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Newspaper portraits by Vivian Maier
through May 1, 2014
Gone in a day- thats how the newspapaper men used to describe their work. To Vivian Maier, a woman who was reclusive, the papers themselves were precious; she saved them in stacks. Her paper piles filled rooms to the point that the floor of one of her apartments needed to be reinforced with a jack. A solitary person, Maier kept few friends for long. The papers were in ways her connection to the world, but Maier kept more interesting things than newspapers. She also kept a photo journal that began in 1940 and continued into the early 2000's. She used the paper image too to connect, record, digest what happened around her. Over these decades Maier compiled over 100,000 images of everyday life from her time. Many rolls of film remained undeveloped at her death in 2009 only days before her images were to appear before the world online for the first time. Mayer's work has continued to grab international attention since it debuted. It continues to exhibit across the United States and throughout Europe. Maier's work is graphic and fascinating; playful and structured. The images in this exhibition feature many street-shots by Maier with newspapers- front pages, top stories, tabloids, and people holding their pages deep in their reading. While stories continue to come and go, Maier's work reminds us of the eternal temporality of the moment. In these works especially we want to hold onto the instant and romanticize the physical relics of moment- front pages and snapshots.
Lecture at UC Berkeley Graduate School with Collector Jeffrey Goldstein, and authors Richard Cahan and Mike Williams
Wednesday, April 2nd.
Out of the Shadows
At Scott Nichols Gallery
Through April 26, 2013