"Artists Using Photography"
Monthly Assignment, presented by Rick Smith:
Bring one or more examples of work by artists not primarily known as photographers, but who use photography prominently in their work, to share and discuss.
Photography has never had a bigger role in the larger art world than it does today. With many artists such as Andreas Gursky, Thomas Struth, and Cindy Sherman shedding the moniker of "photographer" to be known simply as artists, it seems the century and a half old argument about whether photography is a fine art has finally been put to rest. The salon's Mission Statement includes this line, that it is: "... to promote art south of the Mason-Dixon line, with an emphasis on photography." Having been an artist of many stripes long before he considered himself a photographer, Rick Smith felt that it would be instructive to present a program looking at the work of artists who use photography at the core of their practice, but are not "straight photographers." Discussed and viewed was the work of artists Robert Rauschenberg, Anselm Kiefer, John Baldessari, Robert Heinecken, Christian Boltanski, Gerhard Richter, and others. Click below to view a .pdf outline of the presentation.