Of all the celebrated photographers of the last century, the one who remains the most relevant today is Walker Evans (1903–1975). Some of his images are among the best known in the history of the medium. Direct and generous, analytical, yet lyrical, carefully composed, but unforced, the ways in which he photographed left the door open for countless others to follow.
Evans understood that photographic meaning is related to context, text and connections between images, whether on the gallery wall, or on the pages of books and magazines. So, as well as being a remarkable image maker, Evans was also an editor, writer and designer.
Walker Evans Revisited brings together three kinds of response from contemporary artists and photographers. Firstly, the continuation and extension of Evans’ ways of photographing everyday life—anonymous people, typical places, and vernacular buildings and objects. Secondly, the revisiting and re photographing of locations photographed by Evans. Lastly, the exhibition presents a variety of projects by artists responding very directly to particular images by Evans. These range from appropriation and collage, to reimaginings and homage.
Walker Evans Revisited contains work by Sherrie Levine, Michael Mandiberg, Camille Fallet, Julia Curtin, Darren Harvey-Regan, Jessica Potter, James Nares, Anastasia Samoylova, Bryan Schutmaat, Patrick Pound, Ute Mahler & Werner Mahler, Stephen Shore, Mark Ruwedel, RaMell Ross, George Georgiou, Lisa Kereszi, Vanessa Winship, Cortis&Sonderegger and Walker Evans.
The exhibition previously was on view at Kunsthalle Mannheim during the “Biennale für aktuelle Fotografie 2020” and was curated by guest curator David Campany. Walker Evans Revisited is made possible by Mondriaan Fonds.