Jeanette Montgomery Barron Connecticut Still Life
Medium Silver print
Photo Date 1983 Print Date 1983c
Dimensions 13 x 13 in. (330 x 330 mm)
Photo Country United States (USA)
Photographer Country United States (USA)
Contact Alex Novak and Marthe Smith
About This Image
Signed, dated, numbered "3/25" in pencil on the reverse. Provenance: Readers Digest Collection.
Jeannette Montgomery Barron (born October 3, 1956) is an American photographer known for her portraits of artists, such as Andy Warhol, Jean-Michel Basquiat, and Cindy Sherman, and for her still life photography.
Jeannette Montgomery Barron was born in Atlanta, GA and moved to New York in 1979 to study at the International Center of Photography. In 1982, she began a series of artist portraits, starting with painter Francesco Clemente. In 1984, gallerist Bruno Bischofberger assigned Montgomery Barron to photograph Andy Warhol and Jean-Michel Basquiat at The Factory. There, Montgomery Barron met Keith Haring, Bianca Jagger, and Boy George, who became subjects in her portraiture series. These photographs were exhibited by Galerie Bruno Bischofberger in 1985 and published in her first monograph, Jeannette Montgomery Barron.
Montgomery Barron then collaborated with Pulitzer Prize winning poet Jorie Graham on a collection of still life photographs entitled Photographs and Poems, published by Scalo in 1998. Her following series of work, Mirrors, was published by Holzwarth Editions in 2004 and includes text by the celebrated author Edmund White. Twenty photographs taken on Montgomery Barron's visit to artist Keith Haring's studio in 1985 were published in her next monograph, Session with Keith Haring. In My Mother's Clothes, Montgomery Barron created a portrait of her late mother through still life images of her cherished clothing, shoes, and personal possessions. As her mother's struggle with Alzheimer's progressed, robbing her of any remembered past, Montgomery Barron began this visual album as a way of both sparking her mother's memories, and coping with her own sense of loss. My Mother's Clothes received praise from numerous publications such as The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, and The New Yorker.
In Spring 2013, powerHouse Books published SCENE, a book of her portraits from the 1980s.
Her work is the collections of: the High Museum of Art, Atlanta; the Houston Museum of Fine Arts; Kunsthaus, Zurich; McMullen Museum of Art, Boston College; The Santa Barbara Museum of Art; The Andy Warhol Museum; Avon Inc.; Ralph Lauren; and Bruno Bischofberger.
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