MAIKA POLLACK is a visiting assistant professor of art history at Sarah Lawrence College, and a Ph.D. candidate at Princeton University, where she is writing her dissertation on Odilon Redon. In 2000, Pollack co-founded Southfirst Gallery in Williamsburg. She also writes for the New York Observer.
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In Sigmar Polkes untitled photograph of 1975, the artist appears to float, his body suspended between a naked mattress and a curtains edge. The print is oriented horizontally and the images on it vertically, heightening the impression of weightlessness.