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Installation view, American Pastoral, Gagosian, Britannia Street, London, January 23–March 14, 2020. Artwork, left to right: © Theaster Gates, © Adam McEwen, Thomas Moran, © Richard Prince, © Banks Violette, © Ed Ruscha. Photo: Lucy Dawkins

Tour

American Pastoral

Thursday, March 5, 2020, 6:30pm
Gagosian, Britannia Street, London

Join Gagosian for a tour of the group exhibition American Pastoral. The show juxtaposes modern and contemporary works with historical American landscapes ranging from Albert Bierstadt’s depiction of the sublime in Sunset over the River (1877) to Edward Hopper’s tranquil seaside scene, Gloucester Harbor (1926). Gagosian’s Alice Godwin will focus on a select grouping of exhibited works that seek to challenge the idealized vision of the American Dream that has long been a rich topic of inquiry for artists in the United States. To attend the free event, RSVP to londontours@gagosian.com. Space is limited.

Installation view, American Pastoral, Gagosian, Britannia Street, London, January 23–March 14, 2020. Artwork, left to right: © Theaster Gates, © Adam McEwen, Thomas Moran, © Richard Prince, © Banks Violette, © Ed Ruscha. Photo: Lucy Dawkins

Installation view, Elective Affinities: Edmund de Waal at the Frick Collection, Frick Collection, New York, May 30–November 17, 2019. Artwork © Edmund de Waal

In Conversation

Edmund de Waal
Sally Mann

Friday, November 8, 2019, 6:30–7:30pm
Frick Collection, New York
www.frick.org

In conjunction with the exhibition Elective Affinities: Edmund de Waal at the Frick Collection, artist and writer Edmund de Waal will speak with Sally Mann about art and writing, and about the pair’s individual practices. The event has reached capacity. To join the wait list, RSVP to edevents@frick.org.

Installation view, Elective Affinities: Edmund de Waal at the Frick Collection, Frick Collection, New York, May 30–November 17, 2019. Artwork © Edmund de Waal

Announcements

Sally Mann, Lexington, Virginia, 2015. Photo: © Annie Leibovitz

Award

Sally Mann
Lucie Award 2022

Sally Mann will receive a Lucie Award for achievement in fine art at the gala ceremony at Carnegie Hall in New York on October 25, 2022. The Lucie Awards were launched in 2003 as part of the Lucie Foundation’s mission to honor master photographers, discover and cultivate emerging talent, and promote the appreciation of photography worldwide.

Sally Mann, Lexington, Virginia, 2015. Photo: © Annie Leibovitz

Sally Mann, Blackwater 3, 2008–12 © Sally Mann

Award

Sally Mann
Prix Pictet

Sally Mann is the winner of the ninth cycle of the Prix Pictet, which aims to harness the power of photography to draw global attention to issues of sustainability, particularly concerning the environment. The thematic focus of this award cycle is “fire.” Mann has been recognized for her Blackwater series (2008–12), a multifaceted exploration of the Great Dismal Swamp, which spans the border of Virginia and North Carolina. Viewed by the artist as “a vessel for the memories of the complex struggles enacted upon it,” the swamp was long a treacherous refuge for people escaping slavery, and had been devastated by wildfires by the time Mann photographed it. The award ceremony took place at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London on December 15, 2021, in advance of the opening of an exhibition at the museum showcasing the twelve photographic series shortlisted for the prize.

Sally Mann, Blackwater 3, 2008–12 © Sally Mann

Sally Mann, Ponder Heart, 2009 © Sally Mann

Award

Sally Mann
OPUS Award

Sally Mann is the 2021 recipient of the annual OPUS Award. Presented by the Ogden Museum of Southern Art in New Orleans, the award is bestowed to individuals who have made and continue to make significant contributions to the vibrant and complex fabric of American Southern art. Mann, who was born in Lexington, Virginia, began her photographic practice in the 1960s and has remained connected to her Southern roots, documenting the people and places of the region in various critically acclaimed bodies of work. The award will be presented in January 2022, at the museum’s annual “O What a Night” gala.

Sally Mann, Ponder Heart, 2009 © Sally Mann

Sally Mann, Blackwater 3, 2008–12 © Sally Mann

Honor

Sally Mann
Prix Pictet Shortlist

Sally Mann has been shortlisted for the ninth cycle of the Prix Pictet, which aims to harness the power of photography to draw global attention to issues of sustainability, especially those concerning the environment. Founded in 2008 by the Pictet Group, the prize is awarded to the photographer who, in the opinion of the independent jury, has produced a series of work that is both artistically outstanding and presents a compelling narrative related to the selected theme, which is “Fire” this year. The winner will be announced in December 2021 at an exhibition of the shortlisted artists’ work at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London.

Sally Mann, Blackwater 3, 2008–12 © Sally Mann

Sally Mann, Emmett, Jessie, and Virginia, 1989 © Sally Mann

Honor

Sally Mann
International Photography Hall of Fame

Sally Mann has been inducted into the International Photography Hall of Fame, which recognizes those who have advanced the field of photography. Throughout her career, Mann has investigated the visual and metaphorical potential of employing nineteenth-century technologies. She has long used an 8 × 10 bellows camera and has explored platinum, bromoil, and wet-plate collodion processes to make prints that capture the complexities of familial relationships, social realities, and the passage of time. The induction ceremony took place on October 29, 2021, in St. Louis and online.

Sally Mann, Emmett, Jessie, and Virginia, 1989 © Sally Mann

Still from “Sally Mann: Abide with Me”

Video

Sally Mann
Abide with Me

In the early 2000s, Sally Mann continued to reflect on how slavery and segregation had left their mark on the landscape of Virginia and, in turn, shaped her own childhood. “Abide with Me,” a video produced by the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Massachusetts, and featured in the exhibition Sally Mann: A Thousand Crossings, explores these entwined histories.

Still from “Sally Mann: Abide with Me”

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Museum Exhibitions

Sally Mann, Remembered Light, Untitled (Drips and Newspaper), 1999 © Sally Mann

Just Opened

Sally Mann and Cy Twombly
Remembered Light

Through May 7, 2023
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
www.mfa.org

This exhibition brings together three sculptures by Cy Twombly, on loan from the Cy Twombly Foundation, and thirteen photographs by Sally Mann from her Remembered Light series (1999–2012). Twombly and Mann were both born and raised in the southeastern state of Virginia. Mann photographed Twombly’s Lexington home and studio over several years, from 1999 until after his passing in 2011. Through her lens, she sought to capture aspects of his life, his inner world, and his appreciation for the past. Appearing alongside Twombly’s sculptures, the photographs—pervaded by the same themes of life, mortality, and remembrance present in Mann’s other work—form a poetic dialogue between these two friends and their powerful artistic visions.

Sally Mann, Remembered Light, Untitled (Drips and Newspaper), 1999 © Sally Mann

Sally Mann, The Bath, 1989 © Sally Mann

On View

Monochrome Multitudes

Through January 8, 2023
Smart Museum of Art, University of Chicago
smartmuseum.uchicago.edu

Revisiting classic modernist ideas about flatness, idealized form, and colors, this exhibition opens up the seemingly reductive format of the monochrome to reveal its global resonance and creative possibilities while working toward a more expansive narrative of twentieth and twenty-first century art. Work by Alexander Calder, Walter De Maria, Helen Frankenthaler, Theaster Gates, Frank Gehry, Sally Mann, and Richard Serra is included.

Sally Mann, The Bath, 1989 © Sally Mann

Sally Mann, Emmett, Jessie and Virginia, 1989 © Sally Mann

On View

Presence
The Photography Collection of Judy Glickman Lauder

Through January 15, 2023
Portland Museum of Art, Maine
www.portlandmuseum.org

Presence aims to capture the full spectrum of the human experience, from the anonymous to the celebrity and from the everyday to era-defining events such as the Great Depression, the Holocaust, and the civil rights movement. With approximately 140 photographs by seventy artists, the exhibition is drawn entirely from the collection of Judy Glickman Lauder. Work by Richard Avedon and Sally Mann is included.

Sally Mann, Emmett, Jessie and Virginia, 1989 © Sally Mann

Sally Mann, Deep South, Untitled (Emmett Till River Bank), 1998 © Sally Mann

On View

New Symphony of Time

Opened September 7, 2019
Mississippi Museum of Art, Jackson
www.msmuseumart.org

New Symphony of Time expands the boundaries of Mississippi’s identity, casting light on a shared past to help reflect an expansive, more inclusive future. The exhibition aims to explore personal and collective memory, history and the connection to place, and the roles artists play in pursuit of civil rights and racial equity through ancestry. Themes include migration, movement, and home; shared humanity; environment; and liberty. Work by Titus Kaphar and Sally Mann is included.

Sally Mann, Deep South, Untitled (Emmett Till River Bank), 1998 © Sally Mann

Sally Mann, Candy Cigarette, 1989 © Sally Mann

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Beyond the Frame

July 8–October 30, 2022
Museum of Contemporary Photography, Columbia College Chicago
www.mocp.org

Beyond the Frame explores highlights from the museum’s permanent collection of more than 16,500 works. Each gallery focuses on a recurring topic in photography, such as portraiture and the human subject, landscape and place, and staged and constructed images. Work by Deana Lawson and  Sally Mann is included.

Sally Mann, Candy Cigarette, 1989 © Sally Mann

Mary Weatherford, Engine, 2014, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, DC © Mary Weatherford. Photo: Fredrik Nilsen Studio

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America. Entre rêves et réalités
La collection du Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden Collection

June 9–September 11, 2022
Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec, Canada
www.mnbaq.org

Featuring more than a hundred paintings, photographs, sculptures, and video works drawn from the permanent collection of the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington, DC, this exhibition, whose title translates to America. Between Dreams and Realities, offers a broad overview of modern and contemporary American art. Organized thematically, it looks carefully and critically at the notion of the American dream and uncovers how artists have variously grappled with questions of identity, the challenges of globalization, the realities of everyday life in America, and the complexities of its technological and political revolutions. Work by Alexander Calder, Willem de Kooning, Helen Frankenthaler, Sally Mann, Man Ray, Brice Marden, Nam June Paik, Ed Ruscha, Andy Warhol, and Mary Weatherford is included.

Mary Weatherford, Engine, 2014, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, DC © Mary Weatherford. Photo: Fredrik Nilsen Studio

Sally Mann, Leah and her Father, 1983–85 © Sally Mann

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Sally Mann in
Women’s Work: A Survey of Female Photographers

April 16–September 11, 2022
Museum of Fine Arts St. Petersburg, Florida
mfastpete.org

Women’s Work aims to emphasize the contributions women have made in the making and advancement of photography. This exhibition from the museum’s collection explores the rich visual testimony of women as a driving force in modern photography from its emergence to contemporary times. Work by Sally Mann is included.

Sally Mann, Leah and her Father, 1983–85 © Sally Mann

Sally Mann, Was Ever Love, 2009 © Sally Mann

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Sally Mann in
Love Songs: Photographies de l’intime

March 30–August 21, 2022
Maison Européenne de la Photographie, Paris
www.mep-fr.org

This exhibition, whose subtitle translates to Photography and Intimacy, aims to propose a new vision of the history of photography through the prism of intimate relationships between lovers. Bringing together fourteen series by some of the most important photographers of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, the show takes the viewer through many different stories and scenarios photographed between couples. Work by Sally Mann is included.

Sally Mann, Was Ever Love, 2009 © Sally Mann

Sally Mann, Battlefields, Antietam (Last Light), 2001 © Sally Mann

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Sally Mann in
Past Is Prologue: History in Contemporary Art

April 16–July 31, 2022
Addison Gallery of American Art, Phillips Academy, Andover, Massachusetts
addison.andover.edu

The artists assembled in Past Is Prologue mine the past, using American history and the history of Western art to explore issues of gender, identity, memory, race, and truth. Drawn from the Addison Gallery’s permanent collection, the paintings, prints, sculptures, and photographs on view illuminate previously obscured narratives to reveal personal and shared connections between the country’s complex past and its cultural and political present. Work by Sally Mann is included.

Sally Mann, Battlefields, Antietam (Last Light), 2001 © Sally Mann

Sally Mann, Blackwater 9, 2008–12 © Sally Mann

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Sally Mann in
Prix Pictet 2021: Fire

June 9–July 24, 2022
EPFL Pavilions, École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland
epfl-pavilions.ch

Fire was the theme of the ninth cycle of the Prix Pictet, which aims to harness the power of photography to draw global attention to issues of sustainability, particularly concerning the environment. This exhibition showcases the work of the thirteen shortlisted photographers, including Sally Mann, who ultimately won the prize with her Blackwater series (2008–12), a multifaceted exploration of the Great Dismal Swamp, which spans the border of Virginia and North Carolina. This exhibition originated at the Victoria & Albert Museum, London. 

Sally Mann, Blackwater 9, 2008–12 © Sally Mann

Sally Mann, Black Eye, 1991 © Sally Mann

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Sally Mann in
Unbeatable Women: Power and Innovation in the Work of Women Photographers

February 26–June 19, 2022
Lyman Allyn Art Museum, New London, Connecticut
www.lymanallyn.org

Examining women’s rich contributions to modern and contemporary photography, this exhibition presents compelling photographs that address female innovation, power, and identity, showcasing the Lyman Allyn’s growing photography collection. Work by Sally Mann is included.

Sally Mann, Black Eye, 1991 © Sally Mann

Sally Mann, Untitled, 2001 © Sally Mann

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Sally Mann in
Canova tra innocenza e peccato

December 17, 2021–April 18, 2022
Museo di Arte Moderna e Contemporanea di Trento e Rovereto, Italy
www.mart.tn.it

This exhibition, whose title translates to Canova: Innocence and Sin, marks the second centenary of the sculptor Antonio Canova’s death (1757–1822). Through 150 works, including photography and sculpture, the show aims to explore the modern relevance of Canova’s practice among contemporary artists, highlighting links, dialogues, continuity, and juxtapositions. Work by Sally Mann is included.

Sally Mann, Untitled, 2001 © Sally Mann

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