Faces. Photograph portraits in XX Century
Edizioni Fondazione Ragghianti Studi sull'arte, Lucca, 2008
Catalogue of the exhibition in Lucca, November 15th-December 1st, 2008. Edited by Walter Guadagnini, Francesco Zanot. Texts by Walter Guadagnini, Francesco Zanot. 160 p., b. & wh. and col. ill. and phot. (27x23.5 cm.)
Images become icons and not only in the history of photography (such as the famous photo “a flower girl at a wedding by Diane Arbus, the portrait of Isadora Duncan by Edward Steichen and the series of Marcel Duchamp by Ugo Mulas) are shown in this exhibition. These are often flanked by some rare works, among which some images unknown by the public, made in Luzzara by Paul Strand and kept at the house of Zavattini, in addition to the shots of Andy Warhol lying on his bed in hospital. The exhibit starts with an ideal comparison between the middle class portraits by Steichen and the images dedicated to the American native populations by Edward Curtis. A selection of images by August Sander, coming from the Sander Archive, let us see the work of the main portraitist of the XX century in addition to the rural America of the thirties, represented in an emotional way by Dorothea Lange. Arnold Newman is also present in the exhibition, proposing a series of famous faces of artists and photographers of that time, from Georgia O’Keeffe to Ansel Adams. A special attention is dedicated to the seventies through the series of shots by Larry Clark “Tulsa”, dedicated to the American middle class by Bill Owens and through the extraordinary portraits by Ed van der Alksen. The catalogue contains the introductory essays by the curators, the publication of all the works exhibited and fundamental bio-bibliographic notes of all the artists presented at the exhibition.