2nd Century Mummy Masks, Pushkin Museum
That’s photographer Andy Freeberg talking about his project called Guardians. It’s one of two exhibitions he has up right now in California. Both of his shows depict people occupying space with works of art, but the worlds Andy documents in these two shows couldn’t be more different.
In his Guardian series, Andy travelled to the most prestigious museums in Russia, to photograph the mostly elderly women who guard the famous works of art. In the photographs, Andy draws subtle connections between the women and the art works they protect. Sometimes, Andy says, they look like they could have fallen out of one of the paintings.
In his second series, Art Fare, Andy tackles a completely different side of the art world: The Contemporary Art Fairs. Andy took his camera to Art Basel, the Armory and other major fairs to photograph gallerists and their staff working inside their anonymous white cubes. The people in these pictures seem entirely disengaged from the art work around them, sometime to a humorous extent, preferring their computer or cell phone screens to the handsomely priced paintings and sculptures displayed all around them.
I wanted to find out what attracted Andy to these two different art worlds so I called him up to talk about his projects.
Photographs from Andy’s Guardian series are on view at the Cantor Art Center at Stanford University through January 6th. His show Art Fare is up at Kopeikin Gallery in Los Angeles through October 27th. Andy was also recently commissioned by For-Site to contribute to an exhibition celebrating the 75th anniversary of the Golden Gate Bridge called International Orange. His contribution was the Gatekeepers project: photographs of the engineers, toll takers and painters responsible for the upkeep of the Golden Gate Bridge. The photographs are currently on view at Fort Point in San Francisco through October 28th.
Malevich’s Self Portrait, Russian State Museum
Petrov-Vodkin’s Bathing of a Red Horse, State Tretyakov Gallery
Installation shot at the Cantor Art Center
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