Made In The Shade
June 27–August 26, 2005
32 East 57th Street, 9th Floor, New York, NY
Pace/MacGill Gallery is pleased to announce the exhibition, “Made in the Shade”, on view from June 27 through August 26, 2005 at 32 East 57th Street on the 9th Floor. Featuring both modern and vintage prints by a celebrated group of contemporary and master photographers, “Made in the Shade” explores that phrase’s vernacular meaning as well as its aesthetic dimensions. Coined in the 1950s, “made in the shade” became a popular expression that communicated a state of being in an excellent or ideal situation. Likewise, “made in the shade” can imply another kind of cool, visually conjuring sensations of summer: blazing heat, dazzling sunlight and the welcome respite offered by reservoirs of shadow. On a fundamental level, the challenges of manipulating and representing light have historically engaged photographers. Not only can “writing with light” reveal an artist’s technical prowess, but also its practice deeply resonates within the photographic medium’s particular brand of expressive power.
Whether defining the natural world or articulating a concept, the photographs selected for “Made in the Shade” share this common catch phrase. Lazlo Moholy-Nagy’s picture of his wife Lucia relaxing in the sand--her face raked by sunlight--stands in contrast to Lauren Greenfield’s self-conscious pubescent subjects whose bodies absorb the artificial rays generated within their tanning beds. Harry Callahan’s intimate studies of his wife Eleanor become animated by chiaroscuro, and John Szarkowski’s rendering of a setting sun on a country meadow poetically captures the transition of afternoon into dusk. Elliot Erwitt’s snapshot of nudists playing ball under a canopy of trees provides cheeky relief, and portraits of Playboy Hugh Hefner, 007 Sean Connery and champion boxer Muhammad Ali personify a larger-than-life sense of cool.
“Made in the Shade” includes work by Harry Callahan, Philip-Lorca diCorcia, Elliot Erwitt, Larry Fink, Robert Frank, Lee Friedlander, Emmet Gowin, Lauren Greenfield, Mark Klett, Jocelyn Lee, Ralph Eugene Meatyard, Laszlo Moholy-Nagy, Judith Joy Ross, Steve Schapiro, Thomas Struth, Ichigo Sugawara, John Szarkowski, Garry Winogrand, and various Magnum photographers, among others.