Karsten Greve

Lynn Davis

19 Feb - 26 Mar 2011

© Lynn Davis
Iguazu Falls, Brazil, 2008
Gelatin silver enlargement print. Mounted onto archival board.
Signed, dated and editioned by the artist verso
45 x 45 in / 114.3 x 114.3 cm
19 February - 26 March, 2011

The Galerie Karsten Greve is pleased to present an extensive exhibition of works by the American artist Lynn Davis, being since the 1970s an important figure in America's photography scene. The show mainly focuses on photographs of Waterfalls recently taken in Brazil and Argentina. They are part of an expansive water project Lynn Davis deals with since many years.

Standing in the 19th century tradition of travel photography, Lynn Davis' photographs reach far beyond this concept of the "cultured traveller". The artist is not fascinated by exoticism as her predecessors; her investigations invite the beholder to undertake his own spiritual pilgrimage.

Based on a constant aesthetic purpose, Lynn Davis proceeds by way of series and adopts large square formats, usually in black and white. Her deviceless shots and often head-on framing may call to mind the neutrality of an inventorial kind of photography or, conversely, magnify the geometry and monumentality of landscapes and architectures. The eye thus focuses on the sites themselves, deserted as they are, while the photographer deletes herself from the image.

Lynn Davis' photographs have been exhibited internationally and collected widely. Her works appear in major collections such as the Museum of Modern Art New York, the L.A. County Museum in Los Angeles, the J. Paul Getty Museum in Malibu, the Chicago Museum of Contemporary Art or the Houston Museum of Fine Arts.

Born in 1944 in Minneapolis, Lynn Davis lives and works in New York.

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