Allan Sekula. Early Works

14 Jan — 11 Mar 2017 at the Christopher Grimes Gallery in Santa Monica, United States

28 JANUARY 2017
Allan Sekula. Early Works, exhibition view. Courtesy of Christopher Grimes Gallery
Allan Sekula. Early Works, exhibition view. Courtesy of Christopher Grimes Gallery

Christopher Grimes Gallery is pleased to announce an exhibition of early works by Allan Sekula. The exhibition will open on January 14 at 6 pm with a panel discussion between Jill Dawsey, Curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, Philipp Kaiser, independent curator, and Glenn Phillips, Curator and Head of Modern & Contemporary Collections at the Getty Research Institute. In addition to the panel discussion we will launch the second edition of Photography Against the Grain: Essays and Photoworks 1973-1983, a seminal collection of early essays and photographs by Sekula that has been out of print for nearly three decades.

Sekula’s exhibition will include unique, preliminary versions of his established works such as This Ain’t China (unique maquette), (1974), comprised of almost 90 contact sheet prints depicting the class struggle of kitchen workers (including the artist himself), and School is a Factory, consisting of selected prints that have never been exhibited. Also on view will be Meditations on a Triptych, as well as Long Beach Notes and the single-channel video Reagan Tape, among other works.

Allan Sekula’s (1951-2013) recent solo exhibitions include, Fish Story, to be continued at the NTU Centre for Contemporary Art Singapore, Gillman Barracks, Singapore (2015); Dockers' Museum, Johan Jacobs Museum, Zürich, Switzerland (2014); Meditations on a Tritpych, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, Netherlands (2013); and Ship of Fools, Ludwig Museum, Budapest, Hungary (2010). Select group exhibitions include those held at the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, CA (2016); Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY (2015); Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY (2015); Leal Rios Foundation, Lisbon, Portugal (2015); Whitney Biennial, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY (2014); Victoria & Albert Museum, London, England (2014); MAXXI National Museum of XXI Century Arts, Rome, Italy (2014); 55th Venice Biennale, Catalan pavilion (2013); 29th Bienal de São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil (2010); and Documenta XII and XI, Kassel, Germany (2007 and 2002). His work is in the collections of the J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, CA; Museo de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid, Spain; Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY; Tate, London, UK; Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary, Vienna, Austria; Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, San Diego, CA; and Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN, among others.