Victor Skrebneski @ Winkleman / Plus Ultra
Opening Reception: Friday, January 12, 6-8 pm
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Winkleman / Plus Ultra Gallery is delighted to present "Athletes," a series of new work by legendary photographer Victor Skrebneski. Organized by Oksana Salamatina, this exhibition presents Skrebneski's large-scale black and white portraits of athletes who competed in the 2006 Gay Games Sports and Cultural Festival in Chicago.
Better known for his highly inventive fashion photography and strikingly reductive celebrity portraits, Skrebneski chose his subjects in this series to reflect diversity within gender, race, ethnic origin, age, sexual orientation, and gender identity. Still apparent throughout, of course, is Skrebneski's signature highlighting of the sculptural in the human form, but the frequent juxtaposition of more formal poses with action or illuminating close-ups reveals the contradictions within the personality of an athlete, at once both fiercely competitive and generously hopeful. Furthermore, in stark contrast to the often-demoralizing cultural war waging over gay rights in the U.S., Skrebneski's portraits exude an unabashedly optimistic spirit of strength, beauty, resolve, pride and pure joy.
Victor Skrebneski is considered one of the finest fashion, figural and portrait photographers of all time. His work has been exhibited at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago, the Nassau County Museum of Art in New York, the Oragne County Museum of Art in New Port Beach, CA, and numerous contemporary art galleries in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, and Paris.
For more information, please call 212-643-6152 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.Victor Skrebneski
January 12 to February 10, 2007
Opening Reception: Friday, january 12, 6-8 pm
Winkleman / Plus Ultra Gallery
637 West 27th Street (Ground Floor)
New York, NY 10001
Hours: Tuesday thru Saturday, 11am to 6pm or by appointment.
Directions: C or E train to 23rd Street. Walk North to 27th Street. Plus Ultra is between 11th and 12th Avenues.