Opening: 2015.04.10 / 15:00
    Duration: 2015.04.10 - 05.09
    Artist: Joel Peter Witkin
    Art Director: Li Xiaoshan
    Curator: Zheng Wen
    Venue: Hall 4, AMNUA
    Organizer: AMNUA (Art Museum of Nanjing University of the Arts)
    Co-Organizer: OFOTO Gallery

    Special Thanks: Alain Jullien
    Guests: Baudoin Lebon, Fan Lin, Dong Wensheng, Feng Li, Han Lei, Hai Jie, Hong Lei, Jiao Jian, Liu Zheng, Luo Yongjin, Zhong Jianming


    Joel - peter within is a famous artist in the world. He presented his artworks in more than one hundred exhibitions,and his artworks have been collected by more than 20 museums and institutions,like Centre Georges Pompidou, Library of Congress, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Museum of Modern Art, National Gallery of Art and others.

    Witkin was born in1939 who live in Albuquerque, New Mexico. His work often deals with such themes as death, corpses(and sometimes dismembered portions thereof), and various outsiders such as dwarves, transsexuals,inters person,and physically deformed people. Witkins’ complex tableaux often religious episodes or classical paintings.

    Witkin's parents divorced when he was young because they were unable to overcome their religious differences. He attended grammar school at Saint Cecelia's in Brooklyn and went on to Grover Cleveland High School. Between 1961 and 1964 he was a war photographer documenting the Vietnam war. Going freelance in 1967, he became the official photographer for City Walls Inc. He attended  New York where he studied sculpture, attaining a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1974. After Columbia University granted him a scholarship, he ended his studies at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, where he became Master of Fine Arts.

    Witkin has brought a fresh idea in the area of photography in the late 1970s, but his key point for people to remember is - Le Baiser ( kiss). It just likes poetry,the audience feels exquisite and shock. Witkin shows his idea(religion and sex) by the human body model and the stage design. His techniques include scratching the negative,bleaching or toning the print,and using a hands in the chemicals printing technique.

    Witkin claims that his vision and sensibility spring from an episode he witnessed as a young child, an automobile accident in front of his house in which a little girl was decapitated.Joel-Peter Witkin's photograph "Sanitarium" inspired the final presentation of Alexander McQueen's Spring/Summer 2001 collection based on avian imagery, the walls of another box within the faux psychiatric ward collapsed to reveal a startling tableau vivant: a reclining, masked nude breathing through a tube and surrounded by fluttering moths.

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