Photography: An Expanded View

Photography: An Expanded View


Dates: February 22 - May 16, 1999

The photography collection at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum was established in 1993, when The Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation made an extraordinary gift of 196 photo-based works spanning the artist's entire career. Additional funds were provided for the transformation of gallery space to accommodate photographic objects.

Photography: An Expanded View offers the first overview of how the museum's photography collection has evolved. Through the activities of acquisition groups, such as the Young Collectors Council, the International Directors Council, and the recently established Guggenheim Museum Photography Committee, as well as through additional gifts and donations, the museum has been able to enhance its holdings of photo-based works of art.

The exhibition will feature highlights from the Guggenheim Museum's permanent collection of photographs. These include numerous works of such modern masters as Josef Albers and George Platt Lynes. In addition to the substantial Mapplethorpe collection, the exhibition will feature the work of contemporary artists who have done important work in the photographic medium. These include the pioneering works of Bernd and Hilla Becher; photographs by Cindy Sherman, from her earliest efforts in the mid-1970s to her later, more iconic works; selections from Anna Gaskell's Wonder and Override series; photographs by Brazilian conceptual-artist Gabriel Orozco; prints from Rineke Dijkstra's Beaches series; and key works by Uta Barth, Jeff Burton, James Casebere, Miles Coolidge, Thomas Demand, Olafur Eliasson, Andreas Gursky, Roni Horn, Bill Jacobson, Steven Pippin, Andrea Robbins and Max Becher, Tseng Kwong Chi.

The museum's collection is based upon the in-depth representation of selected artists, rather than an encyclopedic mapping of a movement or period. The photography program has thus evolved within an already-established structure, built by a team of curators rather than a singular vision, and fully integrated into the museum's holdings rather than developing as a separate collection.

December 17, 1998


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