gelatin silver print
image: 9 x 6 inches
paper: 10 x 7-7/8 inches
Courtesy of the artist
|Zoe Leonard is New York-based artist who works with black & white photography, sculpture, installation and film. Since her inclusion in Documenta IX in 1992 she has had a major international solo career. Aside from Leonard's celebrated work, The Fae Richards Archive, 1996, she has exhibited widely in the US and Europe. Solo exhibitions include shows at the Centre National de la Photographie, Paris (1998); and Paula Cooper Gallery, New York (2000). Her work has featured in group exhibitions at the Whitney, New York; Musee d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, Paris; and MoMA, New York. She is a 2005 recipient of a grant from the Anonymous Was a Woman Foundation.
Since the mid-1980s, Leonard has been taking photographs of water, maps, museum
displays, mirrors, aerial views of cities and villages, bullfights, and fashion shows. What
has distinguished these images is the "unauthorized" air of their graininess and viewpoints.
The pictures look as if they were taken in the split second opportunity of a moment (as from
an airplane window), or in haste not to get caught at it. This attitude lends the images a
transfixing and elusive power.
--- Joe Scanlon, Zoe Leonard: Photographs, the Renaissance Society at the University of Chicago (1993)
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