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Title

Dancer, New York City

1978
printed 1990


Artist

Lynn Davis

United States of America

1944 -


About

Lynn Davis revels in the realist fragment in her approach to photographing the body. She said in 1985 that she likes keeping the final image ‘on the level of the sensuality of shapes and forms’. She asks her subjects to push the body beyond its limits so that beauty and excitement can be exaggerated. Davis worked with dancers to explore these limits in the present series. She asked for extreme discipline in movement, the formation of shapes, contrasts and physical tensions which she found exhilarating in their abstractions.


Details


Dates

1978
printed 1990


Media category

Photograph


Materials used

gelatin silver photograph


Edition

6/10


Dimensions

48.4 x 48.2 cm image; 60.6 x 50.5 cm sheet


Signature & date

Signed and dated l.r.verso, ink "Lynn Davis 1990".


Credit

Gift of Edron Pty Ltd - 1996 through the auspices of Alistair McAlpine


Location

Not on display


Accession number

703.1996


Artist information

Lynn Davis

Works in the collection

6


Shown in 2 exhibitions

Exhibition history


  • Discipline and Beauty, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 28 Jun 1997–17 Aug 1997

  • Body Parts, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 26 Sep 2015–31 Jan 2016


Referenced in 3 publications

Bibliography


Judy Annear, Discipline and Beauty - women, fashion, photography, Sydney, 1997, illus..

Sotheby's London (Editor), Sotheby's London: Photograpic image and related material, England, 02 May 1996, 94 (illus.). lot no. 300, text below refers to photograph.

Peter Weiermair (Editor), Lynn Davis: "Body Work" 1978-1985, Switzerland, 1994, 44 (illus.).