Active as a photographer since the early 1990s, Rineke Dijkstra is known for her strikingly earnest, unsentimental depictions of young people in large-scale color prints.
Shooting from a low vantage point with minimal background information, she endows her subjects with a monumental presence, creating portraits that are at once self-conscious but revealing, powerful but tender. This installation features four of Dijkstra’s portraits of adolescents, as well as the 1991 self-portrait that inspired much of her later work. It is timed to coincide with the installation of I See a Woman Crying (Weeping Woman), a three-channel video of British schoolchildren talking about Picasso’s painting Weeping Woman, on view in the East Building’s display of Collectors Committee gifts.
Rinek Dijkstra's special installation will be on view at the National Gallery of Art through July 16th, 2017.