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Joel-Peter Witkin
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Introduction

Joel-Peter Witkin was born in New York in 1939. His Jewish father was an immigrant from Lithuania and his Catholic mother was from Italian stock. He has a son and a twin brother, Jerome Paul Witkin, who is a well-known painter.


Witkin’s parents divorced when he was a child because of religious differences. After primary schooling at Saint Cecilia’s in Brooklyn he went to Grover Cleveland High School. During his military service he was assigned to various reporting tasks and received basic training in photography. Despite a persistent legend, and the fact that Vietnam War was in full swing at the time, Witkin was not sent to the battlefields as a war correspondent, but was asked to document everyday life of regiment base in Europe and elsewhere, particularly the rate of accidents and suicides.


When he left the army, he studied art at the Cooper Union, and earned a Bachelor of Art degree. In 1974 he received a grant from the University of Colombia. He then moved to Albuquerque (New Mexico), where he still lives today, and enrolled at the University of New Mexico. He graduated as a Master of Fine Arts.

This was when his career as a photographer began in earnest.


Witkin has often recounted his early research and the way he began to use staged photography and abnormal models, recruited through chance encounters or through classified ads. In particular he talks about his time with a freak show, and making friends with his stars. He subsequently developed a highly individual style of photography and printmaking. He does his own printing, making only a few copies, and takes few photographs.

Although he is not a reporter or event photographer, he travels widely. He is receptive to different cultures and the atmosphere that emanates from them. He takes photographs in many different countries, systematically setting the stage with great attention to details.

Witkin’s artistic culture is immense, and his knowledge of the plastic vocabulary and themes of great art – classical and modern – transpires in his choices of subjects, staging, and viewing angles. He sometimes reinterprets works by classical painters such as Goya, Courbet, Manet… Whether clearly stated in the titles or merely an underlying presence, this element is a constant in his oeuvre.


Instead, he applies collage effects manually on the final print. The image is thought out beforehand, usually prepared with meticulous pencil or charcoal drawings. The highly individual elaboration of the image, that makes his photographs immediately identifiable, is done during the printing stage. He has developed great skill with a number of very personal procedures (scratching, tearing or standing the negative, inserting filters and various obstacles between the support and the enlarger), and will go to any lengths in his printing methods. He enters the darkroom, and does not stop working until he achieves the perfect print. This is a particularly crucial point, because many photographers delegate this phase of production to a printer: for Witkin the material process of creation is of capital importance. What Witkin exhibits is certainly a “subject”, but it is also a very substance of the photograph, an object in itself. What Manet did for painting – that is, demonstrate the importance of the paint and the canvas beyond themes and anecdotes – Witkin does for photography.

Biography

Solo exhibitions (selected)


2017

  • The World is Not Enough, A Gallery for Fine Photography, New Orleans, USA
  • The Soul Has No Gender I, baudoin lebon, Paris France
  • The Soul Has No Gender II, Cornette de Saint Cyr, Paris, France

 

2016

  • Michel Soskine Gallery, Madrid, Spain
  • Witkin & Witkin, Foto Quatro CaminosMuseum, Mexico City, Mexico

 

2015

  • The World is not Enough, Hiltawsky Gallery, Berlin, Germany
  • Gu-Cang Museum, Lanzhou, China
  • The Despair of The Soul , 21 Space Art Museum, Dongguan, Guangdong, China
  • Hiltawsky Gallery, Berlin, Germany

 

2014

  • Love and Other Reasons, Keitelman Gallery, Brussels, Belgium

 

2013

  • Il maestro dei suoi maestri, Museo Nazionale Alinari della Fotografia, Florence, Italy

 

2012

  • History of the White World, baudoin lebon, Paris, France
  • Enfer ou ciel, Bibliotheque Nationale de France, Paris, France
  • Œuvres récentes, baudoin lebon, Paris, France


2010

  • Castillo I Sehie, Italy
  • Minshar School of Art, Tel Aviv, Israel

2009

  • Nordic Light Festival, Kristiansund, Norway
  • Itaù Cultural, Sao Paolo, Brazil

2008

  • Bruce Silverstein Gallery, New York, USA
  • Catherine Edelman Gallery, Chicago, USA
  • Padiglione d'Arte Contemporanea, Milano, Italy

 

2007

  • Joel-Peter Witkin, Palazzo Mediceo, Seravezza, Italy
  • Ca di Fra Gallery, Milano, Italy
  • Human Kind, baudoin lebon, Paris, France

 

2006

  • Œuvres récentes, Le Café Français, Brussels, Belgium
  • Œuvres récentes, Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris (Mois de la Photo), France
  • Œuvres récentes, Espace Jules Valles, Saint-Martin-d’Hères, France

2005

  • Compassionate Beauty, Catherine Edelman Gallery, Chicago, USA
  • Heart beats dust, Fahey/Klein Gallery, Los Angeles, USA
  • Heart beats dust, House of Photography of Moscow, Moscow, Russia

 

2004

  • Heart Beats Dust, Ricco Maresca Gallery, New York, USA
  • Heart Beats Dust, baudoin lebon, Paris, France
  • Clave Gallery, Murcie, Spain

2003

  • Aizpuru Gallery, Madrid, Spain
  • Le Garage Gallery, Toulouse, France
  • Circulo de Bellas Artes, Madrid, Spain

2002

  • Joel-Peter Witkin, Compassionate Beauty, Stadtmuseum, Iena, Germany
  • Infinito Gallery, Turin, Italy
  • Ricco Maresca Gallery, New York, USA
  • Mystery of Presence, baudoin lebon, Paris, France

2001

  • In and Out Of Life, Joel-Peter Witkin, Art Concern Gallery, Courtrai, Belgium, 24 November 2001-6 January 2002


2000

  • baudoin lebon, Paris, France
  • Witkin, disciple et maître, Patrimoine Photographique, Hôtel Sully, Paris, France
  • Art Center, Pärno, Estonia

1999

  • Art Museum of Santa Fe, Santa Fe, USA
  • Camera Work Gallery, Berlin, Germany                                            
  • Slovenska Madrona Gallery, Bratislava, Slovenia                                 
  • Pace Wildenstein Gallery, Tokyo, Japan

 

1998

  • Lege Ruimte Gallery, Gand, Belgium
  • Cultuur Centrum, Bruges, Belgium
  • Hanlim Museum, Seoul, South Korea

1997

  • Pace Wildenstein MacGill, New York, USA
  • Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco, USA                                             
  • Fahey/Klein Gallery, Los Angeles, USA
  • Pace Wildenstein Gallery, Los Angeles, USA

1996

  • David Floria Gallery, Aspen Colorado, USA
  • Megan Fox Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA


1995

  • Salomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, USA
  • Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco, USA
  • Pace Wildenstein /MacGill, New York, USA
  • baudoin lebon, Paris, France

1994

  • De La Tour Gallery, Basel, Switzerland
  • La Tour Gallery, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • Mokka Gallery, Reykjavik, Island

1993

  • Cahors Museum, Cahors, France
  • De La Tour Gallery, Basel, Switzerland
  • Picture Photo Space, Osaka, Japan

1992

  • Fay Gold Gallery, Atlanta, USA
  • University of Illinois, Chapaign-Urbana, USA


1991

  • Hamiltons Gallery, Londres, United Kingdom
  • baudoin lebon, Paris, France
  • Modern Art Museum, Haifa, Israel

1989

  • Pace Wildenstein /MacGill, New York, USA
  • Fahey/Klein Gallery, Los Angeles, USA
  • National Center of Photography, Tokyo Palace, Paris, France
  • Dart Gallery, Chicago, USA
  • Palau Sollerie, Palma, Spain

1988

  • Tartt Gallery, Washington D.C., USA
  • Hippolyte Photographic Gallery, Helsinki, Finland
  • Biennale de Rotterdam, The Netherlands


1987

  • University of Illinois at Carbondale, Carbondale, USA
  • La Jolla’s Contemporary Art Museum, La Jolla, USA
  • Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco, USA
  • Watari Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
  • baudoin lebon, Paris, France

1986

  • The University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, USA
  • Anderes Ufer, Berlin, Germany
  • Fine Arts Museum, Santa Fe, USA
  • Fay Gold Gallery, Atlanta, USA
  • baudoin lebon, Paris, France

 

1985

  • Forty Photographs, Modern Art Museum, San Francisco, USA
  • Museum of contemporary photography, Columbia College, Chicago, USA
  • The Unique Vision of Peter-Joel Witkin, Watari Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
  • Butler Gallery, Houston, USA
  • G.Ray Hawkins Gallery, Los Angeles, USA
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Group exhibitions (selected)


2017

  • AIPAD, with baudoin lebon, New York, USA
  • Art Busan, with baudoin lebon, Busan, South Korea
  • Photo Basel, with baudoin lebon, Basel, Switzerland

 

2016

  • AIPAD, with baudoin lebon, New York, USA
  • Photo London, Somerset House, London, UK

 

2015

  • Âmes qui vivent,  baudoin lebon, Paris, France
  • PhotoLux Festival Internazionale di Fotografia, Sacro e profano, Guest of Honour, Luccia, Italy
  • Luxembourg Art Week, Halle Victor Hugo, Luxembourg

 

2014

  • Hysteria, baudoin lebon, Paris, France
  • Twin Visions, Jack Rutberg Gallery, Los Angeles, USA
  • Art Elysées, with baudoin lebon, Paris, France

 

2013

  • Art O’Clock, Paris, France
  • Summa Art Fair, Madrid, Spain
  • Joburg Art Fair, Johannesburg, South Africa

 

2012

  • Art O’ Clock, Paris, France
  • Paris Photo, Paris, France

 

2000

  • Animal, Bourdelle Museum, Paris, France
  • Drôles de bestioles, Centre photographique d’Île-de-France, Pontault-Combault, France
  • Le siècle du corps, Élysée Museum, Lausanne, Switzerland
  • Pourquoi faites-vous cette tête-là ?, Sabine Puget Gallery, Paris, France
  • Ecce Homo, Kunsthal, Rotterdam, The Netherlands

 

1999   

  • Postmodern Heretics, Siena Heights University, Adrian, Michigan, USA
  • The Missing Link, Kunstmuseum, Bern, Switzerland
  • The Elton John Collection, High Museum, Atlanta, USA

 

1998

  • Corps à vif - Art et Anatomie, Art and History Museum, Geneva, Switzerland
  • The Body in the Mirror- Photography Today, Photographic Center of Skopelos, Skopelos, Greece

public collections

United-States

Museum of Fine Arts, Museum of New Mexico, Santa Fe,
Center for Creative Photography - University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ
Williams College Museum of Art, Williamstown, MA
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
The National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C.
Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Museum of Contemporary Photography
Columbia College Chicago, Chicago
Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco, San Fransisco
Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC
San Francisco Museum of Art, San Fransisco
Paul Getty Museum, California
The Cleveland Museum of Art, Ohio

Europe

Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Strasbourg, France
National Fund for Contemporary Art, Paris, France
European House of Photography, Paris, France
Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid, Spain
Museo d'arte contemporanea Castello di Rivoli, Turin, Italy
Museo de Arte Abstracto Español, Cuenca, Spain
The Victoria and Albert Museum, London, United-Kingdom.

Exhibitions

Joel-Peter Witkin
Patrick Bailly-Maître-Grand / Juliette-Andréa ELIE / Ayana V. JACKSON / Arezu KARUBI / Robert MAPPLETHORPE / Guglielmo PLUSCHOW / Wilhelm von GLOEDEN / Joel-Peter Witkin
Mathieu BERNARD-REYMOND / Yves Gellie / Ayana V. JACKSON / Peter Knapp / Robert MAPPLETHORPE / Philippe PERRIN / Joel-Peter Witkin
Etienne CARJAT / Juliette-Andréa ELIE / Ayana V. JACKSON / Gustave LE GRAY / Etienne-Jules MAREY / Eadweard J. MUYBRIDGE / Adrien TOURNACHON / Joel-Peter Witkin
Paul Delvaux / DUBUFFET / Sol LEWITT / Robert MAPPLETHORPE / Lisette MODEL / Germaine RICHIER / Joel-Peter Witkin
Gilles Desrozier / Ayana V. JACKSON / André KERTESZ / Robert MAPPLETHORPE / Patrick WILLOCQ / Joel-Peter Witkin
Paolo Gioli / Joel-Peter Witkin
Javier Balmaseda / Luciano Castelli / Chu Teh Chun / Alain Clément / Lucien CLERGUE / Joël Ducorroy / Charles Christopher Hill / Francis LIMERAT / Robert MAPPLETHORPE / Ivan Messac / Evsa MODEL / Gloria Petyarre / Jaume Plensa / Julian Schnabel / Sung-Hy Shin / Vladimir Skoda / Antoni Tàpies / Kim Tschang-Yeul / Joel-Peter Witkin / A-Sun Wu
Roger Ballen / Les Krims / Albert Londe / Joel-Peter Witkin
Alain Clément / Christian Courrèges / Yves Gellie / Joel-Peter Witkin
Patrick Bailly-Maître-Grand / Mathieu BERNARD-REYMOND / Gilles Desrozier / Les Krims / Chrystèle Lerisse / Rafael NAVARRO / Joel-Peter Witkin
Mathieu BERNARD-REYMOND / Edouard Boubat / Alain Clément / Gilles Desrozier / Nathalie Grenier / Michel KIRCH / Nicéphore Niepce / Willy Ronis / Joel-Peter Witkin
Malala Andrialavidrazana / Patrick Bailly-Maître-Grand / Christian Courrèges / Yves Gellie / Ayana V. JACKSON / Peter Knapp / Chrystèle Lerisse / Lisette MODEL / Félix Tournachon dit NADAR / Pierre-Louis PIERSON / Joel-Peter Witkin
Alain Clément / Gilles Desrozier / Nathalie Grenier / Joel-Peter Witkin

Publication

Joel-Peter Witkin - oeuvres récentes 1998-1999
artists :
author : Joel-Peter Witkin

editeur : Baudoin Lebon
langue : Français/Anglais
pays : France
pages : 70
format : 21 x 16 cm
reliure : Broché
prix public : 20 euros


Joel-Peter Witkin - Witkin
artists :

auteur : Guy Cogeval
editeur : Baudoin Lebon
langue : Français/Anglais
pages : 58
format : 21 x 15 cm
reliure : Broché
prix public : 20 €