Sunday, August 26, 2012

Rineke Dijkstra: A Retrospective of Portraits at the NYC Guggenheim + Perfect, Classic Shrimp Cocktail

© Rineke Dijkstra
Rineke Dijkstra's Portraits
show the subtle magnetism 
of average people.
© Rineke Dijkstra

© Rineke Dijkstra
© Rineke Dijkstra

“Self Portrait, Marnixbad, Amsterdam, Netherlands, June 19, 1991.”Chromogenic print, 35 x 28 cm. © Rineke Dijkstra - Courtesy the artist and Marian Goodman Gallery, New York and Paris. 
Rineke Dijkstra is a talented Dutch photographer, shown in a self portrait above. Her portraits, both photographic or video graphic, make an excellent example of how photography reflects the artist behind the lens much more than the mechanical photographic processes and equipment, available to all.

This exhibition, a mid-career survey of Ms. Dijkstra’s work, is currently at the Guggenheim Museum, and was organized jointly with the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. It brings together more than 70 color photographs and 5 video works. They show the pride and anxiety of youth and the emergence of the self. Time is one of Ms. Dijkstra’s themes, as she photographs the same person over many years.
The example below shows a series of portraits of "Almerisa", a Polish girl who had moved to Leiden, Netherlands. This series progresses from childhood to motherhood. Photos © Rineke Dijkstra, courtesy the artist, The Guggenheim Museum and Marian Goodman Gallery, New York and Paris. 


11 photos above
 “ALMERISA", Netherlands
 (from 1994 to 2008)
Chromogenic prints,
courtesy the artist
and Marian Goodman Gallery,
New York and Paris. 
© Rineke Dijkstra

Bullfighter series
Vila Franca de Xira, Portugal, May 8, 1994.
Chromogenic print, 90 x 72 cm. © Rineke Dijkstra
Courtesy the artist and Marian Goodman Gallery, New York and Paris. 

(Sources: All photos © Rineke Dijkstra, courtesy of the artist,  the Guggenheim Museum; and Marianne Goodman Gallery.)

Rineke Dijkstra videos below.

“Rineke Dijkstra: A Retrospective” continues through Oct. 8 at the NYC Guggenheim Museum, 1071 Fifth Avenue, at 89th Street; (212) 423-3500,

Happy Birthday to art collector
Peggy Guggenheim! Born August 26, 1898.


A Perfect, Classic Shrimp Cocktail

This American favorite - elegant, retro and flavorful - is always a hit at parties and for family gatherings. Boiled shrimp is treated like gold when you order it at restaurants, with 4 or 6 shrimp costing $6 -$10. The wonderful thing about boiling shrimp at home is: 2 lbs of raw, shell-on frozen shrimp cost between $12 & $19 which makes plenty for 4 to 6 people.


2 Quarts of Water
Salt (Salted to seawater level)
Crab & Shrimp Boil Seasoning
2 lbs of frozen raw shell-on shrimp

Shrimp Boil Seasonings:
 Homemade, Louisiana shrimp boil recipes call for abundant amounts of hot saucecayenne pepper, salt, bay leaf, lemon, garlic, mustard seedscoriander seeds, and allspice. But I prefer to use the pre-made Old Bay Seasoning packets for seafood, a blend of mustardpaprikacelery seedbay leaf, both black and red peppercinnamonclovesallspicenutmegcardamomsaltmace and ginger.

Cocktail Sauce
1 cup ketchup
2 Tbls Worcestershire sauce
2 Tbls bottled horseradish
2 Lemons - Juiced
4 dashes Tabasco sauce +/-
1/2 tsp salt

- Bring water, salt, and seasoning to a boil.
- Pour frozen shrimp into a colander and rinse in cold water.
- Add shrimp to the boiling water and cook until the shrimp just turn pink.
(do not overcook or shrimp will be tough)
- Remove shrimp using a skimmer into a bowl sitting in ice, or iced water.
- Mix the cocktail sauce and chill.
- Everything can be covered and chilled for several hours in the fridge before being served.
- Allow everyone to peel their own shrimp and dip the cooked meat into the cocktail sauce. 

YUM - An end of summer treat!

(Source: Atkinson Family Recipe)

Until later,

ARTSnFOOD, is an online publication dedicated to "The Pursuit of Happiness, the Arts and Food." ™ All rights reserved. Concept, Original Art, Text & Photographs are © Copyright 2012 Jack A. Atkinson under all International intellectual property and copyright laws. All gallery, museum, fair or festival photographs were taken with permission. Images © individual artists, fabricators, respective owners or assignees.

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