September 12 - October 24, 2014

Vera Lutter: Venice

Weinstein Gallery announces an exhibition of photography by renowned photographer Vera Lutter.




Weinstein Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition of photographs of Venice by internationally recognized and celebrated German born/New York based photographer, Vera Lutter. This will be the first solo show of Lutter's work in Minneapolis. 

After graduation from the Academy of Fine Arts in Munich in 1991, Lutter moved to New York and studied at the School of Visual Art's Photography and Related Media program where she received an MFA in 1995. In order to capture an immediate and direct imprint of her experience in New York, Lutter decided to turn the room in which she lived into a large pinhole camera, or camera obscura. Through a simple pinhole instead of an optically carved lens, the outside world flooded the interior of the room and projected an inverted image onto the opposite wall on. Exposing directly onto wall-size sheets of photographic paper, Lutter decided to retain the negative image and refrain from multiplication or reproduction, making every image unique.

From 2005 through 2008, Lutter began photographing Venice during the anticipated high water seasons, shooting the canals, gondolas, palazzos and the Basilica San Marco with a pinhole camera, which was often an apartment turned camera obscura by blacking out the windows. Through Lutter's camera, the beautiful and romantic city became haunting and ghostly, reduced to striking monochrome contrasts.

Between the use of the camera obscura on an architectural scale and her long exposure times, Lutter's images of Venice are a transfer and compression of the real. The exposure times on the images can range from a couple of hours to a few weeks, all the while whatever comes in front of the aperture becomes part of the image, even if it never appeared long enough to register.

Lutter's images have been exhibited in group and solo shows in many recognized institutions such as the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid; the Centre Pompidou, Paris; Dia: Beacon and Dia: Chelsea, New York; Kunsthalle, Basel; the Museum of Modern Art, New York and the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York. Her photographs are in the permanent collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum of Art, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, the Neue Galerie New York and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, among others. 

Her work has been recognized by many periodicals including Artforum, ARTNews, Art in America, BOMB, and The New York Times; as well as books including 100 Contemporary Artists (Taschen), The Photograph as Contemporary Art (Thames & Hudson), and Vitamin Ph: New Perspectives in Photography (Phaidon). Lutter had the honor of receiving the Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant in 2002, a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship in 2001, and the Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst (DAAD) Grant in 1993.