Philip Gefter on Bernd & Hilla Becher

Gallery Talks

September 27, 2008    add to my calendar

Philip Gefter is the former Senior Culture Picture Editor for The New York Times (2003-2008) and continues to write about photography for the paper, as well as for other publications. As the Page One Picture Editor of the Times (1999-2003), he was part of the team that won two Pulitzer Prizes in 2002 for News Photography and Feature photography, for the coverage of 9/11 and its aftermath. He teaches a course in the history of photography at the School of Visual Arts and is part of the photography department's Mentors program.

A book of his essays entitled "Photography After Frank" is being published by Aperture in February, and his review of the Becher show at MoMA will be in the next issue of the Aperture quarterly. Philip is currently producing a documentary on Bill Cunningham in conjunction with The New York Times.

Bernd Becher was born in Siegen, Germany, in 1931. Hilla Becher was born Hilla Wobeser in 1934, in Potsdam, Germany. They met at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf, where they both studied painting in the late 1950s, and began to collaborate in 1959. Their first gallery exhibition took place in 1963 at the Galerie Ruth Nohl in Siegen. Since then, their work has been shown in Documentas 5 (1972), 6 (1977), 7 (1982), and 11 (2002), and at the São Paulo Bienal, in 1977. The Stedelijk Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven, organized a retrospective of the artists' work in 1981. Their exhibition at Dia in 1989-91 included photographs of grain elevators, hot-blast stoves, mineheads, and other industrial structures. After winning the 1991 Leone d'Oro award at the Venice Biennale, the Bechers reworked their Venice installation for a retrospective exhibition at the Kunstverein Cologne. Highly influential teachers at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf, they were awarded the Erasmus Prize of 2002, which honors achievements in society and culture. Bernd Becher died on June 26, 2007 in Rostock, Germany.

Gallery Talks at Dia:Beacon is a series of presentations that take place the last Saturday of every month at 1 pm and are free with admission to the museum. Focused on the work of the artists in Dia's collection, the one-hour presentations are given by curators, art historians, and writers, and take place in museum's galleries.

Gallery Talks at Dia:Beacon are made possible through the generosity of the New York State Council on the Arts, a State agency; The Karan-Weiss Foundation; and the Jane W. Nuhn Charitable Trust. 
 

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Philip Gefter is the former Senior Culture Picture Editor for The New York Times (2003-2008) and continues to write about photography for the paper, as well as for other publications. As the Page One Picture Editor of the Times (1999-2003), he was part of the team that won two Pulitzer Prizes in 2002 for News Photography and Feature photography, for the coverage of 9/11 and its aftermath. He teaches a course in the history of photography at the School of Visual Arts and is part of the photograph

 
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