In conjunction with the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building’s Centennial, The Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs will feature a small selection of recently acquired works on paper. The Division boasts holdings of nearly one million prints and photographs, offering a vast range of images dating from the origins of each medium to the present day. Far from static, these collections continue to grow through a combination of purchases and gifts.
The prints featured in the exhibition showcase examples that were made and acquired in the last decade. Among the more than twenty artists whose work will be shown are Huma Bhabha, Stefan Kürten, Beatriz Milhazes, Lothar Osterburg, and Darren Almond. Illustrating a wide array of techniques, nationalities, subjects, and styles, these artists exemplify the range and diversity of the Library’s Print Collection.
The photographs on display, by contrast, focus on a more specific type of work: the sequence or series. Although serial photography is arguably as old as the medium itself, the artists in the exhibition deploy the series — often as a means of self-projection or self-exploration — in a manner that is clearly aligned with contemporary artistic practice. The six series on view were acquired for the Photography Collection over the past five years, and represent work by Dieter Appelt, Tom Burr, María Martínez-Cañas, Natasha and Valera Cherkashin, Michel Szulc Krzyzanowski, and Vera Lutter.
Vera Lutter, "Corte Barozzi, Venice: March 10, 2006." The Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs. © Vera Lutter; reproduced courtesy of Carolina Nitsch, New York.