Jessie #34 | Sally Mann
Sally Mann: The Flesh and The Spirit
Nov 13, 2010 – Jan 23, 2011Altria Group and Center Gallery
This will be the first exhibition VMFA has ever presented of one of Virginia’s most celebrated contemporary artists. The exhibition focuses on the theme of the body and emphasizes Mann’s new work, while selectively introducing earlier images.
Some of the works in the exhibition include nudity and other graphic material. Viewer and parental discretion is advised.
Mann’s most recent work represents an intriguing new direction. She is tackling expansive themes of mortality and vulnerability, while for the first time using herself and her husband as subjects. In addition, she has taken her bold experiments with the medium to new heights, pushing photography to its limits by making painterly and nearly abstract images—many as unique pieces on glass plates. Altogether the exhibition and accompanying catalogue will present an unexpected picture of Mann’s work, encouraging a fresh perspective on one of today’s preeminent photographers and, it is hoped, an opportunity to extend her visibility well beyond the realm of photography. A catalogue will accompany the exhibition.
Organized by the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts and curated by John B. Ravenal, Sydney and Frances Lewis Family Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art.
VMFA is pleased to acknowledge contributions from Gagosian Gallery, Mary and Don Shockey, and Alan I. Kirshner.
Detail, Untitled (Self-Portraits)
Ambrotype (unique collodion wet-plate positive on black glass), with sandarac varnish. (15 x 13 ½ in.)
Ambrotypes (unique collodion wet-plate positives on black glass), with sandarac varnish. (18 parts, each 15 x 13 . in.; overall ca. 45 . x 82 . in.)
Gelatin silver contact print from 15 x 13 1/2-in. collodion wet-plate negative
Was Ever Love
Gelatin silver contact print from 15 x 13 1/2 –in. collodion wet-plate negative
Cibachrome print from 2 1/4 x 2 1/4-in. transparency. (ca. 20 x 24)
Gelatin Silver enlargement print from 8 x 10-in. collodion wet-plate negative, with Soluvar matte varnish mixed with diatomaceous earth. (ca. 50 x 40 in.)
Gelatin Silver enlargement print from 8 x 10-in. collodion wet-plate negative, with Soluvar matte varnish mixed with diatomaceous earth. (ca. 50 x 40 inches)
Untitled #4, Antietam
Gelatin silver enlargement print from 8 x 10-in. collodion wet-plate (ca. 40 x 50 in.)
Polaroid (8 x 10 in.)
Untitled (Still Life)
Ambrotype (unique collodion wet-plate positive on black glass), with sandarac varnish (15 x 13 in.)
Platinum print, cropped contact print from 8 x 10-in. negative