Lynn Davis “Landmark”

Edwynn Houk Gallery

poster for Lynn Davis “Landmark”
[Image: Lynn Davis "Iceberg #3, Disko Bay, Greenland" (1988)]

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Edwynn Houk Gallery presents a one-person exhibition of large-scale photographs by Lynn Davis. This selection of seminal works, spanning the course of four decades, celebrates the artist’s unique perspective of natural and manmade monuments across the world.

Davis made her first voyage to Greenland in 1986, and has since traversed the continents seeking out majestic forms in landmarks of both natural and human achievement, from the Arctic Circle’s monumental ice formations and the world’s largest waterfalls in Brazil and Argentina, to the ancient pyramids of Giza and the architectural relics of Palmyra. Davis has a singular ability to distill the extraordinary sites she photographs to their most essential formal elements, and this minimalist sensibility has become a defining characteristic that distinguishes her perspective from any other landscape or architectural photography. Framed through her eye, these geographically and culturally diverse locations share consistent visual vocabulary composed of awe-inspiring geometric forms of positive and negative space. Confronted with some of the earth’s, and humankind’s, most spectacular creations, Davis invites us to reflect on the commonality of the underlying elements that make up our world. Her work illuminates the innate grace, power, and universality of such landmarks.

Lynn Davis (American, b. 1944) earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts from the San Francisco Art Institute in 1970, before training with Berenice Abbott in New York. In 1979, she received her first major exhibition at the International Center of Photography alongside her friend Robert Mapplethorpe. Davis’ photographs have since been exhibited and acquired internationally, and are in the collections of The Museum of Modern Art, New York; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; and the J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, among others. The artist lives and works in Hudson, New York.



from September 28, 2019 to November 02, 2019


Lynn Davis

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