Spreading fear and mayhem in the visual arts.

Ralph Eugene Meatyard at Art Institute of Chicago

by Suzanne on August 26th, 2011


Untitled by Ralph Eugene Meatyard, gelatin silver print, 6 5/8 x 5 3/4 inches, date unknown © The Estate of Ralph Eugene Meatyard- click to enlarge

Ralph Eugene Meatyard is one of those artists you're almost kind of grateful they're not alive anymore (how ever short his existence was) because you just know that VICE would totally exploit his natural talent for subtly staged impromptu photography which enabled him to make the derelict seem enchanted and boy scouts sweetly traumatised.

Meatyard certainly was an interesting chap, he even

"inserted one of his own prints into his personal copy of Beaumont Newhall’s classic History of Photography, which did not include him."

(AIC press release)

The Chicago Art Institute is currently showing a grand retrospective of Meatyard's work. It opened back in July and will remain on show until September 25. Definitely one to check out.

Admission is a bit pricy with $18 but free to Illinois residents on the first and second Wednesdays of every month.

The exhibition will be traveling to the De Young Museum in San Francisco (Oct 8, 2011 - Feb 26, 2012) and finally to the Museum of Art in Philadelphia (May 19 – Aug 5, 2012) afterwards.

Further details below.


Untitled by Ralph Eugene Meatyard, gelatin silver print, 7 3/8 x 7 3/8 inches, date unknown © The Estate of Ralph Eugene Meatyard- click to enlarge

On show: Jul 2 - Sep 25, 2011

Address: The Art Institute of Chicago, 111 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago, Illinois 60603-6404, USA | Map

Opening hours: Mon - Wed, Fri - Sun: 10:30 AM - 5 PM, Thu: 10:30 AM - 8 PM

Admission: $18 - and special offers for locals

Catalogue: The exhibition is accompanied by a fully illustrated, 144-page catalogue published by Radius Books.

Press release

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