Nancy Burson, First and Second Beauty Composites
First and Second Beauty Composites (Left: Bette Davis, Audrey Hepburn, Grace Kelly, Sophia Loren, Marilyn Monroe. Right: Jane Fonda, Jacqueline Bisset, Diane Keaton, Brooke Shields, Meryl Streep.)
Nancy Burson, Androgyny
Androgyny (6 Men + 6 Women)
Nancy Burson, Mankind
Mankind (The images used are from a 19th-century book of racial stereotypes and were weighted to reflect current world population statistics)
Nancy Burson, Warhead I
Warhead I (Reagan 55%, Brezhnev 45%, Thatcher less than 1%, Mitterand less than 1%, Deng less than 1%)
Nancy Burson, He with She and She with He
He With She and She With He
Nancy Burson, Male Actor Composites
First and Second Male Movie Star Composites (Left: Cary Grant, Jimmy Stewart, Gary Cooper, Clark Gable, Humphrey Bogart. Right: Richard Gere, Christopher Reeve, Mel Gibson, Warren Beatty, Robert Redford.)
Nancy Burson, Businessman
Businessman (10 Businessmen from Goldman Sachs)
Nancy Burson, Cog and Dat
Cog and Dat
Nancy Burson, Lion Lamb
Nancy Burson, Aged Barbie
Aged Barbie
Nancy Burson, Untitled
Nancy Burson, Untitled (Bug-Eyed Woman)
Nancy Burson, Untitled
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February 20 – March 29, 2014

Opening reception:
Thursday, February 20, 2014
6:00 to 8:00 p.m.

ClampArt is pleased to announce “Nancy Burson: Composites”—the gallery’s second solo exhibition of the artist’s work.

Since the inception of her career as an artist, Nancy Burson has been interested in the interaction of art and science. In collaboration with researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Burson began to produce computer-generated composite portraits in the late 1970s to early 1980s. The work was informed by centuries of social, scientific, and pseudo-scientific study of the human face. However, Burson’s attitude toward science was always laced with irony and a keen awareness of the absurdities embedded in many historic concepts, such as race and gender, which we take for granted today.

“Composites” explores Burson’s pioneering early work with digital technologies—now ubiquitous in photography. Digitally combining and manipulating images of often well-known individuals, including movie stars and world leaders, Burson examines political issues, gender, race, and standards of beauty. In other photographs, Burson creates playful, but unnerving, simulacra of subjects that could never exist in the real world that the medium has traditionally indexed.

Nancy Burson’s work is shown in museums and galleries worldwide, and has been included in major exhibitions at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City; the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York City; the International Center of Photography, New York City; New Museum, New York City; Venice Biennale, Venice; Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston, Texas; and the Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago. “Seeing and Believing,” Burson’s traveling retrospective which originated at the Grey Art Gallery at New York University in New York City in 2002, was nominated for Best Solo Show of the Year in New York City by the International Association of Art Critics.

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