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1 / 6       From the series Women are Beautiful. © Garry Winogrand.

2 / 6       From the series Women are Beautiful. © Garry Winogrand.

3 / 6       From the series Women are Beautiful. © Garry Winogrand.

4 / 6       From the series Women are Beautiful. © Garry Winogrand.

5 / 6       From the series Women are Beautiful. © Garry Winogrand.

6 / 6       From the series Women are Beautiful. © Garry Winogrand.

Women are beautiful

At one year from the success of the Vivian Maier exhibition, the Museum of the Province of Nuoro is proud to announce the opening of a new important exhibition dedicated to Garry Winogrand, the father of street photography.

Winogrand was one of the most important chroniclers of American society, as well as being one of the great international photographers of the 1960s and ‘70s. His observation of the habits of his fellow citizens, seemingly cursory, almost casual and often ironic, was influenced by the social photography of Robert Frank and Walker Evans. Winogrand saw in the anonymous inhabitants of American cities the ideal subjects through whom to express his vision of the world, narrating unconventional stories, with no script or theatrical effects, always captured in public places: parks, zoos, shopping centers, museums, airports or during political rallies and sports events. His technique is based on the use of wide-angle lenses.

The MAN exhibition, curated by Lola Garrido and organized together with diCHromA Photography, presents for the first time in Italy the complete collection of the photographs which in 1975 went into the famous volume Women are Beautiful, now a cult object. These are snapshots, proposed here in a series of original prints that celebrate the figure of women with a faithful gaze in which we see a mixture of admiration and irony, veneration and sarcasm. In many aspects this is a controversial work, comparable to that of the poets of the Beat Generation, and was on the receiving end of much criticism. Indeed, if in the eyes of some interpreters the photographs appearas a joyous reflection on women's emancipation and sensuality, others see them as the contorted expression of male chauvinism and misogyny.

What is certain is that it is not a superficial reflection on the new concepts of beauty, but rather a description of the social consequences of American counterculture, as well as a declaration in support of women's rights and freedom at a time when puritanism appeared to be questioning the conquests of the postwar period.The renowned photographer Joel Meyerowitz, Winogrand's friend, spoke of his work as a clash and an embrace, Winogrand as a contradiction and his images as contradictory.

Garry Winogrand. Women (are beautiful)
MAN Museum, via Sebastiano Satta, 27 - Nuoro (Italy)
15 July – 9 October 2016

opening times: from Tuesday to Sunday, 10.00 am - 1.00 pm and 3.00 pm - 7.00 pm | closed on Monday
admission fee: full price 3,00 € | reduced-price ticket 2,00 € for visitors between 18 and 25 years old | free for under 18, over 65 and each first Sunday of the month
info: +39 (0)784 252110

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[ portfolio ] Morandi's Objects by Joel Meyerowitz
[ exhibitions ] Vivian Maier. Street Photographer


diCHromA Photography
MAN - Museo d'Arte Provincia di Nuoro

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published on 2016-06-23 in NEWS / EXHIBITIONS

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