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SBMA Exhibition: Portrayal/Betrayal
Santa Barbara Museum of Art
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM 6/29/12 to 9/16/12
June 2 – September 16, 2012
The experiences of the photographer, sitter, and viewer often collude and sometimes collide in the creation of photographic meaning. At its start, the portrait involves a shifting negotiation from behind the camera to the front of the camera. Yet, despite both the message the photographer aims to portray and the image the sitter chooses to betray, the true control resides with the viewer, who ultimately interprets the photograph.
This exhibition explores the endlessly interesting terrain of the portrait in over 100 photographs from the Museum's permanent collection that reveals an infinite range of human complexities and contradictory states of heart and mind. It is presented in nine different themes, including basic portraiture (such as Clarence Sinclair Bull's Greta Garbo in "Mata Hari", 1931), environmental (such as Morris Camhi's Young Man with Union Brochure, Farmworkers, 1972), documentary (such as Irving Penn's Balloon Seller, Paris (Marchande de Ballons, Paris), 1950), constructed portraits (such as Harry Callahan's Collages, ca. 1956), and artists themselves (such as Dan Budnick's Portrait of Jasper Johns at Leo Castelli's Gallery, 1958).
This exhibition is made possible through the generosity of Lady Leslie Ridley-Tree.