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Elizabeth Sunday: Grace    May 2 - Jul 6, 2013

African Future, The Turkana, Northern Kenya
Elisabeth Sunday
African Future, The Turkana, Northern Kenya, 1988
 
Annointed, Akan Fisherman, The Gold Coast, Ghana
Elisabeth Sunday
Annointed, Akan Fisherman, The Gold Coast, Ghana, 2010
 
Nobleman, Tuareg Man, The Sahara Desert, Mali
Elisabeth Sunday
Nobleman, Tuareg Man, The Sahara Desert, Mali, 2007
 
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Throckmorton Fine Art is pleased to offer an exhibit by the accomplished photographer, Elizabeth Sunday. Thirty of her portraits of Africans—male and female—will be shown, all of which are black and- white, large format, platinum prints. Sunday uses mirrors to elongate figures, producing a compelling visual alchemy. The resulting portraits, while elegant, entice a “hard look,” to see what is being shown and, inevitably, to speculate on what is masked. The most familiar—and beautiful— form, that of the human body, is shown in different ways. Sunday’s photographs are utterly original. Her work is groundbreaking.

Sunday is passionate, hard-working, and methodical: she has spent years on projects, and traveled to some of the most inaccessible corners of Africa, from the Sahara desert of Mali to the forests of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, from the coast of Ghana to the highlands of Ethiopia. Sunday develops all of her prints herself.

Sunday’s photography has been widely exhibited in Europe and in the United States at an impressive range of institutions, ranging from the Münchner Stadtmuseum (in Munich), to the Fogg Art Museum at Harvard University, to the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. An equally impressive set of institutions hold Sunday’s work in their collections, from the Bibliothèque nationale de France to the Eastman Kodak Collection. An oversized book recently has been published of her work; it is titled GRACE. The Throckmorton exhibit will be the first New York showing of Sunday’s platinum prints.

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