The Museum of Contemporary Art and Events NSW present the exhibition Annie Leibovitz: A Photographers Life 19902005. The exhibition opened at the Museum of Contemporary Art
on 19 November following a record-breaking tour in the US and Europe.
Hugely popular among critics and art-lovers alike in museums from New York to London, Paris and Berlin, the exhibition is expected to attract large crowds in Sydney.
The Director of the Museum of Contemporary Art, Elizabeth Ann Macgregor said We are thrilled to be presenting this important exhibition by one of the worlds most celebrated photographers. It offers Australians a rare opportunity to see a world-renowned collection of images, from famous public figures to intimate family portraits.
Annie Leibovitz is without a doubt one of the most celebrated photographers of our time. The exhibition brings together almost 200 iconic images of famous public figures together with personal photographs of her family and close friends. Arranged chronologically, they project a unified narrative of the artists private life against the backdrop of her public image. I dont have two lives, Leibovitz says. This is one life, and the personal pictures and the assignment work are all part of it.
At the heart of the exhibition, Leibovitzs personal photography documents scenes from her life, including the birth and childhood of her three daughters, and vacations, reunions, and rites of passage with her parents, her extended family and close friends.
The exhibition features Leibovitzs portraits of well-known figures, including actors such as Jamie Foxx, Daniel Day Lewis, Demi Moore, Scarlett Johansson, Al Pacino, Nicole Kidman and Brad Pitt as well as artists and architects such as Richard Avedon, Brice Marden, Philip Johnson, Chuck Close and Cindy Sherman.
Featured assignment work includes searing reportage from the siege of Sarajevo in the early 1990s and the election of Hillary Clinton to the US Senate. There are also landscapes taken in Monument Valley in the American West and in Wadi Rum in the Jordanian desert.
Annie Leibovitz has been making witty, powerful images documenting American popular culture since the early 1970s, when her work began appearing in Rolling Stone. She became the magazines chief photographer in 1973, and ten years later began working for Vanity Fair, and then Vogue, creating a legendary body of work. In addition to her magazine work, Leibovitz has created influential advertising campaigns for American Express, Gap, Givenchy, the Milk Board and the TV series The Sopranos.