, silkscreen and pencil
91 1/4 × 47 3/4 in
231.8 × 121.3 cm
Edition 15/16
This is part of a limited edition set.
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For Leigh Ledare’s explosively provocative series "Pretend You're Actually Alive," he …

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For Leigh Ledare’s explosively provocative series "Pretend You're Actually Alive," he photographed his mother in various sexualized scenarios. An Invitation: Sunday, July 24, 2011 exemplifies his appropriation of the media to push the boundaries of social taboos to their limit. Ledare has had acclaimed …

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Courtesy of the artist and Mitchell-Innes & Nash, NY
Leigh Ledare
American, b. 1976
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Leigh Ledare’s photography is deeply personal and biographical—sometimes disturbingly so. Ledare’s mother, a former dancer and model later turned escort, is his most frequent subject. Over the course of eight years, the artist has taken photographs of his mother and revealed her vulnerability, psychological states, deteriorating health, and eroticism in explicit situations. These photographs were the source of a series of photo-collages, videos, installations, and mixed-media drawings, sometimes accompanied by his mother’s handwritten notes. Ledare also turns the camera on himself; in the “Personal Commissions” series (2008), he responded to personal ads from women, and paid them to direct and photograph him in their apartments. He considers these portraits of the women, even though they do not appear in the images.

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About the work
Swiss Institute Benefit Auction

For Leigh Ledare’s explosively provocative series "Pretend You're Actually Alive," he …

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For Leigh Ledare’s explosively provocative series "Pretend You're Actually Alive," he photographed his mother in various sexualized scenarios. An Invitation: Sunday, July 24, 2011 exemplifies his appropriation of the media to push the boundaries of social taboos to their limit. Ledare has had acclaimed …

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Image rights
Courtesy of the artist and Mitchell-Innes & Nash, NY
Leigh Ledare
American, b. 1976
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Leigh Ledare’s photography is deeply personal and biographical—sometimes disturbingly so. Ledare’s mother, a former dancer and model later turned escort, is his most frequent subject. Over the course of eight years, the artist has taken photographs of his mother and revealed her vulnerability, psychological states, deteriorating health, and eroticism in explicit situations. These photographs were the source of a series of photo-collages, videos, installations, and mixed-media drawings, sometimes accompanied by his mother’s handwritten notes. Ledare also turns the camera on himself; in the “Personal Commissions” series (2008), he responded to personal ads from women, and paid them to direct and photograph him in their apartments. He considers these portraits of the women, even though they do not appear in the images.

Leigh Ledare

An Invitation: Sunday, July 24, 2011, 2012

Photolithograph on archival newsprint, silkscreen and pencil
91 1/4 × 47 3/4 in
231.8 × 121.3 cm
Edition 15/16
This is part of a limited edition set.
Bidding closed
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