RALPH GIBSON - The Anti-Classical - SOLO SHOW


The Anti-Classical

from October 18th, 2014 to January 31th, 2014

Opening October Saturday 18th at 6.30 pm




Paci Contemporary proudly presents “The Anti-Classic”, a solo exhibition of the world-renowned photographer Ralph Gibson – the latest great new-entry among the artists of the Gallery.

The exhibition “The Anti-Classic” will present the most famous works by Gibson, ranging from the series “Somnambulist” and “Déjà-vu” in the ‘60s-’70s to the female nudes, creating erotic and allusive images, on the verge between reality and imagination, precision and ambiguity.

Suspended in a tense and crystallized time, Ralph Gibson’s photographs capture reality in their material evidence, and yet manage to become unsettling and enigmatic objects themselves, able to suggest sensual energies and emotions that are deeply “anti-classical”.

All of the works presented at the gallery are strictly vintage.

Ralph Gibson was born in Los Angeles in 1939. He began exploring photography during his four years of service in the US Navy, and continued his training at the San Francisco Art Institute (SFAI). He worked as an assistant for D. Lange and as a cameraman with R. Frank in New York, where he moved in 1969. After working for a short period with the Magnum agency, Gibson created his own studio and publishing house (Lustrum).

Influenced by H. Cartier-Bresson and W. Klein, he published his first photo book in 1966 (The Strip). In the seventies he set out on an experimental path that resulted in publications such as The Somnambulist (1970) and Déjà-vu (1973), whose black-and-white sequential images hint at surrealistic themes.

In L'anonyme (1986) Gibson’s attention turns to the female nude. Each and every one of Ralph Gibson’s photograph resembles a classic and monumental fragment, far away in time. In his artistic pieces, the artist joins his vision of the world with a constant attention for composition and proportion in his images.

His pictures are included in more than fifty museum collections all over the world, and have appeared in thousands of exhibitions. Gibson worked exclusively with the same Leica for almost fifty years.

His works are now part of important collections such as the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), the Witney Museum of American Art and the International Center of Photography in New York, the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art in Kansas City, the Ludwig Museum in Cologne, the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam and many more. His recognitions include: the Leica Medal of Excellence Award (1988), the “150 Years of Photography” Award, Photographic Society of Japan (1989),

Grande Medaille de la Ville d’Arles (1994) and the Lucie Award for his career (2008). Gibson also received two honorary doctorate degrees in Fine Arts, one from the University of Maryland in 1991, and the other from the Ohio Wesleyan University in 1998.