Exhibition: Ralph Eugene Meatyard
Dolls and Masks
de Young Museum
Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco, CA
Through February 28, 2012
Drawn from a cross section of work from the whole of the photographer's career, Dolls and Masks offers a glimpse into the mind's eye of the once underappreciated midwestern photographer. The delay of Meatyard's impact on photography may be attributed to its lack to parallel with the visual qualities of his time. Meatyard's work possessed neither the idealism of the West nor the grit of the East; it was was something else entirely- experimental and invested. Now appreciated for its symbolism, literary allusion, philosophical nature, and strange narrative Meatyard is finally appreciated as a pioneer.
The de Young Museum offers a fascinating look into the diversity, depth and complexity of the photographer through a small slice of themed work extracted from the artist's oeuvre. Images from personal photographs, often featuring family and especially children allows for viewers to engage weighty themes of youth and mortality, intimacy and anonymity, as well as more playful themes of sharing and hiding.
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