Curated by the late renowned photographer and filmmaker Sedat Pakay, Picture the World: Burhan Doğançay as Photographer features over 50 black-and-white photographs by Turkish artist Burhan Doğançay. The exhibition focuses on three series: “Walls of the World,” “Brooklyn Bridge and Ironworkers,” and “Parallels and Disparities.” Of particular importance are Doğançay’s photographs of urban walls, which illustrate his feelings about them as record-keepers of people, time, and place.
Doğançay 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
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