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Performance Sketches Portfolio, 2009

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    • Set of 13 black-and-white photographs and a unique drawing on paper.
    • This is a set of 13 photographs, each measuring 11" x 14".

    About The Work

    The photographs in the Performance Sketches Portfolio are taken from Ragnar Kjartansson's elaborate performance piece The End — Venezia, developed for the 2009 Venice Biennale. Kjartansson set up a painting studio in the Palazzo Michiel dal Brusa by the Grand Canal, where each day for six months he painted a portrait from life of a slim young man, fellow Icelandic performance artist Pall Haukur Bjornsson, wearing only a black Speedo.

    In the performance Kjartansson plays the role of the cliché artist, with slicked back hair and a beard, smoking cigars and drinking beer, while his subject languishes like a blasé Dorian Gray. The piece is both reverent of art and the artistic process, while also mocking the fantasy of the Bohemian artist and his muse.

    About Ragnar Kjartansson

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    • Ships in 10 to 14 business days from Iceland.
    • Due to the holidays, shipping might be delayed by an extra 2 weeks.
    • This work is final sale and not eligible for return.

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