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Duane Michals

Born in 1932 - United States

BIOGRAPHY

Duane Michals (b. 1932, McKeesport, PA) is one of the great photographic innovators of the last century, widely known for his work with series, multiple exposures, and text. Michals received a BA from the University of Denver in 1953 and worked as a graphic designer until his involvement with photography deepened in the late 1950s. He currently lives and works in New York City.

Michals first made significant, creative strides in the field of photography during the 1960s. In an era heavily influenced by photojournalism, Michals manipulated the medium to communicate narratives. The sequences, for which he is widely known, appropriate cinema’s frame-by-frame format. Michals has also incorporated text as a key component in his works. Rather than serving a didactic or explanatory function, his handwritten text adds another dimension to the images’ meaning and gives voice to Michals’s singular musings, which are poetic, tragic, and humorous, often all at once.

Over the past five decades, Michals’s work has been exhibited in the United States and abroad. The Museum of Modern Art, New York, hosted Michals’s first solo exhibition (1970). More recently, he has had one-person shows at the Odakyu Museum, Tokyo (1999), and at the International Center of Photography, New York (2005). In 2008, Michals celebrated his 50th anniversary as a photographer with a retrospective exhibition at the Thessaloniki Museum of Photography, Greece and the Scavi Scaligeri in Verona, Italy.

In recognition of his contributions to photography, Michals has been honored with a CAPS Grant (1975), a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship (1976), the International Center of Photography Infinity Award for Art (1989), the Foto España International Award (2001), and an Honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts from Montserrat College of Art, Beverly, Mass. (2005).

Michals's work belongs to numerous permanent collections in the U.S. and abroad, including the Israel Museum, Jerusalem; the J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles; the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; the Moderna Museet, Stockholm; the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto; and the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Michals's archive is housed at the Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh.

Monographs of Michals's work include Homage to Cavafy (1978); Nature of Desire (1989); Duane Michals: Now Becoming Then (1990); Salute, Walt Whitman (1996); The Essential Duane Michals (1997); Questions Without Answers (2001); The House I Once Called Home (2003) and Foto Follies / How Photography Lost Its Virginity on the Way to the Bank (2006). Forthcoming publications include 50 (Admira Photography, June 2008); a collection of Michals’s writing (Delpire Editeur, Fall 2008); and his Japanese-inspired, color photographs (Steidl, Fall 2008).

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EXHIBITIONS

SOLO SHOWS

2014
Duane Michals: Empty New York - DC Moore Gallery, New York City, NY

2013
The Decorated Animal - Pace / Macgill Gallery, New York City, NY
Duane Michals - The Painted Photograph - DC Moore Gallery, New York City, NY
Duane Michals - Galerie Clara Maria Sels, Dusseldorf

2010
Duane Michals - Galerie Thierry Marlat, Paris
Duane Michals / Lyon Septembre De La Photographie - Galerie Vrais Rêves, Lyon
Duane Michals - Brandts Museet for Fotokunst, Odense
Duane Michals - Dr Duanus - Preus Museum, Horten

2009
Duane Michals - Museé de la photographie de Charleroi, Charleroi

2008
Duane Michals: Photographs from the Floating World - Pace / Macgill Gallery, New York City, NY

2006
Duane Michals - Robert Klein Gallery, Boston, MA
Duane Michals - Fahey/Klein Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Duane Michals: Photography and Reality - Mead Art Museum, Amherst, MA

2005
The Adventures of Constantine Cavafy & Ukiyo-E: Pictures from the Floating World - Pace / Macgill Gallery, New York City, NY

2004
Duane Michals - Quantum & Metafisica mit Publikation und Sonderedtion - Galerie Clara Maria Sels, Dusseldorf

2003
Duane Miichals: The House I Once Called Home - Pace / Macgill Gallery, New York City, NY

2002
Duane Michals - ""A Gursky Gherkin" - New Photographies" - Galerie Clara Maria Sels, Dusseldorf
Duane Michals Unlimited 1958-2002 - University Art Gallery - University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, New Bedford, MA
Sammlung Ann und Jürgen Wilde - Sprengel Museum Hannover, Hannover

2001
Duane Michals: Photographer as Magician - - Emerson Gallery at Hamilton College, Clinton, NY (closed, 2011)
Duane Michals - Max Estrella, Madrid

2000
Duane Michals - I Think About Thinking - Galerie Clara Maria Sels, Dusseldorf
Duane Michaels - Fotografien 1958-1998 - FFI - Fotografie Forum international, Frankfurt/Main

1999
Duane Michals: Words and Images - National Gallery of Canada - Musée des beaux-arts du Canada, Ottawa, ON

1998
Duane Michals - Words and Images - The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts - Musée des beaux-arts de Montréal, Montreal, QC
Salute, Walt Witman - Recent Photographs by Duane Michals - ASU Art Museum - Arizona State University Art Museum, Tempe, AZ
Duane Michals - Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid

1993
Duane Michals. Fotografía 1958-1990 - Sala Parpallo, Valencia

1992
The Duane Michals Show - ICP - International Center of Photography, New York City, NY

1991
Duane Michals: photographs (IDCA) - Aspen Art Museum, Aspen, CO

1990
Duane Michals : Inside Out Upside Down and Backwards Fairy Tunes for Children - - Fay Gold Gallery, Atlanta, GA (closed, 2009)
Duane Michals - Musée de l´Elysée, Lausanne

1989
Duane Michals - Le Chateau d'Eau, Toulouse

1988
Someone Left a Message for You: Photographs by Duane Michals - The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL
Duane Michaels - - Fay Gold Gallery, Atlanta, GA (closed, 2009)

1985
Duane Michals: Photographs / Sequences / Texts - ICA - Institute of Contemporary Arts London, London

1974
Duane Michals – Fotosequenzen - Frankfurter Kunstverein, Frankfurt/Main

1973
Duane Michals. Fotosequenzen - Kölnischer Kunstverein, Cologne

1970
Stories by Duane Michals - MoMA - Museum of Modern Art, New York City, NY

1968
Photographs by Duane Michals - The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL

GROUP SHOWS

2014
Corpus - Zacheta - National Gallery of Art, Warsaw
Duane Michals / Arthur Tress / Juliette Bates - Galerie Esther Woerdehoff, Paris
El hombre al desnudo - Museo Nacional de Arte - MUNAL, Mexico City
Les dérivés de la photographie - FRAC Aquitaine, Bordeaux
L´éclipse de la figure - Les arts au mur, Pessac
The Image Gallery Redux:1959-1962 - Howard Greenberg Gallery, New York City, NY
Interior Spaces - DC Moore Gallery, New York City, NY

2013
Decisive Moments - Honolulu Museum of Art, Honolulu, HI
Anni '70. Arte a Roma - Palazzo delle Esposizioni, Rome
Formas biográficas - Construcción y mitología individual - Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid
Perchance to Dream - Andrea Meislin Gallery, New York City, NY
Woods, Lovely, Dark, And Deep - DC Moore Gallery, New York City, NY
The Look Behind | Der Blick Dahinter - Märkisches Museum Witten, Witten
Focal Points: American Photography Since 1950 - MMoCA - The Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, Madison, WI
Making It Up: Photographic Fictions - Victoria & Albert Museum - V&A, London
Schenkung Herbert Lange. Fotografien 1925 - 2009 - Kunstsammlungen Chemnitz, Chemnitz

2012
The angels of Klee - Zentrum Paul Klee, Bern
Cosmologies - Williams College Museum of Art, Williamstown, MA
Charlotte Rampling - Albums secrets - Maison de la Photographie, Lille
Alice im Wunderland der Kunst - Hamburger Kunsthalle, Hamburg
A Tribute to Robert Delpire - Pace / Macgill Gallery, New York City, NY
Beyond Words: Photography in The New Yorker - UCCA - Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing
Das Narrative in der Fotografie - Kunsthaus Kaufbeuren, Kaufbeuren
Exhibition no.1 - Leslie Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art, New York City, NY
Performing for the Camera - ASU Art Museum - Arizona State University Art Museum, Tempe, AZ

2011
Gallery Art on View - Eight Modern Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
The Art of Caring: A Look at Life through Photography - The Art Museum of South Texas, Corpus Christi, TX
Art² - FLAG Art Foundation, New York City, NY
The Art of Caring: A Look at Life through Photography - Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale, Fort Lauderdale, FL
Still Films - Yukon Arts Centre, Whitehorse, YT
Things are Queer - Highlights der Sammlung UniCredit - MARTa Herford, Herford
Double Face - FRAC - Basse-Normandie, Caen
Another Story - Moderna Museet, Stockholm
Imagine That! - The Museum of Photographic Arts, San Diego, CA

2010
Autour de l'extreme - Maison Européenne de la Photographie, Paris
Where in the World? - Pace / Macgill Gallery, New York City, NY
the naked truth - Hous Projects, New York City, NY
Revealed - Leslie Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art, New York City, NY
H1N1 Surviving - Contemporary by Golconda, Tel Aviv
Jetzt – Die erzählte Zeit - Darmstädter Tage der Fotografie e.V., Darmstadt
Revealed - The Tradition of Male Homoerotic Art - Maloney Hall, 2nd Floor, New Britain, CT
ÜberTage - Pixelprojekt_Ruhrgebiet - Kunstmuseum Mülheim an der Ruhr, Mülheim/Ruhr
An Expanding Lens: New Photographic Acquisitions at the Mead Art Museum - Mead Art Museum, Amherst, MA

2009
Masters of Photography - Fifty One Fine Art Photography, Antwerp
The Private Collection of Fern M. Schad - Rick Wester Fine Art, New York City, NY
Hinterlassenschaft - Kolumba, Cologne
Sexy and the City - New York Photographs - Yossi Milo Gallery, New York City, NY
Pas nécessaire et pourtant indispensable. 1979-2009 : 30 ans d’art contemporain à Meymac - Abbaye St André - Centre d'art contemporain Meymac, Meymac
In-finitum - Museo Fortuny, Venice
Reality Revisted - Moderna Museet, Stockholm
Photography on the Street - Saint Louis Art Museum, Saint Louis, MO
Fotografie trifft Malerei – Die Sammlung Wilde im Sprengel Museum Hannover - Sprengel Museum Hannover, Hannover
Tragedie Minuscule - Collection du FRAC Basse-Normandie - Galerie le Radar, Bayeux

2008
Insomnia - The Petach Tikva Museum of Art, Petach Tikva
Inspired by Literature: Art and Fine Books - Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum, New Brunswick, NJ
Modern Photographs—The Machine, the Body and the City - Parrish Art Museum, Southampton, NY
Promenades Insomniaques. Dormir/rever Dans L’Art Contemporain - Passage de Retz, Paris
Photopeintries - épisode 2 : pharmacie - FRAC - Limousin, Limoges
A Mind at Play - The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL
Duane Michals / Ian Ritterskamp - Photography - Galerie Clara Maria Sels, Dusseldorf
Ian Ritterskamp / Duane Michals - Shoot me - Photpgraphy and Video - Galerie Clara Maria Sels, Dusseldorf
Beautiful People - Centre d’Art la Panera, Lleida

2007
Warhol sobre Warhol - La Casa Encendida, Madrid
Líbrate de Ello - Bilbao Arte, Bilbao
Der unendliche Raum dehnt sich aus - Kolumba, Cologne
wann immer vorerst - Aktuelles aus der Kunstsammlung der BA-CA - Bank Austria Kunstforum, Vienna
A New Reality: Black-and-White Photography in Contemporary Art - Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum, New Brunswick, NJ
Stiftung Fotografie und Kunstwissenschaft - Alfred Erhard Stiftung, Cologne
Role Exchange - Sean Kelly Gallery, New York City, NY
Beautiful People et la Blessure Secrète - Centre rhénan d'art contemporain, Altkirch
Reality Undone - University Gallery - University of Essex, Colchester
What Is Love: Selections from the Permanent Collection - University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA
Back to the Future: Contemporary American Art from the Collection - Mead Art Museum, Amherst, MA
Acting the Part - Photography as Theatre - Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver, BC
L'adhésion ça a du bon ! - Centre d'art image/imatge, Agrève
Oog / Eye - Foam Fotografiemuseum, Amsterdam

2006
Contos Dixitais - CGAC - Centro Galego de Arte Contemporánea, Santiago de Compostela
Revelation (Uppenbar(a)t) - Kulturhuset Stockholm, Stockholm
Simple(s) & Élémentaire(s) - Espace culturel François Mitterrand, Perigueux
Unlimited Bodies - Every sperm is sacred - every sperm is great - Galerie Clara Maria Sels, Dusseldorf
Figures of the Player, the Paradox of the Actor - Collection Lambert, Avignon
Corpus Christi. Christusdarstellungen in der Fotografie - Kunsthalle Krems, Krems
Acting the Part - Photography as Theatre - National Gallery of Canada - Musée des beaux-arts du Canada, Ottawa, ON
Sound & Vision - Museo della Città, Perugia
I Love Art 8 - Watari-Um - Watari Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo
Sans Regard - La collection Dancing Bear de W. M. Hunt - Musée de l´Elysée, Lausanne
Dormir, rêver... et autres nuits - CAPC - Musée d'art contemporain, Bordeaux
Year Of Tibet Portfolio - Fahey/Klein Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
My Collection - Museo Ken Damy, Brescia
20ème anniversaire de la galerie - Galerie Gabrielle Maubrie, Paris
Esencias 11 - Sala Municipal de Exposiciones del Museo de Pasión, Valladolid

2005
De la comtesse De Castiglione à Cindy Sherman - Galerie de France, Paris
Beyond Real - Part 2 Making a Scene - Australian Centre for Photography, Sydney, NSW
Superstars - Das Prinzip Prominenz. Von Warhol bis Madonna - Kunsthalle Wien (Museumsquartier), Vienna
Erotica - The Senses in Art - Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil - CCBB - São Paulo, São Paulo
Gott sehen. Das Überirdische als Thema der zeitgenössischen Kunst - Kunstmuseum des Kantons Thurgau, Warth
Schattenspiel - Schatten und Licht in der zeitgenössischen knst - Kunsthalle zu Kiel, Kiel
From the Source, Fashion Photographs - Corkin Gallery, Toronto, ON
La main dans la main - Kunstverein Bad Salzdetfurth e.V., Bodenburg
A Very Liquid Heaven - The Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery at Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NY
Skyggespil - Brandts Klædefabrik, Odense
Schattenspiel - Eine Hommage an Hans Christian Andersen - Landesgalerie am Oberösterreichischen Landesmuseum, Linz
Magritte Privé - BOZAR - Palais des Beaux-Arts / Paleis voor Schone Kunsten, Brussels

2004
Suites - From the Permanent Collection - University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA
Photography Past/Forward: Aperture at 50 - Ronna and Eric Hoffman Gallery of Contemporary Art, Portland, OR
...dans la ville...(1) - Espace 36, Saint-Omer
Im Rausch der Dinge - Fotomuseum Winterthur, Winterthur
Im Rausch der Dinge – Vom funktionalen Objekt zum Fetisch in Fotografien des 20. - Fotostiftung Schweiz (Schweizerische Stiftung für die Photographie), Winterthur
Kabakov, Woodman, Goller, Fabre, Blossfeldt - Le plan - rêvez, mes amis - Galerie Clara Maria Sels, Dusseldorf
A arañeira. 100 artistas da colección CGAC - CGAC - Centro Galego de Arte Contemporánea, Santiago de Compostela
Multiple Räume (1) :Seele - Konstruktionen des Innerlichen in der Kunst - Staatliche Kunsthalle Baden-Baden, Baden-Baden
THE MUSE - Leslie Tonkonow Artworks + Projects, New York City, NY

2003
Corpus Christi _ Christus-Darstellungen in der photographie, 1850-2001 - Deichtorhallen Hamburg, Hamburg
Herb Ritts Private Collection - Fahey/Klein Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Content - Rem Koolhaas und OMA-AMO - Bauten, Projekte und Konzepte seit 1996 - Neue Nationalgalerie, Berlin
Photo - Kunst - 1852 - 2002 - Staatsgalerie Stuttgart, Stuttgart
Archives of Time Life, Inc. - Holden Luntz Gallery, Palm Beach, FL
Miradas cómplices - CGAC - Centro Galego de Arte Contemporánea, Santiago de Compostela

2002
Warhol Explicitly Queer - Leslie Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art, New York City, NY
Through the Looking Glass - Catherine Edelman Gallery, Chicago, IL
Mirror, mirror, on the Wall - Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, ON
Das zweite Gesicht - Metamorphosen des fotografischen Porträts - Deutsches Museum, Munich
End of the Trail - Andrew Smith Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

2001
The Nature of Still Life - - Galleria d'Arte Moderna di Bologna - GAM, Bologna (closed, 2007)
Images beyond the naked eye - Deste Foundation -, Athens
Beauty Without Regret - Bellas Artes, Santa Fe, NM
Selections From The Permanent Collection - Leslie Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art, New York City, NY

2000
Mechanismus und Ausdruck - Kunstmuseum Bonn, Bonn
Watchful Eyes - Catherine Edelman Gallery, Chicago, IL
Narcisse Blesse - Passage de Retz, Paris
Über die Wirklichkeit - Kolumba, Cologne
Cosmos - From Goya to De Chirico from Friedrich to Kiefer - Palazzo Grassi - Francois Pinault Foundation, Venice

1999
Rattling The Frame: The Photographic Space 1974-1999 - SF Camerawork, San Francisco, CA
Attack, fotografie op het scherpst van de snede - Arti et Amicitiae, Amsterdam
Fragilité - Absurdité - Galerie Clara Maria Sels, Dusseldorf
Centro de Arte Moderna - CAM - Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian
Linhas de Sombra - Centro de Arte Moderna - CAM - Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian, Lisbon

1998
Ficciones íntimas - Fundación Joan Miró, Barcelona
Veronica's Revenge - Deichtorhallen Hamburg, Hamburg
The Cottingley Fairies and other Apparitions - Leslie Tonkonow Artworks + Projects, New York City, NY

1997
Im Reich der Phantome - Fotografie des Unsichtbaren - Städtisches Museum Abteiberg, Mönchengladbach
Memory and Mourning: Shared Cultural Experience - University Art Museum University at Albany, State University of New York, Albany, NY
Foto Text Text Foto - Fotomuseum Winterthur, Winterthur

1996
Double vie, Double vue - Fondation Cartier pour l'art contemporain, Paris
Capolavori di fotografia della Fondazione Select. Gli anni '70 - CACT Centro d´Arte Contemporanea Ticino, Bellinzona
5th Lesbian And Gay Photo Annual - Leslie Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art, New York City, NY

1995
L'immagine riflessa - Centro per l´Arte Contemporanea Luigi Pecci, Prato, PO

1993
Motion and Document/Sequence and Time: Eadweard Muybridge and Contemporary American Photography - Henry Art Gallery, Seattle, WA

1992
Art et sida : des médias à la métaphore - Musée d´art contemporain de Montréal, Montreal, QC
Classic Dualities: The Photographs of Len Prince taken at the Tampa Museum of Art - - Fay Gold Gallery, Atlanta, GA (closed, 2009)
Summer Group Exhibition - Leslie Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art, New York City, NY
Åtta kollektioner med fotografier - Moderna Museet, Stockholm
About Face: Photographic Portraits from the Permanent Collection, 1900–1991 - ICP - International Center of Photography, New York City, NY

1991
Word As Image: American Art 1960–1990 - Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, Houston, TX

1990
The Indomitable Spirit: Photographers And Artists Respond In The Time Of Aids - ICP - International Center of Photography, New York City, NY

1989
Selections - ICP - International Center of Photography, New York City, NY

1987
Kunsthalle Düsseldorf Similia / Dissimilia - Kunsthalle Düsseldorf, Dusseldorf
Le geste oublié - Musée d´art contemporain de Montréal, Montreal, QC

1984
Hollywood Still Lifes - Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco, CA

1983
Kunst mit Photographie - Die Sammlung Dr. Rolf H. Krauss - Kölnischer Kunstverein, Cologne
Kunst mit Photographie - Die Sammlung Dr. Rolf H. Krauss - Neue Nationalgalerie, Berlin

1982
Les choix de l'œil : la photographie depuis 1940 - Musee du Bas-Saint-Laurent, Rivière-du-Loup, QC

1981
Les choix de l'œil : la photographie depuis 1940 - Musée d´art contemporain de Montréal, Montreal, QC

1980
Artemesia - ICA - Institute of Contemporary Arts London, London

1979
The Altered Photograph - MoMA PS1, New York City, NY

1977
American Narrative/Story Art: 1967–1977 - Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, Houston, TX
documenta 6 - Documenta, Kassel
La photo comme photographie - CAPC - Musée d'art contemporain, Bordeaux
Sequenzen - Kunstverein in Hamburg, Hamburg

1974
Les Krims, Duane Michals - Zwei amerikanische Fotografen - Bonner Kunstverein, Bonn

1971
Photographs of Women - MoMA - Museum of Modern Art, New York City, NY

1969
Portrait Photographs - MoMA - Museum of Modern Art, New York City, NY

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