MODEL • ARBUS • SOLOMON

"We are the subject"
July 12 - September 8, 2018
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Lisette Model, Restaurant, 1944Lisette Model, Restaurant, 1944

Lisette Model, Restaurant, 1944

Lisette Model, Nick's Nightclub, 1940-1944Lisette Model, Nick's Nightclub, 1940-1944

Lisette Model, Nick's Nightclub, 1940-1944

Lisette Model, Coney Island Bather, New York (RecliningI, 1939-1941Lisette Model, Coney Island Bather, New York (RecliningI, 1939-1941

Lisette Model, Coney Island Bather, New York (RecliningI, 1939-1941

Lisette Model, Sammy's Bar, New York (Two Male Singers), 1940-1944Lisette Model, Sammy's Bar, New York (Two Male Singers), 1940-1944

Lisette Model, Sammy's Bar, New York (Two Male Singers), 1940-1944

Diane Arbus, Triplets in their bedroom, N.J., 1963Diane Arbus, Triplets in their bedroom, N.J., 1963

Diane Arbus, Triplets in their bedroom, N.J., 1963

Diane Arbus, Brenda Diana Duff Frazier, 1938 Debutante of t he Year, At Home, 1966Diane Arbus, Brenda Diana Duff Frazier, 1938 Debutante of t he Year, At Home, 1966

Diane Arbus, Brenda Diana Duff Frazier, 1938 Debutante of t he Year, At Home, 1966

Diane Arbus, The Human Pincushion, Roland C. Harrison, MD, 1962Diane Arbus, The Human Pincushion, Roland C. Harrison, MD, 1962

Diane Arbus, The Human Pincushion, Roland C. Harrison, MD, 1962

Rosalind Fox Solomon, An East Village Painter, New York, NY, 1986Rosalind Fox Solomon, An East Village Painter, New York, NY, 1986

Rosalind Fox Solomon, An East Village Painter, New York, NY, 1986

Rosalind Fox Solomon, Mother and Daughter, Bighton Beach, New York, 1985Rosalind Fox Solomon, Mother and Daughter, Bighton Beach, New York, 1985

Rosalind Fox Solomon, Mother and Daughter, Bighton Beach, New York, 1985

Rosalind Fox Solomon, Shark Beach, Capetown, South Africa, 1988Rosalind Fox Solomon, Shark Beach, Capetown, South Africa, 1988

Rosalind Fox Solomon, Shark Beach, Capetown, South Africa, 1988

Rosalind Fox Solomon, Independence Day, New Yungay, Peru, 1980Rosalind Fox Solomon, Independence Day, New Yungay, Peru, 1980

Rosalind Fox Solomon, Independence Day, New Yungay, Peru, 1980

Rosalind Fox Solomon, Boy with Cokeand Cotton Candy, Scottsboro, Alabama, 1976Rosalind Fox Solomon, Boy with Cokeand Cotton Candy, Scottsboro, Alabama, 1976

Rosalind Fox Solomon, Boy with Cokeand Cotton Candy, Scottsboro, Alabama, 1976

Press Release

Having each been the subject of solo exhibitions at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, the strength of these individual voices is well acknowledged within the photographic canon. For the first time since 1977, when Lisette Model, Diane Arbus and Rosalind Fox Solomon were first exhibited together at Galerie Zabriskie, Paris, viewers will have the opportunity to experience these powerful voices speaking together once again, surrounded and confronted by over 40 original works.

 

What unites these three female powerhouses in photography is not their subject matter, nor a shared vision or approach, but rather it is a passionate desire to explore their personal identities through interaction with others. In her efficacious lessons as teacher, Lisette Model declared a photographer’s subject matter to be both inherently subjective and impartial, reinforcing the dominant role of the self: 

 

                            “We are the subject, the object is the world around us.” 

 

Perhaps even more evident when presented alongside one another, their work shares a concern with extending the boundaries of the self, seeking their own humanity. Viewed almost as self-reflections, the photographs comprising this exhibition represent these artists' defiant attempts to understand the world and their place within it.