Homage: Lucien Clergue
through July 12, 2014
This selection of prints gives generous attention to the French photographer Lucien Clergue's most noted subject, the female nude torso. The exhibition features about 30 images by the artist who is known equally well for his work as a filmmaker, educator, and author. Clergue's prints, mostly silver prints in this show, are sumptuous and smooth. Light and its play on the body was signature to his style and remains as seductive as it is memorable, and Throckmorton does well to include a classic Zebra Nude where the sun's rays peek through blinds to mark and ripple over two torsos. Water is another recurring theme in this exhibition, and while Nude of the Sea, Camargue,
or Out of Vagueness, Camargue
highlight the figure it is offset, even celebrated, by the rippling water that surrounds them. Other frames feature only the shimmery surface of the water and these are as alluring if not more mysterious than the frames that include a figure. There remains something fleshy about even Clergue's still-life frames, and it may be his sensitivity to light and form that renders his work so enticing.
Clergue was the first photographer to be elected to the Academie des Beaux-Artes and has been awarded both the Order of Merit and the Order of the Legion of Honor. His work has been widely exhibited and collected; he is the author of 75 books and was the first photographer to present a theses of prints only, no written text supplemented his work, he wrote only with light.
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Lucien Clergue, Nude at Point Lobos, 1980
Courtesy of Throckmorton Fine Art