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SFMOMA Debuts First Garry Winogrand Retrospective in 25 Years

SFMOMA Debuts First Garry Winogrand Retrospective in 25 Years

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The first retrospective in 25 years of work by artist Garry Winogrand - renowned photographer of New York City and of American life from the 1950s through the early 1980s - will debut at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) in Spring of 2013. Jointly organized by SFMOMA and the National Gallery of Art, Washington, Garry Winogrand is conceived and guest-curated by the photographer and author Leo Rubinfien, who was among the youngest of Winogrand's circle of friends in the 1970s.

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Though widely recognized as one of the preeminent photographers of the 20th century, Winogrand's work remains largely unexplored and incompletely published. He photographed with dazzling energy and a voracious appetite -exposing over 25,000 rolls of film - but largely postponed the printing and editing his work. During the artist's lifetime he published just five modest books that contain only a fraction of his prodigious body of work. In his later years he spoke of reviewing and reediting all of his photographs, but died prematurely and abruptly, leaving behind more than 6,000 rolls of film (almost 250,000 images) that he had never seen, as well as proof sheets from his earlier years with numerous photographs he had marked but never printed.

New curatorial research undertaken for this project has enabled the first thorough review of the prints and proof sheets from Winogrand's complete working life, and will reveal to the public for the first time the full breadth of his art through more than 200 photographs. Roughly half of those have never been seen publicly; close to 100 have never before been printed.

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The exhibition will be on view at SFMOMA from March 9 through May 31, 2013, before traveling to the National Gallery of Art, Washington (March 2 through June 8, 2014); the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York (June through September 2014); the Jeu de Paume, Paris (October 2014 through January 2015); and the Fundacion MAPFRE, Madrid (March through June 2015).
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