Garry Winogrand: Six
July 7–August 22, 2014
32 East 57th Street, 9th Floor, New York, NY
New York, June 19, 2014 — Pace/MacGill Gallery is pleased to present Garry Winogrand: Six, on view July 7 through August 22, 2014. Featuring both iconic and lesser known images, the exhibition explores six main themes of Winogrand’s oeuvre through groupings of six photographs each. From the streets and parks of New York City to Texas rodeos and state fairs, public relations, zoo animals, and women around the world, the 36 photographs on view provide a concise look at the variety of subjects that inspired one of the medium's most prolific and influential chroniclers of contemporary culture.
Deemed "the central photographer of his generation" by John Szarkowski in the exhibition catalogue accompanying his 1988 retrospective at The Museum of Modern Art, New York, Garry Winogrand (1928-1984) documented postwar American life with unprecedented zeal. The quintessential street photographer, he voraciously recorded the drama of public spaces with innovative and unorthodox images that pushed the possibilities of photographic description. Taken with a small-format 35mm camera and a wide-angle lens, Winogrand’s deceptively casual and seemingly spontaneous pictures defied formal conventions with their oblique perspectives and densely packed compositions, while vividly capturing the distinctive look and mood of the place and era.
While Winogrand seldom worked in series, he repeatedly returned to certain subjects throughout his career. The visual cacophony of New York City's streets was of particular interest to him, as was Central Park, which served as the backdrop for perhaps his best-known image of a couple carrying a pair of well-dressed chimpanzees. Intrigued by "the effect of the media on events," Winogrand also photographed a variety of public gatherings – museum openings, press conferences, peace demonstrations, and sports games, among others – a topic which he further explored at the rodeos, stock shows, and state fairs in Texas. His pictures of zoo animals and their visitors present sly meditations on the human condition, while his images of women not only reveal Winogrand's attraction to his subjects, but also speak to broader notions of gender in the 1960s and 70s.
A Bronx native, Garry Winogrand began his photographic career while studying painting at Columbia University (1948-51). During that time, he also studied photojournalism with Alexey Brodovitch at the New School for Social Research and started commercial freelancing for large-circulation magazines such as Collier's, Life, and Pageant.
Since 1955, Winogrand's photographs have been featured in solo and group exhibitions worldwide, including alongside those of Diane Arbus and Lee Friedlander in the 1967 landmark show, New Documents, curated by John Szarkowski at The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Most recently, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. co-organized the first retrospective of his work in 25 years, Garry Winogrand. Presenting over 300 photographs, the exhibition is currently on view at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York and will travel to the Jeu de Paume, Paris (2014) and Fundacion MAPFRE, Madrid (2015).
Winogrand is the recipient of numerous honors, including three Guggenheim Fellowships (1964; 1969; 1978) and a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship (1975). His work has been the subject of many monographic publications, such as The Animals (1969), Women Are Beautiful (1975), Public Relations (1977), Stock Photographs (1980), Winogrand: Figments from the Real World (1988) and Garry Winogrand (2013), and can be found in the permanent collections of most major museums around the world. Winogrand's archive is housed at the Center for Creative Photography at the University of Arizona, Tucson.
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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.