Recently, the PBS television show 'ART 21' featured Collier Schorr as one of today's leading contemporary artist. Schorr was born in New York in 1967, where she attended the School of the Visual Arts. She still lives in Brooklyn, New York and teaches at the graduate school of Columbia University as well as at her alma mater, the School of the Visual Arts. Collier also works as editor-at-large for the British art magazine 'Frieze.' The majority of Schorr's portfolio consists of photographs of teenage boys. Schorr often photographs adolescents doing natural activities such as practicing wrestling, but she also arranges and dresses her subjects sometimes as well. In one project, the artist dressed and photographed German boys in military uniforms from various countries. Schorr states, "I'm really interested in the similarities between soldiers and wrestlers. The ways in which both fight as members of a team, but also as sole individuals." Much of what Schorr is questioning in her art is how the individual creates her/his identity according to various categories such as sexuality, gender, and nationality. In one series she photographed a teenage boy in poses that mimic the female model in Andrew Wyeth's paintings. During the PBS interview, Schorr notes that she hopes to create images that represent what her life would have been like if she were born as a boy. Collier Schorr's work is internationally renown and has shown in the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, the Jewish Museum in New York, the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam, and the Consorcio Salamanca in Salamanca, Spain. Schorr has also participated in such notable exhibits as the Whitney biennial and the 2003 International Center for Photography Triennial.


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