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Irene Caesar
New York , New York - United States
Photography - Social Commentary



Irene Caesar, Ph.D. is an artist-provocateur who creates absurd performances documented by photography as ideological and aesthetic subversions. She is a mid-career artist with her artworks in four American Museums, and gallery representation all over the world.

She is represented by the Eduard Planting Gallery in Amsterdam, Blue Square Galerie in Paris, Barbarian Art in Zurich, Grant Gallery, Aragon Gallery, Juan Ruiz Gallery in the Latin America, Grant Gallery, Aragon Gallery, and Alexandre Gertsman Gallery in NYC. In the 2012, she will have a major mid-career solo show at the Moscow House of Photography (one of the major art museums in Europe). The selection of the show will be shown all over Europe.

For her publications, exhibitions, and collections, please refer to the "Archive" section of her website. The archive has links to all the recent news, critical reviews, press releases, interview and gallery talks,...
phone: 1-646-257-2580
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Irene Caesar: Press Release, May 2011
In 2010, Irene Caesar participated in two major group shows “New Vision” and “Conceptual Russian Games” at the Alexandre Gertsman Gallery, SoHo, NYC which represents her in NY, alongside such world-famous artists as Komar & Melamid, Grisha Bruskin, and Natalia Nesterova. In 2011, Irene Caesar participated in Artantique Art Fair in Utrecht, Netherlands, represented by Eduard Planting Gallery, and in the group show at the Chelsea Art Museum "Concerning the Spiritual Tradition in Russian Art," Selections from the Kolodzei Art Foundation Collection of Russian and Eastern European Art (Curated by Natalia Kolodzei), alongside such world-famous artists as Mihail Chemiakin, Komar and Melamid, Oscar Rabin, Vladimir Ovchinnikov, Dmitri Plavinsky, Ernst Neizvestny, and Natalia Nesterova:

"Madonna Liberated" and "Salvation Now" by Irene Caesar make their appearance, along a few others, in the video by the Voice of America recorded at the opening of the group show of forty artists "Concerning the Spiritual Tradition in Russian Art: Selections from the Kolodzei Art Foundation" in the Chelsea Art Museum (Apr. 14-May 5th), NY, where Irene Caesar participates with these two works:

Her recent projects include "A New History of Ideas in Pictures," "Counter Portraits" and "People of Art as Objects of Art."

"A New History of Ideas in Pictures" puts to the test the major concepts of human civilization, such as human nature and the origin of man, sacred and profane, gender, social modes, etc.:
as video:

"Counter Portraits" represents portrait as an absurd performance documented by photography:
as video:

"People of Art as Objects of Art" includes conceptual portraits of art crowd, featuring "Arthur Danto with Wise Puffy Cheese Doodles". This project validates the major art concepts of the 20th century by making some important artists and art critics enact some art concept via creating an art piece in front of the camera. Among the participants are Arthur Danto, Vitaly Komar, Dan Cameron, John Haber, David Gibson, Larry Litt, Carter Ratcliff, and others.
as video:

2011 Interview for the Art Assassin with Qi Peng “A Portrait of the Artist as Joan of Arc, or the Ideological Provocateur: Irene Caesar, Artist Represented by Alexandre Gertsman Gallery”:

2011 Interview for RUNY Web: “My Ideological Struggle:”

The November 2010 interview for TV3 Boston with Elena Neva “Meeting Interesting People”:

The November 2010 interview for TV3 Boston with Elena Neva “Russian Time”:

Arthur Danto, a world-famous art critic, on Irene Caesar (2010):

2010 Interview for Responses at Wanderlustmind:

2010 Interview for NTV-AMERICA: Mikhail Gusev interviews Irene Caesar for the Program PERSONA GRATA:

Review of Irene Caesar’s Project “People of Art as Objects of Art” by John Haber, NEW.YORK.ART.CRIT.: “Critic Victorious:”

2010 Interview for In To Views:

Ekaterina Dais, "The Return of The Great Goddess," essay about Irene Caesar, magazine LADY BOSS, #14, July 2010, p. 44.

2009 VASA Gallery talk:

Push: First Social Motion - photography

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