NIKOLAY BAKHAREV AMATEURS AND LOVERS July 10-August 19, 2013
Julia Saul Gallery 535 West 22nd Street
Julie Saul Gallery hosts Siberian photographer Nikolay Bakharev's first solo exhibition in the United States. Bakharev's work has historically been divided between private and public. Amateurs and Lovers is a series of sexually charged photographs taken during a time when it was illegal to photograph nudes in Russia. While the private images of women or couples photographed nude in their homes are more provocative and overtly sexual, they are also homey, with strange selections of objects inserted into the interiors including books, paintings and liqueur bottles that seem to indicate a hidden but deliberate iconography.
Photographs by Elizabeth Shafiroff