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Strange Bedfellows?
December 21, 2011   
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How can a photographer fulfill himself artistically while documenting the work of another artist? This and other questions are asked and answered at an exhibition entitled Wspólnicy. Fotograf i artysta około roku 1970 (The Odd Couple: The Photographer and the Artist c. 1970), at the Museum of Modern Art.

The exhibition tells 10 stories of partnerships between artists and photographers documenting their work. It aims to look at the relationship between the photographer and the artist and at the dynamics of their partnership, which is sometimes short term and sometimes lasts years. The year 1970 marks a watershed and a time when art underwent a major change: artists stopped creating traditional works and began focusing on artistic processes and events. Photography played an important role in these artistic experiments as a means of expression and as a form of documentation, and the photographers inevitably became the partners of artists.

Emotions play an important role in the relationship between the photographers and artists featured at the Museum of Modern Art exhibition. The partners were often friends and sometimes lovers. The most important things happened between them not only artistically, but also off camera—in their private space.

The exhibition features some of the foremost proponents of experimental art in New York, including works by artist and director Jack Smith; a collaboration between photographer and director Babette Mangolte and choreographer and performing artist Yvonne Rainer; dialogue between director and photographer Hollis Frampton and minimalist artist Carl Andre; and friendship and love between artist Paul Thek and photographer Peter Hujar.

The exhibition also makes a reference to Projects: Pier 18, a major conceptual exhibition produced in the form of photographic documentation. In that project, the activities of 27 young artists, now conceptual art classics, were documented by two photographers, Harry Shunk and János Kender.

The exhibition is open until Jan. 17.
3 Pańska St.
tel. 22 596 40 10
Open: Tue.-Sun., noon-8 p.m.
Free admission
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