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Gary Winogrand’s Rarely Seen Color Photographs

June 7, 2019

Exhibition

“Garry Winogrand: Color”, a new and fantastic show at Brooklyn Museum, sheds new light on the influential career of twentieth-century photographer Garry Winogrand (1928–1984) as the first exhibition dedicated to the artist’s color photographs.

While almost exclusively known for his black-and-white images that pioneered a “snapshot aesthetic” in contemporary art, Winogrand also produced more than 45,000 color slides between the early 1950s and late 1960s. The exhibition will feature an enveloping installation of seventeen projections comprising more than 450 rarely or never-before seen color photographs that demonstrate the artist’s commitment to color, with which he experimented for nearly 20 years. Also included are 25 gelatin silver photographs drawn from the Museum’s extensive holdings of works by the artist.

©Garry Winogrand, Untitled (Coney Island). Courtesy Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco

The selection of the slides in this exhibition is the result of the most extensive examination to date of Winogrand’s color photographs. Working with the Garry Winogrand Archive at the Center for Creative Photography in Tucson, Arizona, the Brooklyn Museum helped scan thousands of slides, and the curators spent hundreds of hours reviewing both the physical objects and the digitized images.

©Garry Winogrand, Untitled (New York) 1952-58. Courtesy Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco

The results of this comprehensive research are presented in eight thematic sections that highlight Winogrand’s diverse subjects and approaches to color photography. Starting with the artist’s earliest experiments with color at Coney Island in the 1950s, the exhibition expands to focus on his exuberant pictures of New York City streets, striking portraits and still lifes, and scenes of everyday life taken on the road during the 1960s, set against the backdrops of highways, suburbs, airports, fairgrounds, and national parks. Later sections explore Winogrand’s persistent focus on gender roles in postwar America.

©Garry Winogrand, Untitled (Houston, Texas) 1964. Courtesy Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco

The results of this comprehensive research are presented in eight thematic sections that highlight Winogrand’s diverse subjects and approaches to color photography. Starting with the artist’s earliest experiments with color at Coney Island in the 1950s, the exhibition expands to focus on his exuberant pictures of New York City streets, striking portraits and still lifes, and scenes of everyday life taken on the road during the 1960s, set against the backdrops of highways, suburbs, airports, fairgrounds, and national parks. Later sections explore Winogrand’s persistent focus on gender roles in postwar America.

Garry Winogrand: Color

May 3 through December 8, 2019
Brooklyn Museum
200 Eastern Pkwy
Brooklyn, NY 11238

www.brooklynmuseum.org

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