Lixenberg has the ability to capture her subjects in profound moments of temporal being; in doing so, she engages in analytical scrutiny without imposing judgement. The artist’s subtle and sophisticated feel for color and her sensitivity for capturing the finest indications and details of human expression are striking in each of her portraits.
The exhibition is dedicated to Lixenberg’s dear friend, George Pitts (1951–2017), photographer, painter, educator and writer. As the legendary founding Director of Photography at Vibe magazine, he was the first in the United States to publish a portfolio of her Imperial Courts series, in 1993. Many of the portraits included in this exhibition were commissioned by Pitts in the nineties, during his tenure at the magazine, which helped jumpstart Lixenberg’s editorial career.
On the occasion of this exhibition a book will be published by Roma Publications in collaboration with Patta, presenting a visual history of two of Lixenberg’s iconic photographs of Biggie and Tupac. These photographs have been appropriated by admirers around the world, and the book reveals the unforeseen trajectory and ubiquity of these images.
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