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Past Exhibition

  • Matthew Brandt, Grays Lake, ID 7, 2013. © Matthew Brandt, courtesy Yossi Milo Gallery, New York.
  • Liz Deschenes, Untitled (zoetrope) #1 and Untitled (zoetrope) #2, 2013. © Liz Deschenes, courtesy Miguel Abreu Gallery, New York.
  • Floris Neusüss, Nachtbild (48), 1991. © Floris Neusüss, courtesy the artist and Von Lintel Gallery, New York.
  • Marlo Pascual, Untitled, 2010. © Marlo Pascual, courtesy the artist and Casey Kaplan, New York; Photo: Jean Vong.
  • Eileen Quinlan, The Drink, 2011. © Eileen Quinlan, courtesy Miguel Abreu Gallery, New York.
  • Jon Rafman, New Age Demanded (The heart was a place made fast), 2013. © Jon Rafman, courtesy the artist and Zach Feuer Galery, New York.
  • Mariah Robertson, 154 [detail], 2010. © Mariah Robertson, courtesy American Contemporary, New York.
  • Alison Rossiter, Kilborn Acme Kruxo, exact expiration date unknown, ca. 1940s, processed in 2013 (#1). © Alison Rossiter, courtesy Yossi Milo Gallery, New York.
  • David Benjamin Sherry, Lower Yosemite Falls, Yosemite, California, 2013. © David Benjamin Sherry, courtesy the artist and Salon 94, New York.
  • Travess Smalley, Capture Physical Presence #15, 2011. © Travess Smalley, courtesy Higher Pictures, New York.
  • Owen Kydd, Pico Boulevard (Nocturne), 2012. Courtesy the artist and Nicelle Beauchene Gallery. © Owen Kydd.
  • Kate Steciw, Armchair, Background, Basic, Beauty, Bed, Bedside, Bread, Breakfast, Bright, Cereal, Closeup, Cloth, Color, Contemporary, Couch, Crust, Day, Decor, Fox, Frame, Grain, Ingredient, Interior, Invitation, Irregular, Juice, Life, Living, Loaf, Luxury, Macro, Sofa, Speed, Style, Sweet, Texture. 2013. 1 and 2 of infinite. © Kate Steciw. Photo: Mark Woods.
  • Artie Vierkant, Image Object Friday 7 June 2013 4:33PM, 2013. © Artie Vierkant, courtesy Higher Pictures, New York.
  • Christopher Williams, Supplement ‘13 (Mixed Typologies) #3 [detail], 2013. © Christopher Williams, courtesy David Zwirner, New York/London and Galerie Gisela Capitain, Cologne.
  • Letha Wilson, Colorado Purple, 2012. © Letha Wilson, courtesy Higher Pictures, New York.

What Is a Photograph?

JANUARY 31–MAY 4, 2014

Organized by ICP Curator Carol Squiers, What Is a Photograph? explores the intense creative experimentation in photography that has occurred since the 1970s. Conceptual art introduced photography into contemporary art making, using the medium in ways that challenged it artistically, intellectually, and technically and broadened the notion of what a photograph could be in art. A new generation of artists began an equally rigorous but more aesthetically adventurous analysis, which probed photography itself—from the role of light, color, composition, to materiality and the subject. What Is a Photograph? brings together these artists, who reinvented photography.


Matthew Brandt
Marco Breuer
Liz Deschenes
Adam Fuss
Owen Kydd
Floris Neusüss
Marlo Pascual

Sigmar Polke
Eileen Quinlan
Jon Rafman
Gerhard Richter
Mariah Robertson
Alison Rossiter
Lucas Samaras

Travess Smalley
David Benjamin Sherry
Kate Steciw
Artie Vierkant
James Welling
Christopher Williams
Letha Wilson

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What Is a Photograph? is generously supported by the National Endowment for the Arts, Deborah Jerome and Peter Guggenheimer, the Consulate General of Germany New York, and by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.