Photography Exhibits Must Sees
A Fine Art Mentoring Client (FAME) will be visiting Manhattan later this month and asked for a list of photography exhibit “must sees.” I decided to share my suggestions. Let me know if you visit any of these fabulous exhibits.
Gary Winogrand @ the Metropolitan Museum of Art (MET)
(though September 21, 2014)
Bronx, NY born photographer, Gary Winogrand’s most iconic images capture Manhattan in the 60’s. Known as one of the greatest photographers of the twentieth century and classified as a street photographer, his prolific work is still being discovered. There are at least 250,000 images Winogrand never processed. Developed posthumously, some of these images are in this exhibit (like the image above on view in Gallery 691 @ the MET). To Winogrand, the act of photographing was far more interesting than making prints or editing for books and exhibits.
“I photograph to find out what something looks like photographed.”
Christopher Williams: The Production Line of Happiness @ The Museum of Modern ART (MOMA)
(through November 2, 2014)
American born artist (1956), Christopher Williams’ retrospect features nearly 100 photographs, spanning his 30-year photographic career including fashion, portraiture, landscape and an emphasis on still life.
“He is an ardently self-conscious artist who wants to let us in on his entire act. You feel his touch everywhere: in the installation, the catalogue, the simple map and the crazily ornate checklist, both handouts that are an essential part of the show….There’s nothing that he hasn’t tweaked or deleted. This includes the labels and wall texts; the framing of the photographs (those extra wide mats) and the height at which they hang (noticeably low)…It is as if, having tunneled into photography in every way imaginable, Mr. Williams has broken through to the exhibition form, which is becoming his true subject…”
~Roberta Smith (New York Times, August 1, 2014)
Urbes Mutantes: Latin American Photography 1944-2013 @ The International Center of Photography (ICP)
(though September 7, 2014)
A major survey of the photographic movements in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Columbia, Cuba, Mexico, Peru, and Venezuela. The exhibition draws mostly on street photography and
“explores pubic space as a platform for protest, popular street culture, the public face of poverty, and other characteristic of the city as described in photographs…Urbes Mutantes points to the depth and richness of the extensive photographic history of the region.”
Keld Helmer-Petersen @ The Yossi Milo Gallery
(Through August 29, 2014)
Color photographs by Danish born photographer Keld Helmer-Petersen (1920-2013). As black-and-white photography was considered the only photographic art form in the 1940s, Helmer-Petersen’s pioneer work with color film
“… set a new standard, establishing the practice of color photography as a fine art and paving the way for subsequent generations of artists, including, William Eggleston.”
~(Yossi Milo Gallery)