Vik Muniz, one of the world’s most important, celebrated and prolific contemporary artists, takes as his primary interest that space between the subjects of his photographs and the materials used to construct them. His subjects are often classic paintings and photographs that are already well-known to an audience. But his translations of those images employ a broad assortment of non-traditional materials: chocolate, dust, sugar, tomato sauce, dirt, wire, trash and anonymous family snapshots, and more recently individual grains of sand and bacterial microorganisms.
Books & Photographs 1965-2015
For most photographers, a book is a prime means of getting their work out into the world. Few have understood this better than Lee Friedlander. By now Friedlander has initiated and formulated nearly 50 books of his photographs. In recent years he has invariably had at least one book in the works at all times. Mostly relatively slim and always image-driven, these publications, better than his individual prints and even his many exhibitions, topically segment, index, sequence, and codify his vast record of the world.
The story of Polaroid is fascinating and instructive on many levels – industrially, technologically, artistically, economically, culturally and socially. In its heyday Polaroid was loved by millions of amateurs and embraced by countless professionals. Families recorded their lives; fashion and portrait photographers made tests with it; scientists used it for notes and records; while artists found it to be an exceptionally malleable and expressive medium.
The Poetics of the Invisible
A master of vision and a thinking eye, the photographic oeuvre of Manuel Alvarez Bravo spanning over a period of eight decades could be summarized in three words: Dreams – Visions – Metaphors.
A Century of Photography at Condé Nast
Steichen, Beaton, Newton, Bailey and Penn are famous today for their superb, often audacious, fashion photographs. Coming into Fashion features the work of more than eighty fashion photographers who, over the past 100 years, have risen to prominence at the legendary publisher of Vogue. But how did they first burst onto the scene? This original exhibition answers this intriguing question, focusing on the work they produced at the outset of their careers.
Arnold Newman is arguably the finest portrait photographer of his time, and without a doubt the most prolific. For half a century he photographed accomplished artists, writers, scientists and politicians. Despite many exhibitions during his lifetime, a substantial number of his superb portraits have never been shown. This first posthumous retrospective not only features many of these unknown works, along with his most iconic portraits.
One Hundred Masterworks
One Hundred Masterworks is an extraordinary selection of vintage photographs by Edward S. Curtis, which highlights both iconic and previously little known images, the majority printed in Curtis’ most compelling and rare processes. The prints are among the finest examples that exist.
This is the first European museum retrospective of this American artist's critically acclaimed work, which questions identity and memory, gender and history, fact and fiction. Spanning a period of thirty years, it reveals a continuity of conceptual and performative exploration. Simpson's photo-text work, together with her film and video installations, incorporate yet simultaneously challenge photographic and moving picture genres.
Edward Steichen, The Condé Nast Years 1923-1937
Edward Steichen was one of the most prolific, versatile and successful photographers of the 20th century. Among his many achievements were his pioneering efforts in fashion photography and celebrity portraiture. This exhibition features his finest work in these two genres, proving that he had indeed earned his title of "the most famous portrait photographer in the world".
For more than forty years, Lois Greenfield has been without question the finest and most prolific photographer associated with the field of contemporary dance. Yet this highly-acclaimed image-maker is no conventional ‘dance photographer’. Her real concern is not the dance, but the human body in motion, and how the body can uniquely render it.
Edward Steichen's Glamour Photography
As chief photographer at Vogue and Vanity Fair between 1923 and 1937 Edward Steichen photographed the most accomplished artists of his time: actors and actresses, architects, poets, novelists, singers and composers. Garbo, Grant, Gershwin, Dietrich, Wright, Yeats, DeMille, Chevalier, and hundreds of other stars sat to be - as on subject put it - "Steichenized!"; This exhibition features one hundred rare vintage prints from the Condé Nast Archive. The vast majority are being exhibited for the first time.
Edward S. Curtis and "The North American Indian"
This is the most diverse and wide-ranging Edward S. Curtis exhibition ever assembled. It is the first Curtis exhibition to show the extraordinary depth and breadth of Curtis' technical genius, as well as his aesthetic virtuosity. This is the first exhibition to highlight every medium and process in which Curtis worked. In addition, the exhibit includes an extensive collection of rare ephemera to complement and illuminate the photography.
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