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Vantage Points: Contemporary Photography from the Whitney Museum of American Art

Drawn exclusively from the Whitney’s permanent collection, this exhibition highlights how photography has been used to represent individuals, places, and narratives.

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Exhibition Images

  • William Eggleston Untitled Young Boy in Red Sweater

    William Eggleston (b. 1939), Untitled (Young Boy in Red Sweater), 1971, printed 1996, from the portfolio 10.D.70.V2. Dye transfer print: sheet, 13 5/8 × 18 5/8 in. (34.6 × 47.3 cm); image, 12 11/16 × 17 3/4 in. (32.2 × 45.1 cm). Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; promised gift of Emily Fisher Landau P.2010.81.8. © Eggleston Artistic Trust, courtesy Cheim & Read, NYC

  • Sally Mann, Sorry Game, 1989.

    Sally Mann, Sorry Game, 1989.

    Sally Mann (b. 1951), Sorry Game, 1989. Gelatin silver print: sheet, 19 15/16 × 23 13/16 in. (50.6 × 60.5 cm); image, 19 5/8 × 23 5/16 in. (49.8 × 59.2 cm). Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; gift of The Bohen Foundation 2002.349. © Sally Mann.

  • Peter Hujar, Susan Sontag, 1975.

    Peter Hujar, Susan Sontag, 1975.

    Peter Hujar (1934-1987), Susan Sontag, 1975. Gelatin silver print: sheet, 14 15/16 ×14 15/16 in. (37.9 × 37.9 cm); image, 14 11/16 × 14 3/4 in. (37.3 × 37.5 cm). Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; promised gift of the Fisher Landau Center for Art P.2010.313. © The 1987 Peter Hujar Archive. Courtesy Pace/MacGill Gallery, New York and Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco

  • Lorna Simpson, Outline, 1990.

    Lorna Simpson, Outline, 1990.

    Lorna Simpson (b. 1960), Outline, 1990. Gelatin silver prints and plastic plaques, with frames, 48 7/8 × 83 3/4 × 1 5/8 in. (124.1 × 212.7 × 4.1 cm). Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; promised gift of Emily Fisher Landau P.2010.263a-b. © Lorna Simpson

About the Exhibition

Organized by the Whitney Museum of American Art, this exhibition features a selection of photographic works from the 1970s to the mid-2000s. The works highlight how photography has been used to represent individuals, places, and narratives. Drawn exclusively from the Whitney’s permanent collection, this presentation includes approximately twenty artists, including Diane Arbus, Richard Avedon, Gregory Crewdson, William Eggleston, Nan Goldin, Peter Hujar, Robert Mapplethorpe, Cindy Sherman, Lorna Simpson, and Andy Warhol.

These artists began working at a time when photography was becoming increasingly integrated into the art world. Technological developments permitted them to use many different photographic processes and to print their works in various sizes, including ones that would create an immersive impact. The photographs included in this exhibition range from seemingly straightforward representations to those with an imaginative or conceptual perspective that challenge traditional notions of photography. In surprising and inventive ways, the artists included in this presentation have pushed the boundaries of the medium and expanded the role of photography within the history of art.

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