DUANE MICHALS

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Dr. Duanus’

An artist on the borders between photography, painting and poetry, Duane Michals (McKeesport, USA, 1932), is one of the most famous names of the American avant-garde, one of the very few artists whose work produced a turning point in the development of photographic language. His art is in antithesis to that of photographers who stopped at ‘realism of the decisive moment’. What was important for Michals is the human condition, in continual transformation, with the disappointments, dreams, troubles, obsessions and fears of the mind and of life. With him photography takes on themes considered exclusively those of modern art, also by means of courageous, ‘heretic’ solutions such as the use of photographic sequences or the combination of texts and images.

All images © Duane Michals

FACT SHEET  
number of works 105 black and white and color works (227 photographs)
print sizes various sizes, from 13x18 cm to 123x184 cm
frames various sizes, black with glass
activities the author is available for the opening, the press conference or for lectures
catalogue Duane Michals “50”, Admira Edizioni / Grafiche Siz, 2008, Italian, 192 pages
curator Enrica Viganò