Robert Heinecken: A Material History

“Over the last four decades, Robert Heinecken has amused, educated and often shocked viewers with his pointed, irreverent photographic works. So provocative are Heinecken’s subjects and obsessions–the Vietnam War, pornography, masculinity and femininity, the media marketplace–that many critics and other observers rank either as avid fans or staunch detractors. In recent years, the impact of Heinecken’s career within and beyond the world of photography has been indisputable. His manipulations and iterations of mass-produced imagery are echoed by artists as eclectic as Barbara Kruger, Cindy Sherman, Richard Price and others. In today’s media-saturated environment, Heinecken’s work with its wit, know-how, and focus on media materials, is as relevant now as when he made it. The Robert Heinecken Archive at the Center for Creative Photography, with its extensive collection of fine prints, papers, support materials and random objects, provides the inspiration for this reassessment. Robert Heinecken: A Material History positions Heinecken less as a fringe element of photographic practice and sensibility and more as a pioneer of the visual, helping to integrate alternative methods as part of the canon.”

Text: Ramos Roxane. pp. 112; paperback. Publisher: Center for Creative Photography, Tucson, 2003.

ISBN: 9780938262367| 093826236X

ID: 15486

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“Over the last four decades, Robert Heinecken has amused, educated and often shocked viewers with his pointed, irreverent photographic works. So provocative are Heinecken’s subjects and obsessions–the Vietnam War, pornography, masculinity and femininity, the media marketplace–that many critics and other observers rank either as avid fans or staunch detractors. In recent years, the impact of Heinecken’s career within and beyond the world of photography has been indisputable. His manipulations and iterations of mass-produced imagery are echoed by artists as eclectic as Barbara Kruger, Cindy Sherman, Richard Price and others. In today’s media-saturated environment, Heinecken’s work with its wit, know-how, and focus on media materials, is as relevant now as when he made it. The Robert Heinecken Archive at the Center for Creative Photography, with its extensive collection of fine prints, papers, support materials and random objects, provides the inspiration for this reassessment. Robert Heinecken: A Material History positions Heinecken less as a fringe element of photographic practice and sensibility and more as a pioneer of the visual, helping to integrate alternative methods as part of the canon.”