- Matthew Brandt, Grays Lake, ID 7, 2013
© Matthew Brandt, courtesy Yossi Milo Gallery, New York
- Mariah Robertson, 154 [detail], 2010
© Mariah Robertson, courtesy American Contemporary, New York
- Alison Rossiter, Kilborn Acme Kruxo, exact expiration date unknown, ca. 1940s, processed in 2013 (#1)
© Alison Rossiter, courtesy Yossi Milo Gallery, New York
Organized by ICP Curator Carol Squiers, What Is a Photograph? will explore the intense creative experimentation in photography that has occurred since the 1970s.
After Conceptual art introduced photography into contemporary art making, using the medium in ways that challenged and upended its artistic, intellectual, and technical concepts and aesthetics and broadened the notion of what a photograph could be in art, a new generation of artists began an equally rigorous but more aesthetically adventurous analysis, which began to probe the structuring properties of photography itself.
What Is a Photograph? brings together these artists, who reconsidered and reinvented the role of light, color, composition, materiality, and the subject in the art of photography. In the process they have also confronted an unexpected revolution in the medium of photography with the rise of digital technology, which has resulted in imaginative reexaminations of the art of analog photography, the new world of the ever-mutating digital image, and the hybrid creations of both systems as they flow together.
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