Lot 15: Carl Chiarenza

2016 CEPA Gallery Biennial Art Auction, Carl Chiarenza

Untitled 207
Silver Gelatin Print
13 x 10 inches
Signed Recto
Unnumbered from an edition of 12

BIO: Carl Chiarenza (b. 1935) is artist-in-residence and Fanny Knapp Allen Professor Emeritus of Art History at the University of Rochester. Previously, he was director of graduate studies, and professor of art history at Boston University (1963-1986). He also taught at Smith College and Cornell University. He studied at Rochester Institute of Technology (A.A.S., B.F.A.), Boston University (M.S., A.M.), and Harvard University (Ph.D.). Chiarenza has lectured and taught workshops at over 100 institutions in 33 states. His photographs have been in over 80 solo and 260 group exhibitions. His work is in numerous collections, including the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Philadelphia Museum of Art, and the George Eastman House. www.carlchiarenza.com

STATEMENT: My pictures are not about things that already exist; they are not representational in that sense. In the process of understanding the increasing range of photography’s uses, kinds, and histories, and trying to understand my engagement with it, I developed a peculiar relationship with the medium—its optics and its light-sensitive materials. My collages are a means to an end. The stuff reflects and absorbs light in ways which change as I structure the collage. The word “representation,” for me, is about photography’s way of transforming things—as opposed to the idea of photography’s way of reproducing the “real world.”

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