Ralph Gibson is an American master photographer best known for literally inventing a new language of photography in the 1970s. Ralph Gibson builds a narrative meaning through contextualization and surreal juxtaposition. He studied photography while in the US Navy and then at the San Francisco Art Institute. He began his professional career as an assistant to Dorothea Lange and went on to work with Robert Frank on two films. Gibson has maintained a lifelong fascination with books and book-making. Since the appearance in 1970 of THE SOMNAMBULIST, his work has been steadily impelled towards the printed page. To date he has produced over 40 monographs. His photographs are included in over one hundred and fifty museum collections around the world, and have appeared in hundreds of exhibitions. Gibson has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts (1973, 1975, 1986), a Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (D.A.A.D.) Exchange, Berlin (1977), a New York State Council of the Arts (C.A.P.S.) fellowship (1977), and the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation (1985). The Rencontres d'Arles festival presented his work in 1975, 1976, 1977, 1979, 1989 and 1994. His book "Syntax" received a mention for the Rencontres d'Arles Book Award in 1983. He was decorated as an Officier de L'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres (1986) and appointed, Commandeur de L'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres (2005) by the French government. His awards include: Leica Medal of Excellence Award (1988), "150 Years of Photography" Award, Photographic Society of Japan (1989), a Grande Medaille de la Ville d'Arles (1994) and the Lucie Award for lifetime achievement (2008). Gibson also received an honorary doctorate of Fine Arts from the University of Maryland (1991), and a second honorary doctorate from the Ohio Wesleyan University (1998). He has worked exclusively with the Leica for almost 50 years. Gibson currently lives in New York and travels frequently to Europe and Brazil.
ACQUIRING SOME OF RALPH GIBSON'S ICONIC PRINTS
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GALERIE THIERRY BIGAIGNON
17 MARCH 2017 - 12 MAY 2018
A WORLD’S FIRST. FOR THE FIRST-TIME EVER IN HIS SIXTY-YEAR CAREER, RALPH GIBSON REVISITS FIFTEEN OF HIS MOST ICONIC PHOTOGRAPHS... IN MUSIC!
Following our 2016 exhibition where we showed the recent, digital, large format color works of Ralph Gibson, we will once more indulge our ever-growing collector base as we chose to unveil another side of this legendary artist: his lesser-known talent for music and his guitar prowess. Celebrated as a Master photographer since he invented a new photography language in the 1970s, Ralph Gibson’s double virtuosity will be honored for the first time in his career.
The exhibition will give an unprecedented opportunity to revisit 15 of Gibson’s most iconic photographs in a totally unique way. These images, carefully selected by the artist and the gallerist, were shot between 1968 and 1990. Each photograph will come as a fine silver gelatin print and will be accompanied by a musical piece which was specifically composed, played and recorded by the artist for this exhibit.
A very special care was given to the object itself which will be exhibited from March 17th. Each of these pristine silver gelatin prints will come in an edition of 3. Provided in a special format they will all show at their verso a hand-written and signed musical score by the artist. And the gallery will use for the first-time an in-house innovative frame that will integrate an NFC chip allowing the collector to stream the music of each photograph while viewing it. For Thierry Bigaignon: "To musically illustrate these magnificent photographs offers us yet another opportunity to present rare collection pieces and to showcase innovations which we think will make history. It is our gift to collectors, and photography enthusiasts alike, who have followed and admired for decades the immense body of work of this legendary artist."
RALPH GIBSON, BLACK TRILOGY
PAVILLON POPULAIRE, MONTPELLIER, FRANCE
18 OCTOBER 2017 - 8 JANUARY 2018
Under the artistic direction of Gilles Mora, The Pavillon Populaire of Montpellier presents Ralph Gibson's famous Trilogy (1970-1974).
For the first time ever, the 150 photographs composing this trilogy will be shown. This exhibition is already considered an absolute "must-see" this last quarter of 2017.
GALERIE THIERRY BIGAIGNON
10 JUNE - 27 AUGUST 2016
Seventeen years after the retrospective dedicated to his work at the "Maison Européenne de la Photographie" in Paris, Ralph Gibson returned to the French capital with a selection of 12 never-before-seen color prints in a compelling departure from the black-and-white images for which he is celebrated. Primarily known for his high-contrast monochrome photographs, the famous American photographer has been exploring color since the advent of digital photography.
- 12 color photographs (32" x 44")
- Limited edition of 8, printed and signed by the artist
- White wooden hand-made frames
- Each 8 000 € incl. VAT