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The Portraiture of Awol Erizku

Finding inspiration in Renaissance painters like Vermeer, Caravaggio, and Da Vinci, the works of New York photographer and 20+20 featured artist Awol Erizku replace stiff, aristocratic subjects with women who capture the stylings of modern life.  Like the call and response spontaneity of jazz improvisation, Erizku’s response to Vermeer’s classic painting Girl with a Pearl Earring, is Girl with a Bamboo Earring.  The photograph bears semblance to the painting- in both the subjects confront the gaze of the viewer and both present the subject in a semi-turned profile pose.  Loaded with an arsenal of Renaissance influence, Erizku informs his contemporary photographs with pivotal moments in art history.  

Johannes Vermeer, Girl with a Pearl Earring, c. 1665 

Canvas, 44.5 x 39 cm, inv. no. 670

Awol Erizku

Girl with a Bamboo Earring, 2009

Digital chromogenic print  65 x 50"  ed 5

Awol Erizku

Girl with a Blackberry, 2011

Digital chromogenic print  65 x 50"  ed 5

 

All images courtesy of Awol Erizku/ Hasted Kraeutler Gallery, NYC

Sunday night: PopRally presents Serendipity, an evening of films and photography by Awol Erizku—including the premiere of his new film—featuring a special sound performance by MeLo-X. Get your tickets at moma.org/poprally. [Awol Erizku. “Girl with a Bamboo Earring.” 2009. Digital chromogenic print. Image courtesy the artist] by themuseumofmodernart http://ift.tt/1L2Upzj