Lee Friedlander: Self-Portrait

Fraenkel Gallery is pleased to announce an exhibition of selected self portraits by Lee Friedlander titled Self-Portrait, accompanied by a fully-illustrated catalog.

Lee Friedlander has documented a lifetime in photographs, creating a thick and diverse body of work which has left an indelible imprint on the medium he has helped to fortify.  Among his most important subjects–once at the beginning of his career, and now thirty years later–is his own image.  With the photographic cornerstone of a monograph, Self-Portrait, originally published in 1970, Friedlander created an archetype for self-imaging.  Three decades later Friedlander re-acquainted himself with the far side of the camera and has said of this project, “I started again after I did a couple and realized that I’d metamorphosed into something else.  I wasn’t the same person any more, and I wanted to document that.”  The new stable of images re-asserts the artist’s most eminent qualities: his untiring relationship with photography, and his complex view of the world, which is at once unflinching, comic, and poignant. As a companion to the original Self-Portrait, the new monograph is available both as hardcover and softcover.

In conjunction, the gallery will be exhibiting its thirteenth annual Several Exceptionally Good Recently Acquired Pictures (SEGRAP). This array ranges from a rare vintage Imogen Cunningham cubist still life from 1926 to Andreas Gursky’s monolithic Prada.