50 Photographs

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50 Photographs
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Author

Jessica Lange
Introduction:
Patti Smith

Patti Smith performing in Finland, 2007.jpg
Country United States
Language English
Genre Black-and-white, fine-art photography
Published 2008 (powerHouse Books)[1]
Brooklyn, New York
Media type Print (Hardcover)
Pages 112
Awards George Eastman House Award
ISBN 978-157-6874-53-0[1]
OCLC 227032407
779
Followed by In Mexico

50 Photographs is a photo book by American visual artist Jessica Lange, published by powerHouse Books on November 18, 2008. Featuring an introduction written by the National Book Award-winner[2] Patti Smith,[3] the art work distributed by Random House is the Lange's official debut as a photographer.[1]

Background[edit]

Before engulfing herself in an acting career, Lange studied art and photography at the University of Minnesota, as well made a few documentary films in Europe in the late 1960s.[4] While at the university, she formed a relationship with photographer Francisco "Paco" Grande. The pair married in 1970 and Lange dropped out of the school in favor of travelling with Grande throughout the United States. Their relationship would eventually end in 1981, however.[5]

She returned to photography many years later, when her latter partner Sam Shepard brought home from a movie set a Leica camera. After three decades in front of the cameras, she then rehabilitated her former dream of being on the other side of the lens, initially photographing her children.[6][7]

Development[edit]

Approximately five years before her first set saw its eventual release, Lange showed some of her work to French film photographer Brigitte Lacombe that began her campaign in 1975,[8] as well to Wim Wenders' wife Donata who also became involved in visual arts herself. Encouraged with both fellow artists to "think bigger", she thus started printing at a professional lab and decided to release a book of her own pictures.[6]

"When I first showed them to Brigitte Lacombe, she said to me, ‘Oh, Jessie. Why are you still so lonely?’ And [I] realized that I'm attracted to people in solitary situations that are evocative of lonesomeness."[6]

Her collection of fifty black-and-white studies of unknown people and far-away places was published under title 50 Photographs through powerHouse Books on November 18, 2008, and along with a special contribution written by Patti Smith[1][3] (pictured top right).

Titled and signed by the actress au verso in pencil,[9] all the pictures were shot mostly during Lange's considerable travels in such places as Ethiopia, Mexico, Romania and Russia. Some of them though, were also taken in the northern part of her native Minnesota and in New York, respectively.[4]

Art exhibitions[edit]

2008—2009: United States[edit]

Howard Greenberg Gallery[edit]

Lange's first art exhibition took place at Howard Greenberg Gallery,[10][11] located on the northeast corner at 41-45 East 57th Street and Madison Avenue in a tower block known for housing a number of important galleries in N.Y.C., New York.[12] A member of the Association of International Photography Art Dealers (AIPAD),[n. 1][14] originally known as Photofind (1981), the Midtown's gallery in demonstrates photojournalism and street photography covering a variety of other genres, such as contemporary photography, Photo-Secession (Camera Work), vintage prints (Time, LIFE), in addition to styles spanning from pictorialism to modernism.[12][14]

Her exhibit entitled Jessica Lange: Photographs, introduced twenty-nine black-and-white pictures, all being displayed on the Howard Greenberg Gallery's main space from November 26, 2008 until January 10 the following year.[10][11] Some of the Paul Strand's work took by himself in the northern region of Africa, served as an instrumental thematic show.[15][16]

Butler Institute of American Art[edit]

"Mexico" (1992-2008)

Rosegallery[edit]

Shortly after the release of her latest TV film, Grey Gardens (2009), Lange's images received their exposure on July 14 through ROSEGALLERY at Bergamot Station, placed in a Santa Monica's art complex on Michigan Avenue.[17][18][19] Founded in 1991, the gallery carries a lineup of diverse modern and contemporary artists.[20]

A thirty-one photograph show[21] simply named Jessica Lange,[22] was co-produced by Howard Greenberg Gallery and Motion Picture & Television Fund in common.[17][18][19] Lange attended a reception, which followed four days later.[23][24]

George Eastman House[edit]

In an attempt to showcase more visual liberties, George Eastman House - International Museum of Photography & Film in Rochester, NY enhanced her photographic work with the retrospective series of her five feature films Jessica Lange Thursdays, screening her performances delivered for The Postman Always Rings Twice (on July 2),[25] Tootsie (on July 9),[26] Music Box (on July 16),[27] Blue Sky (on July 23)[28] and Titus (on July 30).[29] Besides, a tribute evening was held at Dryden Theater on July 25, preceded with a Lange's personal presentation of her then current movie release, Grey Gardens.[30] As a result, she was given the first George Eastman House Honors Award ever that night.[4]

Lange's second museum venue named after her book occurred on July 18,[4] demonstrating thirty-three photos taken from the publication.[31] The show was opened to public by September 20, 2009.[4]

A Gallery for Fine Photography[edit]

The venue for the fifth and final promo exhibition of Lange's premier monograph became A Gallery for Fine Photography, based in the French Quarter at 241 Chartres Street in New Orleans, Louisiana. Another member of AIPAD, the gallery presents contemporary and classic photography from the 19th, 20th and 21st century.[14]

Year Title Duration Ref
Reception Opening – Closing
2008 Jessica Lange: Photographs
November 26, 2008 – January 10, 2009 [10]
[11]
Howard Greenberg Gallery, New York City, New York, US
  • Her premiere public exhibition promoted 29 black-and-white photos,[10] all taken from the volume 50 Photographs.[10][11] (A secondary running exposition, North Africa 1959–1963, presented a work by Paul Strand.[15][16])
2009 Jessica Lange: 50 Photographs
May 28, 2009[34] May 12, 2009 – July 5, 2009[36] [34]
[37]
Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown, Ohio, US
Jessica Lange[n. 3] July 18, 2009[23][24] July 14, 2009 – September 12, 2009[n. 4] [17]
[18]
[19]
ROSEGALLERY, Santa Monica, California, US
50 Photographs by Jessica Lange
July 25, 2009 July 18, 2009[n. 8] – September 20, 2009 [4]
George Eastman House, Rochester, New York, US
50 Photographs by Jessica Lange
October 3, 2009[44] October 3, 2009 – December 31, 2009 [45]
A Gallery for Fine Photography, New Orleans, Louisiana, US
denotes an exhibition with free admission.

Other appearances[edit]

Art fairs and festivals[edit]

Year Title Duration Ref
Reception Opening – Closing
2010 AP' art
July 6, 2010[n. 10] July 8, 2010 – July 13, 2010[46][47] [46]
[47]
[48]
[49]
Saint-Rémy-de-Provence/Alpilles, France, EU
  • The first edition of the Festival international d'art contemporain, Alpilles-Provense'art[46][47] presented also Lange's artwork under title L'artiste <<outsider>> 2010[46] in Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, France.[47][48][49]
2011 photo la XX + art la projects
January 13, 2011 January 14, 2011 – January 17, 2011 [50]
[51]
[52]
Santa Monica Civic Auditorium, Santa Monica, California, US
Upon invitation only.

Reception[edit]

Critical response[edit]

Selections from her premiere photo-book were initially published in the spring 2007 issue of Aperture. The magazine devoted to fine art photography then wrote: "Jessica's photographs very much reflect her personality. They are delicate, but powerful... loving, warm, and extremely poetic."[54]

Awards[edit]

Year Nominated work Award Category Result Ref
2009 Herself George Eastman House Honors Award Lifetime achievement Honored [4]
Awarded for her contribution to cinema and photography.

Commercial performance[edit]

According to an article published by the online art magazine artnet on December 4, 2008, 50 Photographs sold out its initial printing in a two-week period since the official release.[55]

Samples[edit]

Jessica Lange California.jpg Jessica Lange Mexico2.tif Jessica Lange Minnesota.tif Jessica Lange Masone Temple.tif
"California" "Mexico" "Minnesota" "Montana"

See also[edit]

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ AIPAD (*1979) maintain standards in the field of photography, including promotion, exhibitions, buying and selling photos. The association merge a number of members/galleries from the United States, Canada, Europe, Australia and Japan.[13]
  2. ^ According to the PR department, 300 people attended the BIAA's 90th anniversary.[35]
  3. ^ The ROSEGALLERY's website[17] and the NBC 4 KNBC's,[18] they both refer to "Jessica Lange: 50 Photographs" as the title of her exposition in Santa Monica, CA. The original poster by ROSEGALLERY shows "Jessica Lange," actually.[22] Other online sources, such as e.g. artnet,[19] Getty Images,[23] Zimbio,[24] and ARTslanT[38] these documented the event as "Jessica Lange: 50 Photographs 1992-2008," following its reception on July 18, 2009.[23][24]
  4. ^ While the original poster shows "July 11, 2009,"[22] some of additional press statements by ROSEGALLERY calculated with "July 14" as the official start date of the exhibition,[17] and so did reviews in NBC 4 KNBC[18] and artnet.[19] ARTslanT's reports "July 21," for a change.[38] As for the end-date; "September" 12 report all the original poster,[22] NBC 4 KNBC,[18] artnet[19] as well ARTslanT.[38] Although, another articles by ROSEGALLERY[17] and The Photo Exchange[39] show "October 10."
  5. ^ McKinniss from The Photo Exchange wrote the exhibition consisted of "28 photographs."[39]
  6. ^ In addition to, the Dryden Theater presented Cape Fear on February 17, 2010.[40]
  7. ^ Tickets were on sale from June 16, 2009, at Dryden Theater box office, George Eastman House admissions desk and online through dryden.eastmanhouse.org, respectively.[4]
  8. ^ An initial promo release by George Eastman House stated "July 13, 2009" as the opening of the exhibit.[31]
  9. ^ George Eastman House Annual Report quotes the series "Jessica Lange Retrospective."[41]
  10. ^ The pre-opening took two days prior to the official start of AP'art festival, thus on Tuesday, July 6, 2010 at 5 p.m.[47]
  11. ^ According to the Stephen Cohen Gallery, over 8,000 people visited the 2011's volume.[53]

References[edit]

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  27. ^ a b "Home - Films - Music Box (1989)". George Eastman House. International Museum of Photography & Film. July 16, 2009. eastmanhouse.org. Retrieved 2012-09-03. 
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