November 18 – January 30, 2011
The opening receptions is Nov 18, 2010 from 7-8:30 PM. It is open to all. Griffin Museum members are invited to a 6:15 p.m. gallery talk with Laurie Lambrecht, whose exhibit From the Studio of Roy Lichtenstein is in the Atelier Gallery at the Griffin November 18 through January 23.
From 1980 to 1985, Harvey Stein photographed and interviewed more than 165 artists, creating a collective portrait of the lives of visual artists in contemporary America.
The project resulted in a 1986 book, Artists Observed, and many of those photographs and portions of the interviews are featured in the Main Gallery of the Griffin Museum November 18 through January 30. A reception with the artist is November 18.
“Painters and sculptors have always been the subject of intense fascination for anyone interested in art,” says Stein. “We want to know who the artist is and what he/she looks like. We are curious about how our favorite artists live, in what conditions and surroundings their work is conceived and executed and the relationship to his or her work – perhaps in the hope that images of the artist will reveal some added meaning to the artwork or that we will gain some clue to the inner workings of creativity.”
Stein adds that many people believe “art enhances us, that it is life sustaining, and that the artist, while less than a paragon, is something of an exemplar with much to say and from whom we all have much to learn.”
The series of photographs taken over a period of six years is “meant to be an intimate, personal and revealing expression of what being an artist means and is about,” Stein says. “Each photograph is a portrait of the artist that attempts to integrate/fuse/relate the artist to the art shown. Hopefully, what emerges is a psychological and sociological look at a very vital and interesting group of people — those who create art and who, in doing so enrich and affect the very fabric of all our lives.”
Stein is a professional photographer, teacher, lecturer, author, and curator based in New York City. He currently teaches at the International Center of Photography and in the master of professional studies program in digital photography at the School of Visual Arts. His photographs have been widely exhibited in the United States and Europe – 72 one-person and more than 140 group shows to date — and are in more than 55 permanent collections. Stein curated 14 exhibits from 2007-2010. And, he is a frequent lecturer on photography in the United States and abroad.