Garry Winogrand

Biography

Like Diane Arbus and Lee Friedlander, Garry Winogrand (1928-1984) discovered the street as an exciting and creative territory for photography in the 1960s–inspired by the work of Walker Evans, who had already begun to photograph people in the streets in the thirties. In the workshops of the acclaimed art director of Harper’s Bazaar, Alexey Brodovitch, Winogrand was taught the principal rules of the modern street photographer: to trust your own perception rather than emulate a standardised style of composition, to approach a situation with your instinct rather than your knowledge, to work with natural light and to accept pictures that were slightly out of focus – rules that perfectly suited his own way of working. With an insatiable appetite for images, Winogrand spent his days in the bustling streets of New York, on the highways of the United States or at the parties of the upper crust. Always looking for unconventional portraits of personalities of the time or for pictures of confident young women in New York and Beverly Hills, which he put together in his celebrated series Women Are Beautiful.

His tireless energy, his nervous and restless obsession for photography, which drove him through the streets of New York, did not desert him when he was travelling. What did change, however, was his perspective. Winogrand no longer photographed as a pedestrian, but as a driver, a traveller (many shots were taken from his car window). He no longer worked in the crowded streets of Manhattan, but in the wide American landscape. Yet the resulting photographs were not fundamentally different: With remarkable dexterity, Winogrand’s skilled photographic eye caught countless moments in images. He created those characteristic photographs of people in public spaces, photographs, in which the boundaries between humour and melancholy, loneliness and sociability, beauty and ugliness seem to dissolve in an astounding way. Even thirty to forty years after they were first published, these images have lost nothing of their initial excitement, their enormous aesthetic and narrative potential and their freshness. Many of these images have now become classics of photography and documents of our recent history.


Biography

Born 1928 in New York, USA.

Died 1984 in Mexico.

He worked for several magazines, teached at the Parsons School of Design

and at the School of Visual Arts, New York.

Grants and Awards

1978

John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship

1975

National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship

1973

New York State Council of the Arts Grant

1969

John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship

1964

John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2022 – 2023

Women are Beautiful, San Telmo Museoa, Spain

2021

Garry Winogrand, KBr Fundación MAPFRE photography center, Barcelona, Spain

2019

Garry Winogrand. Color, Brooklyn Museum, New York

2015

Garry Winogrand, Fundación MAPFRE, Madrid, Spain

Garry Winogrand. Women are Beautiful, Fotomuseum WestLicht, Vienna, Austria

2014

Garry Winogrand, Jeu de Paume, Paris, France

Garry Winogrand, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

2013

Garry Winogrand, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art

Garry Winogrand, National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C.

Garry Winogrand in Europe, Galerie Thomas Zander, Cologne, Germany

2012

Garry Winogrand. Circa 1969, Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco, California

Garry Winogrand. Women are Beautiful, Denver Art Museum, Denver, Colorado

2011

Garry Winogrand. Women are Beautiful, Fundación Foto Colectania, Barcelona, Spain

Garry Winogrand. Some Animals, P.S.1. Museum of Modern Art, New York

2010

Garry Winogrand. Public Relations, Galerie Thomas Zander, Cologne, Germany

2008

Garry Winogrand. The SIxties, Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco, California

2004

Garry Winogrand. Airports and Animals, Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco, California

2002

Winogrand 1964, Center for Creative Photography, The University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona (travelling exhibition)

Garry Winogrand, The Game of Photography, Instituto de America, Santa Fe, Granada (travelling exhibition in Spain)

Garry Winogrand. Pace/MacGill Gallery, New York

1999

Garry Winogrand. The Man in the Crowd, Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco, California

Garry Winogrand, Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago, Illinois

Garry Winogrand, The Photographer’s Gallery, London, UK

1994

Garry Winogrand, Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco, California

1993

Garry Winogrand, Pace/MacGill Gallery, New York

1989

Garry Winogrand, Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco, California

Garry Winogrand, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, California

1988

Garry Winogrand, Museum of Modern Art, New York

Garry Winogrand, Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco, California

1986

Garry Winogrand, Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco, California

1985

Garry Winogrand, Light Gallery, New York

1984

Garry Winogrand, Zabriskie Gallery, New York

Garry Winogrand. Recent Works, Houston Center of Photography, Houston, Texas

1983

Garry Winogrand, Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco, California

1981

Garry Winogrand, Light Gallery, New York

Garry Winogrand, G. Ray Hawkins Gallery, Los Angeles, California

1980

Garry Winogrand, Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco, California

Garry Winogrand Retospective, Bibliothèque Nationale, Paris, France

1979

Garry Winogrand, Light Gallery, New York

Garry Winogrand, Frumkin Gallery, Chicago, Illinois

1977

Garry Winogrand, Museum of Modern Art, New York

Garry Winogrand, Frumkin Gallery, Chicago, Illinois

Garry Winogrand, Cronin Gallery, Houston, Texas

1976

Garry Winogrand, Grossmont College, El Cajon, California

Garry Winogrand, Light Gallery, New York

Garry Winogrand, Cronin Gallery, Houston, Texas

1975

Garry Winogrand, Light Gallery, New York

1972

Garry Winogrand, Light Gallery, New York

1970

Garry Winogrand. The Animals, Museum of Modern Art, New York

1969

Garry Winogrand. Twelve Americans, Museum of Modern Art, New York (and other international venues)

Selected Group Exhibitions

2024               
Picture Windows: Photographs From The Collection, Virginia Museum of Art, Virginia, USA

A Show of Affection. Collection Constellation 1, Fotomuseum Winterthur, Winterthur, Switzerland

2023 – 2024
Cities Are For People: Street Photography, 1945-1970, The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art Kansas City, Missouri, USA

Garry Winogrand: Women Are Beautiful, Tampa Museum of Art, Tampa, Florida, USA

2023

Influence & Identity: Twentieth Century Portrait Photography from the Bank of America Collection, Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, Ireland

60 Years of Collecting: An anniversary exhibition celebrating the UMCA Permanent Art Collection, University Museum of Contemporary Art, Umass Amherst, Amherst, Massachusetts, USA

2022 – 2023

Nicola Erni: A Personal View on High Fashion & Street Style, Notron Museum of Art, West Palm Beach, Florida, USA

MOMAT Collection, The National Museum of Modern Art, Chiyoda-Ku, Tokyo, Japan

2022

Resonances. Fundación MAPFRE Collections, KBr Photography Center, Barcelona, Spain

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

2021

American Photography, Albertina, Vienna, Austria

2020

Emotion and Structure, Galerie Thomas Zander, Cologne, Germany

2019

hape of Light: Defining Photographs from the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center, Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center, Poughkeepsie, New York

2018

No Time, McEvoy Foundation for the Arts, San Francisco, California

The Flâneur. From Impressionism to the Present, Kunstmuseum Bonn, Germany

Streetwise, Galerie Thomas Zander, Cologne, Germany

Do­ing the Doc­u­ment. Pho­to­graphs from Diane Ar­bus to Pi­et Zwart. The Barten­bach Do­na­tion, Museum Ludwig, Cologne, Germany

2017

The American Dream – American Realism 1945-2017, Kunsthalle Emden, Germany and Drents Museum, Assen, Netherlands

Peter Lindbergh / Garry Winogrand: Women on Street, NRW Forum, Düsseldorf, Germany

2014

Double Elephant 1973-74: Manuel Alvarez Bravo, Walker Evans, Lee Friedlander, Garry Winogrand, Galerie Thomas Zander, Cologne, Germany

Two-Way Street, Portland Art Museum, Portland, Oregon

Posing Beauty in African American Culture, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, Virginia

2013

The Family of Man, Clervaux Castle, Luxembourg

American Street – Seventy years of a photographic tradition, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, Australia

Of Walking, The Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago, Illinois

2012

True Stories, Amerikanische Fotografie aus der Sammlung Moderne Kunst, Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich, Germany

Permanent Collection Exhibition, Center for Creative Photography, Tucson, Arizona

2011 – 2012

On Horizons / Von Horizonten, Fotomuseum Winterthur, Winterthur, Switzerland

In Focus: Los Angeles, The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, California

2011

Exposed: Voyeurism, Surveillance, and the Camera since 1870, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Hyper Real – Kunst und Amerika um 1970, Ludwig Forum, Aachen

2010

15 Minutes of Fame: Portraits from Ansel Adams to Andy Warhol, Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach, California

They knew what they wanted, Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco, California

2009

Rip-Off: Between Appropriation, Armand Bartos Fine Art, New York

2006

New York Street Photography, The New York Public Library, New York

2003

Cruel and Tender: The Real in the 20th Century Photograph, Tate Modern, London, UK and Museum Ludwig, Cologne, Germany

1967

New Documents (with Diane Arbus & Lee Friedlander), Museum of Modern Art, NewYork

1963

Five Unrelated Photographers, Museum of Modern Art, New York

Public Collections

Amon Carter Museum

Art Institute of Chicago

Baltimore Museum of Art

Bank of America

Center for Creative Photography, Tucson

Chase Manhattan Bank

Dallas Museum of Fine Arts

Fort Worth Museum of Art

George Eastman House

Hallmark Cards Inc., Kansas City

Indiana University Art Museum

J. Paul Getty Museum, Malibu

KMS Fine Art Group, Baar, Switzerland

Levi Strauss & Co.

Library of Congress

Madison Art Center, Wisconsin

Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

Museum of Modern Art, New York

National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa

National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C.

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art

Seagrams Collection

Smithsonian Institution

Target Collection

University of California, Los Angeles

University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

University of Nebraska

Victoria and Albert Museum, London , UK

Worcester Art Museum, Massachusetts

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