{Germany} Stephen Shore at C/O Berlin

May 10, 2016

Germany

100 Museums Challenge: Museum No.42

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A couple of weeks ago, I attended a meeting of the Museum Think Tank Berlin at C/O Berlin, and we were given the opportunity to look around the current exhibitions beforehand. For those unfamiliar with it, C/O Berlin is “a charitable foundation that has presented, since 2000, a cultural program with an international standing. The exhibition venue for photography and visual media shows works by renowned artists, promotes emerging talent and accompanies children, youths and adults on their journeys of discovery through our visual culture.

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I had just short of half an hour before our meeting started, and spent it going round the Stephen Shore retrospective. Shore (*1947) from New York City, is a self-taught photographer known for his images of every day scenes and objects in the United States, as well as for his pioneering use of colour in art photography. At the age of 18, he moved into Andy Warhol’s Factory, and a series of black and white photographs featuring Warhol are included in the exhibition. Six years later, at the age of 24, Shore became only he second living photographer to have a solo exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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The exhibition includes over 300 photographs, some of them never published before, and C/O Berlin will be the only venue in Germany showing it. As a retrospective, it covers the whole breadth of Shore’s work, but it was his often seemingly mundane scenes of everyday life that he captured on his road trips, that I was drawn to the most. Perhaps because I also like to capture every day scenes when I am photographing (not that I’m in any way comparing myself to someone of Shore’s calibre!) – and because I’m dreaming of a road trip across America!

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The exhibition also touches on the new ways and opportunities Shore has sought for the distribution and presentation of his photographic work, such as self published photo books, or his Instagram account, which is projected on to one of the exhibition walls. You can follow him on Instagram at @stephen.shore

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In conclusion, I absolutely loved this exhibition, and my review and impressions here can not do it justice. But you’ve not got long left to see this exhibition at C/O Berlin, as it closes in less than two weeks! It’s open daily, and up to date opening times and admission prices can be found on the C/O Berlin website.

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