American icons. William Burroughs, David Lynch and Andy Warhol at The Photographers. 17 January – 30 March 2014. Address: 16 – 18 Ramillies Street, London W1F 7LW.
For its opening season in 2014 The Photographers’ Gallery presents a series of exhibitions examining how photography informed and inspired the practices of three key 20th century American cultural figures: William S. Burroughs, David Lynch and Andy Warhol. Each exhibition will display a relatively unseen body of work for the first time in the UK and will offer new insights and interesting parallels into their creative approaches.
Taking Shots: The Photography of William S. Burroughs.
William S. Burroughs (1914-1997) was an influential American novelist, essayist and artist, and a cult icon. Coinciding with the centenary of Burroughs’ birth, Taking shots will be the first major exhibition worldwide to focus on his large photographic oeuvre. Showing a diverse mix of thematically organised works, the exhibition will highlight Burroughs’ dynamic approach to image making. The exhibition is curated by Patricia Allmer and John Sears. A book will accompany the exhibition co-published by The Photographers’ Gallery and Prestel.
David Lynch: The Factory Photographs.
In this series of photographs David Lynch extends his unique cinematic style to dark and brooding images of derelict factories. The exhibition will feature black and white photographs shot in various locations including Germany, Poland, New York and England. The images depict the labyrinthine passages, detritus and decay of these manmade structures – monuments of a bygone industrial era slowly being taken over by nature. The exhibition will also include sound works created by the artist. This will be the first European showcasing of this series. The exhibition is curated by Dr Petra Giloy-Hirtz, a curator and author based in Munich.
Andy Warhol: Photographs 1976 – 1987.
This will be the first major UK survey of Andy Warhol’s (1928 – 1987) extensive but little known 8 x 10″ photographs. Photographs 1976 – 1987 will feature over fifty vintage black and white prints alongside a small number of Warhol’s Stitched Works. The works in the exhibition will provide an insight into Warhol’s visual daily life; people in the streets, parties, uninhabited interiors, cityscapes and signage. As with his canvases, formal aspects and patterns in subject matter emerge, showing photography to be at the centre of Warhol’s thinking, looking and making.