Etherton’s Summer Exhibition will Feature Exceptional Photography & Mixed Media

May 15, 2013

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Navajo Boy, Gallup, New Mexico, 1971, vintage gelatin silver print, 9 X 13 1/2 inches ©Danny Lyon

Etherton Gallery will present its summer exhibition, Unpacked: The Art Fair at Home, a selection of the exceptional — and exceptionally rare — photography and mixed media that Etherton exhibits at fine art fairs in New York, Los Angeles and Palm Springs. The exhibition opens June 18 and closes August 31, 2013.

Unpacked features a selection of photographs that Etherton displayed at the The Association of International Photography Art Dealers (AIPAD) fine art photography show in New York – including several vintage prints that represent the best American photography produced in the dynamic period following World War II. AIPAD is the premier fine art photography art fair in the US, drawing dealers and collectors from all over the world.

Highlights of Unpacked include a rare set of nine, 20 X 24 inch photographs from photographer Aaron Siskind’s series the Pleasures and Terrors of Levitation (1953-1961). Only 3-4 sets remain intact of the ten sets printed between 1982 and 1989. Originally known as the Divers, they are images of young men diving into Lake Michigan. Siskind emphasized the abstract quality of their twisted forms by photographing them from below and isolating them against the sky.  Aaron Siskind (1903-1991) is one of the giants of post-WWII American photography. Siskind’s archive is housed in the Center for Creative Photography at the University of Arizona in Tucson, but even the CCP does not own a set of these rare oversize photographs!

Tehuantepec, Mexico, 1985 Fuji Crystal Archive print, ed.  2/12 30 X 40 inches ©Alex Webb, courtesy Etherton Gallery

Tehuantepec, Mexico, 1985, Fuji Crystal Archive print, ed. 2/12, 30 X 40 inches, ©Alex Webb, courtesy Etherton Gallery

Unpacked will also include a very rare, early, vintage gelatin silver print of Danny Lyon’s, Navajo Boy, Gallup, New Mexico (1972). The Etherton vintage print is one of only two known extant prints of Navajo Boy. The other print of Navajo Boy, also vintage, resides in the permanent collection of the Cleveland Museum of Art. In 2012, Lyon, a major American documentary photographer was the subject of a traveling retrospective exhibition, This World Is Not My Home: Danny Lyon Photographs, organized by the Menil Collection in Houston. In May, a traveling exhibition of The Bikeriders portfolio organized by Etherton Gallery was named one of the “10 essential shows” at the Contact Photography Festival in Toronto.

Unpacked also features key images by Magnum photographer Alex Webb whose work was the subject of a traveling exhibition organized by the Aperture Foundation, Alex Webb: The Suffering of Light, Thirty Years of Photographs. Etherton displayed Webb’s photographs in a one-man show at Paris Photo Los Angeles.

Also on display in Unpacked — vintage and later works by Ansel Adams, Manuel Álvarez Bravo, Harry Callahan, William Clift, Lee Friedlander, Emmet Gowin, André Kertész, Danny Lyon, Richard Misrach, Timothy O’Sullivan, Wright Morris, Irving Penn, Aaron Siskind, Frederick Sommer, Brett Weston and many other icons of photography.

Don’t miss Etherton Gallery’s summer exhibition Unpacked — it’s a rare opportunity for Tucsonans to see exceptional museum quality photography and mixed media without leaving home! Load up the car and come downtown – you won’t be sorry.

For more information about Unpacked: The Art Fair at Home, contact Daphne Srinivasan or Hannah Glasston at  Etherton Gallery, 520-624-7370 or via email. Etherton Gallery is located in downtown Tucson at 135 S. 6th Ave, above the restaurant Downtown Kitchen+Cocktails.