Rineke Dijkstra
Ruth Drawing Picasso

1 March - 9 April 2011

Michael Stevenson is pleased to present a video projection by Rineke Dijkstra as part of the FOREX series.

Dijkstra is one of the most influential photographic artists working today, receiving international acclaim over the past two decades for her portrait series, often focusing on adolescents, teenagers and young adults. In the video piece Ruth Drawing Picasso (2009), a schoolgirl sits on the floor of a museum, drawing Picasso's painting Weeping Woman (1937). As viewers, we do not see the painting, only the girl lost in concentration, drawing what she observes. Filmed using a static, single camera angle, the image resembles a photographic portrait, encouraging us to observe closely the pose and gestures of the young girl.

The work was produced by Dijkstra following a residency at Tate Liverpool in the UK. The artist was inspired by the museum's outreach sessions with local schoolchildren. Ruth Drawing Picasso and a related video installation were created in a studio specially constructed for Dijkstra in the Tate Liverpool galleries. Dijkstra has had a long relationship with the city of Liverpool, using its residents as sitters for many years in a number of photographic and video works.

Dijkstra was born in Sittard, The Netherlands, in 1959, and lives and works in Amsterdam. She has been honoured with the Citibank Photography Prize (in 1998), among other prestigious awards. Her photographs have appeared in numerous international exhibitions, including Pictures by Women: A History of Modern Photography at the Museum of Modern Art, New York (2010-11); Street & Studio: An Urban History of Photography at Tate Modern, London (2008); the International Center for Photography's 2003 Triennial of Photography and Video in New York and the 1997 and 2001 Venice Biennales. In 2012 a retrospective exhibition of her work will take place at the Guggenheim Museum, New York, and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.

Dijkstra shows at Michael Stevenson as part of the FOREX project series which uses the foreign exchange market as a metaphor for an exchange of artistic ideas with a world beyond Africa, aiming to seek out affinities, illustrate shared frames of reference and explore intellectual kinship. The series has most recently featured works by Eija-Liisa Ahtila, Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster, DJ Spooky, Glenn Ligon and Walid Raad.

For more information about the FOREX project series, click here.

Concurrent exhibitions are by Deborah Poynton and Billy Monk. The exhibitions open on Tuesday 1 March, 6-8pm. The gallery is open from Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm, and Saturday 10am to 1pm.

Courtesy of Marian Goodman Gallery, New York and Paris.