PAINTING ON PAPER: VERA LUTTER'S OLD MASTER PHOTOGRAPHS FROM THE LOS ANGELES COUNTY MUSEUM OF ART
Ludovico Mazzanti, The Death of Lucretia, c.1730:
February 10 – March 16, 2017, 2017
Unique gelatin silver print
72 1/8 × 56 in. (183.2 × 142.24 cm)
A special exhibition of new photographs by acclaimed photographer Vera Lutter, Painting on Paper: Vera Lutter's Old Master Photographs, is on loan from the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) and forms the centerpiece of the cultural programme at TEFAF New York Fall.
Painting on Paper: Vera Lutter's Old Master Photographs
A collection of new large-scale photographs by Vera Lutter make their public debut at TEFAF New York Fall. Created as part of the artist’s residency at LACMA, which began in February and continues through March 2018, this dynamic new body of work draws inspiration from the museum’s architecture, gallery interiors, and vast permanent collections. The presentation at TEFAF New York Fall offers visitors an exclusive opportunity to preview a selection of photographs from the still-ongoing project, which culminates in a major survey exhibition at LACMA in 2019. Vera Lutter’s residency at LACMA is supported by Sotheby’s.
“We are thrilled to host this very special sneak peek from LACMA at TEFAF New York Fall,” comments Michael Plummer, Managing Director of TEFAF New York. “These exceptional works by Vera Lutter are important documents of LACMA’s evolving physical structure and world-class collections. We look forward to offering TEFAF visitors the unique opportunity to experience this stimulating West Coast project here in New York—and to seeing how Lutter’s residency continues to evolve in the coming months.”
Lutter’s Camera Obscura
Born in Germany and based in New York City, Vera Lutter creates monumental photographs using one of the oldest optical technologies still in use: the camera obscura. Lutter began to use a camera obscura in the mid-1990s, shortly after moving to New York, when she transformed part of her apartment into a room-sized camera to document the city outside her window. Since then, Lutter has adopted the camera obscura as her singular working method, building enormous versions out of plywood or adapting portable structures (such as shipping containers) to photograph a range of sites and subjects. Each photograph is a completely unique work.
For her residency at LACMA, Lutter is utilizing several custom-built cameras constructed on-site at the museum. Although the artist has previously photographed classical and modern sculptures, the LACMA residency represents her first time photographing two-dimensional works of art. Among the LACMA paintings featured in the presentation at TEFAF New York Fall are Lutter’s photographs of Frans Snyders’s Game Market (1630s), Ludovico Mazzanti’s The Death of Lucretia (c. 1730), and Pieter Saenredam’s Interior of the Mariakerk, Utrecht (1651).
Associated TEFAF Week Cultural Programming
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 28
A CONVERSATION WITH MICHAEL GOVAN, CEO AND DIRECTOR OF THE LOS ANGELES COUNTY MUSEUM OF ART
Michael Govan, Director of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) joins Thomas Marks, Editor, Apollo Magazine, for a conversation about photographer Vera Lutter’s residency at LACMA and his plans for the museum’s future. Please click here for additional information.
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 29
A CONVERSATION WITH VERA LUTTER
The artist discusses the exhibition “Painting on Paper: Vera Lutter’s Old Master Photographs” and her residency at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art with J. Patrice Marandel, Curator Emeritus, and former Chief Curator of European Art, LACMA. Please click here for additional information.
Painting on Paper: Vera Lutter's Old Master Photographs at TEFAF New York Fall, is sponsored by Bank of America, which supports more than 2,000 nonprofit arts organizations worldwide each year through exhibitions, loans from the Bank of America collection, grants, education programs, and employment opportunities. Since 2010, Bank of America has awarded a series of grants l as part of its Art Conservation Project, providing funding to conserve more than 120 projects in 30 countries on six continents to date. Representing different art movements, styles, media, and time periods, selections range from eighth-century BCE stellai from Assyria (Brooklyn Museum) to Frank Stella’s Tahkt-I-Sulayman Variation II, 1969 (Minneapolis Institute of Art) to Joan Miro’s Portrait II, 1938 (Museo Nacional Centro de Reina Sofia). The full list of 2017 grant recipients will be announced at a special event during TEFAF New York Fall.