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Balanchine 1960 Gelatin silver print with hand-applied text, mounted on board

Balanchine
1960
Gelatin silver print with hand-applied text, mounted on board
6 7/8 x 8 3/4 inches 

 

Charles and Bertha Burchfield

Charles and Bertha Burchfield
c. 1960s
Gelatin silver print with hand-applied text
6 5/8 x 9 5/8 inches 

 

Funny Girl 1962

Funny Girl
1962
Gelatin silver print with hand-applied text
12 x 12 inches 
 

 

My Fred 1962

My Fred
1962
Gelatin silver print with hand-applied text
4 3/4 x 6 7/8 inches 
 

 

Marcel Duchamp 1964

Marcel Duchamp
1964
Gelatin silver print with hand-applied text
10 x 6 1/2 inches 

 Jeanne Moreau


Jeanne Moreau
1967
Gelatin silver print with hand-applied text
6 5/8 x 9 7/8 inches 
 

 

Kurt Vonnegut c. 1970s

Kurt Vonnegut
c. 1970s
Gelatin silver print with hand-applied text
6 1/2 x 11 7/8 inches 

Joseph Cornell 1972

Joseph Cornell
1972
Gelatin silver print with hand-applied text
6 1/4 x 9 5/8 inches 

Jasper Johns (Maquette)

Jasper Johns (Maquette)
c. 1975-80
Gelatin silver prints taped to mount
11 1/2 x 14 1/2 inches
 

Tennessee Williams 1976

Tennessee Williams
1976
Gelatin silver print with hand-applied text
4 3/4 x 7 inches

Jane Seymour c. 1980s

Jane Seymour
c. 1980s
Gelatin silver print with hand-applied text
11 3/4 x 17 3/4 inches 

John and Maxwell

John and Maxwell
c. 1980s
Gelatin silver print with hand-applied text
7 3/4 x 11 7/8 inches 

James Coburn c. 1980s

James Coburn
c. 1980s
Gelatin silver print with hand-applied text
7 3/4 x 11 3/4 inches 

Jeremy Irons 1980

Jeremy Irons
1980
Gelatin silver print with hand-applied text
11 7/8 x 17 3/4 inches 

Margaret Atwood c. 1990s

Margaret Atwood
c. 1990s
Gelatin silver print with hand-applied text
7 5/8 x 11 3/4 inches 

Eartha Kitt c. 2008

Eartha Kitt
c. 2008
Gelatin silver print with hand-applied text
6 1/2 x 9 3/8 inches 

 

Biography

Duane Michals

Duane Michals (b. 1932, McKeesport, PA) is one of the great photographic innovators of the last century, widely known for his work with series, multiple exposures, and text.

Michals first made significant, creative strides in the field of photography during the 1960s. In an era heavily influenced by photojournalism, Michals manipulated the medium to communicate narratives. The sequences, for which he is widely known, appropriate cinema’s frame-by-frame format. Michals has also incorporated text as a key component in his works. Rather than serving a didactic or explanatory function, his handwritten text adds another dimension to the images’ meaning and gives voice to Michals’s singular musings, which are poetic, tragic, and humorous, often all at once.

Over the past five decades, Michals’s work has been exhibited in the United States and abroad. The Museum of Modern Art, New York, hosted Michals’s first solo exhibition (1970). More recently, he has had one-person shows at the Odakyu Museum, Tokyo (1999), and at the International Center of Photography, New York (2005). In 2008, Michals celebrated his 50th anniversary as a photographer with a retrospective exhibition at the Thessaloniki Museum of Photography, Greece and the Scavi Scaligeri in Verona, Italy.

In recognition of his contributions to photography, Michals has been honored with a CAPS Grant (1975), a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship (1976), the International Center of Photography Infinity Award for Art (1989), the Foto España International Award (2001), and an Honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts from Montserrat College of Art, Beverly, Mass. (2005).

Michals's work belongs to numerous permanent collections in the U.S. and abroad, including the Israel Museum, Jerusalem; the J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles; the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; the Moderna Museet, Stockholm; the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto; and the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Michals's archive is housed at the Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh.

Monographs of Michals's work include Homage to Cavafy (1978); Nature of Desire (1989); Duane Michals: Now Becoming Then (1990); Salute, Walt Whitman (1996); The Essential Duane Michals (1997); Questions Without Answers (2001); The House I Once Called Home (2003) and Foto Follies / How Photography Lost Its Virginity on the Way to the Bank (2006). Forthcoming publications include 50 (Admira Photography, June 2008); a collection of Michals’s writing (Delpire Editeur, Fall 2008); and his Japanese-inspired, color photographs (Steidl, Fall 2008).

Michals received a BA from the University of Denver in 1953 and worked as a graphic designer until his involvement with photography deepened in the late 1950s. He currently lives and works in New York City.

Video

Preview Talking Pictures: Twelve Mini Movies by Duane Michals

Gallery Talk with Duane Michals

March 7, 2015 at DC Moore Gallery

Duane Michals with Cay Sophie Rabinowitz

April 18, 2013 at DC Moore Gallery

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