Monroe Gallery of Photography
Monroe Gallery of Photography


Composing The Artist

May 6 through June 26, 2011



Rene Magritte, MOMA, New York, 1965
Monroe Gallery of Photography, 112 Don Gaspar, is pleased to announce "Composing The Artist", an extensive survey of more than 50 classic photographs portraying iconic personalities from the arts as captured by renowned photographers. The exhibition opens with a reception on Friday, May 6, from 5 to 7 PM. "Composing The Artist" will continue through June 26.

The common definition of an "artist" is one who is able, by virtue of imagination and talent or skill, to create works of aesthetic value, especially in the fine arts. Photographs of artists and writers across the centuries have shaped our sense of what they do. Photographs in the exhibit include images of visual artists and classic writers, at work, in quiet contemplative moments and in portraiture. In these photographs the essential personality of the artist is revealed, and an image of the past becomes visual history. Other pictures also brilliantly match artworks with the personality and appearance of their creators: they are not just at one with their working environment, they are their work.

Jackson Pollock painting in his studio, Springs, New York, 1949 ®Time Inc

Roy Lichtenstein, Leo Castelli Gallery, New York, 1962

James Rosenquist, 1962


Picasso, 1969

Pablo Picasso and Francoise Gilot,1951

Pablo Picasso, Vallauris, France, 1949 ®Time Inc.


Francis Bacon and william De Kooning, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1974


American Expressionists, "The Irascibles", New York, 1950


Henri Matisse drawing sketches for the murals of the Chapelle des Dominicains, France, 1950



Nobel Prize Laureate William Faulkner, West Point, 1962 ®Time Inc.


John Steinbeck, Nobel Prize Winner, Riverton, CT 1985


Vladimir Nobokov, Ithaca, NY, 1958



Maya Angelou


Robert Frost, Boston, MA, 1954


Ernst Hemmingway and son, Sun Valley, Idaho,1941



Margaret Bourke-White working atop the Chrysler Building, NY 1934, Oscar Graubner


Annie Leibovitz and assistant Robert Bean on the Chrysler Building, New York City, 1991


Jean-Francois Lartigue, Aaron Siskind, Manuel Alvarez Bravo, Andre Kertesz, Arles, 1976



Truman Capote, Holcomb, Kansas, April,1967


Allen Ginsberg, New York, 1963


Bob Dylan and Allen Ginsberg at Jack Kerouac's grave, Lowell, MA, 1975



Andy Warhol with Polaroid camera, NY, 1980


Andy Warhol with Polaroid, 1980


Andy Loves Edie, 1965



Georgia O'Keeffe climbs on roof, Abiqui, 1967


Man Ray Holding Up "Lips" Print


Helen Frankenthaler, NY, 1969




Richard Avedon, New York, NY 1994


Robert Graves, 1963


Henri-Cartier Bresson, NY, 1963



Brassai's eye, Paris, 1981


Brett Weston and his 11x14 Camera, Point Dume, February 7, 1948


Western painter William R. Leigh and his lithographer, New York, 1948



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