The First Art Newspaper on the Net   Established in 1996 United States Monday, July 22, 2019


National Gallery of Art Acquires Presidency I-V Photographs by Thomas Demand
Thomas Demand German, born 1964. Presidency III, 2008, chromogenic print 78.7 x 113.8 in. National Gallery of Art, Washington .Gift from Agnes Gund and Jo Carole and Ronald S. Lauder.


WASHINGTON, DC.- The National Gallery of Art has acquired five chromogenic prints entitled Presidency I–V (2008) by German photographer Thomas Demand (b. 1964), thanks to a gift from Agnes Gund and Jo Carole and Ronald S. Lauder.

"These timely and thought-provoking photographs are the first works by Demand to enter the Gallery's collection," said Earl A. Powell III, director, National Gallery of Art. "We are very grateful to Agnes Gund and the Lauders for their generous gift."

Using images from newspapers and magazines as his guide, Demand makes three-dimensional models of scenes—often with political and cultural relevance—which he then photographs. In this circuitous way his photographs undercut the traditional idea of photography as a faithful record of reality; they explore the nature of perception and the ways in which mass-media images inform our understanding of the world.

The Presidency photographs are currently on view in the modern and contemporary galleries on the Concourse level of the Gallery's East Building. This is the first time they have been exhibited in the United States; they were previously shown in London.

Presidency I–V
Commissioned by The New York Times, Demand's Presidency I–V photographs explore one of the most prominent seats of power in the world: the Oval Office. Demand constructed a meticulous life-size model of the presidential office from paper, cardboard, and confetti. The resulting images accompanied a cover story for the November 9, 2008, issue of The New York Times Magazine, five days after last year's presidential election in the United States.

Close inspection of Demand's life-like images of the Oval Office reveals the omission of certain details, for example in the faceless figures in picture frames and the missing stars of the American flag, drawing attention to the artifice of his scenes. The absence of human attendance lends an emptiness and stillness to the photographs that are antithetical to our expectations of the Oval Office. The five photographs contain complex compositions and skewed perspectives that are also at odds with the ways in which this famous interior is so often depicted. Through these devices, Demand's deliberately staged re-creation calls into question the authenticity of ideas that are largely dictated by the media.

Thomas Demand
Thomas Demand studied at the Düsseldorf Academy and Goldsmiths' College, London. Solo exhibitions include a show at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, in 2005, followed by an exhibition at the Serpentine Gallery, London, in 2006. Recent exhibitions include the Fundación Telefónica, Madrid, and the Hamburger Kunsthalle, Germany. Demand represented Germany at the 2004 São Paulo Biennale. He lives in Berlin, where a major exhibition of his work will open at the Neue Nationalgalerie in September 2009.





Today's News

April 25, 2009

Iconic Hepworth Sculpture "Curved Reclining Form (Rosewall)" Returns To Chesterfield

19th Century European Painting – from Academic and Barbizon to Orientalist and Victorian

National Gallery of Art Acquires Presidency I-V Photographs by Thomas Demand

Akademie der Künste Presents Aus / Gezeichnet / Zeichnen

Esteemed Photographer Helen Levitt Honored with Endowment Fund and Promised Gift of Photographs

Walker Art Center Announces Exhibition that Examines the Magic and Mysteries of Conceptual Art

LongHouse Reserve Opens Today Rites of Spring in East Hampton

Sotheby's Holds Charity Auction in Milan To Benefit The People of Abruzzo

Catlin Group Ltd Announces The Short List for the Catlin Art Prize 2009

Profiles in History To Auction Over Hand-Sculpted Wax Figures From The Hollywood Wax Museum

Christie's Russian Art Sale Sets Record For Svetoslav Roerich at $2,994,500

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Acquires Complete Archives and Collections of Renowned Fashion Designer Arnold Scaasi

For You / Para Usted, The Daros Latinamerica Tapes and Video Installations

John Wood: Quiet Protest at International Center of Photography

Shibu - Japan's Essence of Elegance - Topic of Saturday Lecture

HIAP Production Residencies: Call for Applications

Two in One - Benefit Auction of 100 Contemporary Artworks at Christie's, Amsterdam

National Artists Enter Annual von Liebig Exhibition for First Time

Charlotte Street Foundation's Urban Culture Project Presents Missed Connections By Paul Shortt

Most Popular Last Seven Days



1.- Original 'Star Wars' creators lift lid on special effects challenges

2.- Lost '$170 million Caravaggio' snapped up before French auction

3.- Mansell's 'Red Five' on pole for Bonhams sale

4.- Impressionism's 'forgotten woman' shines in new Paris show

5.- Sotheby's to auction the best-surviving NASA videotape recordings of the Apollo 11 Moon Landing

6.- Exhibition explores Dutch and Spanish painting of the 16th and 17th centuries

7.- Cyprus discovers 'first undisturbed Roman shipwreck'

8.- Sotheby's unveils 'Treasures from Chatsworth' with Leonardo Da Vinci drawing, Lucian Freud portraits, and more

9.- Infamous botched art restoration in Spain gets makeover

10.- 1958 Gibson Flying V Korina played by Dave Davies to grab center stage in Heritage Auctions' sale

Related Stories



Important Judaica and Israeli & international art bring a combined $7.9 million at Sotheby's New York

Tunisia to auction ousted despot's treasures

Andy Warhol's Mao portraits excluded from the Beijing and Shanghai shows next year

China criticises French Qing dynasty seal auction

Christie's announces auction marking the first half century of the popular and luxurious interiors shop Guinevere

Nine new exhibits debut at San Diego International Airport

Rembrandt masterpiece "Portrait of Catrina Hooghsaet" back on display at National Museum Cardiff

Amber: 40-million-year-old fossilised tree resin is Baltic gold

Egyptian artist Iman Issa wins the Ist FHN Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona Award

The main chapel of the Basilica of Santa Croce open for visits after five year restoration



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