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"Investigations, an exhibition of photographs by Costa Picadas"
2000-07-19 until 2000-10-25
Queens Museum of Art
The Queens Museum of Art presents Investigations, an
exhibition of photographs by Costa Picadas, July 19th through
October 25th in the museum’s satellite gallery at the Bulova
Corporate Center, located in Jackson Heights, Queens. Widely
exhibited in Europe, this is Picadas first solo exhibition in the
Investigations is a unique compilation of photographs with an
unusual origin--their initial function was to assess and document
the legitimacy of insurance claims involving property damage.
Picadas manages to create unique imagery filled with artistic
charm in his efforts to provide conclusive evidence of such
damage, identify cause, and verify the authenticity of the claims.
The exhibition consists of six large scale (40 x 60 and 30 x 40
inches each) color prints in diptychs or triptychs. Although
Picadas does not manipulate his photographs in the usual sense,
his work can be seen as an extension of the genre of
“constructed photography” that began in the 1980s and is
practiced by such artists as Cindy Sherman, Jeff Wall, and
Gregory Crewdson. He appropriates existing images, taking
them out of their original context, and re-mixes them into
A native of Greece, Picadas studied at the École National
Superieur des Beaux Arts and École du Louvre, both located in
Paris. He has displayed his works throughout Europe and has
authored two books- Septenaire and Nomades. In addition, one
of his works was included in the P.S. 1 exhibition Crisscross.
Hyper 2, 2000