Comments/Context: Sally Mann's provocative photographs of her children have cast an amazingly long shadow across the the subject matter of childhood, particularly that of young girls. I almost didn't come to to see this show because the announcement showed an image of two scantily clothed girls playing in the forest, and my first reaction was "Sally Mann derivative". This was entirely unfair and ignorant on my part, but nonetheless, I was surprised to be confronted by just how strongly Mann's work has created the playing field on which others now have to play.
Collector's POV: The prints in the show are reasonably priced at $1800 each. De Lange's work has no history in the secondary markets, so interested collectors will need to follow up at retail. While these works don't fit into our particular collection, I think de Lange's images would form a nice foil to Mann's work (an intriguing back and forth could be set up via some smart pairings) and would obviously fit more broadly into collections of childhood/portraits.
Rating: * (one star) GOOD (rating system described here)
Through January 30th
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