Photographs by Amy Arbus
April 9 through June 2, 2013
Amy Arbus ‘David After Blind Man‘
The Griffin Museum is pleased to present After Images, a new series of photographs from Amy Arbus in the Main Gallery from April 9 through June 2, 2013. There will be a reception with the artist on April 11 from 7-8:30 p.m. Ms. Arbus will give an artist talk on Friday April 12 at 7:00 p.m. in the gallery. The exhibition consists of twenty-four color ‘C’ prints produced from 2011 through 2012. After Images, Ms. Arbus’s new book from Schiffer Publishing will premier at the exhibition. This exciting boxed publication features twenty-four plates and a forward by Larry Fink in conversation with Arbus.
Amy Arbus is no stranger to portraiture, but in this latest series she takes her work to a new level. Perhaps her most visually arresting series to date, these images can be described as homage; superbly detailed photographic considerations of classic paintings by Pablo Picasso, Amedeo Modigliani, Egon Schiele, Paul Cezanne, and Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres, among others. It is a daring, vivid series of photographs that evoke, with style and originality, the paintings on which they’re based. Arbus chose subjects that she found emotionally intense and heartbreakingly beautiful. She painted the models, costumes and props creating hybrid images that retain the emotional power of the originals. When people first encounter the After Images they often think the photographs are paintings.
“In emulating these paintings”, says Amy, ”the challenge for me has been to use much softer lighting than I have in the past and to figure out how to represent the sloped shoulders, elongated necks and fingers that don’t exist in real life; to recreate the painter’s perception. Re-enacting a painting requires a very deliberate kind of scrutiny, like dissecting and re-assembling. I was always too intimidated to create portraits in the style of another photographer, yet ironically with this series, in taking liberties from the original, I was able to make my most unique body of work to date.”
The ‘After Images’ series is a discussion of what occurs in the lens between the real, the represented, and how memory influences perception. With this work Arbus has extended photography’s range. Many of the paintings selected are well known, broadly familiar as images that defined painting and fine art to a generation of post war students. Arbus’ chiaroscuro lighting and lush colors produce emotionally dark trompe l’oeil portraits. New, beautiful and restless they raise questions about the ongoing dialogue between painting and photography.
Amy Arbus has published four books, including the award winning On the Street and The Inconvenience of Being Born. The New Yorker called her most recent book, The Fourth Wall, her masterpiece. Her photographs have appeared in more than 100 hundred periodicals around the world, including New York Magazine, People, The New Yorker and The New York Times Magazine. She teaches portraiture at the International Center of Photography, The Fine Arts Work Center and NORDphotography. She has had 24 solo exhibitions worldwide and her photographs are a part of the collection of The National Theater in Norway, The New York Public Library, and The Museum of Modern Art in New York. Arbus is represented by The Schoolhouse Gallery and The Griffin Museum of Photography in Massachusetts.
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The Griffin Museum of Photography was founded in 1992 to provide a forum for the exhibition of both historic and contemporary photography. The Museum houses three galleries dedicated solely to the exploration of photographic arts. The Griffin is open Tuesday through Sunday, noon to 4 p.m. The museum is closed on Monday. General admission is $7 for adults; $3 for seniors. Members and children under 12 are admitted free. Admission is free to all every Thursday, 2 to 4 p.m. For more information, call 781-729-1158, or visit www.griffinmuseum.org.
The Schoolhouse Gallery specializes in modern and contemporary photography, painting and printmaking. Since 1998 we have presented the finest in collaboration and new thought in our Provincetown gallery space and at a variety of fairs and outside exhibition projects. We represent a roster of over 50 artists from the Outer Cape and throughout the US and Europe while maintaining a large inventory of related works. Contact Director/ Owner Mike Carroll at firstname.lastname@example.org
View our first ONLINE EXHIBITION featuring eight new works on paper from Sharon Horvath.
These paper pieces are made on reclaimed paper and begun on the beach in Truro, Ma. The series is titled, “Wave’.
Sharon Horvath received her BFA in from the Cooper Union, New York and her MFA in from Tyler School of Art, Philadelphia. She lives in Queens, has a studio in the Brooklyn Navy Yard. Since 1987, she has exhibited in New York, Philadelphia, Boston, and internationally. She is represented by Lori Bookstein Fine Art, New York, The Drawing Room Gallery in East Hampton and the Schoolhouse Gallery in Provincetown. She is an Associate Professor of Art at Purchase College, SUNY and Coordinator of the Painting and Drawing Board of Study.
Horvath’s numerous awards include the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Grant for Painting, the Jacob H. Lazarus-Metropolitan Museum of Art Rome Prize from the American Academy in Rome, the Anonymous was a Woman Award, the American Academy of Arts and Letters Richard and Hilda Rosenthal Award for Painting, the Edwin Palmer Prize in Painting from the National Academy Museum, two Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grants, a Mid-Atlantic NEA Regional Fellowship for Painting, and an Elizabeth Foundation Grant for Painting. Other recognitions include the Faculty Prize for Outstanding Commitment as a Teacher and a Mentor from the University of the Arts (Richard C. von Hess Foundation) and the Annual Alumni Award from Tyler School of Art, Temple University.