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A retrospective celebration of Lynn Davis’ water photographs on view at Edwynn Houk Gallery from 20 October through 3 December. This exhibition, 15 images that span Davis’ 20 years of medium-format landscape photography, pays homage to Davis’ inherently talented eye, while it honors the various forms in which the essential element—water—is a seminal source of inspiration for her art.
From the arctic chill of icebergs in Disko Bay, Greenland, to the roar of Victoria Falls in the south of Africa, to the calming stillness of Canada’s Northumberland Straits, and the mysterious fog settling in the gorges of the Yangtze River in China, water figures prominently throughout Davis’ photography career. Traveling the world for nearly 20 years, Davis has captured the natural landscape in awe-inspiring yet elemental compositions; it is fitting, then, that water—both awe-inspiring and elemental itself—hold such a significant place throughout her oeuvre.
In 2005, the American Academy of Arts and Letters awarded Davis an Academy Award in Art, making her the first photographer ever to earn such an honor. Her photographs have been exhibited internationally and collected widely. Her work appears in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Chicago Museum of Contemporary Art, the Houston Museum of Fine Arts, and the J. Paul Getty Museum, which held an exhibition of Davis’ photographs in 1999. This exhibition marks the artist’s 8th one-person show at Edwynn Houk Gallery. Davis lives and works in New York.