The Joe Deal Archive joins one of the world's most comprehensive collections of 20th century American photography including the archives of luminaries such as Ansel Adams, Richard Avedon, Harry Callahan, Aaron Siskind, W. Eugene Smith, Edward Weston and Garry Winogrand. Along with work prints, negatives and related material, Deal's master vintage prints will all be reconstituted in the Center's collection. The Center's archives already include more than 80,000 works by 2,000 photographers.
The acquisition of the Joe Deal Archive was enabled by a number of passionate photography collectors, several of whom are particularly committed to the New Topographic movement in fine art photography. Joe Deal was included in the seminal exhibition New Topographics: Photographs of a Man-Altered Landscape at George Eastman House in 1975. In addition to having his work included in the original exhibition, Deal was a crucial advisor to curator William Jenkins in conceiving of the show and also contributed to the exhibition and catalogue designs. New Topographics has been re-created by Dr. Alison Nordström, curator at George Eastman House, and Dr. Britt Salvesen, formerly director and chief curator at the Center for Creative Photography and now Department Head and Curator of the Wallis Annenberg Department of Photography at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; the exhibition is currently on view at CCP through May 16th.
In addition to Deal's vintage prints, a complete set of the artist's recent series, West and West: Reimagining the Great Plains has also been acquired by a private collector for the Center's collection. This body of work was first exhibited at the RISD Museum of Art and is currently on view at Robert Mann Gallery (through May 8, 2010), after which it travels to CCP where it will be on view from June 5 - August 1, 2010. A monograph of the same title published by the Center for American Studies accompanies this exhibition. (See below for recent reviews in the New Yorker, Aperture and Afterimage.)
Robert Mann has been working exclusively with Joe Deal since the early 1980's, presenting three solo exhibitions of Deal's work since 2003. "I find it particularly gratifying that this project was accomplished with the Center's participation and with the help of collectors that truly appreciate the importance of this significant artist," says Mann. "The Center could not be a more appropriate and appreciative destination for Joe's archive."
In addition to his artistic production, Deal has been an influential educator and academic having taught at the Rhode Island School of Design, Washington University in St. Louis, and the University of California at Riverside. From 1999-2005 he served as Provost at RISD, and prior to that was Dean of the School of Art (1989-1999) at Washington University. Deal has also completed portfolios commissioned to document the construction of major building projects for the Museum of Contemporary Art in downtown Los Angeles, and the Richard Meier-designed Getty Center in Brentwood, California.
Deal's photographs are held in numerous public collections including the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; the J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles; and George Eastman House, Rochester, New York. Born in Topeka, Kansas in 1947, Joe Deal lives in Providence, Rhode Island.
For additional information please contact the Robert Mann Gallery at email@example.com. Joe Deal's current exhibition West & West: Reimagining the Great Plains can be viewed on our website.
Left: Untitled View, (Albuquerque), 1975
Right: Sunlight and Shadow, Missouri Plateau, 2005