Richard Misrach: Being(s) 1975-2015

An exhibition exploring the appearance of the human figure across the artist’s career.

Fraenkel Gallery is pleased to present Richard Misrach: Being(s) 1975-2015, on view from April 9 – May 30, 2015. This survey exhibition traces the appearance of the human figure in Misrach’s photographs across the entire span of his career, from 1975 to the present. Though primarily known as a photographer of the landscape, on occasion Misrach has placed the human figure as a focal point of his images since the mid-1970s.

Night Fishing, near Bonnet Carré Spillway, Louisiana, 1998
pigment print, 20 x 24 inches (sheet & mount) [50.8 x 61 cm]

The exhibition includes a number of works that have never before been exhibited or published: a 1976 self-portrait in White Sands, New Mexico; disorienting new images from his Color Reverse series; large-format photographs from the On the Beach project, and a remarkable 14-foot panorama of the U.S. border fence separating Tijuana, Mexico, from California.

Untitled (January 17, 2015, 6:32PM), 2015

Fraenkel Gallery has exhibited and published Richard Misrach’s work for more than three decades. He is perhaps best known for his multi-decade Desert Cantos project; his documentation of the industrial corridor along the Mississippi River known as “Cancer Alley”; and On The Beach, which was the subject of a major traveling exhibition in 2007-09.

Tourists, Utah, 1994

Coinciding with the exhibition is the release of his newest book, The Mysterious Opacity of Other Beings, published by Aperture ($80). Since his acclaimed publication On the Beach, Misrach has continued to make remarkably detailed depictions of the sea, seen from a viewpoint above. This is Misrach’s first book to focus exclusively on the human figure adrift in the shifting waters.

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