White Columns is pleased to present the first New York solo exhibition
of Janice Guy’s vintage photographs. Produced in the late 1970s in
Dusseldorf – where she had studied with Bernd and Hilla Becher – Guy’s
photographs have not been seen since 1979, when she had her only solo
exhibition at Galerie Ricke in Cologne.
Consisting of a group of unique, black and white vintage silver gelatin
prints (some of which are hand-tinted), and shot in the artist’s
domestic space, Guy’s work depicts the artist self-consciously engaged
in the act of photographing herself. Exploring questions of narcissism,
objectification, and the processes of representation Guy’s works can be
understood as part of a complex interrogation of identity-related
image-making that includes work by Dan Graham, Hannah Wilke, and Urs
Luthi, among others.
Guy’s photographs first re-surfaced in the White Columns’ exhibition
“Early Work” – organized by White Columns, the artist Marilyn Minter,
and curator Fabienne Stephan - in 2007.
Guy abandoned art making in the early 1980s and is now better known as the co-director of the New York gallery Murray Guy.