Caravaggio by Nikon, 2012
American Anne Collier (b. 1970) is known for her appropriation of existing photographic material, often isolating the commercial imagery of generations past from its original context in magazines, posters, music albums and vintage art books. Removed by a certain degree and photographed in a sterile environment, the artist seems to investigate what makes a commercial image captivating and successful. The Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago recently hosted a retrospective of Collier’s work, spanning her 22-year career, and she is included in the permanent collections of many leading museums including the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and the Whitney Museum in New York.
For this artwork Collier photographed of a dateless magazine ad eulogizing how Nikon photography brings to life the surfaces of the famed Renaissance artist Caravaggio. These multiple layers of art appropriation, invite the viewer to reflect on the fluid boundaries between creative and commercial expressions.