High to Host Exhibition of Work by Atlanta-Based Photographer Chip Simone
ATLANTA, April 11, 2011—The High Museum of Art will organize and host an exhibition of 64 color photographs by Atlanta-based photographer Robert “Chip” Simone. Having worked as a classic black-and-white street photographer for most of his career, Simone embraced digital technology and color output in the year 2000, moving his experimentations with the medium into fresh and invigorating territory. This exhibition will showcase the results of Simone’s recent explorations, presenting a tightly focused retrospective of the past decade of his work. “The Resonant Image: Photographs by Chip Simone” will be on view at the High from June 18 through November 6, 2011.
The prints to be featured in this exhibition reflect Simone’s long-term quest to “invest the print with the emotional resonance that I felt when I first saw the picture.” Made largely in and around Atlanta and the photographer’s home state of Massachusetts, the photographs showcase Simone’s sensitive response to the visual rhythms of his environment. Simone describes his work as spontaneous and improvisational: “Like jazz music, the photographs resonate with the eccentric impulses and private curiosities that led me to them. These are the most intimate images I’ve ever shown, not for what they depict but for what they reveal.”
“Simone’s dedication to reinventing his visual approach to the world in recent years has resulted in a remarkably poetic and sophisticated body of work. This exhibition is a fitting way to celebrate his longstanding, thoughtful and coherent contributions to the craft of photography,” said Brett Abbott, the High’s curator of photography. “The show is also very important for the High, as it allows us to showcase the work of a significant Atlanta-based artist—a resident in our own community— who is contributing to the city’s growing cultural scene.”
An Atlanta-based street photographer, Simone has dedicated himself to photography for the last four decades. Simone studied under Harry Callahan at the Rhode Island School of Design from 1964 to 1967 alongside peers such as Emmet Gowin and John McWilliams. Simone is the recipient a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts (1978) and his photographs are included in the collections of The Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.; the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; the Sir Elton John Photography Collection; the High Museum of Art, Atlanta; and other major museums.
Exhibition Organization and Support
“The Resonant Image: Photographs by Chip Simone” is organized by the High Museum of Art, Atlanta. The High, in association with Nazraeli Press, will be releasing a related publication of Simone's work entitled CHROMA to complement the exhibition.
Photography at the High
Begun in 1974, the High’s photography collection contains nearly 4,500 19th- and 20th-century images, with notable examples of every photographic genre and process as well as many of the masters in the field, including George N. Barnard, Julia Margaret Cameron, Walker Evans, Richard Misrach, Emmet Gowin and Sally Mann. It also includes the nation’s most comprehensive collection of civil rights-era photography, with works by Ernest C. Withers, Danny Lyon, Bruce Davidson, Bob Adelman and others. Large-scale prints by prominent contemporary artists such as Thomas Struth, Taryn Simon, Vik Muniz and Jeff Wall are also featured.
High Museum of Art
The High Museum of Art, founded in 1905 as the Atlanta Art Association, is the leading art museum in the southeastern United States. With more than 12,000 works of art in its permanent collection, the High Museum of Art has an extensive anthology of 19th- and 20th-century American and decorative art; significant holdings of European paintings; a growing collection of African American art; and burgeoning collections of modern and contemporary art, photography and African art. The High is also dedicated to supporting and collecting works by Southern artists and is distinguished as the only major museum in North America to have a curatorial department specifically devoted to the field of folk and self-taught art. The High's media arts department produces acclaimed annual film series and festivals of foreign, independent and classic cinema. In November 2005, the High opened three new buildings by architect Renzo Piano that more than doubled the Museum's size, creating a vibrant "village for the arts" at the Woodruff Arts Center in midtown Atlanta. For more information about the High, please visit www.high.org.
The Woodruff Arts Center
The Woodruff Arts Center is ranked among the top four arts centers in the nation. The Woodruff is unique in that it combines four visual and performing arts divisions on one campus as one not-for-profit organization. Opened in 1968, the Woodruff Arts Center is home to the Alliance Theatre, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, the High Museum of Art and Young Audiences. To learn more about the Woodruff Arts Center, please visit www.woodruffcenter.org.
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