Visceral

Posted: April 11, 2007 in All and Sundry, Art Attacks, Musings, Random Observations, Stumbled Upon

stumbled upon this picture by Richard Avedon, one of my favorite protraitist photographers of this century along with Annie Leibowitz, in atomicmonk’s blog Village Savant, which i also stumbled upon while surfing on the net for blogs on the creative arts.

what i really like about Avedon is his eye for the visceral, not in the Cindy Sherman fantasy/reality kind of way, but in the way he is able to capture raw portraits of humanity that are sometimes ugly and transform them into objects that can be called beautiful.

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From villagesavant.com: 

In 1985 the Amon Carter Museum in Fort Worth, Texas first exhibited “In the American West: Photographs by Richard Avedon.” Avedon had spent the years of 1979-1984 photographing oil field and slaughterhouse workers, drifters, mental patients, and waitresses; the results shattered stereotypes of the previously glorified inhabitants of America’s frontier. Following its highly acclaimed tour more than twenty years ago, the project has not been seen in its entirety here in the United States. For the 20th anniversary exhibition on tour, 78 images, representing the project’s most famous and important works, were selected. This is the final stop on the exhibit’s tour. We highly recommend it.
In 1985 the Amon Carter Museum in Fort Worth, Texas first exhibited “In the American West: Photographs by Richard Avedon.” Avedon had spent the years of 1979-1984 photographing oil field and slaughterhouse workers, drifters, mental patients, and waitresses; the results shattered stereotypes of the previously glorified inhabitants of America’s frontier. Following its highly acclaimed tour more than twenty years ago, the project has not been seen in its entirety here in the United States. For the 20th anniversary exhibition on tour, 78 images, representing the project’s most famous and important works, were selected. This is the final stop on the exhibit’s tour. We highly recommend it.

Cantor Arts Center
at Stanford University
Feb. 14 – May 6, 2007
admission is free

Comments
  1. Lyka Bergen says:

    Displeasingly beautiful picture!

    (My conflicting statement is due from my inharmonious experience upon waking up this morning. Forgive!)

  2. waaaaah. .. oh my gawd. im a fan of your blog! i can’t believe you commented on mine. so happy. 🙂

    thanks for the comment.

  3. ted says:

    I went to Fort Worth during spring break of 2005–too early for the Avedon exhibit, but then again, I haven’t heard of him before. The picture IS arresting. It’s a pity I just missed it.

    The Amon Carter museum then did not actually strike me much, mostly paintings of cowboys and Indians by Remington and Russel, very sparse O’Keefe’s. The vigorous and energetic Remington sculptures (e.g. horses in mid-leap) impressed me the most.

    What was delightful was Fort Worth itself, with its beautiful architecture from early 20th century art deco, I guess from old money in the cattle business. There’s a theater with two huge angels blowing golden trumpets on it’s fascade.

    There is something of the Old West still present in Fort Worth, that is totally lost in modern cities like Houston. I cannot think of another place to show Avedon’s pictures.

  4. to ted:
    omg ted limpoco! you are reading my blog. you have to start blogging too so i could catch up with your life.
    i am after all not a good read sometimes.
    as for avedon, yes, i wish i could have teleported to texas too and see his works.
    by the way, you sound very american now. sort of academic american. love it dear. 🙂
    thanks for making Forth Worth alive with a few descriptions. Art deco? hmmm. now THAT’S interesting.

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