“Relationship #63” (1991-93), one of the outdoor group portraits in Nikolay Bakharev’s exhibition at the Julie Saul Gallery
Outdoor/indoor … the environment changes but the subject matter remains linked.
The Siberian photographer Nikolay Bakharev has two specialties: public group portraits and private boudoir shots, unexpectedly linked by the game spirit and conspiratorial demeanor of his subjects. A current exhibition samples both sides of his oeuvre, building on Mr. Bakharev’s memorable appearances in the New Museum group show “Ostalgia” in 2011 and in this summer’s Venice Biennale. Mr. Bakharev, an erstwhile mechanic and Communal Services Factory photographer, started to solicit portrait work on Russian public beaches in the 1980s; at the time, the circulation of photographs containing nudity was forbidden, as was private commercial enterprise.
Through next Friday.
For more information: NY Times review