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TARYN SIMON (B. 1975)
TARYN SIMON (B. 1975)

White Tiger, (Kenny), Selective Inbreeding Turpentine Creek, Wildlife Refuge and Foundation, Erika Springs, Kansas, 2006/2007

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TARYN SIMON (B. 1975)
White Tiger, (Kenny), Selective Inbreeding Turpentine Creek, Wildlife Refuge and Foundation, Erika Springs, Kansas, 2006/2007
chromogenic print, face-mounted to acrylic
titled, dated and numbered '4/7' on typed gallery label (frame backing board)
image: 25 ½ x 33 in. (64.7 x 83.8 cm.)
sheet/face mount: 35 ¼ x 43 in. (89.6 x 109.2 cm.)
This work is number four from an edition of seven.
Provenance
Gagosian Gallery, London.
Acquired from the above by the present owner.
Exhibited
Beverly Hills, Gagosian Gallery, Taryn Simon: An American Index of the Hidden and Unfamiliar, 13 September – 25 October 2008.
Post Lot Text
From her celebrated 2007 project An American Index of the Hidden and Unfamiliar, Taryn Simon’s White Tiger (Kenny) displays the photographer’s unerring ability to expose the unexpected and unknown that lies beneath the surface of everyday life. Here, the artist turns her camera on Kenny, a white tiger bred for showbiz events in Las Vegas, but whose inbreeding has tragically left him scarred by a number of mental and physical defects: approaching Kenny with a sensitive but unsentimental rigour, Simon’s work draws out both the strangeness and pathos of her doomed subject. An American Index of the Hidden and Unfamiliar established Simon as one of the leading photographers of her generation; debuting to great acclaim at the Whitney Musuem of American Art, the accompanying photobook had its foreword written by Salman Rushdie, with a commentary by the eminent American legal philosopher Ronald Dworkin. Since then she has been nominated for the Deutsche Börse Photography Prize in 2009 and exhibited at the 2015 Venice Biennale, while her 2011 solo show A Living Man Declared Dead and Other Chapters travelled from the Neue Nationalgalerie Berlin to Tate Modern, MoMA and MoCA, Los Angeles. Her work is now held in the public collections of all of these museums, as well as the Metropolitan Museum in New York, the Centre Pompidou in Paris and the V&A in London.

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