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Portrait of the artist Sally Mann. Photo: Annie Leibovitz (detail)
Portrait of the artist Sally Mann. Photo: Annie Leibovitz (detail)

Sally Mann first achieved recognition for her work towards the end of the 1980s when photographs she had taken of her family, especially of her three children, began to attract attention. She created several series full of intimacy and sensuality featuring moving images of a childhood very much attached to nature, like the artist experienced her in own childhood. Later, she turned her attention to pure landscape photography, producing equally extensive series. These images reveal the artist’s deep love for her native land, the American South, a sparsely populated, rural area with lush vegetation. It is the atmospheric impact that makes her images so outstanding. They radiate a lyric and nostalgic mood, expressing a strong sense of the beauty and the history of this land. Time seems to stand still in Sally Mann’s landscapes. This impression is enhanced by her obvious attention to craftsmanship. She uses a hundred-year-old large-format camera and prefers early, complex techniques, a sort of tribute to the pioneers of landscape photography.

Distortions, overexposures or scratching created intentionally in the dark room emphasize the dreamlike atmosphere in her photographs. Sally Mann was born in 1951 in Lexington, Virginia, where she still lives and works. Her work has been internationally exhibited and is represented in numerous museum collections such as the Museum of Modern Art and the Metropolitan Museum in New York and the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. Sally Mann has also been the recipient of several important awards including the Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship.

Publications

Exhibitions

Solo exhibitions
2018
Sally Mann. Mille et un Passages

Galerie Nationale du Jeu de Paume, Paris, France

2018
Sally Mann: A Thousand Crossings

The National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., travelled to Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, MA; J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, CA; The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX; The High Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA, USA

2018
Sally Mann: A Selection

Gagosian, Beverly Hills, CA, USA

2017
Sally Mann. Remembered Light. Cy Twombly in Lexington

Gagosian, Paris, France; Rome, Italy; Athens, Greece

2016
Sally Mann. Remembered Light: Cy Twombly in Lexington

Gagosian, New York, NY, USA

2015
Sally Mann: Battlefields

Taubman Museum of Art, Roanoke, VA, USA

2015
Sally Mann

Reynolds Gallery, Richmond, VA, USA

2015
Sally Mann

Jackson Fine Art, Atlanta, GA, USA

2012
Upon Reflection

Edwynn Houk Gallery, New York, NY, USA

2011
Sally Mann: Proud Flesh

Jackson Fine Art, Atlanta, GA, USA

2010
Sally Mann: The Flesh and the Spirit

VA Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, VA, USA

2010
Sally Mann

Galerie Karsten Greve, Paris, France

2010
Sally Mann. Sa famille, sa terre

Musée de l’Elysée, Lausanne, Switzerland

2010
Sally Mann. Upon Reflection

Edwynn Houk Gallery, New York, NY, USA

2010
Sally Mann: Afterlight

Reynolds Gallery, Richmond, VA, USA

Group exhibitions
2020
Blanc sur Blanc

Gagosian, Paris, France

2020
Among the Trees

Hayward Gallery, London, UK

2019
VMFA on the Road: An Artmobile for the 21st Century

Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, VA; travelled to: Virginia Legislature, Richmond, VA; The Barns of Rose Hill, Berryville, VA; Piedmont Arts & Family Day, Martinsville, VA; Suffolk Arts League, Suffolk, VA, USA among others

2019
Time Lapse: Contemporary Analog Photography

Shelburne Museum, Shelburne, VT, USA

2019
Forever Young: Representations of Childhood and Adolescence

Newport Art Museum, Newport, RI, USA

2019
Power and Beauty: Women Artists from the Collection

Eleanor D. Wilson Museum at Hollins University, Roanoke, VA, USA

2019
Confronting Childhood

Princeton University Art Museum, Princeton, NJ, USA

2018
Aperture: Photographs. Devos Art Museum

Marquette, MI, USA

2018
Miradas Ausentes, Gestos Presentes

Un acercamiento al retrato contemporáneo en la Colección CA2M, Red Itiner of Comunidad de Madrid, Madrid, Spain

2018
Peers & Influences

The Bo Bartlett Center, Columbus, GA, USA

2018
Fine Young Kids

University of Louisville Ekstrom Library, Louisville, KY, USA

2018
VMFA on the Road: An Artmobile for the 21st Century

Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, VA; travelled to: Hurkamp Park, Fredericksburg, VA, USA; Workhouse Art Center, Lorton, VA, USA; Piedmont Virginia Community College, Charlottesville, VA, USA

2018
Past Present Future: Building Photography at the New Orleans Musem of Art

New Orleans Museum of Art, New Orleans, LA, USA

2018
New Territory: Landscape Photography Today

Denver Art Museum, Denver, CO, USA

2018
Mountain Lake: Art in Locale

Gregg Museum of Art and Design, Raleigh, NC, USA

2017
ESSER. McCAW. MANN. WYLIE

Neal Guma Fine Art, Charlottesville, VA, USA

2017
Other Side: Art, Object, Self

Tang Museum, Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NY, USA

2017
Memento Mori – The Art of Death

Kenosha Public Museum, Kenosha, WI, USA

2017
(un)expected families

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA, USA

2016
The Poetics of Place: Contemporary Photographs from The Met Collection

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY, USA

2016
Southern Accent: Seeking the American South in Contemporary Art

Nasher Museum of Art, Duke University, Durham, NC; travelled to: Speed Art Museum, Louisville, KY, USA

2016
Kindred: Photographers Focus on Family. SOCO Gallery

Charlotte, NC, USA

2016
The Things We Carry: Contemporary Art in the South

Gibbes Museum of Art, Charleston, SC, USA

2016
Phantom Bodies: The Human Aura in Art

Frist Center for the Visual Arts, Nashville, TN; travelled to: Ringling Museum of Art, Sarasota, FL, USA

2015
The Memory of Time: Contemporary Photographs at the National Gallery of Art, Acquired with the Alfred H. Moses and Fern M. Schad Fund

National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., USA

2015
Fatal Attraction: Piotr Uklanski Selects from the Met Collection

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY, USA

2015
The Energy of Youth: Depicting Childhood in the NCMA’s Photography Collection

North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh, NC, USA

2015
Southern Exposure

Museum of Contemporary Art Jacksonville, Jacksonville, FL, USA

2015
Forensics: The anatomy of crime

Wellcome Collection, London, UK

2015
A History of Photography: Series and Sequences

Victoria and Albert Museum, London, UK

2015
Arts & Foods Pavilion

La Triennale di Milano, Milan, Italy

2015
Rooted in Soil

DePaul Art Museum, DePaul University, Chicago, IL, USA

2014
Self-Processing – Instant Photography

Ogden Museum of Southern Art, New Orleans, LA, USA

2014
Gorgeous

Asian Art Museum, San Francisco, CA, USA

2014
Dialogues: Recent Acquisitions of the Sheldon Museum of Art

Sheldon Museum of Art, Lincoln, NE, USA

2014
Fusion: Art of the 21st-Century

Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, VA, USA

2013
Everyday Epiphanies: Photography and Daily Life Since 1970

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY, USA

2012
By Way of These Eyes

The American Museum in Britain, Bath, UK

2012
Curator's Choice: People, Places, and Things

University of Virginia Art Museum, Charlottesville, VA, USA

2012
Imaging History

Fotomuseum, Antwerp, Netherlands

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