All the Photographs at the New Whitney Museum: “America Is Hard to See” Show

All Photographs (by Artists Known as Photographers) in the Whitney Museum’s Inaugural Show, “America Is Hard to See”

Well, Almost All.

Starting from the top, the eighth floor, here are all the photographs in the new Whitney Museum’s first exhibition, “America Is Hard to See.”

Nearly all, as it turns out–it seems I missed a few, and some were by my favorite photographers, such as Garry Winogrand, Diane Arbus, and William Eggleston.

There are about sixty-six posted here.

Some are classics, like photographs by Walker Evans and Robert Frank, while some are a bit surprising but welcome additions, such as Andreas Feininger’s oddly compelling photo, “Diver.”

Sorry that some are out of focus, but hopefully you get the idea of the breadth of work shown at the new Whit.   Note that a few photographic art works were not included because I deemed the artists to be mostly known as conceptualists who use photography.  Just my approach.

Tops as most interesting were some of the seminal Cindy Sherman Untitled Film Stills, the sublime Lewis Hine print, the odd ads by Edward Steichen and Edward Steichen, the powerful Elvin Jones Roy picture by DeCarava, and work by David Armstrong and Francesca Woodman.

All Photography at the #NewWhitney Museum America Is Hard to See Show @SteveGiovinco
Alfred Stieglitz, Songs of the Sky B3, photograph in “America Is Hard to See,” Whitney Museum
Imogen Cunningham, Martha Graham 2, photograph in "America Is Hard to See," Whitney Museum
Imogen Cunningham, Martha Graham 2, photograph in “America Is Hard to See,” Whitney Museum
All Photography at the #NewWhitney Museum: Man Ray, America Is Hard to See Show @SteveGiovinco
Man Ray, Contrasted Circular Forms with Pair of Optical Black Dots, photogram in “America Is Hard to See”
All Photography at the #NewWhitney Museum Man Ray America Is Hard to See Show @SteveGiovinco
Man Ray, Metal Laboratory Objects, photograph in “America Is Hard to See,” Whitney Museum
All Photography at the #NewWhitney Museum Margaret Bourke-White America Is Hard to See Show @SteveGiovinco
Margaret Bourke-White, George Washington Bridge, photograph in “America Is Hard to See,” Whitney Museum
All Photography at the #NewWhitney Museum Ilse Bing America Is Hard to See Show @SteveGiovinco
Ilse Bing, Dead End II (Smokestacks, Queensborough Bridge), photograph in “America Is Hard to See,” Whitney Museum
All Photography at the #NewWhitney Museum Lewis Hine America Is Hard to See Show @SteveGiovinco
Lewis Hine, Untitled (No Fear of Heights), photograph in “America Is Hard to See,” Whitney Museum
All Photography at the #NewWhitney Museum Edward Steichen America Is Hard to See Show @SteveGiovinco
Edward Steichen, Self-Portrait with Photographer’s Paraphenalia, photograph in “America Is Hard to See,” Whitney Museum
All Photography at the #NewWhitney Museum Toyo Miyatake America Is Hard to See Show @SteveGiovinco
Toyo Miyatake, Self Portrait, photograph in “America Is Hard to See,” Whitney Museum
All Photography at the #NewWhitney Museum Ralph Steiner America Is Hard to See Show @SteveGiovinco
Ralph Steiner, (Louis Lozowick with gears), photograph in “America Is Hard to See,” Whitney Museum
All Photography at the #NewWhitney Museum Margaret Bourke-White America Is Hard to See Show @SteveGiovinco
Margaret Bourke-White, Edison Electric, photograph in “America Is Hard to See,” Whitney Museum
All Photography at the #NewWhitney Museum Edward Steichen America Is Hard to See Show @SteveGiovinco
Edward Steichen, Advertisement for Gorham Silver, photograph in “America Is Hard to See,” Whitney Museum
All Photography at the #NewWhitney Museum Edward Steichen America Is Hard to See Show @SteveGiovinco
Edward Steichen, Ad for Coty Lipstick, photograph in “America Is Hard to See,” Whitney Museum
All Photography at the #NewWhitney Museum Edward Steichen America Is Hard to See Show @SteveGiovinco
Edward Steichen, Paul Robeson as the Emperor Jones, photograph in “America Is Hard to See,” Whitney Museum
All Photography at the #NewWhitney Museum Roy DeCarava, Elvin Jones America Is Hard to See Show @SteveGiovinco
Roy DeCarava, Elvin Jones, photograph in “America Is Hard to See,” Whitney Museum
All Photography at the #NewWhitney Museum Roy DeCarava America Is Hard to See Show @SteveGiovinco
Roy DeCarava, Coltrane and Elvin, photograph in “America Is Hard to See,” Whitney Museum
All Photography at the #NewWhitney Museum Lisette Model, Sammy's America Is Hard to See Show @SteveGiovinco
Lisette Model, Sammy’s, New York, photograph in “America Is Hard to See,” Whitney Museum
All Photography at the #NewWhitney Museum William Klein America Is Hard to See Show @SteveGiovinco
William Klein, Selwyn, 42nd Street, New York, photograph in “America Is Hard to See,” Whitney Museum
All Photography at the #NewWhitney Museum Lisette Model, Albert-Alberta America Is Hard to See Show @SteveGiovinco
Lisette Model, Albert-Alberta, Hubert’s Forty-Second Street Flea Circus, New York, photograph in “America Is Hard to See,” Whitney Museum
All Photography at the #NewWhitney Museum Weegee, variant of Slum clearance project America Is Hard to See Show @SteveGiovinco
Weegee, variant of “Slum clearance project–Hell’s Kitchen, photograph in “America Is Hard to See,” Whitney Museum
All Photography at the #NewWhitney Museum Weegee, The Critic America Is Hard to See Show @SteveGiovinco
Weegee, The Critic, photograph in “America Is Hard to See,” Whitney Museum
All Photography at the #NewWhitney Museum Robert Frank America Is Hard to See Show @SteveGiovinco
Robert Frank, Formal Reception, photograph in “America Is Hard to See,” Whitney Museum
All Photography at the #NewWhitney Museum Margaret Bourke-White, The Louisville Flood America Is Hard to See Show @SteveGiovinco
Margaret Bourke-White, The Louisville Flood, photograph in “America Is Hard to See,” Whitney Museum
All Photography at the #NewWhitney Museum Dorothea Lange America Is Hard to See Show @SteveGiovinco
Dorothea Lange, Child of Migrant Family Suffering from Tuberculosis of the Bone, California, photograph in “America Is Hard to See,” Whitney Museum
All Photography at the #NewWhitney Museum Dorothea Lange, Demonstration America Is Hard to See Show @SteveGiovinco
Dorothea Lange, Demonstration, SF, photograph in “America Is Hard to See,” Whitney Museum
All Photography at the #NewWhitney Museum Walker Evans, Torn Movie Poster America Is Hard to See Show @SteveGiovinco
Walker Evans, Torn Movie Poster, photograph in “America Is Hard to See,” Whitney Museum
All Photography at the #NewWhitney Museum Andreas Feininger America Is Hard to See Show @SteveGiovinco
Andreas Feininger, Diver, photograph in “America Is Hard to See,” Whitney Museum
All Photography at the #NewWhitney MuseumMan Ray America Is Hard to See Show @SteveGiovinco
Man Ray, Juliet in the Mirror, photograph in “America Is Hard to See,” Whitney Museum
All Photography at the #NewWhitney Museum Ansel Adams, Moonrise America Is Hard to See Show @SteveGiovinco
Ansel Adams, Moonrise, Hernandez, New Mexico, photograph in “America Is Hard to See,” Whitney Museum
All Photography at the #NewWhitney Museum Lorna Simpson America Is Hard to See Show @SteveGiovinco
Lorna Simpson, 2 Tracks, photograph in “America Is Hard to See,” Whitney Museum
All Photography at the #NewWhitney Museum Catherine Opie America Is Hard to See Show @SteveGiovinco
Catherine Opie, Self-Portrait/Cutting, photograph in “America Is Hard to See,” Whitney Museum
All Photography at the #NewWhitney Museum An-My Le America Is Hard to See Show @SteveGiovinco
An-My Le, 20 Palms: Guard, Combat Operations Center, photograph in “America Is Hard to See,” Whitney Museum
All Photography at the #NewWhitney Museum Zoe Leonard America Is Hard to See Show @SteveGiovinco
Zoe Leonard, from Analogue, photographs in “America Is Hard to See,” Whitney Museum
All Photography at the #NewWhitney Museum LaToya Ruby Frazier America Is Hard to See Show @SteveGiovinco
LaToya Ruby Frazier, Landscape of the Body (Epilepsy Test), photograph in “America Is Hard to See,” Whitney Museum
All Photography at the #NewWhitney Museum Christopher Williams America Is Hard to See Show @SteveGiovinco
Christopher Williams, One of 406 Ceiling Panels (23 3/4 x 23 3/4 inches each) Covered on the back with striped paper (green and white) Each Stripe is 8.7 cm. >From “Frost and Defrost: A Work In Situ By Daniel Buren:, Otis Art Institute Gallery, 2401 Wilshire Boulevard, photograph in “America Is Hard to See,” Whitney Museum
Peter Hujar, David Lighting Up, photograph in "America Is Hard to See," Whitney Museum
Peter Hujar, David Lighting Up, photograph in “America Is Hard to See,” Whitney Museum
Peter Hujar, West Side Parking Lots, NYC, photograph in "America Is Hard to See," Whitney Museum
Peter Hujar, West Side Parking Lots, NYC, photograph in “America Is Hard to See,” Whitney Museum
David Wojnarowicz, Untitled, photograph in "America Is Hard to See," Whitney Museum
David Wojnarowicz, Untitled, photograph in “America Is Hard to See,” Whitney Museum
David Wojnarowicz, Untitled, photograph in "America Is Hard to See," Whitney Museum
David Wojnarowicz, Untitled, photograph in “America Is Hard to See,” Whitney Museum
David Wojnarowicz, Untitled, photograph in "America Is Hard to See," Whitney Museum
David Wojnarowicz, Untitled, photograph in “America Is Hard to See,” Whitney Museum
All Photography at the #NewWhitney Museum Robert Mapplethorpe America Is Hard to See Show @SteveGiovinco
Robert Mapplethorpe, Self-Portrait, photograph in “America Is Hard to See,” Whitney Museum
All Photography at the #NewWhitney Museum Mark Morrisroe America Is Hard to See Show @SteveGiovinco
Mark Morrisroe, Untitled, photograph in “America Is Hard to See,” Whitney Museum
All Photography at the #NewWhitney Museum David Armstrong, French Chris America Is Hard to See Show @SteveGiovinco
David Armstrong, French Chris, Rue André Antoine, photograph in “America Is Hard to See,” Whitney Museum
All Photography at the #NewWhitney Museum Mark Morrisroe America Is Hard to See Show @SteveGiovinco
Mark Morrisroe, Untitled, photograph in “America Is Hard to See,” Whitney Museum
All Photography at the #NewWhitney Museum Robert Mapplethorpe, American Flag America Is Hard to See Show @SteveGiovinco
Robert Mapplethorpe, American Flag, photograph in “America Is Hard to See,” Whitney Museum
All Photography at the #NewWhitney Museum Louise Lawler, American Flag America Is Hard to See Show @SteveGiovinco
Louise Lawler, Does Marilyn Monroe Make You Cry?, photograph in “America Is Hard to See,” Whitney Museum
All Photography at the #NewWhitney Museum Richard Prince, Spiritual America America Is Hard to See Show @SteveGiovinco
Richard Prince, Spiritual America, photograph in “America Is Hard to See,” Whitney Museum
All Photography at the #NewWhitney Museum William Leavitt, American Flag America Is Hard to See Show @SteveGiovinco
William Leavitt, Spectral Analysis, photograph in “America Is Hard to See,” Whitney Museum
All Photography at the #NewWhitney Museum Sarah Charlesworth, American Flag America Is Hard to See Show @SteveGiovinco
Sarah Charlesworth, Fear of Nothing, photograph in “America Is Hard to See,” Whitney Museum
All Photography at the #NewWhitney Museum Lucas Samaras, AutoPolaroid America Is Hard to See Show @SteveGiovinco
Lucas Samaras, AutoPolaroid, photograph in “America Is Hard to See,” Whitney Museum
All Photography at the #NewWhitney Museum Lucas Samaras, AutoPolaroid America Is Hard to See Show @SteveGiovinco
Lucas Samaras, AutoPolaroid, photograph in “America Is Hard to See,” Whitney Museum
All Photography at the #NewWhitney Museum Laurie Simmons, Woman Listening America Is Hard to See Show @SteveGiovinco
Laurie Simmons, Woman Listening to Radio, photograph in “America Is Hard to See,” Whitney Museum
All Photography at the #NewWhitney Museum Laurie Simmons, Mother/Nursery America Is Hard to See Show @SteveGiovinco
Laurie Simmons, Mother/Nursery, photograph in “America Is Hard to See,” Whitney Museum
All Photography at the #NewWhitney Museum Laurie Simmons, New bathroom America Is Hard to See Show @SteveGiovinco
Laurie Simmons, New bathroom/Aerial View/Sunlight, photograph in “America Is Hard to See,” Whitney Museum
All Photography at the #NewWhitney Museum Sturtevant, Duchamp Man Ray Portrait America Is Hard to See Show @SteveGiovinco
Sturtevant, Duchamp Man Ray Portrait, photograph in “America Is Hard to See,” Whitney Museum
All Photography at the #NewWhitney Museum Cindy Sherman, Untitled Film Still #14 America Is Hard to See Show @SteveGiovinco
Cindy Sherman, Untitled Film Still #14, photograph in “America Is Hard to See,” Whitney Museum
All Photography at the #NewWhitney Museum Cindy Sherman, Untitled Film Still #45 America Is Hard to See Show @SteveGiovinco
Cindy Sherman, Untitled Film Still #45, photograph in “America Is Hard to See,” Whitney Museum
All Photography at the #NewWhitney Museum Cindy Sherman, Untitled Film Still #23 America Is Hard to See Show @SteveGiovinco
Cindy Sherman, Untitled Film Still #23, photograph in “America Is Hard to See,” Whitney Museum
All Photography at the #NewWhitney Museum Cindy Sherman, Untitled Film Still #27 America Is Hard to See Show @SteveGiovinco
Cindy Sherman, Untitled Film Still #27, photograph in “America Is Hard to See,” Whitney Museum
All Photography at the #NewWhitney Museum Asco, Decoy Gang War Victim America Is Hard to See Show @SteveGiovinco
Asco, Decoy Gang War Victim, photograph in “America Is Hard to See,” Whitney Museum
All Photography at the #NewWhitney Museum Asco, No Canary America Is Hard to See Show @SteveGiovinco
Asco, No Canary, 1977, from No Movies, photograph in “America Is Hard to See,” Whitney Museum
All Photography at the #NewWhitney Museum Asco, No Movie America Is Hard to See Show @SteveGiovinco
Asco, No Movie (Stars), 1978, from No Movies,, photograph in “America Is Hard to See,” Whitney Museum
All Photography at the #NewWhitney Museum Francesca Woodman America Is Hard to See Show @SteveGiovinco
Francesca Woodman, Then at one point I did not need to translate the notes; they went directly to my hands, Providence, Asco, No Movie (Stars), 1978, from No Movies,, photograph in “America Is Hard to See,” Whitney Museum

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Frieze New York 2015 Photography: Few Classics, Mostly New Artists

Photography Abounds at Frieze New York

Frieze New York 2015 Photography: Few Classics, Mostly New,  Velcro Suit

Frieze New York 2015 Photography: Few Classics, Mostly New, Photo Books
Frieze New York 2015 Photography: Few Classics, Mostly New, Photo Books

As the 2015 edition of Frieze New York makes it way back to Randell’s Island once again, a range of photographs can found.   But there seem to be less of the “usual suspects,” and more of a mix of European and Asian work.

Below are a few notable photos.

Roe Ethridge, at Andrew Kreps

Frieze New York 2015 Photography: Few Classics, Mostly New, Roe Ethridge, Andrew Kreps
Frieze New York 2015 Photography: Few Classics, Mostly New, Roe Ethridge, Andrew Kreps

Thomas Demand, at Matthew Marks Gallery

Frieze New York 2015 Photography: Few Classics, Mostly New, Thomas Demand, Matthew Marks Gallery
Frieze New York 2015 Photography: Few Classics, Mostly New, Thomas Demand, Matthew Marks Gallery

Tina Barney, at Paul Kasmin Gallery

Frieze New York 2015 Photography: Few Classics, Mostly New, Tina Barney, Paul Kasmin Gallery
Frieze New York 2015 Photography: Few Classics, Mostly New, Tina Barney, Paul Kasmin Gallery

Cindy Sherman, at Skarskedt

Frieze New York 2015 Photography: Few Classics, Mostly New,  Cindy Sherman at Skarskedt
Frieze New York 2015 Photography: Few Classics, Mostly New, Cindy Sherman at Skarskedt

Desiree Dolron, At Grimm

 

Frieze New York 2015 Photography: Few Classics, Mostly New, Desiree Dolron
Frieze New York 2015 Photography: Few Classics, Mostly New, Desiree Dolron

William Eggleston, at Andrea Rosen

Frieze New York 2015 Photography: Few Classics, Mostly New, William Eggleston, Andrea Rosen
Frieze New York 2015 Photography: Few Classics, Mostly New, William Eggleston, Andrea Rosen

James Welling, at Maureen Paley

Frieze New York 2015 Photography: Few Classics, Mostly New, James Welling, Maureen Paley
Frieze New York 2015 Photography: Few Classics, Mostly New, James Welling, Maureen Paley

Torbjorn Rodlandm, at Algus Greenspon

Frieze New York 2015 Photography: Few Classics, Mostly New, Torbjorn Rodland
Frieze New York 2015 Photography: Few Classics, Mostly New, Torbjorn Rodland

Robert Mapplethorpe, at Xavier Hufkens

Frieze New York 2015 Photography: Few Classics, Mostly New, Robert Mapplethorpe, Xavier Hufkens
Frieze New York 2015 Photography: Few Classics, Mostly New, Robert Mapplethorpe, Xavier Hufkens

Richard Mosse, at Jack Shainman Gallery

Frieze New York 2015 Photography: Few Classics, Mostly New, Richard Mosse, Jack Shainman Gallery
Frieze New York 2015 Photography: Few Classics, Mostly New, Richard Mosse, Jack Shainman Gallery

Wolfgang Tillmans, at Maureen Paley

Frieze New York 2015 Photography: Few Classics, Mostly New, Wolfgang Tillmans, Maureen Paley
Frieze New York 2015 Photography: Few Classics, Mostly New, Wolfgang Tillmans, Maureen Paley

Trevor Paglen, at Altman Siegel

Frieze New York 2015 Photography: Few Classics, Mostly New,  Trevor Paglen, Altman Siegel
Frieze New York 2015 Photography: Few Classics, Mostly New, Trevor Paglen, Altman Siegel

Laurie Simmons, at Salon 94

Frieze New York 2015 Photography: Few Classics, Mostly New,  Laurie Simmons, Salon 94
Frieze New York 2015 Photography: Few Classics, Mostly New, Laurie Simmons, Salon 94

Wolfgang Tillmans, at Buchholz Berlin

Frieze New York 2015 Photography: Few Classics, Mostly New, Wolfgang Tillmans, Buchholz Berlin
Frieze New York 2015 Photography: Few Classics, Mostly New, Wolfgang Tillmans, Buchholz Berlin

Chi Wen Gallery

Frieze New York 2015 Photography: Few Classics, Mostly New, Chi Wen Gallery
Frieze New York 2015 Photography: Few Classics, Mostly New, Chi Wen Gallery

Yosuke Takeda

Frieze New York 2015 Photography: Few Classics, Mostly New, Yosuke Takeda
Frieze New York 2015 Photography: Few Classics, Mostly New, Yosuke Takeda

Yasuhiro Ishimoto, at Taka Ishii Gallery

Frieze New York 2015 Photography: Few Classics, Mostly New, Yasuhiro Ishimoto, Taka Ishii Gallery
Frieze New York 2015 Photography: Few Classics, Mostly New, Yasuhiro Ishimoto, Taka Ishii Gallery
Frieze New York 2015 Photography: Few Classics, Mostly New, Stephen Shore Photobook
Frieze New York 2015 Photography: Few Classics, Mostly New, Stephen Shore Photobook
Frieze New York 2015 Photography: Few Classics, Mostly New,  Alec Soth Songbook
Frieze New York 2015 Photography: Few Classics, Mostly New, Alec Soth Songbook

Christies Contemporary Art Evening and Day Auction: Things That I Like

The day and evening sale at Christies has some good work, but there seems to be little in the way of photography, surprisingly.

Here are a few that I like:

Whats on: Radio, Ed Ruscha, at Auction, Christies @SteveGiovinco
Whats on: Radio, Ed Ruscha, at Auction, Christies @SteveGiovinco

 

Cindy Sherman Untitled Film Stills at Auction at Christies
Cindy Sherman Untitled Film Stills at Auction at Christies

 

Cindy Sherman Untitled Film Stills at Auction at Christies @SteveGiovinco
Cindy Sherman Untitled Film Stills at Auction at Christies @SteveGiovinco

 

 

Cindy Sherman Untitled Film Stills at Auction at Christies @SteveGiovinco
Cindy Sherman Untitled Film Stills at Auction at Christies

 

Layers, Layers: Mark Grotjahn, Christies @SteveGiovinco
Layers, Layers: Mark Grotjahn, Christies

 

Nurse on Trial: Richard Prince, Christies @SteveGiovinco
Nurse on Trial: Richard Prince, Christies

 

Intimate Moments: Lucien Freud, at Auction at Christies @SteveGiovinco
Intimate Moments: Lucien Freud, at Auction at Christies

 

The End: Ed Ruscha, at Auction at Christies @SteveGiovinco
The End: Ed Ruscha, at Auction at Christies

Christies Contemporary Fall 2013 Art Sale Highlights

Some Picks from Christies Contemporary and Postwar Fall 2013 Auction

Christies Contemporary Fall Art Sale Highlights
Christies Contemporary Fall Art Sale Highlights

Christies this time around seems to be selling a bit more cutting edge contemporary work, normally the realm of Phillips (which appeared lack-luster).  Below are a few favorites of mine.

Jeff Koons. Christies Contemporary Fall Art Sale Highlights
Jeff Koons.
Andy Warhol, Diamond Dust. Christies Contemporary Fall Art Sale Highlights
Andy Warhol, Diamond Dust.
Wade Guyton, Untitled. Christies Contemporary Fall Art Sale Highlights
Wade Guyton, Untitled.
Wayne Thiebauld, Two Jackpots. Christies Contemporary Fall Art Sale Highlights
Wayne Thiebauld, Two Jackpots.
Andy Warhol, Mercedes-Benz W 196 R Grand Prix Car. Christies Contemporary Fall Art Sale Highlights
Andy Warhol, Mercedes-Benz W 196 R Grand Prix Car.
Elizabeth Peyton. John Lennon Recording Abby Road. Christies Contemporary Fall Art Sale Highlights
Elizabeth Peyton. John Lennon Recording Abby Road.
Vik Muniz, Fallingwater. Christies Contemporary Fall Art Sale Highlights
Vik Muniz, Fallingwater.
Mark Rothko, No. 11 (Untitled). Christies Contemporary Fall Art Sale Highlights
Mark Rothko, No. 11 (Untitled).
Cindy Sherman, Untitled #48. Christies Contemporary Fall Art Sale Highlights
Cindy Sherman, Untitled #48.
Maurizio Cattelan, Frank and Jamie. Christies Contemporary Fall Art Sale Highlights
Maurizio Cattelan, Frank and Jamie.
Neo Rauch, Tal. Christies Contemporary Fall Art Sale Highlights
Neo Rauch, Tal.
Christies Contemporary Fall Art Sale Highlights Cindy Sherman, Untitled #71
Cindy Sherman, Untitled #71
Mark Grotjahn, Untitled. Christies Contemporary Fall Art Sale Highlights
Mark Grotjahn, Untitled. Christies Contemporary Fall Art Sale Highlights

 

Holy Motors: Film and Contemporary Fine Art Photography Merge

Holy Motors: Is this a mash up of Cindy Sherman’s Photographs, Antonioni’s Blow Up, and Wim Wender’s Wings of Desire?

Holy Motors, by Leos Carax and Contemporary Fine Art Photography

This is an incredible film that defies explanation. By French director Leos Carax, Holy Motors is a film that references other genres, which it is modeled from, but is completely fresh and defiantly odd, full of compelling energy and strange, thoughtful ruminations.

The film centers around nine or ten “assignments” as they are called, where various impersonations are employed in Zelig-like verve.  The first seems simple enough: a rich business man leaves his house for work in a sleek limousine—only he’s not going to work (or is he?).  Instead, he changes into an old woman using extensive make up, wigs and other attire, and heads to a street to beg.  Next, another assignment requires Oscar (Denis Lavant) to become a leprechaun and reek havoc on a photography shoot set in a cemetery (finger biting included).

The final assignment is strange and maudlin.  We find in actuality Oscar is a paid player, and lacks a real identity of his own.  He endlessly must become someone anew, and always becomes a stranger in a new way each day.  This is hell.  Poignantly, he heads “home” but pauses wistfully before entering to greet his “family” (albeit an alternative one) to ponder his fate of endless loneliness.

Some contemporary fine art photography comes to mind when thinking about Holy Motors and identity.

Cindy Sherman, Fine Art Photographer

Cindy Sherman, naturally, seems to be a still photography equivalent to a certain degree but lacks the emotional impact of Holy Motors.  Cindy Sherman’s photographs depicts different personalities of today’s society, and seems to say that one’s persona remains only at the surface of things.

The photographer Nikki S. Lee, however, seems to approach Holy Motors in actualizing the roles played.  Nikki S. Lee spent time to become her characters, and lived or surrounded herself with real people from the selected tribes.  For example, she dressed as a skate boarder and infiltrated that society for some time—and even had her new acquaintances photograph her.

It hardly seems a coincidence that Holy Motors was playing at Film Forum with a documentary about the fine art photographer (and Yale Grad School classmate) Greg Crewdson.

Parts of other films seem to loosely remind me of Holy Motors, including Antonioni’s Blow Up (particularly the scenes of that the empty park gives; the mimes transversing scenes incongruently; things in general are not what they seem), and to a certain degree, Wim Wender’s Wings of Desire (for the frequent wincing moments of ennui; angels acting as real).

Holy Motors is a powerful film.