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Walker Evans
A Life's Work

28 ottobre 2014

Ripercorrere la carriera di Walker Evans significa rivisitare gli stadi evolutivi della fotografia documentaria americana a partire dalla seconda metà del XX secolo, e riconoscervi i semi di molte tra le principali tendenze che si sono sviluppate successivamente, oltreoceano e non solo. Evans ha dato un volto alla Grande Depressione, ha portato lo sguardo sul paesaggio vernacolare, sull’estetica involontaria di caseggiati, insegne pubblicitarie e pompe di benzina che popolano la provincia americana. Ha proposto un superamento del bello fotografico in favore di un linguaggio volto a interrogare i luoghi piuttosto che a celebrarli. La mostra A Life’s Work presenta più di 200 stampe originali di Evans, dal 1928 al 1974, proponendo la lunga esplorazione delle trasformazioni USA accanto ai viaggi a Tahiti e Cuba, ai volti dei passeggeri della metro di New York immortalati con una camera nascosta e i tanti reportage realizzati per la rivista Fortune. Un magnifico campionario di fisionomie, epoche e luoghi.

Walker Evans, A Life’s Work
Martin-Gropius-Bau
Berlino
25 luglio – 9 novembre 2014

Walker Evans, Young Women Outside Clothing Store, 1934–35. Lunn Gallery Stamp (1975). © Walker Evans Archive, The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Walker Evans, Young Women Outside Clothing Store, 1934–35. Lunn Gallery Stamp (1975). © Walker Evans Archive, The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Walker Evans, Girl In French Quarter. New Orleans, February - March 1935. Lunn Gallery Stamp (1975). © Walker Evans Archive, The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Walker Evans, Girl In French Quarter. New Orleans, February – March 1935. Lunn Gallery Stamp (1975). © Walker Evans Archive, The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Walker Evans: Crowd In Public Square, 1930s. Lunn Gallery Stamp (1975). © Walker Evans Archive, The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Walker Evans, Crowd In Public Square, 1930s. Lunn Gallery Stamp (1975). © Walker Evans Archive, The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Walker Evans, Interior View of Heliker/Lahotan House Walpole, Maine, 1962. Collection of Clark and Joan Worswick. © Walker Evans Archive, The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Walker Evans, Interior View of Heliker/Lahotan House Walpole, Maine, 1962. Collection of Clark and Joan Worswick. © Walker Evans Archive, The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Walker Evans, Interior View of Robert Frank’s House Nova Scotia, 1969 – 71. Collection of Clark and Joan Worswick. © Walker Evans Archive, The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Walker Evans, Interior View of Robert Frank’s House Nova Scotia, 1969 – 71. Collection of Clark and Joan Worswick. © Walker Evans Archive, The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Walker Evans, Façade of House with Large Numbers Denver, Colorado, August 1967. Collection of Clark and Joan Worswick. © Walker Evans Archive, The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Walker Evans, Façade of House with Large Numbers Denver, Colorado, August 1967. Collection of Clark and Joan Worswick. © Walker Evans Archive, The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Walker Evans, Robert Frank Nova Scotia, 1969 – 71. Collection of Clark and Joan Worswick. © Walker Evans Archive, The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Walker Evans, Robert Frank Nova Scotia, 1969 – 71. Collection of Clark and Joan Worswick. © Walker Evans Archive, The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Walker Evans, Barn Nova Scotia, 1969 – 71. Collection of Clark and Joan Worswick. © Walker Evans Archive, The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Walker Evans, Barn Nova Scotia, 1969 – 71. Collection of Clark and Joan Worswick. © Walker Evans Archive, The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Walker Evans, Pabst Blue Ribbon Sign. Chicago, Illinois, 1946. Collection of Clark and Joan Worswick. © Walker Evans Archive, The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Walker Evans, Pabst Blue Ribbon Sign. Chicago, Illinois, 1946. Collection of Clark and Joan Worswick. © Walker Evans Archive, The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Walker Evans, Berenice Abbott. Portfolio Print 1929–30. Blind Stamp “Walker Evans Archive I” (1974). © Walker Evans Archive, The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Walker Evans, Berenice Abbott. Portfolio Print 1929–30. Blind Stamp “Walker Evans Archive I” (1974). © Walker Evans Archive, The Metropolitan Museum of Art.


Fabio Severo

Giornalista, vive a Roma perché non va più di moda, cura progetti fotografici per l’associazione ZONA, scrive per StudioLinkiestaL’Ultimo Uomo e altro. Ha un blog di fotografia contemporanea, Hippolyte Bayard, e una malcelata ossessione per il tennis.


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