“American Moods,” an unprecedented Altamira Fine Art exhibition of photographs by acclaimed photographer Robert Farber, will be on display February 14 – March 1st, 2013. An opening reception takes place Saturday, February 16th, 5-8:00 pm at the gallery. Farber will be on hand! There’s no finer gauge of artistic relevance and import on television these days than documentaries produced on the subject by the Public Broadcasting System, or PBS. Farber has been approached by PBS regarding documenting the artists’ life. And what is PBS’ mission? It is to “educate, inform and inspire with essential… programming that enlarges people’s sense of the world.”
And our view will be enlarged! Part of the exhibition includes five 5′ x 8′ canvas photographs from Farber’s Americana, Classic and New York portfolios. Those will hang in addition to 30 more photographs measuring 30 x 40 inches from the same portfolios; Altamira will show color and black and white images.
Enlarging our sense of the world, yes. Photographing for over 38 years, Farber’s recognition as one of the world’s greatest photographers has allowed him to lecture at such eminent institutions as the Smithsonian Institute, the George Eastman House, and at universities and professional groups throughout the United States, Japan, Australia and Europe, notes Altamira.
There may never be a greater arbriter of taste than Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis. It was she who brought Farber into Doubleday’s publishing house for his book By The Sea, and Farber won the Art Director’s award for color photography. His images have been called analytical, and they may be in that they single out American destinations and states of mind. But Farber’s images are highly evocative, prone to allowing muffled memories of our personal ideals of landscape—urban or otherwise—to float back to the surface.
Remarkably, Farber’s work is not limited to documentary photographs as we think of them~~~images of movements, historic place, profiles and the like. He’s able to transform his work to embrace and brilliantly render major campaigns in the worlds of fashion, beauty and advertisting, and directing for film and TV.
“His painterly, impressionistic style captures the essence of composition in every genre, including Nudes, Still Life, Landscapes and Architecture. His ten photo art books have sold over half a million copies,” notes Altamira. Farber’s nudes were used as examples of artistic application in support of the National Endowment of the Arts, after that organization backed the historic, then very controversial Mapplethorp/Serrano photography exhibition. Farber has received numerous prestigious creative awards, joining the ranks of such photographic giants as Dr. Edwin Land, George Hurrell and National Geographic.
And speaking of American landscapes and painters, the highly place-based paintings of painter Jared Sanders are also featured, concurrently with this exhibit, at Altamira. Mr. Sanders will also attend the reception~~I’m very much looking forward to seeing his new work! www.altamiraart.com