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Image: Richard Misrach: On the Beach

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NGA Arttalk: Richard Misrach, Part 1: Origins and Influences
Step behind the scenes of a world-class museum with Guests: Photographer Richard Misrach and Sarah Greenough, senior curator of photographs, National Gallery of Art
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Richard Misrach, Part 2: Color and Scale
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Richard Misrach, Part 3: On the Beach
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Richard Misrach: On the Beach with Conversations with Artists: Richard Misrach
Richard Misrach, photographer
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Image: Richard Misrach, Untitled 1132-04 [Flippers], 2004 For more than thirty years, the American photographer Richard Misrach (b. 1949) has made provocative work that addresses contemporary society's relationship to nature, especially the American West. Since 2001, he has made a series of large scale (six by ten feet), lushly colored photographs of swimmers and sunbathers in Hawaii. Looking down from a hotel room directly adjacent to the beach, he has eliminated all references to the horizon and sky to record people immersed in the idyllic environment. Yet, despite the beauty of the scene, a strange sense of disquietude pervades these photographs. Made in the days immediately after September 11, 2001, these photographs speak of the unease and sense of foreboding that pervaded the country after the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. The title of the series, On the Beach, is drawn from Nevil Shute's cold war novel about nuclear holocaust. This exhibition will present 19 of these photographs.

Organization: This exhibition was initiated by The Art Institute of Chicago.

Sponsor: The exhibition is made possible through the generous support of the Trellis Fund.