PaceWildenstein and Pace/MacGill are pleased to announce an exhibition of photographs by Richard Misrach on view in the Chelsea gallery from March 25 through April 22, 2006 at 534 West 25th Street. The exhibition provides an overview of Misrach’s three decade-long career and includes nearly forty
gelatin silver and chromogenic prints (1975-2004) ranging from 20 x 16 to 75 x 114 inches in size. Beginning with black and white photographs made in the mid-1970s of America’s Southwestern desert, the exhibition transitions into Misrach’s landmark use of color photography initiated in his 1978 Hawaiian landscape series. Characterized by their remarkable use of scale, light and color, subsequent bodies of work include “The Desert Cantos,” “Battleground Point,” “Golden Gate,” and “On the Beach”. Although often embracing seductive subject matter like unspoiled seascapes and dramatic sunsets, Misrach maintains a critical position by also capturing evidence of humankind’s inevitable (and indelible) imprint on the earth and its topography. Otherworldly images of desert oases, rock formations, and clouds are juxtaposed with unsettling scenes of desert fires, nuclear test sites, and animal burial pits in an effort to visually articulate the complex relationship between our natural and developed worlds.
A 280-page monograph featuring 125 color reproductions will accompany the exhibition; the book was published by Fraenkel Gallery in 2005. A related show of Misrach’s work will be shown at Fraenkel in San Francisco between March 2 and April 29.
Richard Misrach (b. 1949, Los Angeles) graduated from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1971. In the 1970s he helped popularize the use of color photography and the now familiar large-scale format. Misrach’s work has been the focus of numerous solo exhibitions, such as his midcareer retrospective “Crimes and Splendors: The Desert Cantos of Richard Misrach,” organized by the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (1996), and later shown at the Center for Creative Photography, Tucson; “Cancer Alley” at the High Museum of Art, Atlanta (2000); and “Richard Misrach: Berkeley Work,” mounted by the Berkeley Art Museum (2002). Misrach’s photographs have also been included in group shows, including the Whitney Biennial at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (1991); “Landscape as Metaphor” at the Denver Art Museum (1994); “More than Meets the Eye” at the German Society for Photography, Hamburg (1999); and “In Response to Place” at the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. (2001).
Over the course of his career Misrach has received numerous awards, including four National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships (1973, 1977, 1984, 1992), a Guggenheim Fellowship (1979), the International Center of Photography Infinity Award for a Publication (1988), and the Distinguished Career in Photography Award from the Los Angeles Center for Photographic Studies (1994). The German Society for Photography recently honored him with its Cultural Award for Lifetime Achievement (2002).
Misrach’s photographs can be found in over 50 museum collections worldwide, including the Centre Pompidou, Paris; the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.; and the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York.
Misrach’s prize-winning monographs include Telegraph 3 A.M.: The Street People of Telegraph Avenue, Berkeley (1974); Desert Cantos (1987); Bravo 20: The Bombing of the American West (1990); Violent Legacies: Three Cantos (1992); Crimes and Splendors: Three Desert Cantos of Richard Misrach (1996); The Sky Book (2000); Richard Misrach: Golden Gate (2001); and Pictures of Paintings (2002).