The University of Arizona Museum of Art and Archive of Visual Arts

Picture the World: Burhan Doğançay as Photographer

Burhan Doğançay, Brooklyn Bridge, New York, USA, 1986

August 11 – December 9, 2018

Curated by the late renowned photographer and filmmaker, Sedat Pakay, Picture the World: Burhan Doğançay as Photographer features nearly 100 black-and-white photographs by Turkish artist, Burhan Doğançay. The exhibition focuses on three series: “Walls of the World,” “Brooklyn Bridge,” and “Ironworkers.” Of particular importance are Doğançay’s photographs of urban walls, which illustrate his feelings about them as record-keepers of people, time, and place. He once said, “Wall messages are constantly changing, new ones replacing old ones, old ones covered up or distorted by the elements. The whole human experience has been reflected on walls, beginning with cave drawings.”

A prolific artist, Doğançay rose to fame through his abstract “ribbon” paintings. His works can be found in major museum collections around the world, including the Museum of Modern Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, and the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. The UAMA is also fortunate to have a significant number of his drawings and watercolors in its permanent collection, which you can see here.

Image: Burhan Doğançay, Brooklyn Bridge, New York, USA, 1986