Fraenkel Gallery presents The Street Philosophy of Garry Winogrand, an exhibition inspired by Geoff Dyer’s new book of the same title, published by University of Texas Press. Touching on themes and subjects that Winogrand explored over the course of his celebrated career, the images offer what Dyer claims for Winogrand’s photography: an education in seeing.
The exhibition largely emphasizes lesser-known works from the 1960s and 1970s: New York street scenes as well as photographs from sports events, zoos, national parks, beaches, airports and other places where Winogrand explored the chaotic and surreal social interactions that make up everyday life.
Winogrand, who died in 1984, was exhibited as part of Fraenkel Gallery’s second season in 1980. The Street Philosophy of Garry Winogrand will be the gallery’s 12th Winogrand exhibition, each of which has emphasized a different aspect of the artist whom John Szarkowski of the Museum of Modern Art called “the central photographer of his generation.” The Street Philosophy of Garry Winogrand precedes the broadcast premier of Sasha Waters Freyer’s award-winning documentary Garry Winogrand: All Things Are Photographable, which will be shown on PBS’s American Masters in April.
Garry Winogrand (1928–1984) was born in New York, and was the recipient of numerous grants, including three Guggenheim Fellowships and a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship. His work was included in the Museum of Modern Art’s landmark 1967 “New Documents” exhibition, curated by John Szarkowski. In 2013, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art mounted a major retrospective of his work, which traveled to the National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C.; the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Jeu de Paume, Paris; and Fundacíon MAPFRE, Madrid. His work is in the collections of the Museum of Modern
Art, New York; the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; and the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., among many others.
His numerous monographs include The Man in the Crowd: The Uneasy Streets of Garry Winogrand, The Animals, and Women are Beautiful, among others.
The Street Philosophy of Garry Winogrand
February 21 – March 16, 2019
49 Geary Street, San Francisco