Richard Benson: The World Is Smarter Than You Are Opens Feb. 5 at Sarasota Art Museum
First major exhibition of Benson’s renowned work comes to Sarasota
December 13, 2022
“With this exhibition we recognize the importance of Richard Benson’s work, which explores everyday scenes that will strongly resonate with our regional audience but that also examines his gloriously and painstakingly crafted prints,” said Virginia Shearer, Sarasota Art Museum’s Executive Director. “We are delighted to work with the Philadelphia Museum of Art and Peter Barberie, The Brodsky Curator of Photographs, Alfred Stieglitz Center on the project and we look forward to bringing these marvelous photographs to Sarasota.”
The World Is Smarter Than You Are reflects both Benson’s abiding interest in improving traditional photo-making methods as well as his gradual embrace of digital photography and experiments in printing that yielded new directions for his artistic craft. It also explores his philosophical musings and writings, teaching materials and work as a printer, underscoring the deep connections between his intellectual, technical, and creative pursuits.
Saturday, February 4
Sarasota High School Alumni Auditorium
Free for Members; $20 Not-Yet Members
Exhibition curator, Peter Barberie, will discuss the life and work of Richard Benson, an extraordinary photographer, master printer, and mentor who helped shape many of the greatest photography books of the past fifty years.
Barberie, the Brodsky Curator of Photographs, Alfred Stieglitz Center at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, originated the first major survey of Benson’s photography and edited the book that accompanies the exhibition, a volume which features works from the exhibition and comparative illustrations from several of the photography books Benson helped produce in his career.
This program is made possible, in part, with generous support from:
Dr. Eloise A. Werlin Endowed Fund
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