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David Maisel/Black Maps: American Landscape and the Apocalyptic Sublime


Curated:
Lisa Tamiris Becker, Director, CU Art Museum, University of Colorado Boulder
Helmut Müller_Sievers, Eaton Professor of Humanities and Director of the Center for Humanities and the Arts, University of Colorado Boulder

Black Maps: American Landscape and the Apocalyptic Sublime is a survey of David Maisel’ s major aerial photography projects. In these large-scaled photographs, Black Maps leads the viewer on a hallucinatory journey through terrains that have been radically altered by environmental issues and transformed by human agency. Maisel’s aerial images of environmentally impacted zones frame the issues of contemporary landscape with equal measures of documentation and metaphor, beauty and despair.

David Maisel is one of the preeminent landscape photographers today, whose work is collected and exhibited internationally. His exhibitions have been reviewed in The New York Times, The New Yorker, Aperture, and ARTnews. Maisel’s photographs, multi-media projects, and public installations have been exhibited internationally, and are included in many permanent collections, such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art; the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; the Brooklyn Museum of Art; the Santa Barbara Museum of Art; and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, among others. Maisel was a Scholar in Residence at the Getty Research Institute in 2007 and an Artist in Residence at the Headlands Center for the Arts in 2008. He received his BA from Princeton University, and his MFA from California College of the Arts, in addition to study at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design.

For examples of his photographs, please visit the artist’s website.

Premiering at the CU Art Museum, University of Colorado Boulder:
January – May 2013. On hold for a museum venue from June 1– September 1, 2013.  Available for tour through 2016.

28 archival pigment photographs including: 25 color prints sized 48 x 48 inches (approx. 50 x 50 inches framed), and 3 black and white prints sized 40 x 40 inches (approx. 42 x 42 inches framed). All prints are back mounted to either aluminum or Dibond, and framed ready to hang in white hardwood frames with rear wood cleats. Frames are glazed with UV plexiglass. Didactics provided include text for wall panel with interpretive essay, additional text for each series of photographs in the show. Loan includes 25 copies of printed four-panel brochure with essay and images.

Required space: Approximately 200 linear wall-feet / 3000 s.f gallery

Cost: $15,000* as well as costs for round trip shipping from/to CU Art Museum by art handlers to be paid by hosting institution. (Shipping company and methods must be approved by CU Art Museum.)

*As part of the qualification process, all institutions interested in exhibiting David Maisel/Black Maps will need to provide CUAM with a facilities report and must be able to provide low-lumen light control. Costs listed include three- month run of exhibition. Longer exhibition periods may be negotiated on a case-by-case basis.
















Image Credits from top down

The Mining Project (Clifton AZ, 7), 1989 (detail), from the series “The Mining Project & American Mine,” pigment print, 2012, A/P, 48 x 48 inches

Terminal Mirage 2, 2003 (detail), from the series “Terminal Mirage,” pigment print, 2012, A/P, 48 x 48 inches

Terminal Mirage 5, 2003 (detail), from the series “Terminal Mirage,” pigment print, 2012, A/P, 48 x 48 inches

American Mine (Carlin NV 2), 2007 (detail), from the series “The Mining Project & American Mine,” pigment print, 2011, A/P, 48 x 48 inches

The Lake Project 3, 2001 (detail), from the series “The Lake Project,” pigment print, 2012, A/P, 48 x 48 inches

Oblivion 15N, 2004 (detail), from the series “Oblivion,” pigment print, 2012, A/P, 40 x 40 inches

All images courtesy of the artist © David Maisel