Helen's Odyssey

Eleanor Antin

Feb 15 – Mar 15, 2008

Eleanor Antin

The Tourists (detail), 2007

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As a pioneering conceptual artist, Eleanor Antin has engaged in a dialogue with history for nearly forty years. Ronald Feldman Fine Arts is pleased to exhibit Antin’s latest work, in which she turns her gaze on the Trojan War. Through Helen’s Odyssey, Helen of Troy is finally allowed to speak for herself in a series of imagined scenes from the life of the two Helens. For in her pursuit of the Spartan queen, Antin has discovered two women, a charming blonde engaging the seductive pleasures of luxury and desire, and a demonic dark Helen smoldering with disgust and venting her rage on her admiring victimizers. In these nine large-scale dramatic photographs, warriors, artists, gods, and goddesses emerge in a set of luminous archaeological retrievals from Helen’s historically fragmented life.

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Eleanor Antin

Helen Welcomed to Hades, 2007

Eleanor Antin

Helen Welcomed to Hades, 2007

Eleanor Antin

Judgement of Paris (after Rubens), 2007

Eleanor Antin

The Tourists, 2007

Eleanor Antin

All For Love, 2007

Eleanor Antin

Helen's Vengence, 2007

Eleanor Antin

Casting Call, 2007

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