J.P. Morgan shows again its presence at Paris Photo by exhibiting a selection of photographs coming from its own collection, the JPMorgan Chase Art Collection.
The "Spectacular Vernacular" exhibition is an original selection of works from the JPMorgan Chase Art Collection specifically hand-picked for Paris Photo 2012. In this exhibition, legendary photographers explore the complexity and beauty of the every-day world. With William Eggelston's Graceland series as a focal point, Spectacular Vernacular includes rarely exhibited works by famous photographers who influenced him: Henri Cartier-Bresson and Robert Frank, as well as those inspired along with him: Garry Winogrand, Lee Friedlander, Eve Arnold and Lynne Cohen.
The JPMorgan Chase Art Collection, created in 1959 by David Rockefeller, contains more than 30,000 works of art, on display in 450 offices all over the world. With more than 6,000 photographs or works based on that medium, whether historical or contemporary, photography has an important place in that collection. Already in 1990, PhotoPlay, an exhibition of contemporary photographs, coming exclusively from the JPMorgan Chase Art Collection, was presented in several countries in Latin America – a first in those days.