A NEW KIND OF BEAUTY
SEPTEMBER 9–OCTOBER 29, 2010
x111 Front Street, Suite 206 | Brooklyn, NY 11201
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KLOMPCHING GALLERY is pleased to present
A New Kind Of Beauty, by New York artist, Phillip Toledano.
Brought together for the ﬁrst time as a solo exhibition, these
breathtaking and provocative portraits depict people who have
reconﬁgured their bodies by means of extensive plastic surgery.
The photographs raise questions about self-perception and
social paragons relating to what constitutes perceived notions
Shot against a stark black backdrop, these large-scale portraits
present subjects that are stunningly rendered and isolated.
Toledano’s highly-crafted images combine up-close physical
observations that are imposing, detailed and display a dramatic
illumination that is reminiscent of the chiaroscuro technique
Rather than presenting a study of physical augmentation that
simply shows an apparent eradication of individuality via the
surgeon’s knife, Toledano’s artistic achievement is the humanity
that quietly projects from behind the faces of each subject—
pride, hope, sadness, fear, awkwardness and deﬁance all abound.
Despite their initial spectacle, the photographs emerge as
gentle and respectful. Without a doubt, they engender a myriad
of responses and debate. Toledano has certainly set the stakes
high, both in terms of what he is depicting and the artistic
Phillip Toledano (b. 1968) is a photographer living and working in
New York City. Toledano’s work is primarily socio-political and
varies in medium, from photography to installation. His work can
found in the collections of the Museum of Fine Arts (Houston)
and the University of South Florida Contemporary Art Museum.
His work has been widely exhibited in the US, China, France,
Singapore and Spain. His ﬁrst book, Bankrupt, was published by
Twin Palms in 2005 and was followed in 2008 by Phonesex. His
most recent monograph, Days With My Father, was published by
PQ Blackwell in Spring 2010 to critical acclaim. Days With My
Fatheris a visually sincere and moving memoir of Toledano’s life
with his father, in the years prior to his father’s passing, and will
form a solo exhibition at Gallery 339 (Philadelphia) in Fall 2010.
屋外でのポートレートも見てみたい。「Days With MyFatheris」はどんな中身なのか気になる。