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Socio Duo Habliment Studies #2 1981

Robert Heinecken

Socio Duo Habliment Studies #2


10 unique Polaroid SX-70 photographs with lithographic text, mounted to Reves paper

15 x 20 inches

38.1 x 50.8 cm

Framed: 18x23x1.5

Robert Heinecken, Daytime Color TV Fantasy/Poly Six

Robert Heinecken

Daytime Color TV Fantasy/Poly Six


3M color-in-dye sublimation print

19 x 22 3/4 inches

48.3 x 57.8 cm

Robert Heinecken, Daytime Color TV Fantasy/Liv-a-Snaps

Robert Heinecken

Daytime Color TV Fantasy/Liv-a-Snaps


3M color-in-dye sublimation print

19 x 22 3/4 inches

48.3 x 57.8 cm

Different Strokes 1970

Robert Heinecken

Different Strokes


Photographic emulsion on canvas

40 x 120 inches

101.6 x 304.8 cm

Venus/Mirrored #6 1968

Robert Heinecken

Venus/Mirrored #6


Layered Plexiglas and black and white film transparencies with mirror

5 3/4 x 5 x 1 1/4 inches

14.6 x 12.7 x 3.2 cm

Robert Heinecken, Kiss Mirrored

Robert Heinecken

Kiss Mirrored


Ink transfer from found magazine pages

6 1/8 x 4 3/4 inches

15.6 x 12.1 cm

Blue Chip Stamp Girl 1965

Robert Heinecken

Blue Chip Stamp Girl


Gelatin silver print

13 5/8 x 8 3/4 inches

34.6 x 22.2 cm

Robert Heinecken, Venice Alley

Robert Heinecken

Venice Alley


Gelatin silver print

14 5/8 x 20 1/2 inches

37.1 x 52.1 cm

How are we to assess Heinecken’s work, with its complexity and its incredible profusion of operations (superimposition, compositing, decontextualizing, transposition, inversion, displacement, and random permutation)? Part of the answer may lie in what for many is the most confounding aspect of his art, its near-obsessive return to sex. It is libidinousness, perhaps, that characterizes not only Heinecken’s iconography but also his intense engagement with his mediums, the promiscuity of his practice and its messiness... in Heinecken’s work we confront sex, violence, and the body and its fragmentation and estrangements from itself.

.Matthew Biro, “Reality Effects: Matthew Biro on the Art of Robert Heinecken,” Artforum, October 2011

Robert Heinecken -  - Viewing Room - Petzel Gallery

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Robert Heinecken (b. 1931, Denver, CO) began his education at Riverside Junior College in Riverside, California (1949-1951), was a fighter pilot in the U.S. Marine Corp from 1953-1957, and went on to study art at the University of California, Los Angeles, earning a BA in 1959, and an MA in 1960. In 1964 he founded the graduate program for photography at UCLA, and retired from the institution in 1991. He was a member of the Board of Trustees of The Friends of Photography, and a chairman of the Society for Photographic Education. He received a Guggenheim Fellowship (1976), a National Endowment for the Arts Individual Artists Grant (1977, 1981, 1986), and Polaroid Corporation grants to use 20×24 and 40×80 cameras (1984, 1985, 1988). He died on May 18, 2006.

Robert Heinecken, who is perhaps best known for his assemblages of found images from torn magazine pages and for photographs containing familiar media iconography, often redefining the role of the photographer and our perceptions of the medium. Trained in design, drawing, and printmaking, Heinecken’s signature work incorporates public images (from magazines, newspapers, and television) and his own darkroom activity, which alters the original interpretation of the images. Though Heinecken is rarely behind the lens of a camera, his process is faithfully photographic. Yet he is often discussed less in terms of photography and more in terms of conceptual art.

Since 1964, Heinecken has had over sixty solo shows internationally including: the WIELS Contemporary Art Centre, Brussels, Belgium (2014); the Museum of Modern Art, New York (2014); the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles (2014); the Center for Creative Photography, University of Arizona, Tucson, and a 35-year retrospective exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago in 1998. His work is in the collections of the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; the George Eastman House, Rochester; and the Mills College Art Museum, Oakland, CA.

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