Anthony Hernandez

Biography

“Some people ask, ‘What’s so important or compelling about taking pictures of such unpleasant subjects like city dwellers?’ … My work may be beautiful or it might not be, that just isn’t what I am concerned with. I try to be open and face the city. … To me it’s not unpleasant or unbeautiful, it’s just life – which has to be threatening sometimes if it is going to be interesting.” – (Anthony Hernandez)
The social landscape in an urban environment is the main focus of Anthony Hernandez’s photography. Born in Los Angeles in 1947, Hernandez begins to photograph everyday life in his native Los Angeles in the 1970s, acknowledging its implied cultural differences of class and race. His series of color photographs Rodeo Drive (1984) shows daydreaming shoppers on Beverly Hills’ famed shopping street. The project Landscape for the Homeless (1988-1991) on the other hand documents the living conditions of homeless people in the city through images of their few private belongings and makeshift shelters. Hernandez’s extensive work ranges from street portraiture to landscape and architectural details verging on the abstract. His interest in urban deconstruction and redevelopment is present throughout his oeuvre.
Anthony Hernandez’s work has been shown in international group and solo exhibitions, e.g. at Sprengel Museum Hanover, Centre National de la Photographie in Paris, Seattle Art Museum, The J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and the 2019 Venice Biennale.

Biography

Born 1947 in Los Angles, California, USA.

Lives and works in Challis, Idaho, USA.

Education and Teaching

1966 – 1967

Studies at the East Los Angeles College, Los Angeles, California

Grants and Awards

2017 – 2018

Guggenheim Fellowship

2016

Lucie Awards for Achievement in Portraiture, New York

2009

United States Artists Fellowship

1999

COLA Individual Award, City of Los Angeles, California

1998 – 1999

Rome Prize Fellowship, American Academy, Rome, Italy

1998

Higashikawa Prize, Japan

1995

DG Bank Förderpreis Fotografie, Sprengel Museum, Hanover, Germany

1993

Charles Pratt Memorial Award, USA

1989

Artist in Residence, Ucross Foundation, Ucross,

1986

Artist in Residence, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Nevada

1983

Artist in Residence, Light Work, Syracuse, New York

1980

National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship

1979

Artist in Residence, Seattle Arts Commission, Seattle, Washington

1978

National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship

1975

Artist in Residence, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.

National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship

1972

Ferguson Grant, Friends of Photography, Carmel, California

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2019

Anthony Hernandez, Fundación MAPFRE, Bárbara de Braganza Exhibition Hall, Spain

2018

Anthony Hernandez, Pritzker Center for Photography, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, California

2017

Anthony Hernandez. Retrospective, Herzfeld Center for Photography and Media Arts, Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

2016

Anthony Hernandez, Galerie Thomas Zander, Cologne, Germany

Anthony Hernandez. Retrospective, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Pritzker Center for Photography, San Francisco, California

Anthony Hernandez. Discarded, Amon Carter Museum, Fort Worth, Texas

2009

Anthony Hernandez, Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver, Canada

2007

Anthony Hernandez. The Seventies and Eighties, The Sheldon Art Galleries, St. Louis, Missouri

2005

Anthony Hernandez. Everything, Anthony Grant, New York

Anthony Hernandez. Everything, Galerie Polaris, Paris, France

2003

Anthony Hernandez. Pictures for L.A., Grant Selwyn Fine Art, Los Angeles, California

2002

Anthony Hernandez. Temporary Spaces, Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, Washington

Anthony Hernandez. Pictures for L.A., Grant Selwyn Fine Art, New York

2001

Anthony Hernandez. Pictures of Oakland, Laguna Art Museum, Laguna Beach and California College of Arts and Crafts, Oakland, California

2000

Anthony Hernandez. Pictures for Rome, Grant Selwyn Fine Art, New York and Beverly Hills, California

1999

Anthony Hernandez. City Point – Rome, Galerie Polaris, Paris, France

1998

Anthony Hernandez. The 70’s, Dan Bernier Gallery, Los Angeles, California

1997

Anthony Hernandez. Shooting Sites, Galerie Polaris, Paris, France

Anthony Hernandez. The City, Craig Krull Gallery, Santa Monica, California

Anthony Hernandez. Landscapes for the Homeless, Centre National de la Photographie, Paris, France and Musee de l’Elysee, Lausanne, Switzerland

1995

Anthony Hernandez. In Another World, Craig Krull Gallery, Santa Monica, California

Anthony Hernandez. Landscapes for the Homeless, The Sprengel Museum, Hanover, Germany

1993

Anthony Hernandez. Landscapes for the Homeless, Turner/Krull Gallery, Los Angeles, California

1991

Anthony Hernandez. Shooting Sites, Turner/Krull Gallery, Los Angeles, California

1990

Anthony Hernandez. Landscape for the Homeless, Opsis Foundation, New York

1985

Anthony Hernandez, Northlight Gallery, Arizona State University, Arizona

Anthony Hernandez. Rodeo Drive, Burden Gallery, New York

1984

Anthony Hernandez, Susan Spiritus Gallery, Newport Beach, California

1982

Anthony Hernandez. Public Use Areas, California Museum of Photography, Riverside, California

1979

Anthony Hernandez, University of California, Santa Barbara, California

1978

Anthony Hernandez. Art in Public Places, The Federal Building, Los Angeles, California

Anthony Hernandez, Orange Coast College, Costa Mesa, California

1979

Anthony Hernandez, Max Protech Gallery, Washington, D.C.

1976

Anthony Hernandez. The Nation’s Capital in Photographs, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.

Selected Group Exhibitions

2023 – 2024

This Is Me, This Is You. The Eva Felten Photography Collection, Museum Brandhorst, Munich, Germany

2023

Hidden Gems: Sun Valley Collects, Sun Valley Museum of Art, Ketchum, USA

2022-2023
Nicola Erni: A Personal View on High Fashion & Street Style, Norton Museum of Art, Florida, USA

2022

Sculpting Reality. Per Amor a l’Art Collection, PhotoEspaña 2022, Círculo de Bellas Artes & Casa de América, Madrid, Spain

True Pictures? Contemporary Photography from Canada and the United States, Museum der Moderne, Salzburg, Austria

2021

True Pictures? Contemporary Photography from Canada and the United States, Sprengel Museum, Hanover, Germany

2020

Emotion and Structure, Galerie Thomas Zander, Cologne, Germany

2019

Unseen: 35 Years of Collecting Photographs, Getty Center, Los Angeles, California

May You Live In Interesting Times, 2019 Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy

In the Sunshine of Neglect, California Museum of Photography UCR Arts, Riverside, California

2018

Streetwise, Galerie Thomas Zander, Cologne, Germany

Brought to Light: Revelatory Photographs in the Santa Barbara Museum of Art Collection, Museum of Art, Santa Barbara, California

2017

Autophoto, Fondation Cartier, Paris, France

2014

Landscape and Abstraction, Orange County Museum of Art, Orange County, California

See the Light – Photography, Perception, Cognition – The Marjorie and Leonard Vernon Collection, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, California

2013

Color! American Photography Transformed, Amon Carter Museum, Fort Worth, USA

Under the Big Black Sun, MOCA, Los Angeles, California

2011

In Focus: Los Angeles, 1945–1980, J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, California

2010

Anonymous, Le Bal, Paris France, France

Haunted – Contemporary Photography/Video/Performance, Museo Guggenheim Bilbao, Spain

2008

This Side of Paradise: Body and Landscape in Los Angeles Photographs, The Huntington Library, Musée de l’Elysee, Lausanne, Switzerland

2007

re-SITE-ing the West: Contemporary Photographs in the Permanent Collection, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, California

Imaging and Imagining California Modern, Orange County Museum of Art, Orange County, California

2006

Whose Nature? What’s Nature, Sun Valley Center for the Arts, Sun Valley, Idaho

Advancing the Moment: Recent Works by Photographers in the Norton Simon Collection, Pasadena Museum of California Art, Pasadena, California

The Collectible Moment: Photography at the Norton Simon Museum, Norton Simon Museum of Art, Pasadena, California

Public Faces/Private Spaces: Recent Acquisitions, The Getty Center, Los Angeles, California

Big City Lab, Art Forum Berlin, Germany

L.A. River Reborn, Skirball Cultural Center, Los Angeles, California

2004

Borne of Necessity, Weatherspoon Art Museum, Greensboro, North Carolina

2003

Conceptual Color: In Albers’ Afterimage, The Museum of Art and History at the McPherson Center, Santa Cruz, California

2002

Visions from America: Photographs from the Whitney Museum of Art, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York

Conceptual Color: In Albers’ Afterimage, Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History, Santa Cruz, California

New Acquisitions/New Work/New Directions 3: Contemporary Selections, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, California

2001

California Invitational, Ansel Adams Center for Photography, San Francisco, California

Capturing Light: Masterpieces of California Photography, 1850 – 2000, Oakland Museum of California, Oakland, California

Made in California 1900-2000, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, California

Flight Patterns, The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California

Documents and Beyond, Reina Sofia Museum, Madrid, Spain

2000

Identification of a Landscape, Venezia-Marghera, Venice, Italy

Beyond Boundaries: Contemporary Photography in California, University Art Museum, California State University, Long Beach, California

1999

Hasselblad Center, Goteberg, Sweden

Rena Branstein Gallery, San Francisco, California

COLA Awards Show, L.A. Municipal Art Gallery, Los Angeles, California

Franco Riccardo Artivisive, Naples, Italy

1998

Radical Past, Armory Center for the Arts, Pasadena, California

1997

TRASH: When Waste Materials Become Art, Museo d’Arte Moderna de Contemporania di Trento e Rovereto, Italy

Scene of the Crime, Armand Hammer Museum of Art, Los Angeles, California

1996

Crossing the Frontier: Photographs of the Developing West, 1849 to the Present, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, California

Long Beach: A Photographic Survey, University Art Museum, California State University, Long Beach, California

Herkunft?, Fotomusuem Winterthur, Winterthur, Switzerland

1995

Street Engagements: Social Landscape Photography of the Sixties, The Parrish Art Museum, Southampton, New Hampshire

1994

Love in the Ruins: Art and Inspiration of LA, Long Beach Museum of Art, Long Beach, California

1993

Fotografie Biennale III, Wasteland: Landscape Form Now On, Rotterdam, Netherlands

1992

Between Home and Heaven: Contemporary American Landscape Photography, National Museum of American Art, Washington, D.C.; Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; New Orleans Museum of Art, New Orleans, Louisiana and New York State Museum, Albany, New York

1991

The City Life of Flora and Fauna, The Seagram Gallery, New York

From the West, Gail Severn Gallery, Sun Valley,

Las Vegas, Mark Masuoka Gallery, Las Vegas, Texas

1989

Picturing California, Oakland Museum, Oakland, California

Photographic Abstraction, Tratt Gallery, Washington, D.C.

Women and Men: Photographs from the Seagram Collection, Seagram Gallery, New York

1988

Landscape Photographs from the Permanent Collection, The Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.

1987

Masters of the Street: Part Three, Museum of Photographic Arts, Balboa Park, San Diego, California

Photography over the 70’s and 80’s, The Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse,

Recent Acquisitions, Oakland Museum, Oakland, California

1984

Exposed and Developed: American Photography in the 1970s, National Museum of American Art, Washington, D.C.

Social Commentary and Photography, Texas Photographic Society, Austin, Texas

1982

Slices of Time: California Landscapes, 1860-1880, 1960-1980, Oakland Museum, Oakland and Security Pacific Plaza, Los Angeles, California

Facets of the Collection: Urban America, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, California

1980

Long Beach: A Photographic Survey, The Art Museum, California State University, Long Beach, California

Photography and the City, Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, Washington

1979

Attitudes: Photography in the 1970’s, Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara, California

Photographic Directions: LA 1979, Security Pacific National Bank, Los Angeles, California

1977

100+ Current Directions in Southern California Art, Los Angeles Institute of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, California

Unposed Portrait, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York

Photography 77, California State College, Bakersfield,

1976

LA Six, Mount St. Mary’s College Art Gallery, Los Angeles, California

1975

Douglas Drake Gallery, Kansas City, Missouri

1974

Language of Light: A Survey of Photography of the Collection, University of Kansas Museum of Art, Lawrence, Kansas

Eight Young Photographers, Bibliothèque Nationale de France, Paris, France

Photography 1/ Recent Photographs by 7 Artists, Jack Glenn Gallery, Corona Del Mar, California

1973

24 from LA, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, 24 from LA, San Francisco, California

Friends of Photography, Carmel, California

Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida

1972

West of the Rockies: George Eastman House Symposium, Oakland Museum, Oakland, California

1971

The Crowded Vacancy, University of California, Davis; Pasadena Art Museum, Pasadena; San Francisco Museum of Art, San Francisco and The Friends of Photography, Carmel, California

1970

California Photographers, University of California, Davis, Oakland Museum, Oakland and Pasadena Art Museum, Pasadena, California

1969

Fiesta de los Barrios, Los Angeles, California

Selected Bibliography

2019

May You Live In Interesting Times, catalogue of the Venice Biennale Arte 2019, Venice, Italy

2018

Helfan, Glen: Anthony Hernandez, Aperture Magazine, #232 / Fall 2018, pp. 38-43.

2017

Forever, Mack, London, UK

2016

Anthony Hernandez, Introduction by Robert Adams, D.A.P. / San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, California

2008

MA/BCAM/2008, Catalog documenting the construction of the Broad Contemporary Art Museum (with Uta Barth, Miles Coolidge and Sharon Lockhart)

2007

Anthony Hernandez. Waiting, Sitting, Fishing, and some Automobiles, Loosestrife Editions, Bethesda, Maryland

2005

Everything, Nazraeli Press, Tucson, Arizona

2004

Bourne of Necessity, Weatherspoon Art Museum, Greensboro, North Carolina

2002

Waiting for Los Angeles, Nazraeli Press, Portland, Oregon

2001

Documents and Beyond, Reina Sophia Museum, Madrid, Spain

Flight Patterns, Essays by Cornelia H. Butler / Lee Weng Choy / Francis Pound, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, California

Made in California 1900-2000, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, California

2000

Pictures for Rome, Essay by Ralph Rugoff, Smart Art Press, Los Angeles, California

1999

La Vida Latina en L.A. Urban Latino Cultures, in association with the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California

California Invitational, Ansel Adams Center for Photography, San Francisco, California

Identification of a Landscape, Venezia-Marghera, Italy

An Eclectic Focus. Photographs from the Vernon Collection, Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara, California

1997

Sons of Adam: Landscapes for the Homeless II, Centre National de la Photographie, Paris, France and Musée de l’Elyssée, Lausanne, Switzerland

Blase, Christopher: “The Will to Landscape”

Durand, Régis: “Sons of Adam”

TRASH. When Waste Materials Become Art, Museo d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea di Trento e Rovereto, Italy

Scene of the Crime, Armand Hammer Museum

1996

Crossing the Frontier. Photographs of the Developing West 1849 to the Present, San Francisco Museum of Art, San Francisco, California

Olenetsky, Nadine: Herkunft?, Fotomuseum Winterthur, Winterthur, Switzerland

1995

Anthony Hernandez. Landscapes for the Homeless, Sprengel Museum, Hanover, Germany

Lewis Baltz / Anthony Hernandez: Forever Homeless. A Dialogue

1994

Gamblin, Noriko: Love in the Ruins. Art and the Inspiration of LA, Long Beach Museum of Art, Long Beach, California

1993

Gierstberg, Fritz / Vroege, Bas: Wasteland. Landscape Form Now On, Fotografie Biennale

Ansel Adams. New Light, Essays on his Legacy and Legend, The Friends of Photography, San Francisco, California

1991

Starrels, Josine Ianco: Individual Realities in the California Art Scene, Sezon Museum of Art, Japan

1989

Picturing California, Oakland Museum of Art, Oakland, California

1984

The Art of California. Selected Works from the Collection, Oakland Museum of Art, Oakland, California

1983

A Century of California Landscapes, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher Art Collection, Los Angeles, California

1982

Heyman, Teresa Thau: Slices of Time. California Landscapes 1860-1880, 1960-1980, Oakland Museum of Art, Oakland, California

1980

Glenn, Constance / Bledsoe, Jane K: Long Beach. A Photographic Survey, California State University

1979

Parker, Fred: Attitudes. Photography in the 1970’s, Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara, California

1977

Baltz, Lewis: Contemporary American Photographic Works, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas

Unposed Portraits, Whitney Museum of Art, New York

1976

Livingston, Jane: The Nation’s Capital in Photographs, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.

Bogardus, Ralph S. / Barendse, Henri Man: Peculiar to Photography, University of New Mexico

Rice, Leland: LA Six, Mount St Mary’s College

1974

Enyeart, James L.: Language of Light. A Survey of the Photography, Collection of Art, University of Kansas

Photography 1 / Recent Photographs by 7 Artists, Jack Glenn Gallery

1973

24 From LA, San Francisco Museum of Art, San Francisco, California

1971

The Crowded Vacancy, University of California

1970

California Photographers, University of California

Public Collections

Artothéque de Miramas, Miramas, France Biblioteque Nationale, Paris, France

California Museum of Photography, Riverside, California

Center for Creative Photography, Tucson, Arizona

The Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.

Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, Texas

Du Fonds National d’Art Contemporain, Paris, France

Fotomuseum Winterthur, Winterthur, Switzerland

Fonds Départmental d’ Art Contemporain de Bobigny, France

Fonds National d’ Art Contemporain, Paris, France

The Getty Museum, Los Angeles, California

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher Collection, Los Angeles, California

Grunwald Collection, University of California, Los Angeles, California

Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, California

The Harry Ranson Humanities Research Center, University of Texas, Austin, Texas

Higashikawa Museum, Hokkaido, Japan

International Museum of Photography, George Eastman House, Rochester,

Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, California

Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

Miami Art Museum, Miami, Florida

Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, California

Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami, Florida

The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas

The Museum of Modern Art, New York

Museum of Photographic Arts, San Diego, California

National Museum of American Art, Smithsonian, Washington, D.C.

Norton Simon Museum,

Oakland Museum, Oakland, California

Orange County Museum of Art, Orange County, California

San Francisco Museum of Art, San Francisco, California

Seattle Arts Commission, Seattle, Washington

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York

Sprengel Museum, Hanover, Germany

Tate Modern, London, UK

University of Kansas Museum of Art, Lawrence, Kansas

Weatherspoon Art Museum, Greensboro, North Carolina

Whitney Museum of American Art, New York

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