ARTIST ROOMS: August Sander29. Sep - 6. Jan 13 / ended New Walk Museum & Art Gallery
New Walk Museum & Art Gallery are delighted to present one of the most comprehensive exhibitions of August Sanderís work in England, presenting 175 works by one of the twentieth centuryís most important photographers.
The exhibition of German photographer August Sander (1876-1964) draws together 175 photographs and a wide range of archival material from the collections of Tate, National Galleries of Scotland, Anthony díOffay and Gerd Sander.
This presentation creates a unique opportunity to see the different facets of August Sanderís photographic practice, including his celebrated portraits alongside less well known aspects of his work.
August Sanderís most significant project was ĎThe People of the Twentieth Centuryí. Sander wanted to create an encyclopaedic survey of different types of people from the first half of the twentieth century. His working life in Germany spanned the First World War, the interwar years, the rise of the Nazi party, the Second World War and its aftermath.
His photographs are unflinching documents of a society going through huge change. The work reflects both the catastrophic political convulsions that Germany was enduring and a society slowly coming to terms with the impact of industrialisation. The clarity and breadth of his vision remains powerful and his vocational portraits still resonate today.
Curated by August Sanderís Grandson, Gerd Sander, the selection of work reflects his understanding both of Sanderís technical genius and the context in which the photographs were produced, knowing many of the stories behind the sitters and their relationship to Sander.
August Sander is a key figure in the history of photography and his influence as a photographer can be felt across the 20th century through the work of Diane Arbus, Walker Evans and Bernd and Hilla Becher. It continues to fascinate today.
August Sanderís exhibition will be presented alongside Leicesterís internationally acclaimed collection of 20th century German Expressionist art and touring exhibition of George Grosz from the Hayward Gallery. Offering a unique opportunity to view Sanderís work alongside German artists from the same period.
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