Land Meets Water – European and American Photography from 1860 to the Present extended a series of exhibitions that Artipelag devoted to nature and its image in art. This time photography took centre stage, and the unifying theme was the elemental encounter of land and water, undisturbed by the presence of man.
Peter Galassi about the exhibition:
“This exhibition is inspired by Artipelag’s extraordinary site. To a newcomer, the most enchanting aspect of Sweden’s natural beauty is the never-ending romance of land and water. Where there is water, there is land: countless islands, peninsulas, and twists and turns of the earth. Where there is land, there is water: rivers, streams, waterfalls, lakes. Throughout its history, photography has captured the elemental encounter of land and water and has recorded its rich variety, from grandeur and terrifying force to utter stillness and nourishing serenity.”
Peter Galassi (born in 1951) was a curator at The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) for three decades, including twenty years as Chief Curator of Photography (1991–2011). At MoMA he organized more than 40 exhibitions, including shows devoted to the work of Henri Cartier-Bresson, Philip-Lorca diCorcia, Walker Evans, Lee Friedlander, Andreas Gursky, Michael Schmidt, Cindy Sherman and Jeff Wall. Today, Peter Galassi divides his time between New York and Stockholm.
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About Peter Galassi
Guest curator Peter Galassi has assembled more than 300 works, dating from the 1860s to the present, by European (mostly Scandinavian) and American photographers. The exhibition presented photographs by both little-known and celebrated figures, which range in size from small stereographs made in Lappland in 1868 to the large color prints of today. Significant groups of photographs by Ansel Adams, Lee Friedlander, Knud Knudsen, Axel Lindahl, Sune Jonsson, and Edward Weston are included. Among the contemporary participating artists were Robert Adams, Olaf Otto Becker, Jim Bengston, Lois Conner, Ann Christine Eek, Olafur Eliasson, Andreas Gursky, and Jem Southam.
Photographs from Värmdö by Stuart Klipper
In connection with the exhibition, Artipelag commissioned American photographer Stuart Klipper to make color panoramas in the nearby archipelago on the island of Värmdö. Large prints of these photographs were displayed in the space between Artiepelag’s large windows and the temporary walls that protect the photogaphs in the exhibition from the bright sunlight.
Andersson Karl Fr.
Becker Olaf Otto
Cooper, Thomas Joshua
Düben Lotten von
Eek Ann Christine
Hildebrand Bror Emil
Krabbe Thomas Neergaard
Watkins Carleton E.