Noted art critic and historian Hans den Hartog Jager will interview Dutch photographer Rineke Dijkstra, known for her remarkable oeuvre of large-scale portraits, which were featured in a retrospective at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum last year. The artist will discuss the relationship of contemporary photography and her own work to paintings by such artists as Rembrandt and Vermeer.
―This program is made possible through the generous support of the Drue Heinz Trust.
Hans den Hartog Jager
Hans den Hartog Jager is a writer and art critic based in Amsterdam. He writes for the newspaper NRC Handelsblad, hosts a program on contemporary art for Dutch national television, and has curated a number of exhibitions for Dutch museums. Among the numerous books on art he has written are Verf (Paint) (2004), a volume of interviews with prominent Dutch painters about their working methods; Haai op sterk water (Shark on Formaldehyde) (2008); and Het sublieme (The Sublime) (2011), on the notion of beauty in contemporary art.
Dutch-born Rineke Dijkstra is best known for her large-scale color photographs of young, typically adolescent subjects that recall seventeenth-century Dutch painting in their scale and visual acuity. Her photographs and videos capture what is both uniquely personal and universal about her subjects, the minimal contextual details encouraging the viewer to focus on the relationship between the photographer and the subject and between the viewer and the viewed. In 2012, Dijkstra was the subject of a mid-career retrospective presented at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum. Other recent exhibitions include a 2005-6 international tour of Rineke Dijkstra, Portraits; two solo shows at Marian Goodman Gallery, in Paris and New York (2010); and Rineke Dijkstra: I See a Woman Crying, on view at Tate Liverpool (2010). Earlier this year, the Museum für Moderne Kunst (MMK) Frankfurt presented the first comprehensive retrospective of the artist's filmic work. Dijkstra has been honored with the Citibank Photography Prize (1999); the Werner Mantz Award (1994); and the Kodak Award Netherlands (1987), among others.