Allan Sekula to show at Christopher Grimes Gallery. Allan Sekula will exhibit at Christopher Grimes Gallery December 2nd, 2000 to January 6th, 2001. Sekula, showing for the first time in an American gallery, will present recent photographs, along with a pivotal slide projection piece from early in his career. This internationally recognized artist uses photography to depict landscape, seascape, and global socio-economic systems.
Sekula's recent works document his travels in Europe and the U.S., while also illustrating a unique vision of interconnectedness in the world today. This artist articulates rich symbolic associations between individuals (alive and deceased) and particular locations; his is an itinerary of intriguing thematic continuity. For instance, in Bilbao the artist ponders the symbolic force of its new contemporary museum and the architect Frank Gehry, while Sekula finds ship and sea metaphors in Saché, France—former home of both Alexander Calder and Honoré de Balzac. This recent work will be shown in the Main Gallery, while in the South Gallery will be Sekula's slide work from 1972 depicting the end of the day shift at General Dynamics.
The works at Christopher Grimes Gallery will be shown concurrently with his works in Flight Patterns at MOCA (October 29th, 2000–February 11th, 2001) and LACMA's Made In California 1900–2000 (October 22, 2000–February 25, 2001). Together works that are included in these exhibits form a single body of Sekula's most recent photographs, which were made from spring 1998 to the last day of 1999.
Sekula has been a pioneer with a unique, intelligent and formally rigorous perspective in what has become known as "social realism"—a genre of contemporary art photography with a long historical lineage. Often showing people engaged with political and economic struggles, Sekula has developed a visual language that describes people both in their specificity and in a more universal human condition. Sekula's essays compliment his photographs by weaving a dense fabric of literal and conceptual linkages within a global milieu.
Sekula's massive Fish Story project has been shown (in progress or in total) at The 1993 Whitney Biennial, 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).