Private Residence

23 Mar — 29 Apr 2017 at Steve Turner in Los Angeles, United States

Private Residence, Exhibition view. Courtesy of Steve Turner
Private Residence, Exhibition view. Courtesy of Steve Turner
23 MAR 2017

Steve Turner is pleased to present Private Residence, a solo exhibition by Los Angeles-based Ann Hirsch. The artist will present three large-scale drawings, each of which reimagines a nude from the art historical canon originally intended, not for public display, but rather, for more prurient use in a private residence. The works sourced—Titian’s Venus of Urbino (1538), Goya’s La Maja Desnuda (1797-1800), and Ingres’ Grande Odalisque (1814)—are, in Hirsch’s updated versions, titled using diminutive versions of the artists’ names: Tish, Francis, and Jean. Through her surreal, boldly colored rendering of the human form on non-traditional surfaces (velvet, crushed velvet, and vinyl), Hirsch minimizes the erotic appeal of the subjects in order to elicit alternative reactions.

Ann Hirsch earned a BFA from Washington University, St. Louis and an MFA from Syracuse University. She has had solo exhibitions at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Portland, Maine; MIT List Visual Arts Center, Boston; American Medium, Brooklyn; Smart Objects, Los Angeles and was awarded a Rhizome commission for Playground, her two-person play that debuted at the New Museum, New York. At the 2017 edition of Art Los Angeles Contemporary, she had a solo booth with Steve Turner presenting Genies and Annies.