André Smits, photography by Anna Vimich (Artfridge) 2012
With the logic of day following night, Artist in the World, the unprecedented project by André Smits, is the subject of my latest article in Whitehot Magazine of Contemporary Art.
It opens enticingly with these 3 sentences:
"Edgar Degas may have been the first to detect the allure of portraying an artist by experimenting with photography as a visual memoir. Voilà +/- instant immortality. Man Ray to Mapplethorpe, among others since, have traced and retraced this genre pretty well to a fine point; The Famous/The Greatest in mostly frontal, often confrontational, close-up poses. Nothing like how André Smits approaches things, partly because his focus is so egalitarian..."