Santa Fe--Monroe Gallery of Photography, 112 Don Gaspar, is pleased to announce “Composing The Artist”, an extensive survey of more than 50 classic photographs portraying iconic personalities from the arts as captured by renowned photographers. The exhibition opens with a reception on Friday, May 6, from 5 to 7 PM. “Composing The Artist” will continue through June 26.
The common definition of an “artist” is one who is able, by virtue of imagination and talent or skill, to create works of aesthetic value, especially in the fine arts. Photographs of artists and writers across the centuries have shaped our sense of what they do. Photographs in the exhibit include images of visual artists and classic writers, at work, in quiet contemplative moments and in portraiture. In these photographs the essential personality of the artist is revealed, and an image of the past becomes visual history. Other pictures also brilliantly match artworks with the personality and appearance of their creators: they are not just at one with their working environment, they are their work.
Photographs of featured visual artists include: Richard Avedon, Thomas Hart Benton, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Brassai, Jean Cocteau, Salvador Dali, Alfred Eisenstaedt, David Hockney, The American Expressionists “The Irascibles”, Jacgues Henri Lartigue, Roy Lichtenstein, Henri Matisse, Georgia O’Keeffe, Pablo Picasso, Jackson Pollock, Man Ray, James Rosenquist, Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein; William Wegman; writers include: Samuel Beckett, Noel Coward, T. S. Eliot, William Faulkner, Alan Ginsberg, Robert Frost, Ernest Hemmingway, Alan Ginsburg, James Joyce, Thomas Mann, Vladimir Nobokov, George Bernard Shaw, Gertrude Stein, John Steinbeck, and Alice B. Toklas; and many others.