After Virginia

After Virginia

CHART is pleased to present After Virginia, an homage to the distinguished gallerist Virginia Zabriskie (1927-2019) by revisiting her 1989 show “Abstraction in Photography.” Presented at her eponymous 724 Fifth Avenue gallery, the exhibition surveyed a range of photographic abstraction by 20th century artists who explored modernist ideas and experimental techniques, producing imagery with and without a camera. “Abstraction in Photography” was Zabriskie’s largest exhibition dedicated solely to the medium. The chronology of the exhibition began with Alvin Langdon Coburn’s “Vortograph,” c. 1917 and Alfred Stieglitz’ “Equivalent” 1929, works by two modernists that questioned the nature of photography. Tracing examples of experimentation through various artistic movements to contemporary artists of the time, Zabriskie limited the exhibition to those photographers whose focus was to intentionally create abstractions. As she explained in the exhibition card, she “wanted to raise questions without always giving answers,” and to include new work by younger artists, “for inquiry into the nature and use of abstraction is an ongoing concern of photography in our time.” In her spirit, After Virginia extends this conversation into the 21st century by presenting work by thirty of the artists from the original exhibition and adding six contemporary artists who, in the thirty years since, have continued to explore the photographic medium.

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