Photography

Winokur, Neil (1945)

Although Neil Winokur depicted in a very Pop manner traditional portraits of artists such as Cindy Sherman, Philip Glass or Andy Warhol in the 1980s, what truly caught the attention in his work is his visual alphabet. Inspired by the way children are taught to read with the use of representations of objects that lead to a word, the American artist created his very own portfolio of 26 intense color portraits of everyday objects (and an occasional human being) with one photograph for every letter of the alphabet, from A to Z. With an apparent simplicity - A for apple, B for boy. C for cat - Neil Winokur playfully enhances the dimension of the chosen subjects and depicts our society and culture by isolating the objects from their reality and usual context: ‘My picture alphabet is both a simple alphabet for kids and, I hope, a group portrait of iconic 20th- and 21st-century objects.’ Neil Winokur admitted that he was influenced by Andy Warhol’s 15 minutes of fame and thus did ‘still lives because I think these objects should get theirs.’ Not only does he accord fame to his subjects, but, by treating them like human sitters, also infuses them with a certain anima.

Tags / Neil Winokur - American Artist - Objects - Alphabet - Conceptual
Neil Winokur, A, 2007
Neil Winokur, A, 2007
Neil Winokur, B, 2007
Neil Winokur, B, 2007
Neil Winokur, Back of Tina Barney's right hand, 1995
Neil Winokur, Back of Tina Barney's right hand, 1995
Neil Winokur, Banana Newcrop, date unknown
Neil Winokur, Banana Newcrop, date unknown
Neil Winokur, Baseball Glove, date unknown
Neil Winokur, Baseball Glove, date unknown
Neil Winokur, Chinese Food, date unknown
Neil Winokur, Chinese Food, date unknown
Neil Winokur, E, 2007
Neil Winokur, E, 2007
Neil Winokur, K, 2007
Neil Winokur, K, 2007
Neil Winokur, O, 2007
Neil Winokur, O, 2007
Neil Winokur, S, 2007
Neil Winokur, S, 2007
Neil Winokur, T, 2007
Neil Winokur, T, 2007
Neil Winokur, Totem, 1986
Neil Winokur, Totem, 1986
Neil Winokur, U, 2007
Neil Winokur, U, 2007
Neil Winokur, Untitled (Baby), 1990
Neil Winokur, Untitled (Baby), 1990
Neil Winokur, W, 2007
Neil Winokur, W, 2007
Neil Winokur, Z, 2007
Neil Winokur, Z, 2007