Jo Ann Callis by Judith Keller
Woman Twirling

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An artist who has long exploited the emotional power of color and texture, Jo Ann Callis is widely known for her inventive photographs involving tactile objects and images of people in mysterious, often unsettling narratives. Jo Ann Callis: Woman Twirling is the catalogue of an exhibition held at the J. Paul Getty Museum from March 31 to August 9, 2009. The book, comprising sixty-eight color and fifteen black-and-white works that range from 1974 to 2005, constitutes the first book-length treatment of Callis’s work since 1989.

Many of these invented, dreamlike scenes of people and objects will be new to viewers, including a photographic installation of fifteen images of pastries lusciously printed in Cibachrome against textile backgrounds, and a more recent series of digitally montaged domestic interiors. Others, such as Salt, Pepper, Fire, in which a pair of salt and pepper shakers and a cup of coffee stand next to a plate of food that has burst into flame while a bird flies over the table, are familiar favorites. All of these works attest to Callis’s singular vision of the delicate boundary between the world within and the world without.


About Judith Keller

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Judith Keller is senior curator in the Department of Photographs at the J. Paul Getty Museum. She is the author of Jo Ann Callis: Woman Twirling (Getty, 2009); Walker Evans: The Getty Collection (Getty, 1995); and Graciela Iturbide: Juchitán (Getty, 2008). Amanda Maddox is assistant curator in the Department of Photographs at the J. Paul Getty Museum. Kotaro Iizawa is a photography historian, critic, and curator based in Tokyo. Ryuichi Kaneko is a photography historian and guest curator at the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography. Jonathan M. Reynolds is associate professor of art history at Barnard College.
Published May 19, 2009 by J. Paul Getty Museum. 96 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Arts & Photography, Professional & Technical. Non-fiction

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Accompanying an exhibit at The Getty Center in L.A, this volume highlights three decades of work (1970s-'90s) from ""one of the first important practitioners of the Fabricated Photographs Movement,"" Jo Ann Callis.

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