Private art dealer Kristy Stubbs is opening the gallery for an exhibition of works by photographer Laura Wilson. This is Wilson’s first exhibition since her solo show at the Amon Carter Museum last September, AVEDON AT WORK. That exhibit chronicled her years working alongside Richard Avedon, who died suddenly in 2004.
Laura assumes Avedon’s place in the world of in situ photography, and this exhibition pulls together some of the highlights of her last two decades of work. COWBOYS WALKING was shot shortly after assisting Avedon with his IN THE WEST series, when Wilson chronicled the day to day lives of working cowboys in late 20th Century West Texas. She is working on a new book, MAKING MOVIES.
The opener for that is being exhibited: a photograph of two of her sons, Luke and Owen, making their first movie, “Bottle Rocket”.
Examples of her continued work in Texas will grace the walls of the gallery: landscapes of Marfa and portraits of its messiah, Donald Judd, are being shown.
Wilson’s 40 by 40-inch photographs of working falconers, actors, artists, models and cowboys in one gallery will set the tone for several videos that will be shown in the annex: among those:
* A video mosaic by Mary Lucier, called ARABESQUE, which glorifies the graceful movements of the Rodeo culture called Arabesque. The video that was produced for a series called the Plains of Sweet Regret which was first exhibited at the South Dakota Museum of Art. Mary Lucier is a pioneer of the medium of video as art, having graduated from Brandeis University and received a Guggenheim Fellowship, she has been working for 30 years in this field. She had a solo exhibition at the DMA in 1987.
*Also previewed will be the Turner Prize winning video, MEMORY BUCKET; first exhibited at the Tate Modern in 2004. Jeremy Deller filmed MEMORY BUCKET in Texas during his artist in residency gig at Pace in San Antonio. The film highlights everyday people he met while roadtripping through Waco, Crawford, Austin and San Antonio.