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Lee Friedlander

Luhring Augustine is pleased to announce a solo exhibition of acclaimed photographer Lee Friedlander, opening in our Chelsea location on September 12. The exhibition is Friedlander’s first with Luhring Augustine and his first New York gallery show since 2013. The presentation will highlight Western Landscapes (2016), produced after the artist’s major retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art in 2005. The second gallery will feature a selection of work from other series, such as the rarely exhibited bodies of work Dressing Up: Fashion Week NYC (2015) and Chain Link (2017), as well as choice photographs from America by Car (2010). An online Viewing Room accompanies the exhibition, featuring videos by Giancarlo Roma, Partner of Haywire Press and Friedlander’s grandson, that provide his unique take on the series of works displayed in the show. Click here to see more. 

 

Western Landscapes includes 190 images from his road trips through the 1990s and 2000s. Many of the black and white square-format photographs interweave background and foreground into cohesive images of pattern and texture; others give breadth to expansive vistas and atmosphere. Friedlander focuses on moments of overlap between the mundane and the beatific, the dramatic and the banal. He applies his trademark eye for contradiction to these sweeping, sublime landscapes by shooting from unexpected perspectives, clashing grandeur with the prosaic, and overturning the viewer’s expectation of nature’s majesty and splendor.

 

The selection will underscore the artist’s singular compositional style, offering an overview of the wide-ranging subjects on which the photographer has trained his lens. From cityscapes and portraiture, to still lifes and landscapes, the images reveal the overlaps and intersections between these motifs which Friedlander skillfully and deliberately merges within a single frame.

 

Friedlander’s vast oeuvre is marked by a voracious and nonhierarchical cataloguing of visual information. His focus is expansive, encompassing photos of intimate familial moments and self-portraits to strangers passing on urban streets; dense, sprawling cities to uninhabited desert environs; suburban window displays to signs spotted from car windows; and everything beyond and in-between. Through his highly distinguished approach to composition, often incorporating off-kilter framing and disorienting reflections that also foreground shadows that signify his own presence, Friedlander simultaneously reveals and capitalizes on photography’s limitations and possibilities.

 

Friedlander (b. 1934) began taking photographs in 1948 and in 1970 his iconic and groundbreaking Self-portraits was published, the first of many books that the artist has produced in his prolific career. In fall 2019 Powerhouse Books published, Friedlander First Fifty, a compilation of Friedlander’s first 50 books. In 2005, he was the recipient of the prestigious Hasselblad Award as well as the subject of a major traveling retrospective and catalogue organized by the Museum of Modern Art, New York. Friedlander’s work is held by major collections including Art Institute of Chicago; George Eastman Museum, Rochester, NY; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; The Museum of Modern Art, New York; The National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C.; San Francisco Museum of Art; the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, among many others. Friedlander is co-represented with Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco, CA.

Artworks

Lee Friedlander Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, 1993 / Printed 2003
Lee Friedlander Arches National Park, Utah, 2007 / Printed 2007
Lee Friedlander Canyon de Chelly National Monument, 1998 / Printed 2000s
Lee Friedlander Yosemite National Park, California, 2004 / Printed 2020
Lee Friedlander West Texas, 1997 / Printed 2020
Lee Friedlander Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming, 2009 / Printed 2009
Lee Friedlander Southern Arizona, 2004 / Printed 2005
Lee Friedlander Idaho, 1993 / Printed 2000s
Lee Friedlander Sonoran Desert, Arizona, 1995 / Printed 1990s
Lee Friedlander Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming, 1996 / Printed 2019
Lee Friedlander Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming, 1999 / Printed 2000s
Lee Friedlander Point Lobos State Natural Reserve, California, 2012 / Printed 2020
Lee Friedlander Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona, 1997 / Printed 2000s
Lee Friedlander Monument Valley, Utah, 1998 / Printed ca. 2002
Lee Friedlander Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming, 1999 / Printed ca. 2002
Lee Friedlander Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, 1996 / Printed ca. 2004
Lee Friedlander Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, 1993 / Printed 2016
Lee Friedlander Sonoran Desert, Arizona, 1995 / Printed 2019
Lee Friedlander Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona, 1992 / Printed 2014
Lee Friedlander Stinson Beach, California, 2003 / Printed 2004
Lee Friedlander, Zion National Park, Utah, 2007 / Printed 2007
Lee Friedlander Aravaipa Canyon Wilderness, Arizona, 1999 / Printed 2004
Lee Friedlander Lake McDonald, Glacier National Park, Montana, 2004
Lee Friedlander Death Valley National Park, California, 2004
Lee Friedlander Colorado, 2003 / Printed 2004
Lee Friedlander Lake Louise, Alberta, Canada, 2000 / Printed 2006
Lee Friedlander Jasper National Park, Alberta, Canada, 1995 / Printed 2004
Lee Friedlander Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming, 1995 / Printed 2004
Lee Friedlander Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming, 1999 / Printed 2006
Lee Friedlander California, 1996 / Printed 2006
Lee Friedlander Yosemite National Park, California, 2004 / Printed 2006
Lee Friedlander Eastern California, 2009 / Printed 2009
Lee Friedlander Mount Rainier National Park, Washington, 2006 / Printed 2007
Lee Friedlander Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona, 1997 / Printed 2019
Lee Friedlander Big Bend National Park, Texas, 2007 / Printed 2007
Lee Friedlander Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming, 2000 / Printed 2000s
Lee Friedlander New York City 2006, 2006 / Printed 2010
Lee Friedlander New York City 2006, 2006 / Printed 2006
Lee Friedlander New York City 2006, 2006 / Printed 2006
Lee Friedlander New York City 2006, 2006 / Printed 2006
Lee Friedlander New York City 2006, 2006 / Printed 2006
Lee Friedlander Connecticut, 1997 / Printed 2007
Lee Friedlander New City, New York, 2007 / Printed 2008
Lee Friedlander New York City, 2002 / Printed 2013
Lee Friedlander North Dakota, 2002 / Printed 2017
Lee Friedlander North Dakota, 2002 / Printed 2017
Lee Friedlander Colorado Springs, Colorado, 1975 / Printed 2015
Lee Friedlander California, 1996 / Printed ca. 1996
Lee Friedlander Connecticut, 1966 / Printed 2015
Lee Friedlander Wyoming, 1995 / Printed 1996
Lee Friedlander Houston, Texas, 1977 / Printed 2015
Lee Friedlander Venice, California, 1996 / Printed ca. 1996
Lee Friedlander Florida, 1999 / Printed 2015

Installation Views

Lee Friedlander Installation view
Lee Friedlander Installation view
Lee Friedlander Installation view
Lee Friedlander Installation view
Lee Friedlander Installation view
Lee Friedlander Installation view
Lee Friedlander Installation view
Lee Friedlander Installation view
Lee Friedlander Installation view
Lee Friedlander Installation view
Lee Friedlander Installation view
Lee Friedlander Installation view
Lee Friedlander Installation view
Lee Friedlander Installation view
Lee Friedlander Installation view
Lee Friedlander Installation view
Lee Friedlander Installation view
Lee Friedlander Installation view
Lee Friedlander Installation view
Lee Friedlander Installation view
Lee Friedlander Installation view
Lee Friedlander Installation view
Lee Friedlander Installation view
Lee Friedlander Installation view
Lee Friedlander Installation view
Lee Friedlander Installation view
Lee Friedlander Installation view
Lee Friedlander Installation view

Contact

For more information about the artist, please contact Lauren Wittels at lauren@luhringaugustine.com.

For press requests, please contact Caroline Burghardt at caroline@luhringaugustine.com.

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