RALPH GIBSON • VU, IMPRÉVU

PUBLIC OPENING: SATURDAY 17 MARCH 2018, FROM 12 TO 7PM
EXHIBITION: 17 MARCH - 12 MAY, 2018
MASTERCLASS: SUNDAY 18 MARCH (SUBSCRIBE)

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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.

The ears don’t have eye-lids!
Thierry Bigaignon who was lucky enough to spend much time alongside Ralph Gibson in his New York studio soon understood that music was holding a huge part in Gibson’s life and has being doing so for the last 70 years or so! Ralph Gibson comments: "Music is a universal language. All art strives to be music. Closing your eyes will turn any photograph in an abstract souvenir. Music is different. It cannot be ignored. The ears don’t have eye-lids!". And Thierry Bigaignon adds: "Henri Cartier- Bresson once said to photograph is to put on the same line of sight the head, the eye and the heart. By combining music to photography, Ralph carries on that line towards the soul."

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Rare and innovative collection pieces!
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."

A very personal masterclass
As an opportunity to expand one’s visual horizons under the guidance of one of the great masters in contemporary photography, Ralph Gibson will hold a masterclass on Sunday 18 March, 2018. A personal and private tour of the "Vu, Imprévu" exhibition, will lead to a conversation about his approach to image-making and his development as an artist. A wide range of topics will be covered during this once-day masterclass. The session will end with a condensed portfolio review. Register now!

To discover Ralph Gibson as you’ve never heard, visit the exhibition at Galerie Thierry Bigaignon from 17 March, 2018.

15 original signed and numbered silver gelatin prints with hand-written musical score.
Special edition of 3. Bespoke frame with integrated music stream via an NFC chip.

"Altar Boy", a piece composed, played and recorded by Ralph Gibson for the photograph "The Priest".