Sally Mann A thousand crossings

Sally Mann, 1951-

Book - 2018

"For more than 40 years, Sally Mann has made experimental, elegiac, and hauntingly beautiful photographs that explore the overarching themes of existence: memory, desire, death, the bonds of family, and nature's magisterial indifference to human endeavor. What unites this broad body of work--portraits, still lifes, landscapes, and other studies--is that it is all "bred of a place," the American South. Mann, who is a native of Lexington, Virginia, uses her deep love of her hom...eland and her knowledge of its historically fraught heritage to ask powerful, provocative questions--about history, identity, race, and religion--that reverberate across geographic and national boundaries. Organized into five sections--Family, The Land, Last Measure, Abide with Me, and What Remains--and including many works not previously exhibited or published, Sally Mann: A Thousand Crossings is a sweeping overview of Mann's artistic achievements."--

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Exhibition catalogs
Published
Washington : Salem, Massachusetts : New York : National Gallery of Art [2018]
Language
English
Item Description
Catalog of an exhibition held at the National Gallery of Art, Washington, March 4-May 28, 2018; Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, Massachusetts, June 30-September, 23, 2018; J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, November 20, 2018-February 10, 2019; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, March 3-May 27, 2019; Jeu de Paume, Paris, June 17-September 22, 2019; and High Museum of Art, Atlanta, October 19, 2019-January 12, 2020.
Physical Description
331 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 30 cm
Bibliography
Includes bibliographical references (pages 311-313) and index.
ISBN
9781419729034
1419729039
Main Author
Sally Mann, 1951- (photographer)
Other Authors
Sarah Greenough, 1951- (author), Sarah Kennel, Hilton Als, Malcolm R. Daniel, Drew Gilpin Faust
  • Writing with photographs: Sally Mann's ode to the South, 1969-2017 /
  • Sarah Greenough
  • Family
  • Flashes of the finite: Sally Mann's familiar terrain /
  • Sarah Kennel
  • The land
  • The Earth remembers: landscape and history in the work of Sally Mann /
  • Drew Gilpin Faust
  • Last measure
  • Abide with me: the color of humanity in Sally Mann's world /
  • Hilton Als
  • Abide with me
  • Torn from time itself: Sally Mann's new avenues from old processes /
  • Malcolm Daniel
  • What remains.
Review by PW Annex Reviews

More than 100 of Mann's photographs, including some previously unpublished, are gathered in this richly illustrated retrospective monograph, with accompanying essays from critics and academics. The work affirms Mann's reputation as one of the most influential and provocative photographers of the past several decades. Mann, an accomplished memoirist in both words (Hold Still) and images (Immediate Family), skillfully captures the essence of the American South, where she was born and still lives, with photos of Civil War battlefields and Baptist churches, Gothic landscapes and haunting portraits of black men identified only by first names. Mann began her career 40 years ago with intimate and sometimes controversial photos of her three children during their "free-range childhood," when they often romped naked at the family's Virginia farm; many of these photos are featured in the book. The most moving images are of her husband, Larry, his body deteriorating due to muscular dystrophy. In one of the essays, cultural critic Hilton Als writes that the portraits and landscapes of Mann's homeland with "its terrible history and epic natural beauty" require viewers to ask, "When will the South stop being the South?" This is an impressive companion to the National Gallery of Art's current exhibit of Mann's work, infused with memory, history, culture, identity, and race, and it serves as a fitting tribute to an artist with both an extraordinary mind and an exceptional eye. (Mar.) Copyright 2018 Publishers Weekly Annex.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

Presents a first major career survey of the photographer who is known for her experimental, nostalgic and hauntingly beautiful photographs that, set in the American South, explore themes of memory, desire, death, the bonds of family, and nature’s imperious indifference to human endeavor. 20,000 first printing.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

Short-listed for the Paris Photo-Aperture Foundation PhotoBook Awards For more than 40 years, Sally Mann (b. 1951) has made experimental, elegiac, and hauntingly beautiful photographs that explore the overarching themes of existence: memory, desire, death, the bonds of family, and nature’s magisterial indifference to human endeavor. What unites this broad body of work—portraits, still lifes, landscapes, and other studies—is that it is all “bred of a place,” the American South. Mann, who is a native of Lexington, Virginia, uses her deep love of her homeland and her knowledge of its historically fraught heritage to ask powerful, provocative questions—about history, identity, race, and religion—that reverberate across geographic and national boundaries. Organized into five sections—Family, The Land, Last Measure, Abide with Me, and What Remains—and including many works not previously exhibited or published, Sally Mann: A Thousand Crossings is a sweeping overview of Mann’s artistic achievements.