Inside Out

June 11 - September 25, 2015

Janet Delaney, Clovis Prévost, Ernst Scheidegger and Paul Tourenne

 

Jules Maeght, of the Fondation Maeght and Galerie Maeght, Paris, opens his third exhibition entitled Inside Out, in the new Hayes Valley, San Francisco gallery. Inside Out, organized in two parts, features photographs of New York City from the 1980s by Janet Delaney and a selection of over 30 vintage photographs and collotypes from the Maeght archives; including portraits of iconic 20th century artists Calder, Giacometti, Léger, Miró, in their studios, and the cities that surrounded them, by photographers Clovis Prévost, Ernst Scheidegger and Paul Tourenne. Inside Out explores the richness of urban life, its interiors and exteriors, from cityscapes and streets to the artist studio and artists themselves, and draws attention to the imagination of the photographer and its subjects.

Janet Delaney (b. 1952), an internationally recognized photographer and educator based in Berkeley, photographed the people and places in New York boroughs. Her luscious color prints transcend the time and place in which they were produced but also bear witness to the decade’s cultural indexes. The series includes a variety of street views, building interiors, and other portrayals of New York’s shifted urban landscape. These photographs denote the countless nameless moments that comprise such a large city. Delaney’s “New York City 1984-1987” archival pigment prints are part of her larger project “Urban Spaces” which includes “South of Market” and “Beijing and Zhengzhou” and other city projects, relating the complex history of changing cities that the artist would visit from her native West Coast. Using her Rollei ex, Delaney would roam the streets of New York searching for chance encounters with strangers, recording them as she moved through the urban landscape later printing them and archiving them to be revisited in the 21st century.

Delaney’s projects have received numerous awards, most notably three National Endowment for the Arts Grants. Her work is in the collections of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Pilara Foundation, the Museum of Modern Art in Rio de Janeiro, and the Bancroft Library at the University of California, Berkeley. Delaney has shown her photographs nationally and internationally in solo and group exhibitions. She recently published a book of her 1980s San Francisco images titled South of Market, currently on view at the de Young Museum from January 17- July 19th, with Mack Books of London and is now revisiting this district, camera in hand. Janet Delaney received her MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute. She has taught photography throughout the Bay Area, and for the past 14 years she has been an adjunct lecturer in Visual Studies at the University of California, Berkeley and most recently she is a visiting artist at SFAI.

The second part of Inside Out draws from the Maeght photography archives collected over the last 50 years and explores nuances of interior space intimacy and exterior space anonymity. These photographs are on view for the first time in the United States, and focus on seminal ifgures of the 20th century in art, architecture, music and cinema. Drawing primarily from photographs between 1950 and 1970, this selection highlights the richness of the Maeght artists and the lives behind their work, while simultaneously showcasing the strength of photography not only as a documentary device – but as an art form as well.

Vintage photographs by Clovis Prévost and Ernst Scheidegger give a glimpse of some of the most beloved artists of the 20th century; Dino Buzzati, Alexander Calder, Le Corbusier, Alberto Giacometti, Fernand Léger and Joan Miró, among others. These artists are shown in the intimacy of their studios, in their private workspaces with their creations through the lens of a trusted photographer, friend and colleague. The unique “behind the scenes” portraits of such treasured painters and sculptors of the 20th century bring us new found perspectives of the artists and their work. Set opposite these portraits are photographs by Paul Tourenne representing the vision of the outside world. In contrast to the artists in their studios, these photographers explore the “outside”, from architectural detail to storefronts, to cafes, to anonymous subjects that populate the streets.

Clovis Prévost (b.1940, Paris) is a filmmaker, photographer and author. Salvador Dali discovered Prévost’s early photographic work on the Sagrada Familia, in particular the work “La vision artistique et religieuse de Gaudi” and was instrumental in launching Prévost’s career. Prévost directed his first film in 1969 on Antoni Tapies. Prévost was made director of the department of cinema at Galerie Maeght, where he directed films detailing the work of over twenty artists; including Calder, Miró, and Tapies. Prévost photographed and documented his film subjects extensively.

Ernst Scheidegger (b.1923, Rorscach) is a photographer, journalist and filmmaker. In 1940 he made the acquaintance of Alberto Giacometti, who became both a friend and a subject for his photography. In the early fifties he began to work with the Galerie Maeght in Paris, before working as a freelance photo-journalist for Magnum, which saw his work published worldwide, including in Life and Paris Match magazines. Scheidegger’s publications on Giacometti, Hans Arp and Joan Miró led to widespread acknowledgement, and his work on Giacometti has been shown around the world. In 2001 he was awarded the French title «Officier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres» at Centre Pompidou, Paris.

Paul Tourenne (b.1923, Paris) is a singer and photographer. While he is better known as a member of the singing group Frères Jacques, he used his travels around the world to launch his interest in photography, aided by the Thomas d’Hoste photographers. Tourenne was greatly in uenced by Henri Cartier Bresson and Robert Doisneau. Guided by the bizarre, the poetic, the humorous and the unexpected, he continues to practice photography and has exhibited at the Galerie Maeght in Paris.