Allan Sekula to exhibit at Christopher Grimes Gallery. Allan Sekula will show recent work at Christopher Grimes Gallery January 19th to February 23rd, 2002. Sekula will present six photographs, along with a video work, in a show titled Irrational Exuberance. The title Irrational Exuberance, taken from remarks by Fed chairman Alan Greenspan while testifying to Congress in 2000, refers to inflated stock valuations.
In the South Gallery, Sekula will present a new video work titled Tsukiji, which he produced for the Yokohama Triennale in Japan. Structured as a contemporary "city symphony," the video follows the flow of everyday work at the world's largest fish market. The photographs to be shown in the Main Gallery depict people in disparate locations, including Victor Clothing Company in LA, Tate Modern in London, Calais dockworkers, and Japanese high school students.
Sekula has a unique, intelligent and formally rigorous perspective in what has become known as "social realism"—a genre of contemporary photography with a long historical lineage that includes Lewis Hine. Often depicting labor within the workplace, he has developed a visual language which describes people both in their individuality and in a more human condition.
In February 2002, Sekula will be also exhibiting in a Project Room at ARCO in Madrid, curated by Octavio Zaya. TITANIC's wake, the artist's previous body of work, was shown at MOCA in LA and Christopher Grimes Gallery in Santa Monica (2000–1), C.C.C. in Tours, France (2001), and Centro Cultural de Belém in Lisbon (2001). In addition, Sekula's massive Fish Story project has been shown (in progress or in total) at The Whitney Biennial in 1993, New Museum of Contemporary Art, Museum of Contemporary Art (LA), Moderna Museet (Stockholm), Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art (Rotterdam), and Henry Art Gallery (Seattle), among other venues. He has also had solo shows at ICA (Boston), Vancouver Art Gallery, University Art Museum (Berkeley), Palais des Beaux Arts (Brussels), and P.S.1 (New York City).