FROM THE CENTRE POMPIDOU TO THE MUSEUM OF MODERN ART IN SAN FRANCISCO, A MAJOR RETROSPECTIVE CELEBRATES THE VERNACULAR PHOTOGRAPHY OF WALKER EVANS.
Organized by the Centre Pompidou in Paris and there displayed until August, 30th, on September 30 inaugurates at San Francisco’s SFMOMA a major retrospective exhibition about Walker Evans, the photographer who immortalized the America of the Great Depression and influenced an entire generation of creative people.
Curated by Clément Chéroux, former head of photography at the Centre Pompidou, the exhibition – the only stage in the the United States – draws from an extraordinary repertoire of over 50 years of images (even loaned from museums and private collections), through which an authentic portrait of America – its real essence and vulnerability – is outlined.
It is exactly the human, popular, vernacular side that mostly inspires Evans, side he understood “both a subject and a method. By elevating to elevates to the rank of art, he created a corpus that celebrates the beauty of everyday life”.
And therefore photographs that have become part of the collective, which testify to the 1929 crisis and how it affected the life of the country; the first trips to Cuba, and the unforgettable portraits taken in the New York subway, as well as some Polaroid pictures from the 1970s.
The exhibition path, unfolds according to a logical rather than chronological theme, which emphasizes, from the early years, the refusal of the author for modernism in favor of an aesthetics of everyday life.
Shop windows and signs, roadside stands, posters, everyday objects, tickets and flyers, the street – endless source of poetic finds – and, of course, faces, immortalized in their human weakness.
To enrich the exhibition path, an extensive documentary archive that includes objects taken from the personal collection of Evans, including postcards, graphic art, scrapbooks.
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