Exhibitions/ Art Object

Portrait (Hals)

Jason Salavon (American, born 1970)
Chromogenic print
Image: 101.6 x 76.2 cm (40 x 30 in.) Frame: 102.2 × 83.2 cm (40 1/4 × 32 3/4 in.)
Credit Line:
Purchase, Vital Projects Fund Inc. Gift, through Joyce and Robert Menschel, 2010
Accession Number:
Rights and Reproduction:
© 2009 Jason Salavon
Not on view
Using software he designs himself, Salavon produces typological averages of related images such as Playboy centerfolds, high-school yearbook portraits, and Old Master paintings. To create this photograph, which was inspired by the Metropolitan Museum’s Dutch Golden Age painting galleries, the artist gathered high-quality reproductions of portraits by Frans Hals. He then used an open-source programming language to generate the paintings’ mathematical average. The result is an impressionistic composite that reveals the hidden norm lurking within the Dutch master’s oeuvre.
The artist; [Mark Moore Gallery, Los Angeles]

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