Erwin Olaf “Palm Springs”

Edwynn Houk Gallery

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Edwynn Houk Gallery presents a solo exhibition of Erwin Olaf’s latest series, Palm Springs (2018).

Olaf made this body of work on location in Palm Springs, the Southern California midcentury oasis. More than fifty years after its heyday as a quintessential modern paradise, synonymous with the carefree luxury of Slim Aarons’ iconic images, the landscape has changed and the myth of California as the golden promised land exists now as a nostalgic memory. Yet, Olaf’s images are intensely alluring, rife with unspoken desire, fantasy, and tension. He evokes the complexity of relationships and emotions through a cinematic language, as if to echo the artifice of a once lush vacation wonderland built in the desert.

This exhibition anticipates the artist’s sixtieth birthday, an occasion also being commemorated with three museum retrospectives of his work. The Gemeentemuseum and the Fotomuseum, both in The Hague, have concurrent shows on view through May 12. The Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam has acquired 500 works spanning Olaf’s career for its permanent collection and will present 12 x Erwin Olaf, an exhibition featuring a selection of the artist’s photographs in dialogue with Dutch Golden Age paintings, opening on July 3. A 400-page monograph, Erwin Olaf: I Am (Aperture), was also published this month.

Olaf’s work is in numerous private and public collections, including the Rijksmuseum and Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam; Fonds National d’Art Contemporain, Paris; George Eastman Museum, Rochester; and the Sir Elton John Collection, UK and USA. The artist lives and works in Amsterdam.



from April 25, 2019 to June 01, 2019


Erwin Olaf

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