The timeline for planning the New Photography 2011 exhibition is much shorter than that of a retrospective exhibition on the Museum’s sixth floor. While it might take two, three, or even five years to plan those major shows, New Photography is proposed, developed, and installed in only nine months. While this compressed schedule certainly presents its own set of complexities and problems, it also presents the unique opportunity for the Museum to react and respond to the newest and freshest work being made by artists today. Working with living artists also allows for a dialogue that influences the selected works for exhibition. Sometimes there are new pieces that have never been seen before by anyone other than the artist and the curator. New Photography 2011 is special because it really does show new and exciting photographs.New Photography 2011 features six artists working in a wide variety of different, yet complementary, styles: Moyra Davey (Canadian, b. 1958), George Georgiou (British, b. 1961), Deana Lawson (American, b. 1972), Doug Rickard (American, b. 1968), Viviane Sassen (Dutch, b. 1972), and Zhang Dali (Chinese, b. 1963). Some participate in new trends in digital image-making, while others comment on these developments in a consciously analog manner. Still others disregard the issue entirely. Whether using analog forms of communication, like Moyra Davey; the documentary approach of George Georgiou; conventions of portraiture, like Deana Lawson; Web-based images like Doug Rickard; Viviane Sassen’s self-reflective analysis; or an appropriative practice, like Zhang Dali, each of the artists in New Photography 2011 has his or her own individual means of addressing issues that are relevant today.
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