Source: Anneliese Cooper (@DawnDavenport) for artinfo.com

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Glitz also gives way to a darker side, both in tone and subject matter — for example, John Henry Hammer’s “Sweet Boy,” 2013 (above), which, though a simple portrait of a man with sugar crusting over his face, feels especially and painfully pertinent following the fatal injustices against Michael Brown and Eric Garner. Meanwhile, photography duo Formento + Formento’s eerie “Japan Series” at New York’s Vincent Vallarino Fine Art, made available through Traffic Arts, showcases a young Asian woman in various states of duress, one of which, featuring the nude model with her torso painted in Japanese calligraphy, sported four red dots beside its proclaimed edition of 7, each priced at $11,000.

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