For this exhibition, the Bechers selected and printed photographs specifically for presentation in the configuration of galleries on the fourth floor of 548 West 22nd Street. The exhibition will include about 70 works, presented as single images rather than the well known groupings of photographs in which the artists have previously shown their work. While the subjects of the photographs will be the industrial architectural structures characteristic of the Becher's work, the emphasis of this exhibition will be on the singularity of the structures and their representation in photographic images rather than on typological groupings. Images of water towers, gas tanks, grain elevators, cooling towers, blast furnaces, and other industrial era structures will be included.
Bernd and Hilla Becher
Bernd Becher was born in Siegen, Germany, in 1931. He died in Rostock, Germany, in 2007. Hilla Becher was born in Potsdam, Germany, in 1934. She died in Düsseldorf in 2015.
Bernd & Hilla Becher: Pennsylvania Coal Mine Tipples
This book is devoted to the wooden mineheads of the eastern regions of Pennsylvania, which were photographed by Bernd and Hilla Becher in 1974–1975 and 1977–78.