No, my husband said, it only looks like, it is not Dijkstra's work. He was right. It was Charles Freger work, showing rows and rows of chest portraits of naked men. Same background (a white backdrop!?), the same unsure looks, the variety in the repetition.
Some days later in Vienna I went to Krinzinger Gallery, I know this gallery from the Art Fair in Mexico last year so after receiving regular digital invitations I had I a chance to see their space. It resulted that it is a great space, (with one of the kindest receptionist I ever met at a gallery!).
The work of Ulrike Lienbacher I have seen it on Internet: the red, hairy drawings that could make you think of Babette Wagenvoort's in The Hague. Yes, attractive big hairy drawings but as the receptionist told me, she just started photographing. What do I see? Again Rineke Dijkstra's style: rows of unsure teenagers who just stopped sporting, with that "Vondel Park" like backgrounds of Dijkstra. Same hanging, same looks, same compositions, the insecurity, the youth, all the same (of course not exactly the same).
So, what is it happening? Is it that everybody is copying Rineke, which I doubt, may be some of them are copies, like the drinks advertisement from years ago, but not all. Is it that Rineke copied others? Is it that this is the photographic synthesis of this days' photography?
Any way, here are the examples. And by the way after Krinzinger I went to Gallery Mario Mauroner and what do I see? Again the red hairy drawings by the Spanish artistJavier Perez, luckily only a few among a wide variety of works and materials, but still very much like Urike's.
As artists we are not alone, it seems as there is always someone doing the same things you do. Maybe that is the truth.
Photographs: Rineke Dijkstra (2x), Charles Freger, Ulrike Lienbacher (2x).
Red hairy drawings: Babette Wagenvoort, Ulrike Lienbacher, Javier Perez.