Through January 6, 2014
New Photography 2013 presents recent works by eight international
artists who have redefined photography as a medium of experimentation
and intellectual inquiry. Their porous practices—grounded in photography
books, mass media, photomontage, music, film, and science—mark a shift
in the understanding of what a picture can be.
Adam Broomberg (South African, b. 1970) and
Oliver Chanarin's (British, b. 1971) War Primer 2 (2011), an artist's
book focused on the "War on Terror," physically inhabits the pages of
Bertolt Brecht's first English-language edition of War Primer. In his
signature works, Brendan Fowler (American, b. 1978), a musician and
visual artist, overlaps up to four framed pictures by literally crashing
one through another, thus mixing photography and performance. Annette
Kelm (German, b. 1975) conflates several genres in single works or in
series on a single motif. Carefully composed, not unlike advertisements,
the precise objectivity of her pictures is often undercut by artifice
and strangeness. Lisa Oppenheim (American, b. 1975) produces photograms
by culling Flickr images of fire in natural disasters or bombing
attacks. She then creates digital negatives, which she exposes to fire
and solarizes. In her cross-media practice, Anna Ostoya (Polish, b.
1978) examines the histories of lesser-known avant-garde movements in
East-Central Europe in parallel with their renowned Western
counterparts. Josephine Pryde (British, b. 1967) references the history
of darkroom experiments and contemporary medical imaging techniques in
such photo series as It's Not My Body (2011). Eileen Quinlan's
(American, b. 1972) forays into abstract photography are grounded in
feminist history and material culture.
The artists in New Photography 2013 explore dialectical reversals
between abstraction and representation, documentary and conceptual
processes, the uniquely handmade and the mechanically reproducible, and
analog and digital techniques, underscoring the idea that there has
never been just one type of photography.
For more on the exhibition, visit the exhibition website here
Related Events at MOMA: Artists and their Doubles
This session invites visitors to think about questions of portraiture,
art, and identity by looking at photographs and films by Lynn Hershman
Leeson, VALIE EXPORT, and others.
Friday, November 1, 2013, 11:30 a.m.
Monday, November 25, 2013, 11:30 a.m.
Tuesday, November 26, 2013, 11:30 a.m.
For more on these events follow this link
New Yorker Review of the show