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GARRY WINOGRAND
Women are Beautiful

During the 60’s there is a change in the attitude of women, based on an intense exercise of inner and outer freedom. The photographic lens of Garry Winogrand depicts better than any other this social transformation and, for a whole decade, builds a unique, unprecedented document which immortalizes for the history of photography this vigorous change. The so-called “prince of the streets” earned the title by making a thorough portrait of women’s attitudes in their daily public lives Women’s attitudes became shapes.

Garry Winogrand does not follow accuracy of composition. The photographer disobeys over and over again the basic teaching concerning the supposed “formal appearance of an artwork” and becomes the maestro of the moment. For so many reasons, Winogrand is considered a close inheritor of Robert Frank’s aesthetic impact. Robert Frank supports this deliberate loss of balance with his famous words: “how little a thing can be in a photograph and yet how important”. This metaphorical framework is nothing more than a disorganised experience of reality itself. In short, Winogrand catches with his camera every detail by composing and giving natural meaning to the representation. The city is Winogrand’s favourite scenario, in which, together with buildings, pavements, traffic-lights and people, the limits of human scale are tested.

“Women are beautiful” appears in 1975. Until then, Winogrand was committed to taking photographs of women anywhere: at swimming pools, cafeterias, high-society parties and above all in the streets of New York. By avoiding naked pictures and studio portraits, Winogrand explores the way in which women express their sexuality through their clothes, hairstyles, gestures, laughter or whispers.

One of the images represents a woman laughing hilariously, with an ice cream cone in her hands, facing a shop window with a mannequin bust that recalls those portrayed by Atget at the beginning of the 20th century.

One of the things said about Winogrand is that “his pleasure for life is stronger than his interest for art, which makes him confront through his images the comedy of our time”. It is not just a superficial essay on the new types of beauty; it is a social reflection of counter-culture and the demonstrations supporting the freedom of women. However, it is impossible to deny the aesthetic element of beautiful women free of complexes, sure of their figure and consistent with the new era of American splendor. Garry Winogrand is present in all the collections of the great museums: from the MoMA to the Tate or the Pompidou.

The biased and cold style of Winogrand is associated with Abstract Expressionism and its sharp diagonals are similar to the paint brush strokes of those years.

Winogrand captures life and its developments, and enjoys what he photographs and his images. His women are vital, self-confident, happy, free of complexes, women who go their own way and whose freedom makes them more charming. It is the moment when women rebel against the dictatorship of “what others may say”. If Robert Frank was the essential photographer of the 50’s, Garry Winogrand is one of the greatest of the 60’s, and the artist of his time.

Lola Garrido

TECHNICAL DETAILS

> Contents85 vintage prints in B&W
> Size of Works30x40cm
> ConditionUnframed
> TransportFrom Madrid in a small wooden crate
> Rental ConditionsThe borrower will be in charge of:
-The transport from and to Madrid
-The insurance, nail to nail
-Travel and journey of the curator of the exhibition (from Madrid) for the installation and opening, and the responsible of the exhibition, from Madrid
> AvailabilityFrom January 2018

 

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CATALOGUE

VENUES

  • MAMM - Moscow, Russia
    February 18 - March 23 2014

  • WestLicht. Schauplatz für Fotografie - Vienna, Austria
    June 5 - August 3 2014

  • Musée de la Photographie - Charleroi, Belgium
    December 13 - May 17 2015

  • Sungkok Art Museum - Seoul, Korea
    July 2 - September 20 2015

  • MAN Nuoro - Nuoro, Italy
    July 15 - October 9 2016

  • NRW Forum - Dusseldorf, Germany
    February 2 - April 30 2017

  • MAM Museo Moderno de Mexico - Mexico DF
    September 9 2017 - January 21 2018

  • Musée des Beaux Arts - Le Locle, Switzerland
    February 17 - May 27 2018

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