September 10 November 15
Gitterman Gallery is proud to present an exhibition of platinum prints by Lois Conner. The exhibition
will open Wednesday, September 10th, from 6 to 8 p.m. with a reception for the artist and book
signing for her recent publication, Beijing: Contemporary and Imperial (Princeton Architectural
Press, 2014) and continue through Saturday, November 15th.
This exhibition includes images made during Lois Conner's travels throughout the world: from the
Badlands in South Dakota to Cappadocia, Turkey; from the rooftops of New York City to the
rooftops of Ganden Monastery in Tibet; from the mountains of Guilin, China to the Louisiana bayou.
Conners work encourages the viewer to explore the similarities and nuances of our world. Though
we are shown a moment in time of a specific place, her images invite us to consider the history of
that place, its culture and its connection to other places. Conner describes her process:
What I am trying to reveal through photography in a deliberate yet subtle way is a sense of
history. I would like my photographs to describe my relationship between the tangible and the
imagined, between fact and fiction. Im a born traveler and adventurer, and an obsessive collector
and observer of landscape, attempting to twist what the camera faithfully describes into something
Lois Conner knew she wanted to be an artist at the age of six. At nine she was photographing with a
2 ¼ camera given to her by her father. From the age of 20, Conner worked for the UN for 13
where she was exposed to a multitude of cultures, inspiring her to later explore those worlds. While
at Yale (MFA 1981), she took an Art History class in Chinese landscape painting. It was there,
studying the hand and hanging scrolls of the Ming Dynasty, that she first began to think of the
possibilities of the elongated format for her own work. In an attempt to make her work both larger
and more narrative, Conner switched to the 7x17 inch banquet camera from the 8x10 in 1982.
The extended sweep of the panorama allows me to draw on multiple levels, much as cinema does,
and to take something of the immediate present, and layer that with something from a few centuries
before. The large format camera can draw the particular in minute detail. Like adjectives in a
sentence, they allow the viewer to look closer, engaging them in the little world contained by the
Conner first went to China on a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1984 and has returned every year since.
The stories told by her maternal grandmother, who was Cree, have inspired Conner to explore the
American West with a focus on the Native American Reservations. She has made trips west annually
since 1989 and crossed America seven times in her Ford pick-up truck, camping along the way.
In the fall of 2012 Conners work was featured at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, in the Chinese
Gardens: Pavilions, Studios, Retreats exhibition. Solo exhibitions include the recent traveling
exhibition Beijing: Contemporary and Imperial at the Cleveland Art Museum in Ohio; Beijing:
Unfurling the Landscape in Canberra, Australia; Searching for Van Gogh in Dali, China (2013);
Drawing the Land in Hangzhou, China (2012); and Beijing Building (2011) in London, as
inclusion in Pictures by Women: A History of Modern Photography, the first exhibition in the
renovated Photography Gallery at the Museum of Modern Art, New York (2010). Her museum
collections include: the Art Institute of Chicago; National Gallery of Australia; The British Library;
Brooklyn Museum of Art; Cleveland Museum of Art; The Getty Museum; Metropolitan Museum of
Art, New York; Museum of Modern Art, New York; Philadelphia Museum of Art; Sackler Gallery,
Washington, D.C.; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Victoria and Albert Museum, London; Yale
University Art Gallery, New Haven. Recent publications include: Beijing Building (Rossi &
London, 2011). Twirling the Lotus (Rossi and Rossi London, 2007), Life in a Box (Hanart
Hong Kong, 2010), and China: The Photographs of Lois Conner (Callaway, 2000).
Bartos, Adam. Kosmos.
(Princeton Architectural Press, 2001) $40
Botman, Machiel. One Tree.
(Nazraeli Press, 2011) $65 signed
Botman, Machiel. Rainchild.
(Schaden, 2004) $200 signed
Breitenbach, Josef. Manifesto.
(Nazraeli Press, 2008) $60
Breitenbach, Josef. Resonance.
(Temple Rock Company, 2013) $20
Caffery, Debbie Fleming. The Spirit & The Flesh.
(Radius Books, 2009) $60 signed
Limited edition $1200
Frame, Allen. Detour.
(Kehrer Verlag, 2001) $50 signed
Gagliani, Oliver. Oliver Gagliani: Scores of Abstraction.
(Center for Photographic Art, 2006), $30
Gordon, Richard. American Surveillance: Someone To
Watch Over Me.
(Chimaera Press, 2009) $50 signed
Gordon, Richard. Meta Photographs.
(Chimaera Press, 1978) $40
Josephson, Kenneth. Matthew.
(2054 Press and Stephen Daiter Gallery, 2012) $50 signed
Lenz, Gita. Photographs.
(Candela Books, 2010) $50
Noble, Laura. The Art of Collecting Photography.
(AVA Books, 2006) $60
Szabo, Joseph. Jones Beach.
(Abrams Image, 2010) $35 signed
Yemchuk, Yelena. Gidropark
(Daminani, 2010) $45 signed