Erwin Olaf 2001
Paradise Portraits

Box Size (in cm): 65 x 55
Photograph size (in cm): 14 x 20
Contains: 1 booklet and 8 original photographs mounted between aluminium and diasec. Each photograph is signed and numbered. These are miniature versions of the big portraits the artist has produced for his show “Paradise”
Editions: 60
Number of photographs: 8
Year of publication: 2001

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Beautiful women offset humorous or grinning, freakily made-up clowns – expressions with such energy you can almost hear their cackles. The works are intense and beautiful, yet teeter between horror and decadence.
Erwin Olaf’s visually sophisticated and conceptually provocative style has been embraced by the art world. In 2010 Louis Vuitton commissioned Olaf for a portrait series in collaboration with the Rijksmuseum Amsterdam. He won numerous other international art and media prizes, such as Photographer of the Year in the International Colour Awards in 2006. In 2008 he received a Lucie Award from the United States of America for his achievements in photography. In 2011 he won the prestigious Dutch State price of the Arts, Johannes Vermeer Award. The jury selected him because of the high quality of his entire body of work.
Erwin Olaf participated in numerous group and solo exhibitions nationally and internationally, including George Eastman House, Rochester, USA; Maison Européenne de la Photographie, Paris; Chelsea Art Museum, New York; Museum voor Moderne Kunst Arnhem; Kunsthalle, Winterthur, Switzerland and the Museum of the City of New York, New York. Solo exhibitions include the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, Bilbao Art Centre, Bilbao, Spain; Groninger Museum, Groningen; MonteVideo, Amsterdam; Modern Art Gallery of Bologna, Bologna, Italy; Museum of Modern Art, Moscow, Russia; The Hague Museum of Photography, The Hague; Photo Museum Antwerp, Antwerp; Institut Néerlandais, Paris; Domus Artium, Salamanca; Hermitage, Amsterdam; Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam.

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