Mother Issues
Israeli provocateur’s Nir Hod’s show at Paul Kasmin last year featured ten paintings of the same startled-looking woman, rendered in different tones, like Warhol’s Shadow paintings. Each one was called Mother. A small photo on the gallery wall revealed their source: a famous photo from the Stroop Report, an album commissioned by commander of German forces that suppressed the Warsaw ghetto uprising in the spring of 1943. The trick was calculated to make viewers feel a bit guilty for not recognizing one of the most familiar images of Holocaust victims in history.




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