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Emmet Gowin: Landscapes Andalucía

November 7, 2013–January 4, 2014

32 East 57th Street, 9th Floor, New York, NY


Installation Views

Selected Works

New York, October 23, 2013 — Pace/MacGill Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition of new photographs by Emmet Gowin. Emmet Gowin: Landscapes Andalucía features over 20 pigment prints of aerial views of the Spanish province of Granada, commissioned by FUNDACIÓN MAPFRE in 2012 and presented at Gowin's retrospective there this past summer. The exhibition marks the US debut of these works, and will be on view November 7, 2013 through January 4, 2014. An opening reception for the artist will be held on Thursday, November from 5:30 to 7:30 pm.

For more than 20 years, Emmet Gowin has been photographing the natural landscape from the air above. His interest in an aerial perspective emerged in 1980, when he documented the volcanic devastation following the eruption of Washington's Mount St. Helens from a small plane. Struck by the untouched quality of the terrain and the vast visibility an elevated viewpoint afforded, Gowin proceeded to create a series of aerial photographs over the next two decades, surveying sites in the American West and abroad. From pivot irrigation agriculture in Kansas to Nevada's military test ranges, golf courses in Arizona and Japan, and the chemopetrol industrial sites of the Czech Republic, these toned black-and-white images recorded humankind's alteration (and often destruction) of the earth’s surface from an airborne perspective in formally elegant, luminous compositions. The photographs were the subject of Yale University Art Gallery's seminal 2002 exhibition with accompanying catalogue, Emmet Gowin: Changing the Earth, Aerial Photographs, which subsequently travelled to seven venues.

In October of 2012, at the invitation of FUNDACIÓN MAPFRE’s photography curator Carlos Gollonet, Gowin returned to the skies after an almost 10-year hiatus to produce his most recent body of aerial work over Gollonet's hometown of Granada. Taken with a digital camera and gyroscope, Gowin's views of Andalucía capture the Spanish landscape with stunning precision in vibrant color. Spanning the rolling, tree-lined hills to the west and the rugged, sparse badlands to the north, they explore the striking visual diversity of the ancient city's landscape. Variations in soil composition create arresting optical effects under the afternoon light and the terrain takes on new, unexpected forms. In marked contrast to the often disquieting effects of human intervention evidenced in Gowin's earlier aerial photographs, his Andalucían vistas reveal a more natural, caring treatment of the land below. Simultaneously realistic and abstract, they expand his distinctive artistic investigation of the relationship between humanity and the earth.

Emmet Gowin (b. 1941, Danville, Va.) received a BFA in Graphic Design from the Richmond Professional Institute (now Virginia Commonwealth University) in 1965 and an MFA in Photography from the Rhode Island School of Design in 1967. He served on the faculty of Princeton University as a professor of photography in the Visual Arts Program from 1973 until his retirement in 2009, and is the recipient of numerous honors, including a Guggenheim Fellowship (1974), two National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships (1977, 1979), a Pew Fellowship in the Arts (1993), the President's Award for Distinguished Teaching at Princeton University (1997), and the Princeton Behrman Award for Distinguished Achievement in the Humanities (2006).

For over four decades, Gowin's photography has been exhibited worldwide at institutions such as The Museum of Modern Art, New York (1971); the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. (1983); the Philadelphia Museum of Art (1990); the Espace Photographie Marie de Paris (1992); the Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven (2002); the Utah Museum of Fine Arts, Salt Lake City (2003); the Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge (2004), the Princeton University Art Museum (2009), and FUNDACIÓN MAPFRE (2013). His work can be found in domestic and international museum collections, including the Art Institute of Chicago; the Cleveland Museum of Art; the J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles; the Maison Européenne de la Photographie, Paris; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; The Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Philadelphia Museum of Art; and the Tokyo Museum of Art, among others.

Monographs include: Emmet Gowin: Photographs (1976, 2009); Emmet Gowin: Photographs, 1966-1983 (1983); Petra(1986); Emmet Gowin/Photographs: This vegetable Earth is but a shadow (1990); Emmet Gowin: Changing the Earth(2002); Mariposas Nocturnas – Edith in Panama (2006), and Emmet Gowin (2013).

For more information about Emmet Gowin: Landscapes Andalucía or press requests, please contact Jessica Mostow at 212.759.7999 or For general inquiries, please email

One of the world's leading photography galleries, Pace/MacGill has been dedicated to advancing fine art photography for 30 years. Known for discovering artists, representing masters, and placing important collections and archives into major public institutions, Pace/MacGill has presented some 200 exhibitions and published numerous catalogues on modern and contemporary photography. Founded in 1983 by Peter MacGill, in collaboration with Arne Glimcher of The Pace Gallery and Richard Solomon of Pace Editions, Pace/MacGill is located at 32 East 57th Street in New York City.

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