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Artists Book Talk: Fran Forman – “The Rest Between Two Notes”

February 7, 2021 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Free – $10.00
Book Cover The Rest Between Notes by Fran Forman
In this presentation, Fran Forman will describe the thinking behind her second major photobook, The Rest Between Two Notes, including the processes and the ups and downs of such a massive undertaking.  This unique book was published by Unicorn in 2020. At 224 pages with 110 plates, several essays and writings and an introduction by Paula Tognarelli,  it is exquisitely produced by Artron, which specializes in high-quality art books.
By integrating her contemporary photography with historical periods and various settings from around the world, Forman creates a world of illusion; upon closer inspection, what appears ordinary suggests an underlying tension and an aura of mystery. Expressed in the diffused colors of twilight and chiaroscuro, her  images blur the boundaries between photography, late Renaissance painting, and film noir.
Fran dedicates the book to those who take the time to participate IN THE CONVERSATION THAT IS ART.  Recognizing that each viewer takes away her or his own experience from a piece of art, Forman has structured this book with impressions from artists and others to her works. The result is fascinating as one gains insights into the viewers as well as the art, enriching the experience and encouraging the reader to articulate his or her own impressions.
About the Artist:
Fran Forman photo by Julia Dean 2019
Fran Forman’s  photo by Julia Dean © 2019

Fran’s work is included in major museums and private collections, including the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum (Washington, DC), and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and others.

Fran’s latest book, The Rest Between Two Notes, published by Unicorn in 2020, has already garnered several awards. Escape Artist: The Art of Fran Forman was selected as one of the Best PhotoBooks of 2014 by Elizabeth Avedon. Monographs of Fran’s solo exhibitions were published by Pucker Gallery in 2020, 2018, 2016, and 2014. Fran is also featured in many other publications.

The Fox Talbot Museum, National Trust, UK, The Massachusetts State House (The Griffin Museum of Photography), AfterImage Gallery (Dallas), the University of North Dakota, Galeria Photo/Graphica (Mexico), and the Pucker Gallery (Boston) have recently mounted solo exhibitions of Fran’s work. Fran has won numerous significant international awards and prizes. Fran was also the Commencement Speaker at the New England School of Photography in 2018 and has lectured broadly, including the Masters of Digital Photography at the School of Visual Art in New York.

She is an Affiliated Scholar at the Women’s Studies Research Center at Brandeis University, a recipient of several grants and Artist Residencies, and teaches advanced photo-collage internationally. Additionally, she is often asked to juror and curate photo exhibitions.

Fran studied art and sociology at Brandeis University, received an MSW in psychiatric social work, and then an MFA from Boston University. She resides in the New England area.


featured image ©Fran Forman


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February 7, 2021
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Free – $10.00
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