Brancusi: The Photographs

April 26 - June 23, 2012
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View of the Studio, c. 1933 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1933. 15 11/16 x 11 11/16 inchesView of the Studio, c. 1933 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1933. 15 11/16 x 11 11/16 inches

View of the Studio, c. 1933
Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1933. 15 11/16 x 11 11/16 inches

Overall View of the Studio, c. 1929-30 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1929-30. 15 5/8 x 11 11/16 inchesOverall View of the Studio, c. 1929-30 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1929-30. 15 5/8 x 11 11/16 inches

Overall View of the Studio, c. 1929-30
Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1929-30. 15 5/8 x 11 11/16 inches

Endless Column, Voulangis, c. 1926-27 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1926-27. 11 3/4 x 15 5/8 inchesEndless Column, Voulangis, c. 1926-27 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1926-27. 11 3/4 x 15 5/8 inches

Endless Column, Voulangis, c. 1926-27
Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1926-27. 11 3/4 x 15 5/8 inches

View of the Studio: Portrait of Madame L.R., c. 1920 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1920. 10 3/8 x 7 6/8 inchesView of the Studio: Portrait of Madame L.R., c. 1920 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1920. 10 3/8 x 7 6/8 inches

View of the Studio: Portrait of Madame L.R., c. 1920
Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1920. 10 3/8 x 7 6/8 inches

Self-Portrait, 1924 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1924. 9 3/8 x 7 inchesSelf-Portrait, 1924 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1924. 9 3/8 x 7 inches

Self-Portrait, 1924
Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1924. 9 3/8 x 7 inches

View of the Studio: Eve & Plato, c. 1922 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1922. 15 5/8 x 11 3/4 inchesView of the Studio: Eve & Plato, c. 1922 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1922. 15 5/8 x 11 3/4 inches

View of the Studio: Eve & Plato, c. 1922
Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1922. 15 5/8 x 11 3/4 inches

View of the Studio: Child in the World, c. 1917 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1917. 15 5/8 x 11 3/4 inchesView of the Studio: Child in the World, c. 1917 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1917. 15 5/8 x 11 3/4 inches

View of the Studio: Child in the World, c. 1917
Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1917. 15 5/8 x 11 3/4 inches

Self-Portrait, c. 1932-33 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1932-33. 6 1/8 x 5 1/16 inchesSelf-Portrait, c. 1932-33 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1932-33. 6 1/8 x 5 1/16 inches

Self-Portrait, c. 1932-33
Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1932-33. 6 1/8 x 5 1/16 inches

Endless Column, c. 1926-27 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1926-27. 11 11/16 x 15 5/8 inchesEndless Column, c. 1926-27 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1926-27. 11 11/16 x 15 5/8 inches

Endless Column, c. 1926-27
Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1926-27. 11 11/16 x 15 5/8 inches

Architectural Project, c. 1923 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1923. 11 3/16 x 8 1/4 inchesArchitectural Project, c. 1923 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1923. 11 3/16 x 8 1/4 inches

Architectural Project, c. 1923
Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1923. 11 3/16 x 8 1/4 inches

Leda, c. 1921 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1921. 5 15/16 x 7 15/16 inchesLeda, c. 1921 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1921. 5 15/16 x 7 15/16 inches

Leda, c. 1921
Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1921. 5 15/16 x 7 15/16 inches

Still Life with Leda and the Newborn, c. 1922 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1922. 9 1/8 x 7 1/8 inchesStill Life with Leda and the Newborn, c. 1922 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1922. 9 1/8 x 7 1/8 inches

Still Life with Leda and the Newborn, c. 1922
Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1922. 9 1/8 x 7 1/8 inches

Sleeping Muse, c. 1920s Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1920s. 6 3/4 x 9 1/2 inchesSleeping Muse, c. 1920s Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1920s. 6 3/4 x 9 1/2 inches

Sleeping Muse, c. 1920s
Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1920s. 6 3/4 x 9 1/2 inches

Still Life, 1933 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1933. 9 1/8 x 7 inchesStill Life, 1933 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1933. 9 1/8 x 7 inches

Still Life, 1933
Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1933. 9 1/8 x 7 inches

Bird in Space, c. 1936 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1936. 9 7/16 x 7 1/16 inchesBird in Space, c. 1936 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1936. 9 7/16 x 7 1/16 inches

Bird in Space, c. 1936
Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1936. 9 7/16 x 7 1/16 inches

The Golden Bird, c. 1919-22 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1919-22. 9 3/4 x 7 inchesThe Golden Bird, c. 1919-22 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1919-22. 9 3/4 x 7 inches

The Golden Bird, c. 1919-22
Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1919-22. 9 3/4 x 7 inches

Bird in Space, c. 1925 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1925. 9 1/16 x 4 1/8 inchesBird in Space, c. 1925 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1925. 9 1/16 x 4 1/8 inches

Bird in Space, c. 1925
Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1925. 9 1/16 x 4 1/8 inches

The Fish, c. 1924 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1924. 7 1/8 x 9 1/4 inchesThe Fish, c. 1924 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1924. 7 1/8 x 9 1/4 inches

The Fish, c. 1924
Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1924. 7 1/8 x 9 1/4 inches

Mademoiselle Pogany II, Profile View, 1920 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1920. 9 x 6 1/2 inchesMademoiselle Pogany II, Profile View, 1920 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1920. 9 x 6 1/2 inches

Mademoiselle Pogany II, Profile View, 1920
Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1920. 9 x 6 1/2 inches

Prometheus, c. 1926-27 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1926-27. 5 13/16 x 7 7/8 inchesPrometheus, c. 1926-27 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1926-27. 5 13/16 x 7 7/8 inches

Prometheus, c. 1926-27
Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1926-27. 5 13/16 x 7 7/8 inches

Socrates, c. 1921-22 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1921-22. 11 3/4 x 9 3/8 inchesSocrates, c. 1921-22 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1921-22. 11 3/4 x 9 3/8 inches

Socrates, c. 1921-22
Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1921-22. 11 3/4 x 9 3/8 inches

View of the Studio: Mademoiselle Pogany II, c. 1920 Gelatin silver print mounted to board, printed c. 1920. 11 3/8 x 10 1/2 inchesView of the Studio: Mademoiselle Pogany II, c. 1920 Gelatin silver print mounted to board, printed c. 1920. 11 3/8 x 10 1/2 inches

View of the Studio: Mademoiselle Pogany II, c. 1920
Gelatin silver print mounted to board, printed c. 1920. 11 3/8 x 10 1/2 inches

View of the Studio: Mademoiselle Pogany II with Flower, c. 1923 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1923. 11 7/8 x 15 1/2 inchesView of the Studio: Mademoiselle Pogany II with Flower, c. 1923 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1923. 11 7/8 x 15 1/2 inches

View of the Studio: Mademoiselle Pogany II with Flower, c. 1923
Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1923. 11 7/8 x 15 1/2 inches

View of the Studio: Socrates & Adam and Eve, c. 1922 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1922. 11 x 7 13/16 inchesView of the Studio: Socrates & Adam and Eve, c. 1922 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1922. 11 x 7 13/16 inches

View of the Studio: Socrates & Adam and Eve, c. 1922
Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1922. 11 x 7 13/16 inches

Timidity, 1928 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1928. 11 3/16 x 8 1/8 inchesTimidity, 1928 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1928. 11 3/16 x 8 1/8 inches

Timidity, 1928
Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1928. 11 3/16 x 8 1/8 inches

Trunk of a Chestnut Tree in the Studio, c. 1934 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1934. 10 1/4 x 7 1/8 inchesTrunk of a Chestnut Tree in the Studio, c. 1934 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1934. 10 1/4 x 7 1/8 inches

Trunk of a Chestnut Tree in the Studio, c. 1934
Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1934. 10 1/4 x 7 1/8 inches

Mademoiselle Pogany II, Three-Quarter View, c. 1920-21 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1921. 10 1/16 x 7 1/4 inchesMademoiselle Pogany II, Three-Quarter View, c. 1920-21 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1921. 10 1/16 x 7 1/4 inches

Mademoiselle Pogany II, Three-Quarter View, c. 1920-21
Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1921. 10 1/16 x 7 1/4 inches

View of the Studio: Bird in Space, 1924 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1924. 15 5/8 x 11 3/4 inchesView of the Studio: Bird in Space, 1924 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1924. 15 5/8 x 11 3/4 inches

View of the Studio: Bird in Space, 1924
Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1924. 15 5/8 x 11 3/4 inches

Lizica Codreanu in Brancusi's Studio 1, 1922 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1922. 9 1/8 x 7 inchesLizica Codreanu in Brancusi's Studio 1, 1922 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1922. 9 1/8 x 7 inches

Lizica Codreanu in Brancusi's Studio 1, 1922
Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1922. 9 1/8 x 7 inches

Lizica Codreanu in Brancusi's Studio 2,1922 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1922. 9 3/8 x 6 inchesLizica Codreanu in Brancusi's Studio 2,1922 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1922. 9 3/8 x 6 inches

Lizica Codreanu in Brancusi's Studio 2,1922
Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1922. 9 3/8 x 6 inches

Versailles: Fountain at Night, 1930 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1933. 4 3/8 x 5 1/8 inchesVersailles: Fountain at Night, 1930 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1933. 4 3/8 x 5 1/8 inches

Versailles: Fountain at Night, 1930
Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1933. 4 3/8 x 5 1/8 inches

Press Release

Bruce Silverstein Gallery is pleased to present Brancusi: The Photographs, an exhibition of the artist’s groundbreaking photographic works.  Featuring over 40 original prints, each made by Brancusi himself, this exhibition reveals Brancusi’s visionary dedication to the photographic medium as means of personal expression—an art form that the artist explored parallel to his sculpture. The photographs are integral to understanding Brancusi as an artist as they indicate that he was not only fully aware of photography’s power to guide, control, and enhance the viewer’s experience of his three-dimensional works, but also to completely transform them into new works of art.  By physically placing and positioning his sculptures in his studio, Brancusi creates complex compositions that often incorporate radical lighting; his photographs express a unique pictorial vision that moves decisively beyond mere documentation and firmly establishes Brancusi as one of the most remarkably innovative image-makers in the history of the medium.

 

Brought together for the first time, the works included in Brancusi: The Photographs were printed by the artist and either come directly from or have passed through the hands of family, friends and known collectors of his work who received them during the artist’s lifetime.  Produced from both photographic negatives as well as 16 mm film stills, these vintage prints include images of his individual sculptures, or at times larger studio views of groupings of his works (termed “groupe mobiles” by the artist) as well as numerous self-portraits, arresting still-lives of natural “ready-mades” such as flowers and a tree trunk, and countless other visual experiments taken within and outside of his studio. Unifying this wide array of subject matter is the artist’s discernable vision for his sculptural work which he expressed utilizing a photographic syntax—the language of light, shadow, reflection, and contrast—to give voice to each sculpture’s unique personality and convey its literal and allegorical relationship to his other works in his studio.  By designing views of his studio through his camera, Brancusi purposefully translates his sculptures’ three-dimensional existence—their surface, weight, materiality, and line—into remarkable two-dimensional compositions.


 
This exhibition furthers the critical dialogue surrounding this seminal body of work, a subject initially explored by this gallery in 2002 through the exhibition Eye of the Sculptor: Constantin Brancusi, Henry Moore, and David Smith.  Becoming a topic of growing interest, Brancusi’s photographs have been the focus of several recent exhibitions, including The Original Copy, Photography of Sculpture, 1839 to Today, held at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, organized by Roxana Marcoci; Constantin Brancusi & Richard Serra: Resting in Time and Space, shown at the Foundation Beyeler, Switzerland produced by Oliver Wick; and Brancusi, Film and Photography, the monumental exhibition of Brancusi’s photographs exhibited at the Centre Pompidou, curated by Quentin Bajac.