Sally Mann “Remembered Light” at Gagosian
Gagosian Gallery is pleased to present “Remembered Light,“ an exhibition of color and black-and-white photographs by Sally Mann, taken between 1999 and 2012.
Mann is known and regarded for her images of intimate and familiar subjects rendered sublime and disquieting: children, landscape, family, and the nature of mortality. In previous projects, she explored relationships between parent and child, husband and wife, brother and sister, nature and history. In her latest exhibition of photographs spanning more than a decade, she records in fleeting impressions the working habitat of the late Cy Twombly, her close friend and mentor.
Twombly and Mann are both natives of Virginia. The landscape to which Twombly returned each year is also the memoryscape of Mann’s connection to him. This was documented in her recent and celebrated memoir Hold Still, in which she recalls his elemental nature, his southern courtesy, his wry and gentle humor. Recalling her time with Twombly, Mann writes, “Our part of the South, remote, beautiful, and patinaed with the past, allows us such a remove, the distance of another time.“
Under Mann’s gaze, and the warm light of Virginia, the accumulations and ordinary objects in Twombly’s studio reveal themselves not only as evidence of a richly imaginative and cultivated life lived and marked by tactility, but also as the overflow of his general modus operandi–in Simon Schama’s words, “the leftovers, smears, and stains, and an absence turned into a presence.“ In images such as Remembered Light, Untitled (Angled Light)(1999-2000), the unremarkable passage of time is evoked, as well as the willed quietude that surrounded Twombly’s creative existence. With Remembered Light, Untitled (Squat White Sculpture and Paint Edges) (2012), Mann indicates the haptic processes leading to the creation of one of his sculptures. Even without the artist’s actual presence, Mann is able to vividly evoke the human traces evident in daily life and work.
Mann’s poetic images of time recorded testify to the fragments and deposits of Twombly’s artistic life. As well, they speak to her deft, sharp ability to record interiority and her singular eye for the immediate, the intimate, and the present becoming memory.
A fully illustrated catalogue with an essay by Simon Schama, and a conversation between Sally Mann and Edmund de Waal, will be published by Abrams to accompany the exhibition.
September 22, 2016End Date
October 29, 2016Hours
10:00 AM - 06:00 PMAddress
Gagosian Gallery, 980 Madison Ave, New York, NYEvent Type