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"World Without End - Photography and the 20th Century"
2000-12-02 until 2001-02-25
Art Gallery of New South Wales
World Without End - Photography
and the 20th Century presents the
works of 42 eminent twentieth-century
photographers through a number of
thought-provoking suites that explore
relationships In Image-making across
time and place.
World Without End brings together
some 200 works of acclaimed
Australian and international artists
whose photographs have shaped our perceptions and our sensibilities of the
modern world. Included are works by Eddie Adams, Manuel Alvarez Bravo,
Diane Arbus, Eugène Atget, Karl Blossfeldt, Pat Brassington, Claude Cahun,
Max Dupain, Walker Evans, Sue Ford, Eikoh Hosoe, Frank Hurley, Carol
Jerrems, William Klein, Man Ray, Chris Marker, Tracey Moffatt, László
Moholy-Nagy, August Sander, Alfred Stieglitz, Hiroshi Sugimoto, Jeff Wall,
Weegee and Yva. In addition, more than 80 publications will be included,
emphasising the reproduction and distribution of images throughout the
The twentieth-century is the first to be dominated by image-making — from
photography to film, video to digital media. One of the most popular media,
photography is also the least understood as vast archives have burgeoned in
the belief that these fragments of the world can explain everything about
reality. Perhaps this insatiability for images can be understood by the fact that
a photograph cannot explain anything, yet it has the capacity to trigger an
apparently endless range of imaginative responses. World without
Endexamines the imaginative hold that photographs have exercised on both
artist and audience in the twentieth century.
Speculations to do with time, memory, mortality and the relationship of the
viewer to the image have preoccupied humanity since the beginnings of
existence, said Judy Annear, Senior Curator of Photography at the Art
Gallery of New South Wales, who has spent five years researching and
locating the best vintage photographs from more than 30 public and private
Image-making and the possibility of breathing life into a representation bring
forth complex philosophical responses. The invention of photography gave
intimacy and immediacy to such issues, continued Judy Annear.
Among the forty institutional and private lenders to World Without End are
the J. Paul Getty Museum, George Eastman House, the National Gallery in
Washington, New Yorks Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Museum of
Modern Art, and the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Loans from Australian
institutions include the National Gallery of Australia, the Queensland Art
Gallery and the National Gallery of Victoria, as well as works from the Art
Gallery of New South Wales’s own collection.
Many of the works in World Without End –Photography and the 20th century
are of the utmost rarity and will not have been seen in Sydney before.
Seldom has such a challenging and compelling exhibition of photography
been seen internationally.