What came first: sculpture or photography? Sculpture, of course, but what about the documentation of sculpture’s 3-D subjects? The Original Copy: Photography of Sculpture, 1839 to Today examines the intersections between photography and sculpture by exploring how “one medium informs the analysis and creative redefinition of the other.” Sculpture was among the first subjects to be seen in photographs when it was introduced in 1839. This exhibition features more than 300 photographs, magazines, and journals by about a hundred artists, from the dawn of modernism to the present, and explores the ways in which photography informs and challenges the meaning of sculpture—from Bruce Nauman spitting water in his Self-Portrait as a Fountain to Horst P. Horst’s topless lady with a lobster in her lap titled Costume for Salvador Dalí’s “Dream of Venus.” Other artists in the exhibit include Man Ray, Lee Friedlander, Hannah Wilke, Alfred Stieglitz, and Gillian Wearing.
Aug. 1-Nov. 1, 2010
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on October 6, 2010