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June 27, 2014 – September 21, 2014 (Ended)
Exhibition Location: Galleries for Drawings, Prints, and Photographs,
691-693 and The Howard Gilman Gallery, Gallery 852
The first retrospective in 25 years of work by Garry Winogrand (1928–1984) opened at The Metropolitan Museum of Art on June 27, 2014 and, unfortunately for those who didn’t have the chance to see it, closed on September 21.
I was among the lucky ones, and I found myself in New York and at MET on September 13. Such and incredible, overwhelming experience. Such a beautiful museum (it was actually my first time at MET). Such an inspirational exhibition. Too sad it had to end. This unbelievable personality has been able to represent daily life in America in a continuous stream.
“Winogrand was an artistic descendant of Walker Evans and Robert Frank, but differed sharply from them,” says Leo Rubinfien, guest curator of the exhibition. “He admired Frank’sThe Americans, but felt the work missed the main story of its time, which in his mind was the emergence of suburban prosperity and isolation. The hope and buoyancy of middle-class life in postwar America is half of the emotional heart of Winogrand’s work. The other half is a sense of undoing. The tension between these qualities gives his work its distinct character.”
The exhibition is divided into three parts, each covering a broad variety of subjects found in Winogrand’s art. “Down from the Bronx” presents photographs made in New York from his start in 1950 until 1971; “A Student of America” looks at the same period during journeys outside New York; and “Boom and Bust” addresses Winogrand’s late work—from when he moved away from New York in 1971 until his death in 1984—with photographs from Texas and Southern California, as well as Chicago, Washington, Miami, and other locations.
For more information on the exhibition, curatorial credits and support and curiosities have a read through the official MET website. Here some fascinating images and clever quotes from this one and only photographic exhibition.