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Exhibition: Garry Winogrand at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, July 15, 2014
Through September 21, 2014

"I'm a student of America."
                     - Garry Winogrand

The Garry Winogrand exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art marks the first retrospective of the artist's work in 25 years.  Often compared to Danny Lyon, Lee Friedlander, or Diane Arbus, Garry Winogrand's (1928-1984) work captured the cultural climate of his day.  Winogrand is known for his social documentary images of America from the 1950's - 1980's.  The works were each strong- dynamic and often favoring angular compositions.  His work was so iconic as to develop into a leading visual voice for the post-war era.  Everyone and anyone was the subject of this street photographer's lens- the average and the famed: businessmen, everyday women, students, soldiers, protesters, and hippies, as well as actors, athletes, and politicians.  

Winogrand was prolific; his work painted a broad-sweeping portrait of American culture in the decades that followed the post-war eras.  Much of his work remained unknown at his death. The artist died young, and when he did he left behind piles of proof sheets and thousands of unseen rolls of film.  Though his most celebrated work focused on the Manhattan area in the 1950's, he recorded daily life across America.  He did travel, and documented sites in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Dallas, Houston, Chicago, and the southwest wilderness.  Currents in the work reflect rising tension.  In Winogrand's work tension's balancing point was situated between confidence in the middle class- its growth and stability and the fear of its possible unraveling. "You could say that I'm a student of photography," he said, "and I am; but really I'm a student of America."  It is on the whole that we can take into account the breath of Winogrand's American portrait.  So this retrospective allows us the ability to look back at his America through over 175 images, some iconic, others unknown.  

More information on this exhibition available online at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Related Exhibition:
Garry Winogrand:  Six
at Pace/MacGill Gallery

through August 22, 2014

Tags:  Garry Winogrand  Met  Metropolitan 

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