TUCSON, AZ.- The Center for Creative Photographys upcoming exhibition Oh lamour: Contemporary Photography from the Stéphane Janssen Collection, will be on view at the Center for Creative Photography through March 1, 2009.
Lovelamouris one of arts enduring themes, inspiring collectors as well as creators. Stéphane Janssen, Belgian by birth and resident in Arizona, discovered a love of art in his teenage years. He went on to assemble an extensive and entirely unique collection including almost every creative medium: painting, ceramics, photography, and more. For this exhibition, Janssen generously shares a group of contemporary photographs that reflect his vision as a patron.
The Center for Creative Photography is pleased to have this opportunity to display contemporary photography as part of our mission to represent all aspects of the medium and its history, said Britt Salvesen, Director and Chief Curator for the Center. Combining elements of fantasy and physicality, exuberance and emotion, these photographs depict love in myriad forms and guises. Although this theme has not been a literal one guiding the collectors intent, it effectively captures the affirmative aspects of his patronage.
Janssen discovered his vocation at age sixteen, when he purchased a small painting by Spanish artist Oscar Dominguez. Photography became a special interest in around 1993. Among the 32 international artists included in Oh lamour are: Gregory Crewdson, Anthony Goicolea, Zhang Huan, Philip-Lorca diCorcia, Sally Mann, Vik Muniz, Pierre et Gilles, Spencer Tunick, Hellen van Meene, Charles White, and Joel-Peter Witkin. The exhibition totals 52 works, ranging in size from 6 x 6 inches to 72 x 97 inches. Visitors are advised that some artworks include nude imagery and potentially challenging content.
Janssen has acquired selected earlier examples along with new work by leading and emerging artists. A staged image of David and Goliath, made by George Platt Lynes in 1937, makes a perfect comparison with Charlie Whites Champion, a large-scale vision of the same theme made in 2005. Several artists in the Janssen Collection are also represented in the CCPs permanent collection and have appeared in previous exhibitions here: Duane Michals, Vik Muniz, and Arthur Tress, among others. Janssens dedication to supporting individual artists over many years is in keeping with the CCPs archival mission. In both collections, the breadth of an artists body of work is as important as the exceptional pieces that become well known.