Lee Friedlander

OCT.10.2020    JAN.10.2021

New York

Lee Friedlander
New York, 1963
© Lee Friedlander, courtesy of Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco



OCT.10.2020         JAN.10.2021


Sala Recoletos
Paseo Recoletos 23, 28004 Madrid

The exhibition offers a complete chronological journey through Friedlander’s extensive oeuvre, highlighting some of his most important projects, such as American Monuments, and featuring a significant number of publications (one of the aspects of his career to which Friedlander himself devoted the most attention) and other documentary materials that reveal the complex work of one of the most influential photographers of our time.

Reconstructing the heterogenous work of Lee Friedlander entails immersing ourselves in a world loaded with recognizable everyday elements, yet one which, on closer inspection, takes on a different and more comprehensive meaning. Regarded as one of the most important artists of the twentieth century, and after more than sixty years of taking photographs every day, he still continues to update his photographic language today. In this quest for visual metaphors that challenge comprehension, despite their apparent quotidian nature, his critical gaze has reflected, even for strictly formal purposes, the enormity and chaos of American society.

The exhibition offers a complete chronological journey through his exceptionally extensive oeuvre. His work is almost always grouped in series, in sets of photographs developed over several years. The exhibition underlines the importance of these projects which were often captured in books, another of his passions: The Little ScreensThe American Monument and America by Car to name but a few. But the exhibition also includes themed or stylistic associations which group around 350 photographs including portraits, self-portraits, family photos, nature, urban landscapes, etc. These include seventeen photographs belonging to the Fundación MAPFRE collections as well as other material, such as jazz albums and around 50 publications. The whole exhibition provides a deeper insight into the complex work of one of the most influential American photographers of the twentieth century.

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