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Duane Michals: 60 Years of Inventive Celebrity Portraiture

Duane Michals: The Portraitist opens February 8, 2019, at Snap! Space in Orlando, Florida. The exhibition is the first comprehensive overview of Duane Michals’s inventive and influential portraits.

In his 60-year career, Michals photographed popular figures such as Leonard Cohen, Yayoi Kusama, Meryl Streep, Maya Angelou, Robert De Niro, Rene Magritte, Marcel Duchamp, Andy Warhol, Stephen King, Madonna, Liza Minnelli, Yves Saint Laurent, Sting, Tennessee Williams, the original cast of Saturday Night Live, and many more. The images are shown together for the first time in The Portraitist.

Featuring more than 125 portraits, many of which are black-and-white photographs recently rediscovered by the artist in his New York City apartment, the show highlights the artist’s stylistically varied body of work— sequenced images, multiple exposures, reflections, uncommon vantage points, collage, hand-painting, and other techniques. Michals also often adds handwritten annotations on his images.

Born in 1932, Michals’s earliest major solo museum exhibitions were at the Art Institute of Chicago in 1968 and the Museum of Modern Art, New York, in 1970. Since then, he has had numerous solo shows, including at the Odakyu Museum, Tokyo (1999), the International Center of Photography, New York (2005), the Thessaloniki Museum of Photography, Greece (2008), and the Scavi Scaligeri in Verona, Italy (2008). His work is located in numerous permanent collections in the U.S. and around the world. Michals lives in New York City.

Duane Michals: The Portraitist opens
Curated by Linda Benedict-Jones
Snap! Space 

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