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The streets of New York are full of people and contrasts.   Art duo  Andrey Yakovlev and Lili Aleeva are known for
        Among the masses, the individual disappears under the   their extraordinary photographic compositions that are more
        weight of the collective. That makes it so much more thrill-  than fashion portraits. In their work, the image is elevated to a
        ing when New York street photographer  Joseph Cela is   stylistic reinterpretation of famous art imagery. The image The
        able to capture and present individuals in images he com-  Triumph of Form emulates the work of the avant-garde Polish
        poses in the blink of an eye. Incorporating the city’s adver-  artist Tamara de Lempicka, whose work in the 1920s brought
        tisements into the dialog, he succeeds in creating narrative   the portrait genre into the Art Deco scene. What makes  Yakovlev
        scenes which illustrate the individual diversity of life in the   & Aleeva’s picture so special is the execution. Al though it is
        city. Without realizing it, passersby interact with giant, artificial   entirely photographic, they create the appearance of a paint-
        images. The external and internal worlds meld into eloquent   ing. It functions as a portrait in two ways: firstly, in the sense of
        images. The oversized faces on the streets appear as if they   fashion and its enchanting forms. And secondly, it is a portrait
        are observing – and commenting on – what is happening   of a previous time and era in art, made in the style of one of the
        around them.                                     period’s most extravagant artists.

        Andrey Yakovlev & Lili Aleeva
                The Triumph Of Form
            Ltd. Edition of 150, signed
                   Item No. ALA32
         31.5 x 28.7 inches / 80 x 73 cm
                (other sizes available)
                   $ 449 / £ 399 / € 399
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