Lee Friedlander: Sticks and Stones

Fraenkel Gallery is pleased to present the exhibition Sticks and Stones from November 4 through December 30, 2004.

Lee Friedlander has pointed his camera at virtually everything one can imagine. In Sticks and Stones, he has turned to the buildings, streets, sidewalks and parking lots of everyday America. With a truly dizzying manner, Lee Friedlander has recorded the manic debris of the large cities of America and the quiet oddness of the suburbs. Friedlander has been photographing the buildings we inhabit with his square-format Hasselblad for the past twelve years. The strength of his work does not lie in the iconic, but rather with the mundane and forgotten elements of our day to day lives. Friedlander has brought the telephone poles, chain-link fences and the liners of the beds of trucks to the forefront of his complex compositions. Mailboxes, telephones and parking meters also play an important role in the understanding of the world around us.

Lee Friedlander has been a working photographer for over forty years, taking as his subject the urban, social and natural landscape. He is the recipient of countless awards and fellowships including a MacArthur Grant (1990) and the MacDowell Colony Award (1986). His photographs have been widely exhibited and published in monographs including Self-Portrait, Like A One-Eyed Cat, American Musicians and most recently Family. This exhibition marks the twelfth solo exhibition of Lee Friedlander’s work at Fraenkel Gallery. On May 31, 2005 The Museum of Modern Art in New York will open a career-long retrospective of Lee Friedlander, the first major solo exhibition in the museum’s new building.

Sticks and Stones will be accompanied by a fully illustrated catalog published by Fraenkel Gallery in collaboration with D.A.P./Distributed Art Publishers, New York.