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THE NEIGHBORS

ARNE SVENSON: THE NEIGHBORS

FEBRUARY 20, 2016 – JUNE 5 EXTENDED TRHOUGH JUNE 12, 2016

After receiving a bird watching, telephoto lens from a friend, Arne Svenson set up a tripod to capture what unfolded within a brand new, glass-and-steel high-rise building across the street from his Tribeca studio. Capturing the lives of his neighbors (their habits, activities, tastes) over the course of a year, Svenson also used the geometry of the buildings’ windows as his frame, creating various tableaux of domestic life unfolding. Presenting over 20 photographs from this series, The Neighbors, this exhibition explores in depth the central issues raised by these enigmatic works: voyeurism, the increasingly imperceptible boundaries between privacy and the public, and the ubiquity of the camera in our surveillance-obsessed world. Documentation of a court case brought against the artist (which he successfully appealed, twice) will enrich this discussion, as the works point up a tension between the luxury of looking out and the vulnerability of being looked upon.

Join us Thursday, March 31, for an artist talk with Arne Svenson.
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The exhibition is curated by Nora Burnett Abrams.

Arne Svenson : The Neighbors is sponsored in part by the Director’s Vision Society members and the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. MCA Denver also thanks the citizens of the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District.

images: Neighbors #1, 2012. Pigment print, 26 x 63 inches. © Arne Svenson. Courtesy the artist and Julie Saul Gallery, New York.
Neighbors #5, 2012. Pigment print, 30 x 44 ½ inches. © Arne Svenson. Courtesy the artist and Julie Saul Gallery, New York.
Neighbors #10, 2012. Pigment print, 45 x 30 inches. © Arne Svenson. Courtesy the artist and Julie Saul Gallery, New York.
Neighbors #11, 2012. Pigment print, 30 x 45 inches. © Arne Svenson. Courtesy the artist and Julie Saul Gallery, New York.
Neighbors #27, 2012. Pigment print, 45 x 30 inches. Collection of KHS Fine Art. © Arne Svenson. Photography courtesy Julie Saul Gallery, New York.
Neighbors #28, 2012. Pigment print, 45 x 30 inches. Collection of Michael and Michelle Fries. © Arne Svenson. Photography courtesy Julie Saul Gallery, New York.

 


 
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