Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Jerry Siegel at the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts

Atlanta-based photographer Jerry Siegel (see image above) has a show of his portraits of Southern photographers up at the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts through June 1st, 2014.

Siegel has been photographing Southern artists for the past 16 years. He published a collection of this work with the title Facing South: Portraits of Southern Artists in 2012 from the University of Alabama Press.

Now the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts (located in the Wynton M. Blount Cultural Park, off Vaughn Road, in Montgomery, AL) has had the exceptionally clever idea of mounting an exhibition of Siegel's images of photographers, pared with the photographs by the photographers he has photographed.

That's a lot of conceptual boxes-within-boxes, but MMFA says of this show, "By providing details such as what the artist looks like or where they work, Siegel creates an important visual record that illuminates the rich art-making culture of the South."

Artists photographed by Siegel with works on view include William Christenberry, Thornton Dial, Sr., Crawford Gillis, Dale Kennington, Charles Shannon, Mose Tolliver, and Yvonne Wells.

Great concept for a show, great work on view, definitely worth a visit if you are in Montgomery.

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