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Exhibition: Rose Mandel at the de Young Museum
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The Errand of the Eye

9/25/2013 to 10/13/2013
When: 9/25/2013

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The Errand of the Eye


Through October 13, 2013


This exhibition is accompanied by a publication by the same name, The Errand of the Eye; together this retrospective and text represent the first full assessment of the artist and her work. Together they work to secure her rightful place in the history of modernist photography.


Born in Poland, Rose Mandel immigrated to California in 1942. She had studied in Geneva, Switzerland where she graduated from the prestigious Jean-Jacques Rousseau Institute with a degree in child psychology. Upon arriving in the United states her career as a child psychologist was stifled by her inadequacy in English. A friend recommended she pursue a career in the arts, and a love of photography soon brought her into contact with Edward Weston, Ansel Adams and Minor White. Mandel attended classes with Adams in 1946 and 1947 and he became her most important mentor. Her other teacher, Minor White, had begun to explore the psychological and spiritual, and he found in Mandel a kindred spirit; her ideas and images influenced White's own photographs and exploration of "sequences" of images that together expressed a private, subjective, and highly complex reality.


This collection of works presents the sensitivity and clarity of Mandel's vision. Images from natural and man-made environments, eloquent portraits, and abstract landscapes convey Mandel's delight in the compositions and patterns that can be found anywhere, whether walking along a city street or a country path. These photographs are the result of a highly refined sense of craftsmanship and a complex understanding of psychology and abstract expressionism that caused Mandel to be described as "a painter with a camera." The first monograph on the artist, this volume features an enlightening overview of Mandel's life and work, along with an illustrated chronology and exhibition history.


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