For more than three decades, James Balog has broken new conceptual and artistic ground on one of the most important issues of our era: human modification of our planet’s natural systems. Through his photographs, films, lectures, and essays, he has explored the magnificence of the world’s nature and has addressed the radical impacts humans have had on the climate and the environment. His stunningly beautiful and engaging images, backed by a deep understanding of science, have made Balog gain international respect as a critical voice in the discourse surrounding climate change.
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.
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.
Books & Photographs 1969-2015
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.
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.
CivilizationThe Way We Live Now
We hurtle together into the future at ever-increasing speed – or so it seems to the collective psyche. The vast works we engineer, the grand buildings we erect, the complex wars we wage, the dazzling spectacles we create, the ingenious products we invent, the intricate machines we construct, the wonders we discover at the edge of time and space, the miracle fibres and the life-extending drugs we concoct – every day and every hour human civilization expands, evolves and mutates. Our bodies are rebuilt and resurfaced. We manipulate our genes. Our machines begin to walk, talk and think but the ingenious tools we devise can also backfire...
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.
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.
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.
Arno Rafael Minkkinen, 1970-2015
Throughout his nearly fifty-year career, Arno Rafael Minkkinen has created beautiful photographs of the highest order. In every one of these elegiac pictures, the artist himself is featured, most often in elemental natural settings. This richly varied body of work is the result of a solitary, disciplined process that is singular among photographic artists.
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.
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.
Edward S. Curtis and "The North American Indian"
This unique photographic exhibition is being created expressly to allow powerful images of the North American Indian to be more widely exhibited and seen. Freed from the limitations imposed by sensitive vintage photographs, this exhibition will be available to communities without modern museums and in exhibition venues without sophisticated environmental controls.
SagaThe Journey of Arno Rafael Minkkinen
The substantial project that Minkkinen initiated shortly before the advent of postmodernism and has sustained through the present pertains to many of the movements and issues of contemporary art and photography, among them performance art and body art, the construction of identity, and the male nude.
This exhibition brings together the work of seven photographers from mainland China: Chen Yuanzhong, Hua'Er, Jia Yuchuan, Li Nan, Yang Yankang, Yu Haibo, and Zhang Xinmin. While earning their livings as either freelance or staff photographers (or, in one case, as a freelance writer), each has undertaken the creation of a long-term documentation of one or more aspects of Chinese culture that he or she feels reflects something vital about China now - whether that is something emerging or something vanishing.
Lives in Photography
Edward Steichen is one of the key figures in the history of photography. Beginning as a leading exponent of the 19th-century romantic movement called Pictorialism, Steichen metamorphosed rapidly into one of the leading lights of modernism. For more than half a century he occupied centre stage as the most famous living photographer, the medium’s first household name. However, until now Steichen, -- a Luxembourger by birth -- has never been the subject of a significant retrospective in Europe.
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.