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Out of the Dark Room: The David Kronn Collection

20 July - 9 October 2011

Annie Leibovitz, Louise Borugeois, New York City, 1997, gelatin silver print, 29.2 x 40 cm, © 2011 Annie Leibovitz

This exhibition is drawn from a collection of more than 450 photographs brought together by the Irish born American collector David Kronn. The collection ranges in content from 19th century Daguerreotypes to the 20th century photography of Edward Weston and August Sander† and works from award-winning contemporary photographers, such as the husband and wife team of Nicolai Howalt and Trine Sondergaard, and the Japanese photographer Asako Narahashi.† It is particularly strong in its representation of Harry Callahan, Kenneth Josephson, Irving Penn and Brett Weston.

IMMAís exhibition Out of the Dark Room presents a selection of 165 works across all photographic media. It explores themes emerging through the collection like portraits of children, abstracted landscapes and portraits of artists, such as Irving Pennís Frederick Kiesler and Willem de Kooning, New York, 1960. There are numerous iconic works, examples being Herb Rittsís image of pop star Madonna from 1986; the portrait of Laurie Anderson by Robert Mapplethorpe from 1987; or Dr Harold Edgertonís time-lapse photograph of a boy running from 1939. Dr Kronn is a paediatrician with a specialisation in medical genetics, a fact which underlies the many images of children in the collection Ė Diane Arbusís Loser at a Diaper Derby, 1967, for instance; or Martine Franckís images of children from Tory Island (1994-97), and Irina Davisís poignant portraits of children in a Russian state orphanage (2006-2007).

David Kronn has made a promised gift of his collection to IMMA. This will begin with the immediate donation of a portrait of the celebrated French-born artist Louise Bourgeois by Annie Leibovitz, and will continue as an annual bequest of works each year, until his entire collection is housed in IMMA.

The exhibition is curated by SeŠn Kissane, Head of Exhibitions, IMMA, and is accompanied by a fully-illustrated catalogue published by IMMA that includes texts by Susan Bright, SeŠn Kissane, David Kronn and Carol Squiers.

Kenneth Josephson, Matthew, 1967, gelatin silver print, 16.6 x 15 cm, © Kenneth Josephson/Higher Pictures, Courtesy Stephen Daiter Gallery, Chicago & Gitterman Gallery, New York

David Goldblatt, A Plot-Holder and their Eldest Son at Lunch, Wheatlands Plots, near Randfontein, 1962, gelatin silver print, 30.5 x 46.5 cm, © David Goldblatt, courtesy Howard Greenberg Gallery

Roger Mayne, Dublin, 1957, vintage gelatin silver print, 24 x 17.7 cm, © Roger Mayne, courtesy Getterman Gallery, New York

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