Arrangements by Marie Cosindas

January 16 - March 8, 2014
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Nathan with Floral, c. 1962-1963     Polaroid. 3 1/4 x 4 1/4 inchesNathan with Floral, c. 1962-1963     Polaroid. 3 1/4 x 4 1/4 inches

Nathan with Floral, c. 1962-1963    
Polaroid. 3 1/4 x 4 1/4 inches

Floral with Wicker Chair, c. 1962-1963     Polaroid. 3 1/4 x 4 1/4 inchesFloral with Wicker Chair, c. 1962-1963     Polaroid. 3 1/4 x 4 1/4 inches

Floral with Wicker Chair, c. 1962-1963    
Polaroid. 3 1/4 x 4 1/4 inches

Floral, c. 1962-1963     Polaroid. 5 1/2 x 4 1/2 inchesFloral, c. 1962-1963     Polaroid. 5 1/2 x 4 1/2 inches

Floral, c. 1962-1963    
Polaroid. 5 1/2 x 4 1/2 inches

Floral, c. 1962-1963     Polaroid mounted to paper. 5 1/4 x 4 1/4 inchesFloral, c. 1962-1963     Polaroid mounted to paper. 5 1/4 x 4 1/4 inches

Floral, c. 1962-1963    
Polaroid mounted to paper. 5 1/4 x 4 1/4 inches

Floral with Peter's Brass Vase, Boston, 1965     Polaroid. 5 1/4 x 4 1/4 inchesFloral with Peter's Brass Vase, Boston, 1965     Polaroid. 5 1/4 x 4 1/4 inches

Floral with Peter's Brass Vase, Boston, 1965    
Polaroid. 5 1/4 x 4 1/4 inches

Lenore, Boston, 1965     Polaroid. 4 1/4 x 5 1/4 inchesLenore, Boston, 1965     Polaroid. 4 1/4 x 5 1/4 inches

Lenore, Boston, 1965    
Polaroid. 4 1/4 x 5 1/4 inches

Mrs. Jack's Floral, 1966     Dye transfer print. 9 x 6 1/2 inchesMrs. Jack's Floral, 1966     Dye transfer print. 9 x 6 1/2 inches

Mrs. Jack's Floral, 1966    
Dye transfer print. 9 x 6 1/2 inches

Floral with Cosindas Painting, 1965     Dye transfer print. 5 1/2 x 6 3/4 inchesFloral with Cosindas Painting, 1965     Dye transfer print. 5 1/2 x 6 3/4 inches

Floral with Cosindas Painting, 1965    
Dye transfer print. 5 1/2 x 6 3/4 inches

The Golden Vase, Los Angeles, 1970     Chromogenic print. 11 x 8 1/2 inchesThe Golden Vase, Los Angeles, 1970     Chromogenic print. 11 x 8 1/2 inches

The Golden Vase, Los Angeles, 1970    
Chromogenic print. 11 x 8 1/2 inches

Dolls, Boston, 1965     Dye transfer print. 7 3/4 x 6 1/2 inchesDolls, Boston, 1965     Dye transfer print. 7 3/4 x 6 1/2 inches

Dolls, Boston, 1965    
Dye transfer print. 7 3/4 x 6 1/2 inches

Secret of Sense, 1984     Polaroid mounted to paper. 4 1/4 x 5 1/4 inchesSecret of Sense, 1984     Polaroid mounted to paper. 4 1/4 x 5 1/4 inches

Secret of Sense, 1984    
Polaroid mounted to paper. 4 1/4 x 5 1/4 inches

Japanese Dolls, c. 1982-1983     Polaroid. 4 1/4 x 5 1/4 inchesJapanese Dolls, c. 1982-1983     Polaroid. 4 1/4 x 5 1/4 inches

Japanese Dolls, c. 1982-1983    
Polaroid. 4 1/4 x 5 1/4 inches

First Issue Food Arts, 1988     Polaroid mounted to board. 4 1/4 x 5 1/4 inchesFirst Issue Food Arts, 1988     Polaroid mounted to board. 4 1/4 x 5 1/4 inches

First Issue Food Arts, 1988    
Polaroid mounted to board. 4 1/4 x 5 1/4 inches

Princess with Doves, Key West, 1966     Polaroid. 5 1/4 x 4 1/4 inchesPrincess with Doves, Key West, 1966     Polaroid. 5 1/4 x 4 1/4 inches

Princess with Doves, Key West, 1966    
Polaroid. 5 1/4 x 4 1/4 inches

Christmas Tree, 1966     Polaroid. 5 1/2 x 4 1/4 inchesChristmas Tree, 1966     Polaroid. 5 1/2 x 4 1/4 inches

Christmas Tree, 1966    
Polaroid. 5 1/2 x 4 1/4 inches

Scrooge, Christmas, London, 1970     Polaroid. 5 1/2 x 4 1/2 inchesScrooge, Christmas, London, 1970     Polaroid. 5 1/2 x 4 1/2 inches

Scrooge, Christmas, London, 1970    
Polaroid. 5 1/2 x 4 1/2 inches

Church Windows, Key West, 1966     Polaroid. 5 1/2 x 4 1/4 inchesChurch Windows, Key West, 1966     Polaroid. 5 1/2 x 4 1/4 inches

Church Windows, Key West, 1966    
Polaroid. 5 1/2 x 4 1/4 inches

The Cincinnati Art Museum Centennial Still Life, 1980     Polaroid. 5 1/4 x 4 1/4 inchesThe Cincinnati Art Museum Centennial Still Life, 1980     Polaroid. 5 1/4 x 4 1/4 inches

The Cincinnati Art Museum Centennial Still Life, 1980    
Polaroid. 5 1/4 x 4 1/4 inches

Masks, Boston, 1966     Dye transfer print. 8 x 6 3/4 inchesMasks, Boston, 1966     Dye transfer print. 8 x 6 3/4 inches

Masks, Boston, 1966    
Dye transfer print. 8 x 6 3/4 inches

Memories II, 1976     Dye transfer print. 12 1/2 x 10 inchesMemories II, 1976     Dye transfer print. 12 1/2 x 10 inches

Memories II, 1976    
Dye transfer print. 12 1/2 x 10 inches

Conger Metcalf Arrangement, 1976     Polaroid. 10 3/4 x 8 3/8 inchesConger Metcalf Arrangement, 1976     Polaroid. 10 3/4 x 8 3/8 inches

Conger Metcalf Arrangement, 1976    
Polaroid. 10 3/4 x 8 3/8 inches

Paul with Artichoke, Paris, 1968     Polaroid. 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 inchesPaul with Artichoke, Paris, 1968     Polaroid. 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 inches

Paul with Artichoke, Paris, 1968    
Polaroid. 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 inches

Asparagus III, 1967     Polaroid. 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 inchesAsparagus III, 1967     Polaroid. 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 inches

Asparagus III, 1967    
Polaroid. 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 inches

Asparagus II, 1967     Polaroid. 4 1/4 x 5 1/4 inchesAsparagus II, 1967     Polaroid. 4 1/4 x 5 1/4 inches

Asparagus II, 1967    
Polaroid. 4 1/4 x 5 1/4 inches

Asparagus I, 1967     Polaroid. 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 inchesAsparagus I, 1967     Polaroid. 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 inches

Asparagus I, 1967    
Polaroid. 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 inches

Asparagus IV, 1967     Polaroid. 4 1/4 x 5 1/4 inchesAsparagus IV, 1967     Polaroid. 4 1/4 x 5 1/4 inches

Asparagus IV, 1967    
Polaroid. 4 1/4 x 5 1/4 inches

Diane, 1967     Polaroid. 5 1/2 x 4 1/4 inchesDiane, 1967     Polaroid. 5 1/2 x 4 1/4 inches

Diane, 1967    
Polaroid. 5 1/2 x 4 1/4 inches

Wrigley's Archives - Corporate Archives of America, 1982     Polaroid. 5 1/4 x 4 1/4 inchesWrigley's Archives - Corporate Archives of America, 1982     Polaroid. 5 1/4 x 4 1/4 inches

Wrigley's Archives - Corporate Archives of America, 1982    
Polaroid. 5 1/4 x 4 1/4 inches

Anheuser-Busch Archives - Corporate Archives of America, 1983     Polaroid. 5 1/4 x 4 1/4 inchesAnheuser-Busch Archives - Corporate Archives of America, 1983     Polaroid. 5 1/4 x 4 1/4 inches

Anheuser-Busch Archives - Corporate Archives of America, 1983    
Polaroid. 5 1/4 x 4 1/4 inches

Fragrance, 1984     Polaroid. 5 1/4 x 4 1/4 inchesFragrance, 1984     Polaroid. 5 1/4 x 4 1/4 inches

Fragrance, 1984    
Polaroid. 5 1/4 x 4 1/4 inches

Fragrance, 1984     Polaroid. 5 1/4 x 4 1/4 inchesFragrance, 1984     Polaroid. 5 1/4 x 4 1/4 inches

Fragrance, 1984    
Polaroid. 5 1/4 x 4 1/4 inches

Tea Rose, 1984     Polaroid. 5 1/4 x 4 1/4 inchesTea Rose, 1984     Polaroid. 5 1/4 x 4 1/4 inches

Tea Rose, 1984    
Polaroid. 5 1/4 x 4 1/4 inches

Fragrance, 1984     Polaroid. 4 1/4 x 5 1/4 inchesFragrance, 1984     Polaroid. 4 1/4 x 5 1/4 inches

Fragrance, 1984    
Polaroid. 4 1/4 x 5 1/4 inches

William Powell Arrangement, 1985     Polaroid. 5 1/4 x 4 1/4 inchesWilliam Powell Arrangement, 1985     Polaroid. 5 1/4 x 4 1/4 inches

William Powell Arrangement, 1985    
Polaroid. 5 1/4 x 4 1/4 inches

Press Release

Almost fifty years after her first museum exhibition, Bruce Silverstein Gallery is honored to present Arrangements by Marie Cosindas, featuring thirty-five of the artist’s photographs from the 1960s-80s.  In addition to images that have never been exhibited, this show includes works from the historic Museum of Modern Art exhibition of her color photographs in 1966. 


Arrangements is Cosindas' term for her richly layered assemblages created primarily in her Boston studio, and in later years, around the world, from found or borrowed objects—fabrics, flowers, figurines, jewelry, perfume bottles, tarot cards and other such treasures which came to define her signature style.  Often pyramidal in structure, the artist's baroque compositions are filled with an old world style of excess delightfully bordering on kitsch. Cosindas prefers the term Arrangement to “still life” for this body of work, as she wishes to highlight the very active role she played in the construction of these images as well as the intense engagement required from the viewer in order to absorb their varied textures, patterns, colors and minute details.  For Cosindas, the resulting image and viewing experience is anything but still. 

 

 


Now reemerging as a cult figure in this medium, Cosindas was one of America’s best-known photographers in the 1960s-80s following her exhibitions at MoMA (her first solo show, and a pioneering feat for a woman artist in this period), the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, 1966; the Chicago Art Institute, 1967; the International Center of Photography, 1978; and John Szarkowski’s landmark exhibition, Mirrors and Windows, 1978.


Cosindas studied at the Modern School of Fashion Design and attended evening classes at the Boston Museum School as her first interest was drawing and painting.  On a trip to Greece in 1959 to make photographs to be used in her paintings, Cosindas discovered instead that these images did not need to be translated into another medium for she was satisfied creatively by the photographic process.  In 1961 Edward Steichen viewed her first black and white portfolio and purchased three images, one for himself, and two for the collection of the Museum of Modern Art.  Later that year she studied with Ansel Adams who told Cosindas she was “thinking in color” despite her use of black and white film.  Throughout the 1960s Cosindas organized and hosted four workshops on photography and invited Minor White to conduct them in her studio.  In 1962 the Polaroid Corporation asked Cosindas to experiment with the company’s new instant color film, and by 1965 she worked entirely in color and acted as an advisor to Polaroid, reporting on her experience with the film’s capabilities and properties.  Cosindas’ work helped lead to the recognition of color photography as an acceptable artistic medium in an era when it was largely associated with advertising and other commercial ends.  John Szarkowski, the esteemed curator who gave Cosindas her first solo exhibition, labeled her work as one of the few "conspicuous successes" in color photography prior to William Eggleston.  By the end of the 1960s she had received a Guggenheim grant to continue working in color, a Rockefeller grant to make films for PBS Boston, and honorary degrees from Philadelphia Moore College of Art and the Art Institute Boston.  In 1978, a monograph of her work Marie Cosindas Color Photographs featuring an essay by Tom Wolfe was published by New York Graphic Society.


Cosindas was recently the subject of a retrospective at the Amon Carter Museum, Forth Worth and was honored with a lifetime achievement award from the Photographic Resource Center, Boston.  Bruce Silverstein featured Cosindas’ work in the 2010 exhibition, Beyond Color: Color in American Photography 1950-1970.


A catalogue has been published in conjunction with our current exhibition featuring an essay by Lisa Hostetler.