The exhibition “Garry Winogrand” will be of special interest to both old and young photographers. Until this first retrospective exhibition, Garry Winogrand was a relatively unknown street photographer. The first retrospective in 25 years of work by artist Garry Winogrand, a now renowned photographer of New York City and postwar American life, will be on view at the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. March 2 through June 8, 2014. Revealing the full breadth of his art for the first time, “Garry Winogrand“ brings together some 190 of the artist's most iconic images—many never before exhibited or reproduced.
Winogrand began working as a photographer while studying painting on the G.I. Bill at Columbia University. He was considered a journalist; not a fine art photographer. Now with Facebook, Flicker, smart phone cameras, etc. everyone is photographing. But unlike today, Winogrand didn’t take “selfies”, but instead documented the humor, irony, beauty and freedom in his surroundings. He was especially drawn to women, New York, Texas, and Los Angeles.
He didn’t hide behind long telegraphic lenses. Instead he shot from the hip as he walked city streets, the sidewalks of suburbia and drank and smoked in bars and cafes. With a sharp eye he realized the balance, humor, and emotion of a scene. He further refined his view as he edited his Black & White contact sheets choosing 2 or more shots to print larger from a sheet of 36 images.
Winogrand preferred the action of capturing the shot; rather, than printing in a darkroom. Therefore many of his numerous rolls of film were never developed. Recognized as creating a photographic record of American life curators decided to take on the enormous task of developing these rolls of film and organizing his work into this exhibition. As guest curator and photographer Leo Rubinfien says “This is an epic picture of American Life”.
The exhibition is divided into three sections over seven galleries, each presenting a broad variety of subjects found in Winogrand's art. "Down from the Bronx" presents photographs taken in New York City from his start in 1950 to 1971; "A Student of America" looks at work made in the same period during journeys outside New York; and "Boom and Bust" addresses Winogrand's late period, from 1971, when he moved away from New York, to his sudden death from cancer at the age of 56 in 1984.
At long last Garry Winogrand creativity is being recognized in this exhibition of his images chosen by curators from his some 20,000 rolls of film. In D.C. the Natural Gallery of Art exhibition and the earlier MOMA exhibition in S.F. introduce his creativity to a new audience. After the showing in Washington, D.C., the exhibition will travel to New York, Paris and Madrid.
The "Garry Winogrand" exhibition is shown from March 2 until June 8, 2014 in the West Building on the Ground Floor of the National Gallery of Art. A 464-page fully illustrated exhibition catalog published by SFMOMA is available in softcover and hardcover for purchase in the Gallery Shops. To order, please visit http://shop.nga.gov/; call (800) 697-9350 or (202) 842-6002.
Lecture: Introduction to the Exhibition: Garry Winogrand by Leo Rubinfien, a guest exhibition curator of “Garry Winogrand” on March 2 at 2:00 East Building Auditorium followed by a book signing.
Gallery Talks: Garry Winogrand by Diane Arkin on March 11, 12, 26, 29, 2:00 p.m.; May 13, 14, 17, 19, 2:00 p.m.; May 18, 1:00 p.m. and by Wilford W. Scott on March 30, 1:00 p.m.; April 8–10, 12, 13, 15–17, 11:00 a.m. in the West Building Rotunda.
The National Gallery of Art is located on Sixth Street and Constitution Avenue, N.W. The telephone number is (202) 737-4215 and web site is www.nga.gov. Admission to the Gallery, Sculpture Garden, and activities is FREE. The Galleries are opened from Monday to Saturday from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m.
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