Michael Kenna: Venezia

October 6, 2011

Six Gondolas, Giardini ex Reali, Venice, Italy, 1980. Gelatin silver print, 21/45.


Ferro da Gondola, Venice, Italy, 2006. Gelatin silver print, 8/45

On exhibit October 23 at the Columbia Museum of Art is Michael Kenna: Venezia.  Michael Kenna’s work has often been described as enigmatic, graceful, and hauntingly beautiful. The exhibition features 53 black and white images that demonstrate a skilled photographer’s ability to capture on film what we cannot see with our eyes, such as the movement of time and the presence of atmosphere. Kenna has captured the essence of Venice, its romance, its miraculous existence, and its crumbling beauty. Kenna’s long exposures, sometimes lasting several hours during the darkest hours of the night, smooth over the surfaces of the canals, further emphasizing their street-like function in this floating city. With typically meticulous prints, Kenna distills Venice to its iconic, elemental characteristics of water and light.

Images provided by Columbia Museum of Art. Presenting Sponsor: Susan Thorpe and John Baynes.  Participatory Sponsor: Allen K. Anderson.

Winged Lion, San Marco, Venice, Italy, 2006. Gelatin silver print, 7/45.



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