Larry Sultan  (American, 1946-2009) 

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Larry Sultan (American, 1946–2009) was born in Brooklyn, NY, and grew up in Los Angeles, CA. He studied political science at UC Santa Barbara, and received his MFA from San Francisco Art Institute. He became known in 1977 for Evidence, a highly influential book he made in collaboration with Mike Mandel (American, b.1950) backed by funding he received from the National Endowment for the Arts. A milestone in the history of conceptual photography, the book was comprised of photographs from industrial and government archives. Mandel explained that through their collaboration, they wanted to show that photography could be “more than just the modernist practice of fine-tuning your style and way of seeing.” In the early 1980s, Sultan began a decade-long project documenting his parents, who were forced into early retirement, in and around their home. The project, Pictures from Home, was both a personal diary as well as a further exploration into the fiction of photography. In the 1990s Sultan began a new project documenting the suburban homes that were rented out as sets for pornographic movies. Like his previous series, The Valley, the series was regarded as being less about its subject matter and more of a commentary on “how photography is used in the construction of that fantasy.”

His work is included in collection at the Guggenheim Museum, The Tate Modern, The Stedelijk, the Whitney Museum of American Art, and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. He is the recipient of five NEA grants, a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Louis Tiffany Comfort Award, and a Fleishhacker Fellowship. He was also a Distinguished Professor of Photography and Fine Arts at the California College of the Arts.

Larry Sultan died of Cancer at the age of 63.

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Larry Sultan, Untitled

 

Larry Sultan
Untitled
Hamburg Kennedy Photographs
Larry Sultan, Practicing Golf Swing

 

Larry Sultan
Practicing Golf Swing
1988

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Larry Sultan, Denise Hale

 

Larry Sultan
Denise Hale
2007

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Larry Sultan, Tasha's Third Film

 

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Tasha's Third Film, 1998
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Larry Sultan, Woman in Curlers

 

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Woman in Curlers, 2002
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Larry Sultan, West Valley Studio #13

 

Larry Sultan
West Valley Studio #13, 2003
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1946   Born in Brooklyn, New York, USA.
1968   BA, Political Science, University of California
1973   MFA, Photography, San Francisco Art Institute
1976   National Endowment for the Arts, Art in Public Places (with Mike Mandel)
1977   National Endowment for the Arts, Photography Fellowship
1978   California Arts Council, Special Projects (with Mike Mandel)
1980   National Endowment for the Arts, Photography Fellowship
1983   Guggenheim Fellowship
1986   National Endowment for the Arts, Photography Fellowship
1986   Marin Arts Council, Artists Fellowship
1978 - 1988   Instructor of Photography, San Francisco Art Institute, California, USA
1988   Englehard Fellowship, ICA Boston
1989   Fleishhaker Foundation Eureka Fellowship
1991   Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Biennial Award
1992   National Endowment for the Arts, Photography Fellowship
1996   Haas Foundation - Creative Work Fund Award
1996   Marin Arts Council, Artist Fellowship
1997   Society of Environmental Graphic Design - Award of Merit
1993 - 1999   Chair- Photography Department at the California College of Arts and Crafts, USA
1999   Gerbode Foundation - Faculty Development Grant
2000   Civitella Ranieri Foundation Fellowship (Residency in Italy)
2000   United States State Department: International Arts and Lectures Grant
2000   Flintridge Foundation Artist’s Fellowship
2000   Civitella Ranieri Foundation Fellowship
1989 - 2009   Professor of Art at the California College of Arts and Crafts, USA
2009   Died in Greenbrae, California, USA
2013   Kunstmuseum Bonn, Bonn, Germany (solo) (planned)
2012   Under the big black sun – Californian art 1974-1981, MOCA at The Geffen Contemporary, Los Angeles, CA, USA
2011   WUNDER. Kunst, Wissenschaft und Religion vom 4. Jh. bis zur Gegenwart, Deichtorhallen, Hamburg, Germany
2011   CUT, Galerie Thomas Zander, Cologne, Germany
2011   Here, Pier 24, The Embarcadero, San Francisco, CA, USA
2011   Hyper Real – Kunst und Amerika um 1970, Ludwig Forum Aachen, Aachen, Germany
2011   The Lucid Evidence. Fotografie aus der Sammlung des MMK, Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt am Main, Germany
2010   Larry Sultan, Kestnergesellschaft, Hannover, Germany (solo)
2010   The View from Here, SFMOMA San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco California, USA
2010   Le paradis, ou presque : Los Angeles [1865-2008], Musée Nicéphore Niépce, Chalon-sur-Saone, France
2009   Royal Botanical Gardens (with Mike Mandel) PhotoEspaña 09, Madrid, Spain
2009   Into the Sunset: Photography’s image of the American of West, Museum Modern Art, NY
2009   Art Film / Art Basel, Kunsthalle Basel, Basel, Switzerland
2009   The Art of Caring, New Orleans Museum of Art
2009   Homeland, Galerie Thomas Zander, Cologne, Germany (solo)
2009   The Valley, Kunstverein Bremerhaven, Germany (solo)
2009   The Art of Collaboration with Bottega Veneta
2008 - 2009   Seeing Double (with Lothar Baumgarten, Victor Burgin, Anthony McCall, Mike Mandel, Mark Thompson), Galerie Thomas Zander, Cologne, Germany
2008   Facebook: Images of People in Photographs from the Collection, The Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center, Poughkeepsie, New York
2008   Seeing Ourselves: Masterpieces of American Photography, MIssissippi Museum of Art, Jackson Mississippi
2008   Darkside, FotoMuseum Winterthur, Winterthur, Switzerland
2008   Worlds Away: New Suburban Landscapes - Walker Art Center - Minneapolis, Minnesota
2008   TThis Side of Paradise: Body and Landscape in L.A - Huntington Library – Los Angeles, California
2008   Variable Capital - Bluecoat Art Centre - Liverpool, England
2008   Southern Exposure: Southern California Art from the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego
2008   Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, Australia
2007   Contemporary Art from the Permanent Collection, San Jose Museum, CA
2007   Currents in Photography, CCAS - Center for Contemporary Art Sacramento, CA
2007   Around the House, Alexandre Pallazzon Ltd., London, UK (solo)
2007   The Valley, Domus Artium 002, Salamanca, Spain (solo)
2007   The Valley, The Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, USA (solo)
2007   DDas Kapital - Blue Chips & Masterpieces, Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt, Germany
2006   So the Story Goes: Photographs by Tina Barney, Philip-Lorca diCorcia, Nan Goldin, Sally Mann, and Larry Sultan, Art Institute of Chicago, USA
2006   4th berlin biennial for contemporary art: Of Mice and Men , KW Kunst-Werke Berlin e.V., Berlin, Germany
2006   Click Double Click - Das dokumentarische Moment, Haus der Kunst, Munich, Germany
2006   Click double click. Het documentaire moment, Palais des Beaux-Arts / Bozar, Brussels, Belgium
2006   BAT CampusGalerie, Bayreuth, Germany (solo)
2006   Kunsthalle Bremerhaven, Bremerhaven, Germany (solo)
2006   The Valley, Jackson Fine Art, Atlanta (solo)
2005   Maes & Matthys Gallery, Antwerp, Belgium (solo)
2005   The Photographers'Gallery, London, GB (solo)
2005   Musée de l'Elysée, Lausanne, Switzerland (solo)
2004   San Francisco MoMA (solo)
2003   Stephen Wirtz Gallery, San Francisco (solo)
2003   Chic Clicks: Creativity and Commerce in Contemporary Fashion Photography, NRW- Forum Kultur und Wissenschaft, Düsseldorf, Germany
2002   Visions from America: Photographs from the Whitney Museum of American Art, Whitney Museum of American Art
2002   Chic Clicks: Creativity and Commerce in Contemporary Fashion Photography, Fotomuseum Wintertur, Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston
2002   House Broken, Rena Branstein Gallery, San Franscisco
2002   Reflex Modern Art, Amsterdam, Netherlands (solo)
2001   Janet Borden Gallery, New York (solo)
2001   Settings and Players: Theatrical Ambiguity In American Photography, The White Cube, London, England and the Prague City Gallery
2001   Picturing Media: Modern Photographs from the Collections, The Metropolitan Museum NY
2001   Points of Departure: Connecting mit Contemporary Art, SF Museum of Modern Art Color, Janet Borden Gallery, New York
2000   The Persistance of Photogaphy in American Portraiture, Yale University Art Gallery
2000   Immodest Gazes, La Fundacio La Caixa, Barcelona, Spain
2000   The Path of Resistance; Protest Art in the 20th Century, Museum of Modern Art, NY
2000   Made in California, Los Angeles Museum of Modern Art
2000   Beyond Boundries: Contemporary Photography in California, Santa Barbara Contemporary Arts Forum
2000   American Treasures from the Corcoran Gallery, The Corcoran Gallery of Art
2000   Making light: Wit and Humor in Photogtraphy, The Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center, Vasser College
2000   Galerie MK, Rotterdam, Netherlands (solo)
1999   Modern Starts/PEOPLE, The Museum of Modern Art, New York
1999   The American Lawn: Surface of Everyday Life, Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati and Museum of Art, Fort Lauderdale Florida
1999   Into the 21st Century: Selections from the Permanet Collection, San Jose Museum of Art Bay Area Now, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco 25/25 Southern Exposure, San Francisco
1998   Police Pictures: The Photograph as Evidence, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and Grey Art Gallery, NYU, New York
1998   Matrix: 20 Years, University Art Museum, Berkeley CA
1998   The American Lawn: Surface of Everyday Life, Centre Canadien D’Architecture, UnderExposed Stockholm Metro Stations - Stockholm, Sweden
1997   HOPE, The National Arts Club - New York City
1997   Marin Arts Awards Exhibition - Falkirk Gallery, San Rafael
1997   Friends and Family, Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago
1997   Scene of the Crime, Armand Hammer Museum, Los Angeles
1996   The Familial Gaze, Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College
1996   To Keep Her Countenance, Stephen Wirtz Gallery, San Francisco
1996   Illustrious History 1871 -Present, John Berggruen Gallery, SF
1996   Photography as a Reflection of Time, Corcoran Gallery, Washington
1996   Queens Museum, New York (solo)
1995   Scottsdale Center for the Arts - Scottsdale Arizona (solo)
1995   Rhode Island School of Design - Photography gallery (solo)
1995   AlterEgo, Amsterdam Center for the Arts, Netherlands
1995   Photography, Stephan Wirtz Gallery, San Francisco
1995   Home is Where, Weatherspoon Art Gallery, Greensboro, NC
1994   Whose Looking at the Family, Barbican Art Gallery, London GB
1994   Gesture and Pose, The Museum of Modern Art
1994   Nature and Culture, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
1994   Corcoran Museum of Art, Washington DC (solo)
1993   Chicago Cultural Arts Center (solo)
1993   San Diego Museum of Contemporary Art (solo)
1993   Janet Borden Gallery, New York (solo)
1992   Stephen Wirtz Gallery, San Francisco, CA (solo)
1992   San Jose Museum of Art (solo)
1992   Dismantling The Myth of the Family, Betty Rymer Gallery / The Art Institute of Chicago
1992   Parents, The Museum of Contemporary Art, Wright State University, Dayton Ohio
1991   Prints, Drawings, Photographs: a Summer Selection, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
1991   Photography as Idea: Conceptual Photography of the 60's and 70's, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
1991   Blood Relatives, Milwaukee Art Museum
1991   Imaging the Family: Photographs by Tina Barney, Lorie Novak, and Larry Sultan, List Art Center Brown University, RI
1991   The Pleasures and Terrors of Domestic Comfort, The Museum of Modern Art, New York (travelling exhibition)
1990   Recent Collaborations, Northlight Gallery Tempe, Arizona
1990   Re: Memory, The Work of Lorie Novak, George Kruse, Larry Sultan and Anne Turyn, Birmingham Museum of Art, Birmingham, Alabama
1990   The Exploratorium, San Francisco, CA (solo)
1989   Janet Borden Gallery, New York (solo)
1989   California Photography: Remaking Make-Believe, The Museum of Modern Art, NY (travelling exhibition)
1989   Real Life Fictions: Photographs of Bill Dane, John Harding and Larry Sultan, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
1989   Nature and Culture, The Friends of Photography, San Francisco, CA
1988   Collaborations, Gallery at the Plaza, Security Pacific Corporation
1988   The Swimmers, Janet Burden Gallery, New York (Catalogue )
1987   Photography and Art: Interactions Since 1946, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and the Fort Lauderdale Art Museum
1987   Rhode Island School of Design (solo)
1985   American Images 1945-1985. Barbican Art Gallery, London England Playing it Again: Strategies of Appropriation, Santa Fe Center of Contemporary Art, travelling exhibition
1985   Family as Subject Matter in Contemporary Art, Washington Project for the arts Art and Advertising, Center for Contemporary Art, Seattle, WA Les Immateriaux, Musee National D'Art Modern, Centre Georges Pompidou, Signs of the Times, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco
1985   New Color Photography, The Museum of Modern Art, New York
1985   The Swimmers, Pace Mcgill Gallery, New York
1984   Photography in California: 1945-1975, The San Francisco Museum Of Modern Art, (travelling exhibition)
1984   The Collection of Sam Wagstaff, International Center of Photography, NY
1983   University Art Museum, Berkeley, CA (solo)
1982   University of Colorado Art Gallery (solo)
1982   Portland School of Art, ME (solo)
1982   20th Century Photography From the Museum of Modern Art, Seibu Museum of Art, Tokyo, Japan (Catalogue)
1982   Beyond Color, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
1982   A Few French Gestures, Paris Bienale XIIeme, Paris, France
1981   Light Gallery, Los Angeles, CA (solo)
1981   Blue Sky Gallery, Portland, OR (solo)
1979   Chicago Museum of Contemporary Art (solo)
1978   Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University (solo)
1978   Los Angeles Institute of Contemporary Art (solo)
1977   San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco (solo)
  FAIF Collection, Zurich, Switzerland
  Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt am Main, Germany
  Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam
  University of California Art Museum, Berkeley
  Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven Conn.
  The List Art Center, Brown University, Boston
  The Museum of Modern Art, New York
  Milwaukee Art Museum
  The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
  The Whitney Museum of American Art New Mexico State University Art Gallery, Las Cruces
  The Oakland Museum, Oakland CA
  The National Gallery of Art, Washington DC
  San Jose Museum of Art, San Cose, CA
  San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
  The State of Washington
  Art Institute of Chicago
  The Baltimore Museum of Art
  Bibliotheque Nationale, Paris France
  Birmingham Museum of Art, Birmingham, Alabama
  Center for Creative Photography, Tuscon Az
  Canadian Center for Architecture
  The Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington DC
  Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas
  J.Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, Ca
  The Jewish Museum, New York
2012    Larry Sultan and Mike Mandel, ed. by Thomas Zander, Walther König, 2012
2010    Larry Sultan. Katherine Avenue, ed. by Thomas Zander/Veit Görner/Martin Germann, Steidl: Göttingen, 2010
2004    The Valley, Scalo Velag, Zürich
1992    Pictures From Home, Harry N. Abrams Inc. New York
1989    Headlands: The Marin Coast at the Golden gate University of New Mexico Press (in collaboration with Miles DeCoster, Mark Klett, Mike Mandel and Paul Metcalf)
1977    Evidence, (in collaboration with Mike Mandel) self published