Rosalind Solomon

May 13 - July 2, 2010
Ritual
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Untitled, Belfast, Northern Ireland, 1989 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1989 19 3/4 x 15 7/8 in.Untitled, Belfast, Northern Ireland, 1989 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1989 19 3/4 x 15 7/8 in.

Untitled, Belfast, Northern Ireland, 1989
Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1989
19 3/4 x 15 7/8 in.

National Anthem, Huari, Ancash, Peru, 1981 Gelatin silver print, printed 1981 19 3/4 x 15 7/8 in.National Anthem, Huari, Ancash, Peru, 1981 Gelatin silver print, printed 1981 19 3/4 x 15 7/8 in.

National Anthem, Huari, Ancash, Peru, 1981
Gelatin silver print, printed 1981
19 3/4 x 15 7/8 in.

Untitled, New Yungay, Peru, 1980 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1980 19 3/4 x 15 7/8 inchesUntitled, New Yungay, Peru, 1980 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1980 19 3/4 x 15 7/8 inches

Untitled, New Yungay, Peru, 1980
Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1980

19 3/4 x 15 7/8 inches

Macy's Parade, New York, 1977 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1977 19 3/4 x 15 7/8 inchesMacy's Parade, New York, 1977 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1977 19 3/4 x 15 7/8 inches

Macy's Parade, New York, 1977
Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1977

19 3/4 x 15 7/8 inches

Melanie and Lisa, Mississippi, 1977 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 2007 19 3/4 x 15 7/8 in.Melanie and Lisa, Mississippi, 1977 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 2007 19 3/4 x 15 7/8 in.

Melanie and Lisa, Mississippi, 1977
Gelatin silver print, printed c. 2007

19 3/4 x 15 7/8 in.

Happy Birthday, South Africa, 1990 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1990 19 3/4 x 15 7/8 in.Happy Birthday, South Africa, 1990 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1990 19 3/4 x 15 7/8 in.

Happy Birthday, South Africa, 1990
Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1990

19 3/4 x 15 7/8 in.

Memorial, from Portraits in the Time of AIDS, New York 1988 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1988 19 3/4 x 15 7/8 in.Memorial, from Portraits in the Time of AIDS, New York 1988 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1988 19 3/4 x 15 7/8 in.

Memorial, from Portraits in the Time of AIDS, New York 1988
Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1988

19 3/4 x 15 7/8 in.

Untitled, Haiti, 1987 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1987 19 3/4 x 15 7/8 in.Untitled, Haiti, 1987 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1987 19 3/4 x 15 7/8 in.

Untitled, Haiti, 1987
Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1987

19 3/4 x 15 7/8 in.

After a Funeral, New Orleans, 1992 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1992 19 3/4 x 15 7/8 in.After a Funeral, New Orleans, 1992 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1992 19 3/4 x 15 7/8 in.

After a Funeral, New Orleans, 1992
Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1992

19 3/4 x 15 7/8 in.

Five Whole Ounces / That's a Lot, Solola, Guatemala, 1979 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1979 19 3/4 x 15 7/8 in.Five Whole Ounces / That's a Lot, Solola, Guatemala, 1979 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1979 19 3/4 x 15 7/8 in.

Five Whole Ounces / That's a Lot, Solola, Guatemala, 1979
Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1979

19 3/4 x 15 7/8 in.

Woman with Her Husband's Corpse, Huari, Ancash, Peru, 1981 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 2001 31 x 31 3/4 in.Woman with Her Husband's Corpse, Huari, Ancash, Peru, 1981 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 2001 31 x 31 3/4 in.

Woman with Her Husband's Corpse, Huari, Ancash, Peru, 1981
Gelatin silver print, printed c. 2001

31 x 31 3/4 in.

Ilzabal Jocopilas, Todos Santos, Huehuetenango, Guatemala, 1978 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1982 19 3/4 x 15 7/8 in.Ilzabal Jocopilas, Todos Santos, Huehuetenango, Guatemala, 1978 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1982 19 3/4 x 15 7/8 in.

Ilzabal Jocopilas, Todos Santos, Huehuetenango, Guatemala, 1978
Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1982

19 3/4 x 15 7/8 in.

Dunking Cage, Georgia, 1976 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1976 19 3/4 x 15 7/8 in.Dunking Cage, Georgia, 1976 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1976 19 3/4 x 15 7/8 in.

Dunking Cage, Georgia, 1976
Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1976

19 3/4 x 15 7/8 in.

Prayer Beads, Katmandu, Nepal, 1985 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1985 19 3/4 x 15 7/8 in.Prayer Beads, Katmandu, Nepal, 1985 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1985 19 3/4 x 15 7/8 in.

Prayer Beads, Katmandu, Nepal, 1985
Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1985

19 3/4 x 15 7/8 in.

Untitled, Tokyo, Japan, 1985 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1985 19 3/4 x 15 7/8 in.Untitled, Tokyo, Japan, 1985 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1985 19 3/4 x 15 7/8 in.

Untitled, Tokyo, Japan, 1985
Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1985

19 3/4 x 15 7/8 in.

And It Came to Pass, New York, 2005 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 2005 19 3/4 x 15 7/8 in.And It Came to Pass, New York, 2005 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 2005 19 3/4 x 15 7/8 in.

And It Came to Pass, New York, 2005
Gelatin silver print, printed c. 2005

19 3/4 x 15 7/8 in.

A Holy Man, Katmandu, 1985 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1985 19 3/4 x 15 7/8 in.A Holy Man, Katmandu, 1985 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1985 19 3/4 x 15 7/8 in.

A Holy Man, Katmandu, 1985
Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1985

19 3/4 x 15 7/8 in.

Carnival Masks, Huari, Peru, 1981 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1981 20 x 16 in.Carnival Masks, Huari, Peru, 1981 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1981 20 x 16 in.

Carnival Masks, Huari, Peru, 1981
Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1981

20 x 16 in.

Holy Rite, Kolkata, India, 1981 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1982 19 3/4 x 15 7/8 in.Holy Rite, Kolkata, India, 1981 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1982 19 3/4 x 15 7/8 in.

Holy Rite, Kolkata, India, 1981
Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1982

19 3/4 x 15 7/8 in.

Family at the Court House Where the Scottsboro Boys Were Tried for Tape and Jailed, Alabama, 1975 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 2003 19 3/4 x 15 7/8 in.Family at the Court House Where the Scottsboro Boys Were Tried for Tape and Jailed, Alabama, 1975 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 2003 19 3/4 x 15 7/8 in.

Family at the Court House Where the Scottsboro Boys Were Tried for Tape and Jailed, Alabama, 1975
Gelatin silver print, printed c. 2003

19 3/4 x 15 7/8 in.

Untitled, South Africa, 1989 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1991 19 3/4 x 15 7/8 in.Untitled, South Africa, 1989 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1991 19 3/4 x 15 7/8 in.

Untitled, South Africa, 1989
Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1991

19 3/4 x 15 7/8 in.

All Souls Day, Todos Santos, Guatemala, 1978 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1978 19 3/4 x 15 7/8 in.All Souls Day, Todos Santos, Guatemala, 1978 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1978 19 3/4 x 15 7/8 in.

All Souls Day, Todos Santos, Guatemala, 1978
Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1978

19 3/4 x 15 7/8 in.

Untitled, Peru, 1980 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1980 19 3/4 x 15 7/8 in.Untitled, Peru, 1980 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1980 19 3/4 x 15 7/8 in.

Untitled, Peru, 1980
Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1980

19 3/4 x 15 7/8 in.

Passion Play, Zunil, Guatemala, 1979 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1986 19 3/4 x 15 7/8 in.Passion Play, Zunil, Guatemala, 1979 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1986 19 3/4 x 15 7/8 in.

Passion Play, Zunil, Guatemala, 1979
Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1986

19 3/4 x 15 7/8 in.

Untitled, Varanasi, India, 1981 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1981 19 3/4 x 15 7/8 in.Untitled, Varanasi, India, 1981 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1981 19 3/4 x 15 7/8 in.

Untitled, Varanasi, India, 1981
Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1981

19 3/4 x 15 7/8 in.

The Waldorf Astoria, New York, 1976 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 2010 19 3/4 x 15 7/8 in.The Waldorf Astoria, New York, 1976 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 2010 19 3/4 x 15 7/8 in.

The Waldorf Astoria, New York, 1976
Gelatin silver print, printed c. 2010

19 3/4 x 15 7/8 in.

Untitled, Veranasi, India, 1998 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 2001 19 3/4 x 15 7/8 in.Untitled, Veranasi, India, 1998 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 2001 19 3/4 x 15 7/8 in.

Untitled, Veranasi, India, 1998
Gelatin silver print, printed c. 2001

19 3/4 x 15 7/8 in.

New Guinea, 1971 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1971 48 1/2 x 33 1/2 in.New Guinea, 1971 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1971 48 1/2 x 33 1/2 in.

New Guinea, 1971
Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1971

48 1/2 x 33 1/2 in.

Princess, New York, NY, 2000 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 2005 19 3/4 x 15 7/8 in.Princess, New York, NY, 2000 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 2005 19 3/4 x 15 7/8 in.

Princess, New York, NY, 2000
Gelatin silver print, printed c. 2005

19 3/4 x 15 7/8 in.

Nose, Baroness Erlanger Hospital, Chattanooga, Tennessee, 1976 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 2007 19 3/4 x 15 7/8 in.Nose, Baroness Erlanger Hospital, Chattanooga, Tennessee, 1976 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 2007 19 3/4 x 15 7/8 in.

Nose, Baroness Erlanger Hospital, Chattanooga, Tennessee, 1976
Gelatin silver print, printed c. 2007

19 3/4 x 15 7/8 in.

Palm Sunday, Huaraz, Ancash, Peru, 1980 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1980 19 3/4 x 15 7/8 in.Palm Sunday, Huaraz, Ancash, Peru, 1980 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1980 19 3/4 x 15 7/8 in.

Palm Sunday, Huaraz, Ancash, Peru, 1980
Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1980

19 3/4 x 15 7/8 in.

Elders Waiting, Mexico, 1985 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 2010 19 3/4 x 15 7/8 in.Elders Waiting, Mexico, 1985 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 2010 19 3/4 x 15 7/8 in.

Elders Waiting, Mexico, 1985
Gelatin silver print, printed c. 2010

19 3/4 x 15 7/8 in.

Untitled, Huari, Ancash, Peru, 1981 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1981 19 3/4 x 15 7/8 in.Untitled, Huari, Ancash, Peru, 1981 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1981 19 3/4 x 15 7/8 in.

Untitled, Huari, Ancash, Peru, 1981
Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1981

19 3/4 x 15 7/8 in.

Santa Claus, Northgate Mall, 1975 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1977 48 x 48 in.Santa Claus, Northgate Mall, 1975 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1977 48 x 48 in.

Santa Claus, Northgate Mall, 1975
Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1977

48 x 48 in.

Press Release

Bruce Silverstein Gallery is pleased to announce RITUAL, a single-artist exhibition by American photographer, Rosalind Solomon. This exhibition, in celebration of the artist’s 80th birthday, takes place nearly 25 years after her pivotal Museum of Modern Art exhibition of the same title, curated by Peter Galassi.  This show is a re-examination of the notion of ritual as a recurring and essential ‘subject’ in Solomon’s work, and features works created over the past four decades, including rare large-scale prints. 

 

In Solomon’s work, the definition of a ritual, be that a cultural, religious, political, or ceremonial ritual, is called into question, and becomes easier and simultaneously more difficult to define when one considers Solomon’s images of human rites and ceremonies, parades and festivals, memorials and sacrifices. These images of cultural practices, both local and foreign, are united by the same impassioned witness, presented equally and without bias as Solomon searches for a personal understanding and reflection of her own human experience. 


While Solomon travels the world in search of these rituals, she is not at all interested in creating a taxonomy of world peoples. Rather, her images are powerfully self-reflexive. “It would not be wrong to assert that for Solomon, every portrait is truly a self-portrait, a test of the self against another self” (Rosenheim, Rosalind Solomon: Disconnections).  Solomon sees herself in ‘the other’, and her work as a photographer can be viewed as serving a particularly personal purpose, “…to try to integrate what I see and know as the realities of the world with the realities of my life” (Rosalind Solomon)---this is the inherent strength and power of Solomon’s work. The viewer, potentially or initially struck by the foreignness of the places, cultures and rituals captured in Solomon’s images, can begin to navigate the “private feelings and struggles” of the artist-- a consistent voice emerges. This is also the case with the notion of ritual in Solomon’s work; while seemingly disparate, and enacted for varying purposes, the similarities and necessities of these rituals and their place in our human culture becomes readily apparent.

 

On each Saturday during the span of the exhibition, Solomon’s film, A Woman I Once Knew, 2009, directed by Rosalind Solomon, will be screened at Bruce Silverstein / 20. This recent film, similar to Solomon’s earlier film works, is a bold and personal representation of the artist’s life and body.  

 

Solomon has been the recipient of the John Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship, an American Institute of Indian Studies Fellowship, and a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship. Her work is in the collections of over 50 museums, including Bibliothèque Nationale de France; Center for Creative Photography; Corcoran Gallery of Art; George Eastman House; Metropolitan Museum; Museo de Arte de Lima; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Museum of Modern Art; National Gallery of Art; National Gallery of Canada; Photographische Sammlung, Cologne; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; and the Victoria and Albert Museum. Most recently, Solomon participated in an exhibition at the Aperture Foundation entitled Lisette Model & Her Successors. Her previous solo exhibition at Bruce Silverstein Gallery, Inside Out, took place in March of 2008. Solomon works and lives in New York City.