Indepth Arts News: |
"ANNIE LEIBOVITZ: WOMEN ON VIEW"
1999-10-27 until 2000-02-28
Corcoran Gallery of Art
USA United States of America
Women, a special exhibition of photographs by Annie Leibovitz,
features more than 70 portraits by the internationally renowned photographer.
The exhibition, which is a celebration of American women at the end of the
millennium, includes portraits from a broad spectrum of society: an astronaut,
farmers, scientists, artists, musicians, show girls, actresses, writers, athletes
and political figures. Women who are well known-including Hillary Rodham
Clinton, Katharine Graham, Gloria Steinem, Louise Bourgeois, Toni Morrison,
and Ruth Bader Ginsburg appear alongside women who are not usually singled
These photographs are intended to show how we look and what we do, says
Annie Leibovitz, and they create a vivid and striking collective portrait of women
today. Im very moved by the sense of dignity these women have, says Leibovitz.
The presentation is drawn from photographs in Women, a book to be published
by Random House in the Fall 1999. Women contains more than 100 of
Leibovitzs portraits as well as an essay by the novelist and critic Susan Sontag.
To coincide with the publication of the book, Vogue magazine is featuring a
portfolio of the photographs in a special November 1999 issue entitled Women
of the Twentieth Century.
Annie Leibovitzs powerful portraits have been appearing on magazine covers for
more than 25 years, and she has become one of the most celebrated
photographers of our time. Starting with her legendary work for Rolling Stone,
and continuing through her long-time affiliation with Condé Nast, she has
established herself as an astute observer of American popular culture. In
addition to her magazine work, Leibovitz has accepted many commissions. She
was the official portrait photographer for the World Cup Games in Mexico in 1985,
and created prize-winning advertising campaigns for American Express and The
Gap. She documented the creation of the White Oak Dance Project for Mikhail
Baryshnikov and has worked with many other artistic organizations, including the
American Ballet Theatre and the Mark Morris Dance Group. During the siege of
Sarajevo, Leibovitz visited the city and made a series of portraits that were
exhibited in 1993 at the Art Gallery of Bosnia and Herzegovina. In 1995, she was
commissioned to create the official portfolio for the 26th Olympic Games in