The First Art Newspaper on the Net   Established in 1996 United States Wednesday, May 22, 2019


Centre Pompidou opens a large-scale retrospective of photographs by David Goldblatt
A plot-holder, his wife and their eldest son at lunch, Wheatlands, near Randfontein, Gauteng, September 1962. Digital print on gelatin silver paper, 33 x 48,5 cm Courtesy David Goldblatt and Goodman Gallery Johannesburg and Cape Town © David Goldblatt.


PARIS.- For the first time in France, the Centre Pompidou is staging a large-scale retrospective on South African photographer David Goldblatt.

The exhibition takes visitors through the entire output of the photographer (b. 1930), and features over two hundred photographs, a hundred-odd previously unpublished documents (taken from the artist’s archives), lesser-known early works, such as the first pictures he took at Randfontein, as well as his most recent photographs. Seven short films, made by the Centre Pompidou especially for the event, are being screened in the different sections of the exhibition. In them, David Goldblatt comments on his photographs, providing insights into a fascinating body of work and encouraging an aware and analytical eye.

Since the 1960s, David Goldblatt has tirelessly explored his native country through his photographs, recording South Africa’s history, physical features and inhabitants. His pictures scrupulously examine the complex history of this country, where he witnessed the introduction of Apartheid, its development and its eventual demise.

Winner of the Hasselblad Award (2006) and the Prix Henri Cartier-Bresson (2011), Goldblatt is considered one of the leading photographers of the 20th century. The artist restricts each personal project to a specific place he knows well. This in-depth knowledge of the terrain enables him to find the most apposite form to express all its complexity. While his documentary approach evokes great figures like Dorothea Lange, Walker Evans, August Sander and Eugène Atget, Goldblatt has never wanted to adopt already-existing photographic solutions. The singular quality of Goldblatt’s art lies more generally in his personal story and vision of life. Born into a family of Lithuanian Jewish immigrants fleeing persecution, he grew up believing in equality and tolerance for people from other cultures and religions. This can be seen in his earliest pictures of dockers, fishermen and miners, taken between the ages of 14 and 18. As well as this respect, there was a sense of curiosity about attitudes he did not share, and a desire to understand rather than dismiss them. After the introduction of Apartheid, he turned his gaze to the small-scale Afrikaner farmers he came across in his father’s clothing store. His disapproval of the Apartheid racial policy and the excesses of the current government underpin a long series of images he began some forty years ago, entitled Structures. His photographs of buildings and landscapes, accompanied by detailed, informative captions, inspire reflection on the relationship between the forms of these environments and the social and political values of the individuals or social groups who build and live in them.

David Goldblatt has often said that photography is not a weapon for him and that he’s not interested in using it for propaganda purposes, even in a laudable cause. Reflecting this spirit, the photographic language he favours is simple and intense.

A key figure in the South African photographic scene, and an iconic exponent of politically-committed documentary image-making, David Goldblatt gives space to the person or place photographed, thus expressing their ideas and values. for forty years, he has maintained this extraordinary tension between subject, territory, politics and representation.





Today's News

February 27, 2018

Landmark exhibition featuring luxury arts of ancient Americas to open at The Met

"A Century of Asian Art at Oberlin" exhibition series continues with Japanese prints

Salvador Dalí painting rediscovery announced by Heather James Fine Art

At the start of the Year of the Dog, Asia Week New York dealers offer an enticing array of canine works of art

Bonhams announces highlights from its Asia Week New York sales and exhibitions

American outsider art joins Tufts University permanent collection

Crow Collection of Asian Art announces expansion and unveils new name: Crow Museum of Asian Art

Luxembourg & Dayan opens exhibition dedicated to the development of René Magritte's word-pictures

Bacon and Freud portraits of George Dyer on display side by side for the first time

Solo show of iconic works by the American artist Sturtevant on view at Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac

New immersive exhibition from British artist Bob & Roberta Smith on view at Von Bartha, Basel

Getty Museum opens "Cut! Paper Play in Contemporary Photography"

India Phillips promoted to Bonhams Global Head of Impressionist and Modern Art

Property from the Collection of Richard Petty to be sold At Julien's Auctions

Visually striking old firearms and gunpowder posters will be part of Showtime's April 20-22 auction

Hilma af Klint on world tour and new agreement with Moderna Museet

Sotheby's to present the Chew Family Collection of Chinese paintings & calligraphy

Centre Pompidou opens a large-scale retrospective of photographs by David Goldblatt

George Washington button sets $225,000 world record at Heritage Auctions

Dallas Cowboys cheerleaders donate artifacts to National Museum of American History

Multiple world records shattered in Heritage Auctions' $9.3M Winter Platinum Night event

Museum opens first major monographic presentation of Keith Smith's work in five decades

Marta Moreira de Almeida appointed Deputy Director of Serralves Museum

Exhibition explores appropriation and transformation in music and art since 1900

Most Popular Last Seven Days



1.- Christie's to highlight several private collections in Jewellery sale

2.- Mystery of 'Salvator Mundi', the world's most costly painting

3.- High prices and world records achieved at Old Masters auction

4.- Newly identified Leonardo portrait on show in London

5.- Rare Edouard Cortes painting appears at Rehs Galleries after 114 years

6.- Understanding Jewellery: The definitive jewellery app

7.- Academy Art Museum offers only East Coast Richard Diebenkorn exhibition

8.- Egypt uncovers Old Kingdom cemetery containing colourful wooden coffins

9.- Garry Winogrand: Color is the first exhibition dedicated to the artist's rarely seen color photographs

10.- Sotheby's welcomes visitors to their newly-expanded & reimagined galleries



Museums, Exhibits, Artists, Milestones, Digital Art, Architecture, Photography,
Photographers, Special Photos, Special Reports, Featured Stories, Auctions, Art Fairs,
Anecdotes, Art Quiz, Education, Mythology, 3D Images, Last Week, .

 

Founder:
Ignacio Villarreal
Editor & Publisher:Jose Villarreal - Consultant: Ignacio Villarreal Jr.
Art Director: Juan José Sepúlveda Ramírez


Royalville Communications, Inc
produces:

ignaciovillarreal.org avemariasound.org juncodelavega.com facundocabral-elfinal.org
Founder's Site. The most varied versions
of this beautiful prayer.
Hommage
to a Mexican poet.
Hommage
       

The First Art Newspaper on the Net. The Best Versions Of Ave Maria Song Junco de la Vega Site Ignacio Villarreal Site
Tell a Friend
Dear User, please complete the form below in order to recommend the Artdaily newsletter to someone you know.
Please complete all fields marked *.
Sending Mail
Sending Successful