Conceptual Photography

Opening on May 9, 2007, Zwirner & Wirth will present an exhibition of American and European conceptual photography drawn from a private collection. Spanning the years 1964-1989, the collection, which has been amassed over the last three decades, includes key examples of photo-based conceptual art by artists such as Vito Acconci, Giovanni Anselmo, John Baldessari, Bernd & Hilla BecherMel BochnerHans Breder, Marcel Broodthaers, Peter CampusRobert CummingValie Export, Fischli & Weiss, Dan Graham, Birgit Jürgenssen, Barry Le Va, Sol LeWitt, Robert Mapplethorpe, Ana Mendieta, Bruce Nauman, Meret Oppenheim, Hélio Oiticica, Giulio Paolini, Giuseppe Penone, Sigmar Polke, Richard Prince, Charles RayAllen Ruppersberg, Lucas Samaras, Laurie SimmonsAndy Warhol, and others.


An open-ended term, "conceptual art" encompasses a broad range of practices that emphasize the role of ideas in the production of artistic meaning. Beginning roughly in the 1960s and 70s, artists would question the traditional visual or aesthetic definition of the work of art in favor of more idea-driven, critical work. Photography would become central in the development of conceptual practices, as it proved to be a medium that could be implemented by artists in various ways, and the exhibition at Zwirner & Wirth will reflect a broad range of influential, conceptual photo-based work.


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Vito Acconci
Giovanni Anselmo
John Baldessari
Bernd & Hilla Becher
Mel Bochner
Hans Breder
Marcel Broodthaers
Peter Campus
Robert Cumming
Fischli & Weiss
Dan Graham
Birgit Jürgenssen
Barry Le Va
Sol LeWitt
Robert Mapplethorpe
Ana Mendieta
Bruce Naum
Meret Oppenheim
Hélio Oitcica
Giulio Penone
Richard Prince
Charles Ray
Allen Ruppersburg
Lucas Samaras
Laurie Simmons
Andy Warhol