RICHARD MISRACH

RICHARD MISRACH

Thursday, March 2, 2006Saturday, April 29, 2006


San Francisco, CA USA

Fraenkel Gallery is pleased to announce the exhibition of a thirty-year survey of the photographs of Richard Misrach from March 2 through April 29, 2006.

This exhibition, which will occupy all of Fraenkel Gallery’s three spaces, spans the artist’s career. The exhibition begins with Misrach’s influential black and white photographs made in the mid-1970s, which introduced the desert as his central motif. Misrach’s switch to color photography is marked by the series of night landscape photographs made in Hawaii in 1978. Traces of style and themes from these early series are evident in many of Misrach’s later bodies of work such as The Desert Cantos, Golden Gate, and On the Beach. These complex, large-scale photographs captured with an 8 x 10 inch negative reflect Misrach’s continual reexamination of the political and social implications of an American landscape.

Accompanying the exhibition is a new 280-page monograph, Richard Misrach: Chronologies. This publication presents 125 photographs in the precise order in which they were made, spanning the artist’s career. Classic images and never-before-seen pictures flesh out the photographer’s logic and complicate it at the same time. Through fits and starts, reiterations and detours, the work evolves and matures, weaving the complex oeuvre for which Misrach has become known.

Richard Misrach has exhibited extensively in the United States and abroad. His work is represented in many permanent collections including the Museum of Modern Art, NY, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY, and the National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC.