Image above: ©Francesca Woodman. Antella, 1977. Courtesy of Bruce Silverstein Gallery.
Inscribed, a new show of photographs accompanied by personal writing, challenges the viewer’s sense of discovery. Including works by Aaron Siskind, André Kertész, Frederick Evans, Robert Doisneau, Diane Arbus, Keith Smith, Constantin Brancusi, Francesca Woodman, Alfred Stieglitz, Erwin Blumenfeld and John Wood, this exclusive collection reveals the artist’s transformation of a photographic print into a singular, unique artwork through his/her annotation or inscription.
Engaging the intellect, stretching viewers’ perception by provoking them to crack a memory code, this exhibition invites us to share the experiences of the artist through personal photographs and inscriptions that were used as gifts, cards, letters and invitations with a specific purpose.
©André Kertész. Face in Tree, 1959. Signed on verso. Courtesy of Bruce Silverstein Gallery.
Inscribed activates our imagination, unveiling endless variations of the many ideas and scenarios presented in this intimate and meticulously selected collection. Offering a bit of history, these objects represent clues to the artist’s personal life, relationships, style of writing, and intriguing choice of images followed by a particular message.
©Robert Doisneau. Untitled (Christmas Card), 1959. Verso. Courtesy of Bruce Silverstein Gallery.
Being committed to discovering, examining, and contextualizing known and unknown artworks by modern masters as well as innovative artists of today, the Bruce Silverstein Gallery strives to provide a venue for dialogue across all art forms; its principle focus is the representation of an international roster of contemporary artists as well as established artists of great influence.
©Diane Arbus. Waitress, Nudist Camp, NJ, 1963. Courtesy of Bruce Silverstein Gallery.
The show is on view through January 9, 2016 at Bruce Silverstein/20 Gallery (open by appointment).
Text by Kelly Korzun