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Arthur Tress

Born in 1940 - United States

BIOGRAPHY

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Arthur Tress was born in 1940 and raised in Brooklyn, New York. He lives and work in Cambria, California. He took his first photographs while still in elementary school in 1952. He attended Bard College where he studied art and art history, world culture and philosophy under Heinrich Bluecher. While studying, he continued to photograph and began making short films. He graduated in 1962 with a B.F.A.

After graduation from Bard, Tress moved to Paris to attend film school, but soon left. After traveling through Europe, Egypt, Japan, India and Mexico, he settled in Stockholm, Sweden and worked as a photographer at the Stockholm Ethnographic Museum.

In 1968 he moved back to New York with a commitment to becoming a professional photographer. He had his first one-person exhibition that year, "Appalachia--People and Places", which was held at the Smithsonian Institute and the Sierra Gallery (New York City). He then worked as a documentary photographer for V.I.S.T.A. from 1969-1970.

Arthur Tress was one of the first artists in the 1970s to break way from street photography and develop a more personal vision, which included manipulating that realty in front of him instead of being just a passive observer. Later, Tress began to use his camera to raise environmental awareness about the economic and human costs of pollution. Focusing on New York City, he began to photograph the neglected fringes of the urban waterfront with a straight documentary approach. This gradually evolved into a more personal mode of “magic realism,” combining improvised elements of actual life with stage fantasy that became his hallmark style of directorial fabrication.

In the late 1960s, Tress was inspired to do a series based upon children’s dreams that combined his interests in ritual ceremony, Jungian archetypes, and social allegory. Later bodies of work dealing with the hidden dramas of adult relationships and the reenactments of male homosexual desire evolved from this primarily theatrical approach.

His work has been published in several monographs, including Arthur Tress: The Dream Collector, Shadow: A Novel in Photographs, Theatre of the Mind, Reeves and Arthur Tress: Fantastic Voyage: Photographs 1956-2000. His work is in several major public collections, including the Museum of Modern Art, Metropolitan Museum of Art, George Eastman House, Centre Georges Pompidou, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Whitney Museum of American Art, and Art Institute of Chicago.

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EXHIBITIONS

SOLO SHOWS

2013
Arthur Tress / Transréalités - Le Chateau d'Eau, Toulouse
Arthur Tress - Jiro Miura Gallery, Tokyo
Selections: San Francisco 1964, Dream Collector, & Theater of the Mind - Blue Sky Gallery, Portland, OR

2012
Arthur Tress: San Francisco 1964 - The de Young Museum, San Francisco, CA

2010
Aspects of Mount Fuji in Japanese Illustrated Books from the Arthur Tress Collection - Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco, San Francisco, CA

2009
Arthur Tress - Galleria Cà di Frà, Milan

2007
Arthur Tress - Behind the image - Galleria PaciArte Contemporanea, Brescia
Arthur Tress - Constructed Still Lifes 1980 - 1987 - - Krammig & Pepper Contemporary, Berlin
Arthur Tress: Subliminal Vision - Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, MO

2006
Vintage - ClampArt, New York City, NY

2004
Arthur Tress - Fantastic Journey - PHP Pražský d?m fotografie / Prague House of Photography, Prague
Arthur Tress - Dream Collector - Carl Solway Gallery, Cincinnati, OH
Dream Collector - 30th Anniversary - ClampArt, New York City, NY

2001
Arthur Tress - Fantastic Voyage, Photographs 1956-2000 - The Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC

1998
Arthur Tress - Male of the species - Galerie Esther Woerdehoff, Paris

1997
Fantastic Voyage: The Photographs of Arthur Tress - Auckland Art Gallery, Auckland
Fantastic Voyage The Photographs of Arthur Tress - Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetu, Christchurch

1987
Arthur Tress – Talisman - Frankfurter Kunstverein, Frankfurt/Main

1984
Joy and Terror: Photographs of Childhod and Adolescence by Arthur Tress - MMoCA - The Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, Madison, WI


GROUP SHOWS

2014
Private Collections Exposed - Center for Photographic Art, Carmel, CA
Duane Michals / Arthur Tress / Juliette Bates - Galerie Esther Woerdehoff, Paris

2013
Treasures: the art of collecting - Queensland Centre for Photography, Bulimba , QLD

2012
Picture This: Photographic Portraits Of Place - Palm Springs Art Museum, Palm Springs, CA
The Supersurrealism - Moderna Museet Malmö, Malmö
Collection Freddy Denaës - Ex nugis seria - Le Chateau d'Eau, Toulouse
one must know the animals - MMoCA - The Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, Madison, WI
The Piers - Leslie Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art, New York City, NY

2011
Magie des Objekts - Photographie aus drei Jahrhunderten - Leopold Museum, Vienna
Il Dubbio della Bellezza – Collezione Gibelli - Centro Internazionale d'Arte e di Cultura di Palazzo Te, Mantova
Der Zweite Blick - Galerie Lichtblick, Cologne
Ralph Gibson & Arthur Tress - see+ Art Space/gallery, Beijing

2010
tra pittura e fotografia - sezione contemporanea dal 1960 al 2000 - Museo Ken Damy, Brescia
Revealed - Leslie Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art, New York City, NY
Revealed - The Tradition of Male Homoerotic Art - Maloney Hall, 2nd Floor, New Britain, CT
Pieces of 9: Reframing the Collection - UAM - University Art Museum, Long Beach, CA

2009
Winter in Amsterdam - Eduard Planting Fine Art Photographs, Amsterdam
EX NUGIS SERIA d'Afrique et d'ailleurs... - Maison d'Art Bernard Anthonioz, Nogent-sur Marne
Sexy and the City - New York Photographs - Yossi Milo Gallery, New York City, NY
Arcadia - ClampArt, New York City, NY
Reality Revisted - Moderna Museet, Stockholm
Treasures of Gay Art - Leslie Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art, New York City, NY
Terriblement beau - Terriblement faux - Galerie Esther Woerdehoff, Paris
Something Wicked This Way Comes - MMoCA - The Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, Madison, WI

2008
Ces Etranges Enfantes - SICA - The Shore Institute Of The Contemporary Arts, Long Branch, NJ
Love - Palazzo Ducale, Genoa
Sale - Wessel + O'Connor Fine Art, New York City, NY
Recent Acquisitions, Gifts, and Works from Various Exhibitions 1985-2007 - White Columns, New York City, NY

2007
June Bride - Yossi Milo Gallery, New York City, NY
Bestiarium - Exposition collective - Galerie Esther Woerdehoff, Paris
Pet Project - Australian Centre for Photography, Sydney, NSW
Dreams, Fears & Desires - Holden Luntz Gallery, Palm Beach, FL
Expressive Bodies: Contemporary Art Photography from The Kinsey Institute - The Kinsey Institute Gallery, Bloomington, IN

2006
Pet Project - Australian Centre for Photography, Sydney, NSW
Got Cow? Cattle In American Art, 1820-2000 - Hudson River Museum, Yonkers, NY
Multiple Exposures: Highlights From Csulb Special Collections - UAM - University Art Museum, Long Beach, CA
THE CULTURE OF QUEER - Leslie Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art, New York City, NY
My Collection - Museo Ken Damy, Brescia
Face à Face - Le Pavillon Populaire, Montpellier

2005
Beyond Real - Part 2 Making a Scene - Australian Centre for Photography, Sydney, NSW
Face cachée - Galerie Esther Woerdehoff, Paris

2003
By the Sea - Yossi Milo Gallery, New York City, NY
California/Color - Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara, CA
True Fictions - Inszenierte Fotokunst der 1990er Jahre - Kunstpalais Erlangen, Erlangen

2002
L.A. Galerie – Lothar Albrecht "Two of us" - Group Show - L.A. Galerie – Lothar Albrecht, Frankfurt/Main Send message
True Fictions. Inszenierte Fotokunst der neunziger Jahre - Kunsthaus Dresden, Dresden
True Fictions - Ludwig Forum für Internationale Kunst, Aachen

2001
The Nature of Still Life - - Galleria d'Arte Moderna di Bologna - GAM, Bologna (closed, 2007)
The Muses - Leslie Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art, New York City, NY
Selections From The Permanent Collection - Leslie Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art, New York City, NY

2000
x-mas Ausstellung - Galerie Lichtblick, Cologne
9th Lesbian And Gay Photo Annual - Leslie Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art, New York City, NY

1998
Ficciones íntimas - Fundación Joan Miró, Barcelona

1997
6th Lesbian And Gay Photo Annual - Leslie Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art, New York City, NY

1996
5th Lesbian And Gay Photo Annual - Leslie Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art, New York City, NY
The Gun: Icon of Twentieth Century Art - Ubu Gallery, New York City, NY

1995
A Child's World - - Candace Dwan Gallery - Katonah, Katonah, NY (closed, 2008)
Vulvavision - Leslie Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art, New York City, NY

1994
Mexico through foreign eyes - Galleria Carla Sozzani, Milan
Borderlines - NBK - Neuer Berliner Kunstverein, Berlin
Diamonds, Gold And Myrrh: 25 Years - Leslie Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art, New York City, NY

1993
Acquisitions Gallery - Leslie Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art, New York City, NY

1992
Paisajes del deseo: Thomas Brenner, Arthur Tress - Sala Parpallo, Valencia

1977
La photo comme photographie - CAPC - Musée d'art contemporain, Bordeaux

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