Known for his controversial imagery, Joel-Peter Witkin has been an icon in the art world since the 1980s. Witkin is first and foremost a storyteller, with each of his images evoking a narrative that calls into question the ideals of beauty, exploitation vs. empowerment, and the role of death in contemporary Western culture.
Witkin’s work reaches beyond the fine art world to high fashion including Alexander McQueen’s runway and has inspired imagery for Nine Inch Nails videos. Drawing from a rich body of sources—literature, myth, and Renaissance and Baroque painting—he creates elaborate tableaux that explore perverse, erotic, and religious concerns. He considers morality as central to his work.
The image selection for Splendor and Misery: Photographs by Joel-Peter Witkin will include some of his nearly sold-out works as well as lesser known images that will be on view for this special exhibit in his home state of New Mexico.
SPLENDOR AND MISERY: Exhibition of Photographs by Joel-Peter Witkin
Exhibition Dates: October 5 – November 4, 2018
Opening Reception: October 5, 2018 from 6pm – 8pm
El Museo Cultural De Santa Fe Gallery
555 Camino de la Familia
Santa Fe, NM
Free and Open to public
An Evening with Joel-Peter Witkin
Enjoy an engaging evening with this esteemed artist, as well as the Review Santa Fe photographers, reviewers, and the Santa Fe community. The evening includes a reception, dinner, and talk by the writer, Eugenia Parry, as well as a presentation by Joel-Peter Witkin himself.
WHEN: October 20, 2018 // Reception 7:30pm // Dinner 8:30pm // Presentation 9:30pm
Tickets: $135 non-members; $121 Members and Festival Pass Holders – Purchase
The Drury Plaza Hotel
828 Paseo de Peralta
Santa Fe, NM