Tintypes and Painted Photographs

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Esta Contemplates the Enigma

1980
Photograph with hand-applied oil paint, mounted to watercolor paper
11 x 13 3/4 inches
 

Atget
c. 1980
Photograph with hand-applied oil paint
6 7/8 x 8 5/8 inches
signed lower right on recto

By, Buy, Bye
1984
Photograph with hand-applied oil paint, mounted on illustration board
12 5/8 x 16 1/4 inches (image); 14 1/2 x 16 1/4 inches (paper)
signed lower right on recto

A Portrait of Dave Coulter Inside and Out

1984
Photograph with hand-applied oil paint, mounted on illustration board
19 x 12 5/8 inches (image); 19 3/4 x 15 7/8 inches (paper)
 

Red, Red, Red
1984
Photograph with hand-applied oil paint
13 1/2 x 19 1/4 inches (image); 15 3/4 x 19 3/4 inches (paper)
signed lower middle on recto

Summer
1984
Photograph with hand-applied oil paint
12 3/4 x 18 7/8 inches (image); 15 7/8 x 19 3/4 inches (paper)
signed lower right on recto

Nora Barnacle

2012
Tintype with hand-applied oil paint
14 x 10 inches
 

Guermantes Way

2012
Tintype with hand-applied oil paint
8 1/2 x 6 1/2 inches
 

Proust's Proof

2012
Tintype with hand-applied oil paint
8 1/2 x 6 1/2 inches
 

A Full Face Surrounded By Sadness

2012
Tintype with hand-applied oil paint
12 3/4 x 10 inches
 

A Young Man Growing Old

2012
Tintype with hand-applied oil paint
6 7/8 x 4 3/4 inches
 

Deja Vu

2012
Tintype with hand-applied oil paint
6 1/4 x 8 1/4 inches
 

Genet
2013
Photograph with hand-applied oil paint and collage, mounted on board
8 3/4 x 11 1/2 inches
signed lower right, titled lower middle on recto

Flaubert
2013
Photograph with hand-applied oil paint and pencil, mounted on board
15 1/2 x 11 inches
titled lower middle, signed lower right on recto

Duane Photographs Anthony Red
2015
Oil on five gelatin silver prints with hand-applied text, mounted on board
4 1/2 x 6 3/4 inches (each image); 7 7/8 x 9 7/8 inches (each paper)
Edition of
signed, titled, editioned on recto in ink

Biography

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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