Painting by Belfast artist Mj Viano Crowe on display at DeCordova Museum

Thu, 12/05/2019 - 7:45am

LINCOLN, Massachusetts — A large scale photographic work by Belfast artist Mj Viano Crowe is among selected works by photographers and photographic artists of the 20th century now on display at the DeCordova Museum in Lincoln, Massachusetts.

The retrospective exhibit, “All The Marvelous Surfaces, Photography Since Karl Blossfeld” recognizes successors of the German photographer, whose collection of magnified plant specimens enthralled viewers with its exquisite details, according to Crowe, in a news release.

Viano Crowe’s 1987 piece, “Reliquary” measuring 20’ x 8’ is an example of the artist’s early constructed works, using techniques and processes that became her signature style: creating collaged gelatin silver print images that were re-sized, re-assembled and subtly hand-colored with photographic dyes.

“Reliquary” has been part of the DeCordova Museum’s permanent collection for more than 30 years, and despite being in storage for nearly three decades, is well-preserved, showing no sign of fading or surface deterioration.

In addition to fine art pieces like “Reliquary” the exhibit showcases the myriad historic, artistic and conventional uses of photography by renowned photographers that include Harold Edgerton, Lalla Essaydi, Aaron Siskind, Edward Steichen, and Bradford Washburn, as well as a vast collection of iconic and lesser known images and the stories behind them.

The exhibit runs from November, 2019 through March 29, 2020.

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