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  • Abelardo Morell (American, born Cuba, 1948), Paper Self, 2012
    Paper Self, 2012
    Inkjet print
    High Museum of Art, Atlanta, purchase with funds from Lindsay W. Marshall
    in memory of Fray F. Marshall, 2012.209

    Exhibition Overview

    Over the past twenty-five years, Abelardo Morell has gained international renown for works that employ the language of photography to explore visual surprise and wonder.

    Morell has turned his camera on conveyors of cultural meaning—such as family, books, maps, money, and museums – in extensive series that explore the perception of images. He has experimented with techniques including photograms, still-life tableaux, stop-motion studies, camera obscura, and most recently the tent camera – a portable camera obscura that projects the image of a landscape upon the surface of the ground.

    Now, after decades of working exclusively in black and white, Morell has embraced color and returned to old themes and series to view them in a new spectrum. This retrospective of more than one hundred works made from 1986 to the present traces Morell’s innovative career as he continues to mine the essential strangeness and complexity of images.

    Organization & Support
    The exhibition was organized by The Art Institute of Chicago, in association with the J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, and the High Museum of Art, Atlanta.

    This exhibition is made possible by the Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation.

    Additional support provided by Friends of Morell.

    Generous in-kind support for this exhibition is provided by Tru Vue, Inc. and Gemini Moulding, Inc.


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