Marcia Resnick’s Humorous Explorations
Most people familiar with the art of Marcia Resnick know it through Re-visions, her series of smart and very funny photographs tracking the passage of a pre-adolescent girl into young womanhood. The book Re-visions was released in 1978 to wide critical acclaim from Resnick’s artistic and literary peers, among them William Burroughs, Andy Warhol, and Allen Ginsberg.
Along with her friend William Wegman, who was creating conceptual tableaux in his photography during the mid- to late 1970s, Resnick was a precursor to a broad range of artists, including Cindy Sherman, engaged in photographic storytelling.
“Re-visions & Other Visions: Vintage Photographs 1970s- 1980s” is her new exhibition of photographs. On view will be portraits of musicians, artists, and writers chosen from her 2015 book “Punks, Poets and Provocateurs: NYC Bad Boys 1977-1982” as well as selections from her column “Resnick’s Believe-It-Or-Not”, published in the SoHo Weekly News during the same period.
It also features Resnick’s early photographs from her three series “See, See Changes”, and “Landscape/Loftscape”, in which she pursued a wide-ranging exploration of the inherent, and often humorous, contradictions between art and reality.