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Self-Portrait As Twelve Confused Schoolboys

Anthony Goicolea's Class Picture (1999).Courtesy of the artist and Sean Kelly Gallery, New York

For his contribution to Sean Kelly Gallery's aptly titled group showing "Role Exchange," up at the gallery through Friday, Williamsburg-based artist Anthony Goicolea morphed himself into twelve pictures of impish adolescence. This composite image is one of Goicolea's many staged self-portraits in which the relatively diminutive artist slips easily into various "tween" roles, probing the inescapably awkward (and often sexually charged) trudge toward adulthood. Think of it as a visual analogue to Spring Awakening — if John Gallagher Jr. had insisted on playing all the roles.—Rachel Wolff