Martin Schoeller

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The large scale photographs of Martin Schoeller have developed as one of the most distinctive photographic styles today. The artist produces large format color portrait photographs that are often presented as 4 foot high, tightly cropped images that contain no direct outside point of reference. The artist began his inventory of celebrity images in 1993 when he came to the U.S to work with Annie Leibovitz. This later developed into the artist directly working for magazines such as The New Yorker, Rolling Stone and Esquire. Many of the photos negate the personality of the subject in exchange for a more structural matter-of-fact depiction. Much information is lost when a person becomes loosely familiar with the image of a particular celebrity, Schoeller’s work shatters this illusion as the viewer is directly confronted with factual rather than associated imagery. Schoeller has a new exhibition and opening tonight at the Ace Gallery in Beverly Hills, CA, featuring a mix on new and older work. The artist has exhibited internationally with recent shows at Gallery Wouter van Leeuwen in Amsterdam (2006) and with the Brancolini Grimaldi Contemporary Art in Rome (2006). In 2005, teNeues Publishing Group released an artist book entitled “Close Up,” with works by Schoeller.

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