The Artist:
Robert Heinecken was born in Denver, Colorado in 1931. He studied at Riverside College in California and received B.A. and M.A. degrees from the University of California. In 1960, he became a Professor of Art at U.C.L.A., where he served as chairman of the Department of Photography. He also taught at Harvard, George Eastman House, and The School of The Art Institute of Chicago. Heinecken's work is included in numerous permanent collections, notably The Fogg Art Museum in Cambridge, MA, The Museum of Modern Art, in New York, the San Francisco Museum of Art and the Sheldon Memorial Art Gallery and Sculpture Garden.

Heinecken works in various processes always directly connected to photography; from gelatin silver prints, photographic lithographs, and sculptural transparencies to three-dimensional objects. His source material is from popular culture, resulting in contact prints from magazines, film overlays on live television sets showing soap operas or cartoons, ink transfers from newspapers, and incorporation of anonymous photographs from mail-order houses.

The artist ". . . has long enjoyed a reputation as a sort of West Coast enfant terrible of photography, challenging not only a succession of formal constraints, but also taboos with his often deliberately provocative subject matter."1

Heinecken, who was trained as a printmaker, says he ". . . just stumbled into trying photographs, at first combined with drawings and things like that, or aquatints. I had never made photographs, and when you do it for the first time, it's very exciting, it's magic."2

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