Gordon Parks

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Gordon Parks
artist's name: Gordon Parks
preferred medium: photography
nationality: US
born: 1912
died: 2006
born in: Fort Scott, KA
lives in: New York
artist's / gallery's website: Gordon Parks

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Gordon Parks - Profile

Gordon Parks was one of the seminal figures of twentieth century photography. A humanitarian with a deep commitment to social justice, he left behind a body of work that documents many of the most important aspects of American culture from the early 1940s up until his death in 2006, with a focus on race relations, poverty, civil rights, and urban life. In addition, Parks was also a celebrated composer, author, and filmmaker who interacted with many of the most prominent people of his era - from politicians and artists to celebrities and athletes.
Born into poverty and segregation in Kansas in 1912, Parks was drawn to photography as a young man when he saw images of migrant workers published in a magazine. After buying a camera at a pawnshop, he taught himself how to use it and despite his lack of professional training, he found employment with the Farm Security Administration (F.S.A.), which was then chronicling the nation’s social conditions. Parks quickly developed a style that would make him one of the most celebrated photographers of his age, allowing him to break the color line in professional photography while creating remarkably expressive images that consistently explored the social and economic impact of racism. (Artist Page)

10 important exhibitions with Gordon Parks

Exhibition Exhibitor City Country Start date
Gordon Parks: The New Tide, 1940-1950 The National Gallery of Art Washington US 11.11.2018
The Public Image: Engaged Photography In and Beyond the Twentieth Century Zimmerli Art Museum New Brunswick US 05.09.2017
20/20: The Studio Museum in Harlem and Carnegie Museum of Art Carnegie Museum of Art - CMA Pittsburg US 22.07.2017
Picture Industry CCS Bard, Hessel Museum Annandale-on-Hudson US 24.06.2017
Gordon Parks: I Use My Camera as a Weapon Zacheta National Gallery Warschau PL 18.03.2017
Gordon Parks. I am you. Selected Works 1942 – 1978. Kunstfoyer der Versicherungskammer Bayern München DE 08.02.2017
Making Faces: Images of Exploitation and Empowerment in Cinema MoMA - Museum of Modern Art New York US 01.10.2016
Gordon Parks I am you . Selected Works . 1942 – 1978 C/O Berlin Berlin DE 10.09.2016
Invisible Man: Gordon Parks and Ralph Ellison in Harlem The Art Institute of Chicago Chicago US 21.05.2016
Outsiders Art Gallery of Ontario - AGO Toronto CA 12.03.2016
Statements: African American Art from the Museum’s Collection MFAH - Museum of Fine Arts Houston Houston US 23.01.2016
America Is Hard to See Whitney Museum of American Art New York US 01.05.2015
Gordon Parks Back to Fort Scott MFA - Museum of Fine Arts, Boston Boston US 17.01.2015
Made for Magazines: Iconic 20th-Century Photographs MFAH - Museum of Fine Arts Houston Houston US 09.02.2014
GORDON PARKS: THE MAKING OF AN ARGUMENT New Orleans Museum of Art, NOMA New Orleans US 17.10.2013
Gordon Parks A Harlem Family 1967 Studio Museum Harlem New York US 08.11.2012
African American Art in the 20th Century Smithsonian American Art Museum Washington US 27.04.2012
More American Photographs The Wattis Institute San Francisco US 04.10.2011
Back to Black Whitechapel Art Gallery London GB 07.06.2005
documenta 6 documenta Kassel DE 24.06.1977
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WHAT'S ON - current exhibitions with Gordon Parks

10 important collections, in which Gordon Parks is represented:

Los Angeles County Museum of Art, LACMA Museum Folkwang Harvard Art Museum

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influential curators having exhibited works of Gordon Parks:

Peter Weiermair