Several Exceptionally Good Recently Acquired Pictures XVI

Francis Frith, The Pyramids of Dahshoor, from the South, 1858
albumen print from glass negative, 14-1/2 x 18-7/8 inches (image & sheet)

Fraenkel Gallery is pleased to present Several Exceptionally Good Recently Acquired Pictures from July 3rd through August 23rd, 2003. This is the sixteenth installation of the exhibition known for its eclectic group of artists, some familiar and others unknown. “S.E.G.R.A.P.”  provides the gallery with an annual opportunity to present a lively showing of recently acquired photographs that span a range inclusive of both flea market finds and historic treasures.

Eye of an Eighteen-Year-Old Young Man, 1925-26
gelatin silver print, 7 x 9-3/8 inches (image & sheet) [17.8 x 23.8 cm]

This year’s highlights include a surprising and intimate portrait of his son by the photographer August Sander, entitled Eye of an Eighteen-Year-Old Man (1925); a twelve-part photo work by the British artists Gilbert & George from their 1997 series New Testamental Pictures; a group of motion studies of men wrestling and playing baseball by Eadweard Muybridge dating from 1877; and an ambitious four-part palladium print by Irving Penn from his 1972 series of cigarette still-lifes.  The span of time represented in this year’s S.E.G.R.A.P. ranges from 1858, the year Francis Frith produced his exquisite image, The Pyramids of Dahshoor, from the South to the immediate present as represented by Sol LeWitt’s recent series of work, aerial photographs of Manhattan drawn over with straight and not-straight lines.

This year’s S.E.G.R.A.P. can be seen concurrently with the exhibition, BERND AND HILLA BECHER: Industrial Landscapes.  

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