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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 Italy. 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.


Video of the exhibition 'The Soul Has No Gender'

Biography

Joel-Peter Witkin was born in 1939 in Brooklyn, New York.
He lives and works in Albuquerque, NM, USA.



SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS

 

2019

  • Mythologies of Gods and Men, La Chapelle, Clairefontaine-en-Yvelines, FR
  • ICON, Paris Photo, Grand Palais, Paris, FR with baudoin lebon & Etherton Gallery
  • From the Studio, Catherine Edelman Gallery, Chicago, USA

 

 

2018

  • El Museo Cultural de Santa Fe, USA


2017

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

 

2016

  • Galeria de arte Michel Soskine, Madrid, ES
  • Witkin & Witkin, Foto Quatro Caminos Museum, Mexico City, MEX
  • The World is Not Enough, A Gallery for Fine Photography, New Orleans, USA
  • Gallery Hitawsky, Berlin, DE

 

2015

  • The World is not Enough, Galerie Hiltawsky, Berlin, DE
  • Musée Gu-Cang, Lanzhou, PRC
  • Joel-Peter Witkin, Paolo Gioli, baudoin lebon, Paris, FR
  • Rita Castellote Gallery, Madrid, ES
  • Galleria Massimo Minini, Brescia, IT
  • The Despair of The Soul, exhibition 1, Ofoto Gallery & Anart, Shanghai, PRC

 

2014

  • Love and Other reasons, Galerie Keitelman, Brussels, BE
  • Twin Visions : Joel & Jerome Witkin, Jack Rutberg Fine Arts, Los Angeles, USA
  • Museet For Fotokunst, Odense, DK

 

2013

  • Il maestro dei suoi maestri, Museo Nazionale Alinari della Fotografia, Florence, IT
  • PAN | Palazzo delle Arti Napoli, IT
  • Vanitas, Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Santiago, Chile
  • Retrospective, Galerie Jacques de la Béraudière, Geneva, CH

 

2012

  • Enfer ou ciel, French National Library (BNF), Paris, FR
  • History of the White World, baudoin lebon, Paris, FR


2011

 

  • Joel-Peter Witkin, Ca’ di Fra’ Galleria, Milano, IT
  • Bodies, Fotografiska, Stockholm, SE


2010

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


2009

  • Nordic Light Festival, Kristiansund, NO
  • Itaù Cultural, Sao Paolo, BR


2008

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


2007

  • Joel-Peter Witkin, Palazzo Mediceo, Seravezza, IT
  • Galleria Ca di Fra, Milan, IT
  • Human Kind, baudoin lebon, Paris, FR


2006

  • Recent works, Le Café Français, Brussels, BE
  • Recent works, Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris (Mois de la Photo), FR
  • Recent works, Espace Jules Valles, Saint Martin d'Hyères, FR


2005

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


2004

  • Heart Beats Dust, Ricco Maresca Gallery, New York, USA
  • Heart Beats Dust, baudoin lebon, Paris, FR
  • Galerie Clave, Murcie, ES


2003

  • Galerie Aizpuru, Madrid, ES
  • Galerie Le Garage, Toulouse, FR
  • Circulo de Bellas Artes (Photo Spain Festival), Madrid, ES


2002

  • Joel-Peter Witkin, Compassionate Beauty, Stadtmuseum, Iena, DE
  • Ricco Maresca Gallery, New York, USA
  • Mystery of Presence, baudoin lebon, Paris, FR


2001

  • In and Out Of Life, Joel-Peter Witkin, Galerie Art Concern, Courtrai, BE


2000

  • baudoin lebon, Paris, FR
  • Witkin, disciple et maître, Patrimoine Photographique, Hôtel Sully, Paris, FR
  • Centre d'Art, Pärno, EE


1999

  • Santa Fe Museum of Art, Santa Fe, NM, USA
  • Slovenska Madrona Gallery, Bratislava, SI
  • Pace Wildenstein Gallery, Tokyo, JP


1998

  • Lege Ruimte Gallery, Gand, BE
  • Cultuur Centrum, Bruges, BE
  • Musée Hanlim, Seoul, KO


1997

  • Pace/Wildenstein/MacGill Gallery, New York., USA
  • Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco, USA
  • Fahey/Klein Gallery, Los Angeles, USA
  • baudoin lebon, Paris, FR


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/MacGill Gallery, New York, USA
  • baudoin lebon, Paris, FR


1994

  • Galerie De La Tour, Bâle, CH
  • La Tour Gallery, Amsterdam, NL
  • Mokka Gallery, Reykjavik, IS


1993

  • Cahors Museum, Cahors, FR
  • Galerie De La Tour, Bâle, CH


1992

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


1991

  • Fahey/Klein Gallery, Los Angeles, USA
  • baudoin lebon, Paris, FR


1989

  • Pace/MacGill Gallery, New York, USA
  • Fahey/Klein Gallery, Los Angeles, USA
  • National Center for Photography, Palais de Tokyo, Paris, FR


1988

  • Tartt Gallery, Washington, USA
  • Hippolyte Photographic Gallery, Helsinki, FI
  • Rotterdam Biennal, NL

 

1987

  • University of Illinois at Carbondale, Carbondale, USA
  • Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego  (MCASD), La Jolla, CA, USA
  • Watari Gallery, Tokyo, JP
  • baudoin lebon, Paris, FR


1986

  • The University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM, USA
  • Anderes Ufer, Berlin, DE
  • Hochschule der Kunst, Berlin, DE
  • baudoin lebon, Paris, FR


1985

  • Forty Photographs, SFMoMA, San Francisco, CA, USA
  • Museum of Contemporary Photography, Columbia College, Chicago, ILL, USA
  • Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, NYC, USA
  • American Images : Photography 1945-1980 , Barbican Gallery, London, UK
  • Aspen Museum, Aspen, CO, USA



SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

 

2020

  • L'antichambre, act 2, baudoin lebon, Hôtel La Nouvelle République, Paris, FR



2017

  • AIPAD, baudoin lebon, New York, USA
  • Art Busan, baudoin lebon, Busan, KO
  • Photo Basel, baudoin lebon, Basel, CH
  • KIAF, baudoin lebon, Séoul, KO

 

2016

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

 

2015

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

 

2014

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

 

2013

  • Art O'Clock, Paris, FR
  • Esprits de Corps, Topographie de l'Art, Paris, FR
  • Summa Art Fair, Madrid, ES
  • Joburg Art Fair, Johannesburg, South Africa

 

2012

  • Art O'Clock, Paris, FR
  • Paris Photo, Paris, FR

 

 

2010

 

  • Decadence Now!, The Brno House of Art, Prague, CZK


2000

  • Animal, Musée Bourdelle, Paris, FR
  • Drôles de bestioles, Centre photographique d'Île-de-France, Pontault-Combault, FR
  • Le siècle du corps, Musée de l'Élysée, Lausanne, CH
  • Pourquoi faites-vous cette tête-là ?, Galerie Sabine Puget, Paris, FR
  • Ecce Homo, Kunsthal, Rotterdam, NL

 

1999

  • Postmodern Heretics, Siena Heights University, Adrian, Michigan, USA
  • The Missing Link, Kunstmuseum, Bern, CH
  • The Elton John Collection, High Museum, Atlanta, USA
  • Love and Desire, between Neoclassicism and Neuroticism, Photology, Milan, IT
  • Rattling, the Frale, the Photographic Space, JPW, Unpublished and Unseen Work, Museum of Fine Arts, Santa Fe, USA

 

1998

  • Corps à vif, Art et Anatomie, Museum of Art and History, Genève, CH
  • The Body in the Mirror- Photography Today, Photographic Center of Skopelos, Skopelos, GR
  • Autour du sport, Galerie Gabrielle Maubrie, Paris, FR

public collections

Bibliothèque Nationale de France, Paris, FR

Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, FR

National Fund for Contemporary Art, Paris, FR

European House of Photography, Paris, FR

Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Strasbourg, FR

Victoria and Albert Museum, London, UK

Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid, ES

Museo d'arte contemporanea Castello di Rivoli, Turin, IT

Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, NL

Museo de Arte Abstracto Español, Cuenca, ES

The Israel Museum, Jerusalem

Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, Tokyo, JP

Akron Art Museum, Akron, OH, USA

Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH, USA

Columbia College, Chicago, USA

George Eastman House, Rochester, NY, USA

High Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA, USA

Kansas City Art Institute, Kansas City, MO, USA

Library of Congress, USA

Los Angeles County Moseum of Art (LACMA), CA, USA

Moderna Museet, Stockholm, SE

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA, USA

New-Mexico Museum of Fine Arts, Santa Fe, NM, USA

National Museum of American Art, Smithsonian Institute, Washington, D.C., USA

National Gallery, Toronto, Canada

National Museum, Bogota, CO

Philadelphia Museum of Art, PA, USA

Princeton Art Museum, Princeton, NJ, USA

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA, USA

The J. Paul Getty Museum, Malibu, CA, USA

The Kinsey Institute, Bloomington, IN, USA

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY, USA

The Museum of Fine Art, Houston, TX, USA

The Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY, USA

The National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., USA

Center for Creative Photography - University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ, USA

 

The Whitney Museum, New York, NY, USA

Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN, USA

Williams College Museum of Art, Williamstown, MA, USA

Exhibitions

Ayana V. JACKSON / Maya MERCER / Joel-Peter WITKIN
Paul HORST / Ayana V. JACKSON / Maya MERCER / Joel-Peter WITKIN
Lucien CLERGUE / Ayana V. JACKSON / Chrystèle LERISSE / Robert MAPPLETHORPE / Jeanloup SIEFF / Joel-Peter WITKIN
Mathieu Bernard-Reymond / Lisette MODEL / Louis-Rémy ROBERT / Tomas VAN HOUTRYVE / Joel-Peter WITKIN
Ayana V. JACKSON / Robert MAPPLETHORPE / Lisette MODEL / Joel-Peter WITKIN
Patrick BAILLY-MAITRE-GRAND / BRASSAÏ / Lucien CLERGUE / Juliette-Andréa ELIE / André KERTESZ / Chrystèle LERISSE / Robert MAPPLETHORPE / Willy RONIS / Joel-Peter WITKIN
Charles CHRISTOPHER HILL / Alain CLEMENT / Karen FARKAS / Mi-Hyun KIM / Tschang-Yeul KIM / H.K KWON / Francis LIMERAT / Joel-Peter WITKIN
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Patrick BAILLY-MAITRE-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 / Charles CHRISTOPHER HILL / Chu Teh Chun / Alain CLEMENT / Lucien CLERGUE / Joël DUCORROY / Tschang-Yeul KIM / Francis LIMERAT / Robert MAPPLETHORPE / Ivan MESSAC / Evsa MODEL / Gloria Petyarre / Jaume Plensa / Julian Schnabel / Sung-Hy SHIN / Vladimir SKODA / Antoni Tàpies / Joel-Peter WITKIN / A-Sun WU
Roger Ballen / Les KRIMS / Albert Londe / Joel-Peter WITKIN
Alain CLEMENT / Christian COURREGES / Yves GELLIE / Joel-Peter WITKIN
Mathieu Bernard-Reymond / Edouard Boubat / Alain CLEMENT / Gilles Desrozier / Nathalie GRENIER / Michel KIRCH / Nicéphore Niepce / Willy RONIS / Joel-Peter WITKIN
Patrick BAILLY-MAITRE-GRAND / Mathieu Bernard-Reymond / Gilles Desrozier / Les KRIMS / Chrystèle LERISSE / Rafael NAVARRO / Joel-Peter WITKIN
Malala Andrialavidrazana / Patrick BAILLY-MAITRE-GRAND / Christian COURREGES / Yves GELLIE / Ayana V. JACKSON / Peter KNAPP / Chrystèle LERISSE / Lisette MODEL / Félix Tournachon dit NADAR / Pierre-Louis PIERSON / Joel-Peter WITKIN
Alain CLEMENT / 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 ?