Thursday, November 11, 2010

Photography Exhibition: The Getty Museum - In Focus: Still Life

Dead Leaf, Man Ray, American, 1942, Gelatin silver printThe Getty Museum in Los Angeles has one of the great photographic collections in the world. This exhibition of still life prints of  include a range of works from André Kertész to Charles Aubry to Sharon Core. This exhibition, In Focus: Still Life is one of the Getty’s most interesting.

This exhibition will run through January 23, 2011

Still life derives from the Dutch word stilleven, coined in the 17th century when paintings of objects enjoyed immense popularity throughout Europe. The impetus for this term came as artists created compositions of greater complexity, bringing together a wider variety of objects to communicate allegorical meanings.

Still life has come to serve, like landscape or portraiture, as a category within art. Although it typically refers to depictions of inanimate things, because it incorporates a vast array of influences from different cultures and periods in history, it has always resisted precise definition.

This exhibition presents some of the innovative ways photographers have explored and refreshed this traditional genre. During the 19th century, still life photographs tended to resemble still life paintings, with similar subjects and arrangements. Beginning in the 20th century, still life photographs have mirrored the subjects and styles that have more broadly concerned photographers in their time.

If you’re in the Los Angeles, California area before this exhibition leaves, don’t miss it.

As I travel, I love seeing the work of other photographers as I hope you do. If you know of a new photographic exhibition which you think the Blog should publicize, please contact me.

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