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Chiarenza: Complete Works Now Available Online

A collection of Chiarenza's complete works is now viewable on the web. Organized by decade and format, the collection provides visitors an opportunity to take in Chiarenza's evolution as an artist over 60+ years of picture making.


Photographs that are no longer available for purchase are consolidated in a separate web gallery.


See Complete Works in the menu at right.

Chiarenza's Visual Archive Installed at Virginia Museum of Fine Arts

Carl Chiarenza is pleased to announce his visual archive has been donated to be installed at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond.

Joint Exhibition: Carl Chiarenza and Avery Danziger

Through This Lens Gallery

303 E. Chapel Hill Street

Durham, NC 27701


October 21, 2022 - November 15, 2023  


Exhibition of collages by Carl Chiarenza and and photographs by Avery Danziger.



Carl Chiarenza at Piedmont Arts

Piedmont Arts

215 Starling Avenue

Martinsville, Virginia 24112


October 23, 2021 - January 8, 2022  

On loan from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts


Sponsored by Jill and Jay Dickens, Anne and Eric Smith, Barbara and Guy Stanley, King's Grant, Books and Crannies and Lynwood Artists


Opening Reception October 22, 2021

5:30 - 7:30pm


Born to Italian immigrant parents and raised in Rochester, New York, Chiarenza’s interest in photography developed early in his childhood. From 1953 to 1957, Chiarenza studied at the Rochester Institute of Technology under the direction of Minor White and Ralph Hattersley. Since the late 1960s, Chiarenza has been a leading figure in a movement that seeks to expand the conceptual boundaries of photography. Chiarenza’s photographs have been included in more than 80 solo and 250 group exhibitions since 1957. His black-and-white photographs, which often contain elements of collage, have continued to challenge notions of landscape, abstraction, visitor perspective, and the very medium of photography itself.


Chiarenza is inspired by both the beauty of and human connections to landscapes, but has been continuously dissatisfied with his outdoor nature photographs. In acknowledging that traditional depictions of landscapes in paintings are constructed, he began to approach his photographs as abstract and emotional constructions that allow us to examine nature in relation to the self.


The key characteristic that came to dominate Chiarenza’s style was nyctophilia, or a preference for and comfort in darkness. His photographs do not offer familiar faces or landscapes; there is no evident cultural or psychological framework for the viewer to build their response. Rather, the lack of specificity and sense of timelessness reminds us that all photographs are constructions of reality that produce various interpretations relative to each viewer. Chiarenza’s work invites individual reflection by forcing us to examine the subliminal workings of the mind. In these photographs, nothing is absolute, leaving all realities subject to each observer.


This exhibition is curated by VMFA Director and CEO Alex Nyerges. These works were all a generous gift of the artist.




Award Winning Film: Carl Chiarenza - Making A Picture

Join Carl Chiarenza, Heidi Katz, and Gabriella Chiarenza for a short-format documentary interview on the act of Making a Picture. 


Director, producer, editor: Steve Osemwenkhae

Story Producer: Gabriella Chiarenza


4-minute abridged version also available here

Journey into the Unknown

February 5 - June 20, 2021


George Eastman Museum - Main Galleries

900 East Avenue

Rochester, NY 14607


Throughout his career, Carl Chiarenza (American, b. 1935) has demonstrated that photographs can provide much more than just documentary evidence. Rather than create straightforward records of the cast-off materials that appear before his camera, Chiarenza photographically transforms them into new and provocative images. His photographs often bear little resemblance to their actual subjects and instead suggest mysterious worlds that viewers are invited to explore.


This retrospective exhibition spans the Rochester-based artist’s entire career, beginning with early photographs Chiarenza made as an undergraduate student at Rochester Institute of Technology in the 1950s and concluding with a large selection of his most recent work in collage. The exhibition will give visitors the opportunity to follow the continuities and ruptures in Chiarenza’s artistic journey as his career enters its seventh decade.


This exhibition is accompanied by a catalog with text by curator Will Green and Keith Davis.


Hear the artist speak about his work  |  Audio Tour

Now Showing: Carl Chiarenza at Vision Gallery

Vision Gallery


18 Yosef Rivlin Street

Jerusalem, Israel 


Carl Chiarenza has been an important presence in American photography since the time that I began making images. For me, with my background in landscape oriented work, many of his images evoke a landscape that was never was but might come into being at any moment. He calls these “Landscapes of the Mind”.


His abstract images are constructed from torn paper, pieces of things, collages that he makes, photographs and often discards, saving only the image. Carl said that he once aspired to make photographs of the land, but when he went outside to photograph, he came back only with mosquito bites. In 1979, he began working in the studio, where he has remained ever since. Carl stated about his work, “what I’m doing is responding to things the way composers respond to sound.” His photographs are silent music. Chiarenza’s prints are in all the great public collections and have been exhibited widely; it is a privilege to have them here at Vision.


-Neil Folberg



New Recording: Brooks Jensen on Carl Chiarenza

Those Who Inspire Me (and Why) 

Brooks Jensen on Carl Chiarenza


Listen to new recording of Brooks Jensen discussing the work of Carl Chiarenza on LensWork Online.


New Monograph: Landscapes of a Mind Evolving


New Monograph by LensWork

with text by Bill Johnson




65 images, 72 pages

Book dimensions: 9" wide by 8" tall


In this volume, we are delighted to bring attention to Carl Chiarenza’s important 1988 monograph, Landscapes of the Mind. This museum-quality hardbound is now an expensive collectible that is difficult to find. Chiarenza’s images, however, are still as captivating and mesmerizing as they were in his 1988 publication. If you’ve not seen his book, perhaps the images in this LensWork Monograph will explain why we are so motivated to introduce Chiarenza to those who might not be acquainted with his creative vision — which, by the way, continues. Many of the images in this LensWork Monograph are new, and demonstrate Chiarenza’s evolving vision and his ongoing explorations of landscapes of his mind.




Interview: Carl Chiarenza on Boston Photography

Interview with Charles Giuliano 

August 7, 2019



Berkshire Fine Arts 



During graduate study at Boston University photographer Carl Chiarenza was a professor, mentor and friend. We spoke at length about how JFK and the Vietnam War nudged him into studying art history. At Harvard he was the first American to write a dissertation on photography. It was a biography and critical study of then living American icon Aaron Siskind. Now retired from the University of Rochester he continues to create new work.



The Polaroid Project: At the Intersection of Art and Technology

Group Exhibition 




Featured artists include:

Carl Chiarenza 


Musee Mccord


690 Sherbrooke Street West

Montreal, (Quebec) H3A 1E9


A unique opportunity to discover the extraordinary artistic and scientific creativity of Polaroid photography. At the intersection of art and technology, the exhibition presents the original works of some 100 of the most celebrated international artists of the 20th century along with the cameras they used.The Polaroid, both an image and a wonderful tool, was invented by Edwin Land in 1947. It remains, despite the decline of the company, associated in the collective imagination with innovation, efficiency and leisure.


Carl Chiarenza at VMFA

The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts proudly announces the upcoming exhibition of works by photographer Carl Chiarenza.


May 17 – November 12, 2019


VMFA Photography Gallery

200 N. Boulevard

Richmond, VA 23220


Since the late 1960s, Chiarenza has been a leading figure in a movement that seeks to expand the conceptual boundaries of photography. Chiarenza’s photographs have been included in more than 80 solo and 250 group exhibitions since 1957. His black and white photographs, which often contain elements of collage, have continued to challenge notions of landscape, abstraction, visitor perspective, and the very medium of photography itself.


This free exhibition is curated by Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Executive Director and CEO Alex Nyerges.


“The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts is incredibly grateful to Carl Chiarenza for his generous gift of works to the museum,” says Nyerges. “I am honored to curate the first Chiarenza exhibition at VMFA, and hope that these twenty-two phenomenal works will offer museum members and visitors an opportunity for a deeper understanding and fresh perspective of the limitless world of photography.” 

White/Black Invitational

Group Exhibition 


May 10 - June 22, 2019


Featured artists include:

Carl Chiarenza 


Flower City Arts Center 


713 Monroe Ave

Rochester, NY 14607

Cut and Paste

Group Exhibition 

April 5 - May 10, 2019


Opening Reception: Friday, April 5, 6-9pm

First Friday: May 3, 6-9pm Admission: $2/Free for members

Rochester Contemporary Art Center (RoCo) 


137 East Avenue

Rochester, NY 14604




Rochester Contemporary Art Center (RoCo) will host the multi-faceted collage exhibition Cut & Paste. This exhibition will bring together collage-related work by a range of established artists, emerging artists, art groups, and collectives from across the United States and Internationally.

Interior/Exterior - Joint Exhibition

Exhibition of works by Carl Chiarenza & Roger Bruce 

June 11 - August 11, 2018

Rochester Institute of Technology - University Gallery


166 Lomb Memorial Drive

James E. Booth Hall

Rochester, NY 14623


Saturday, June 23, 2018

4:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.


Carl Chiarenza and Roger Bruce share a deep interest in the history and aesthetics of photography. Carl is a scholar, educator, and an established artist of major reputation.  And it was only five years ago that Roger began to make photographs in earnest.  Roger will tell you that he is a student and admirer of Carl’s work: “It is so pure. He’s an artist who makes images using photography’s most elemental assets.” And for Roger, after 45 years working in organizations that care for or interpret photographs, he was keen to be a “born again” image maker – but this time using the surprisingly precise yet fluid tools of digital production.  Here in Interior/Exterior we see clearly contrasting work -- bound together in shared views and mutual respect.



Monday - Friday:  9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Saturday:  12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.






See Through: Windows and Mirrors in Twentieth-Century Photography

Group Exhibition including work by Carl Chiarenza

June 2 - SEPTEMBER 23, 2018

University of Michigan Museum of Art  [UMMA] 

525 South State Street

Ann Arbor 48109-1354



See Through: Windows and Mirrors in Twentieth-Century Photography brings together a group of images that are doubly framed—once by the camera lens and again by the border of a mirror or window. By refracting and distorting, revealing and concealing, these reflective and transparent surfaces both draw attention to the photographer’s efforts to frame the world and expose the contingent nature of reality. Highlights from the exhibition include works by Eugène Atget, Carl Chiarenza, Robert Doisneau, Elliott Erwitt, Walker Evans, André Kertész, Joanne Leonard, Danny Lyon, and Joel Meyerowitz. By extending the limits of perception, these witty and provocative works invite us to see [through to] new visual possibilities. 

Silvershotz Article on New Collage Works


In a new article in the latest edition of Silvershotz Magazine, 

View the article and selected original works of collage by creating an account and using the free 14-day trial.



Light, Line, Color, and Space: New Acquisitions from the UB Art Galleries Collection

Anderson Gallery
University of Buffalo, NY


February 3 - March 31, 2018

University of Buffalo, NY

Anderson Gallery
One Jackson Place, Buffalo, NY 14214 


February 3 - March 31, 2018
Opening Reception February 3, 2018, 6-8pm 




Artists include John Cage, Sam Francis, Victor Vasarely, Roberto Matta, Bruce Connor, Jean Dubuffet, Philip Pavia, Robert Rauschenberg, Antoni Tapies, and others.


Clover Center Exhibition

November 19, 2017

Group exhibition 


1101 Clover Street

Rochester, NY 


November 19, 2017. Reception at 12 noon with three other area artists.

The Polaroid Project: At The Intersection of Art and Technology

Amon Carter Museum of American Art 

Fort Worth, Texas 


June - September, 2017

Organized by the Foundation for the Exhibition of Photography, Minneapolis/New York/Paris/Lausanne, in collaboration 

with the MIT Museum, Cambridge, MA, and the WestLicht Museum for Photography, Vienna. Exhibition will travel to the Museum für Künst und Gewerbe, Hamburg and the McCord Museum.


 Visit the exhibition website for more information.


Accompanying book The Polaroid Project: At the Intersection of Art and Technology (William A. Ewing and Barbara Hitchcock, Editors) is available for sale.


Group Exhibition: The Kindness of Friends




October 6, 2016 - January 29, 2017

Book Review: Evocations

Evocations by Carl Chiarenza

Photographing Abstract Collages


Except from book review published on Berkshire Fine Arts:


"Even though Evocations was published some fourteen years ago it is fresh, stunning, and remarkable. The inscription of to a gonzo from a gonzo (paraphrased) was deeply moving.


"It has encouraged me to think in what sense we share the sobriquet of gonzology.


"On many levels I have regarded [Chiarenza] as a rock-steady, grounding influence on my own peripatetic, far flung, disorienting odyssey of a life in the arts. There has always been something  reassuring about his paternalistic scolding, when called for, and mentoring encouragement to follow my own muse."


Read the full article... 

Group Exhibition: Hunter/Gatherer


Rochester Connections: Works from the Gerald Mead Collection 


4 November 2016 – 20 November 2016


Gallery r

Rochester Institute of Technology

100 College Avenue

(Downtown near Village Gate)

Rochester, New York 14607


This survey exhibition consists of over 40 artworks in all media by Western New York artists selected from the substantial art collection of Gerald Mead, and focuses on artists with current and historical ties to the Rochester community, whether current residents or with connections to RIT, Visual Studies Workshop, the George Eastman Museum, Nazareth College and more. The selection of work is a testament to Mead’s extensive passion for the art communities of Western New York, and to Rochester’s place within it. 




Group Exhibition: Politics As Usual

"Politics As Usual"


22 June 2016 – 5 February 2017



The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

101 S. Columbia Street


Chapel Hill, NC 27514


A series of three small-scale exhibitions using works from the Ackland’s permanent collection, Politics As Usual examines ways in which artists engage with the power structures of their times. Whether their stance is documentary, activist, or revisionist, the artists included demonstrate that concerns of the political have long been, and continue to be, fertile ground for art making. 


Work from Chiarenza's "Peace Warriors" series is featured in this group exhibition.





Exhibition: Selected Works

"Selected Works"


May 25 – July 2, 2016


Alan Klotz Gallery

740 West End Avenue, Suite 52 | New York, NY 10025


Carl Chiarenza is a photographic renaissance man. He is first and foremost a terrifically inventive, and endlessly curious maker of photographic images. Garry Winogrand was fond of saying, when asked why he shot a particular scene, that "I wanted to see what that looked like photographed". There's a lot packed into that little zinger, about photography, representation, transformation, and the object that is the resulting photograph. Although it isn't always obvious, Carl is really a concrete kind of guy. He makes, and works from collages that he constructs from this and that, sometimes literally from garbage, and torn scraps. The act of photographing these collages, stimulates the artist's mind, first, while constructing them, then, while transforming them into a new object, the photograph, which refers grudgingly back to the objects of which they are reflections, (Chiarenza says he does not keep the collages. He throws them away... ashes to ashes, as it were), but now they are something else, something "other". They have become vessels containing wonder, and mystery. Einstein said, "One of the most beautiful things we can experience is the mysterious,.... It is the source of all true science and art. He who can no longer pause to wonder is as good as dead." Chiarenza doesn't just pause there... he lives there!  




Group Exhibition: Look Inside

"Look Inside"


New Photography Acquisitions

February 9 – May 29, 2016


The Harry Ransom Center's photography collection is one of the world's largest and most comprehensive, and it is continually growing. Look Inside introduces nearly 200 of the Center's newest acquisitions, tracing photography from its unprecedented post-war expansion to its central position in contemporary art.


Look Inside features groundbreaking photographs by Carl Chiarenza, Thomas F. Barrow, Lee Friedlander, Betty Hahn, and Robert F. Heinecken, contemporary investigations into the medium by Marco Breuer, John Chiara, Alison Rossiter, and Penelope Umbrico, and extended documentary projects by Alejandro Cartagena, LaToya Ruby Frazier, Louie Palu, and Alec Soth.





Group Exhibition: Attachment


Krannert Art Museum and Kinkead Pavilion 

University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign

Main Level, East Gallery


August 28 through December 12, 2015

President's Office


Attachment is a thematic collaboration among KAM curators and draws from most areas of the museum’s permanent collection along with a selective number of loans. Organized under five themes—appendages, supports, shadow bodies, accumulations, and refusals—the exhibition examines critical scenes of attachment to encompass material, affective, bodily, psychoanalytic, cultural, political, and institutional frames of reference.


Exhibiting artists include: Berenice Abbott, Conrad Bakker, Hans Bellmer, Louise Bourgeois, Michael Ray Charles, Carl Chiarenza, Willie Cole, Isabelle Cornaro, Walker Evans, Vernon Fisher, Frank Gallo, Jess, Vera Klement, Annette Lemieux, Danny Lyon, Bea Nettles, Melissa Pokorny, Fritz Scholder, Laurie Simmons, Lorna Simpson, Hedda Sterne, Kara Walker, Andy Warhol, David Wojnarowicz, and Purvis Young; along with selections from the museum’s African, Asian, ancient Peruvian, and decorative arts collections, including Marcel Proust’s 18th-century settee.





Group Exhibition: Fitchburg State University

Fitchburg State Univeristy

President's Office


Fitchburg, MA 21420


A selection of 40 photographs from the Fitchburg Art Museum collection, including four by Chiarenza. The exhibition will focus mainly on work by photographers and teachers closely connected to New England.

Solo Exhibition: "Large Scale Prints" at ArtisanWORKS

September 4, 2015 - January 2, 2016


Opening Reception: September 4, 2015, 6 to 9 PM




565 Blossom Road

Rochester, NY 14610








Lecture: Sixty Plus Years of Involvement with Photography

September 3, 2015, 6pm


George Eastman House


900 East Avenue

Rochester, NY 14607



Chiarenza will lecture on the subject of the master's involvement in the field of photography over a 60+ year career.


Solo Exhibition - Gleason Library, University of Rochester

May 2015 - March 2016

Seven large-format photographs from the 1990s will be on display in a solo exhibition at the University of Rochester's Gleason Library Gallery.

2014 Holidays Retrospective

Spectrum Gallery @ Lumière Photo

100 College Avenue

Rochester, NY 14607

December 4 - 31, 2014

Spectrum Gallery is offering a Holiday Season Retrospective of its 2014 exhibitions: 36 pieces including paintings, mono-prints, digital and silver-halide prints in color and black and white by ten artists:

Patrick Cain, Carl Chiarenza, William DuBois, William Edwards, Stephan Gersh, Alice Gold, Steve Malloy-Desormeaux, Lana Pejovic, Sabra Richards, and Alan Singer. 

The Oppositie of Concrete

Main Street Arts

20 West Main Street
Clifton Springs, NY 14432

Exhibition Dates: September 6–November 1, 2014

Gallery Hours: Tuesday–Thursday, 11a.m.–6p.m. and Friday/Saturday, 11a.m.–7p.m.


An exhibition examining abstraction from 5 different points of view. Paintings and photographs by Carl Chiarenza, Karen Sardisco, Sarah Sutton, Patricia Wilder, and Bradley Butler (gallery director at Main Street Arts).

More information at: www.mainstreetartsgallery.com

“Where You and Image Blend”: On Learning from Minor White

by Carl Chiarenza | October 13, 2014

He was no ordinary teacher. Photographer Carl Chiarenza—whose work is on view in the exhibition Minor White: Manifestations of the Spirit—reflects on the experience of being White’s student about 60 years ago.

Read the full article here:


Shutterbug Article on Carl Chiarenza

Driscoll Shutterbug Article
A new article about Carl Chiarenza is out in the latest edition of the print magazine Shutterbug. Author Suzanne Driscoll interviews Carl Chiarenza.
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Makers & Mentors

New and recent collages, paintings and photographs by Carl Chiarenza, Lisa Bradley, Bruno Chalifour, David W. Haas

February 6 – March 16, 2014

Opening Reception: Thursday February 6, 6-9pm

Artists’ Talk: Saturday, February 8 @ 1pm

First Fridays: February 7 & March 7, 6-10pm



Rochester Contemporary Art Center is pleased to announce Makers & Mentors, a new exhibition celebrating the artwork and influence of one of the region’s most well-known and accomplished artists: Carl Chiarenza. In addition to his successful career as an exhibiting artist, Chiarenza taught Art History and has mentored many other artists. Joining Chiarenza in Makers & Mentors are three accomplished artists who have been influenced by Chiarenza in different ways: Lisa Bradley (New York), Bruno Chalifour (Rochester), David Haas (Allentown, PA).


The exhibition will premier Chiarenza’s new series of one-of-a-kind collages. In a generous statement of support for RoCo, Chiarenza will offer his new works at reduced prices and all proceeds will benefit The Future Fund, The Art Center’s first-ever Capital Campaign.

RoCo Press Release
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Review of Chiarenza's Latest Works: One-of-a-kind Collages

by Charles Giuliano

Berkshire Fine Arts

January 9, 2014




"[Chiarenza's] approach to making art has been as austere, acerbic, abstract and minimalist as his understated, wry and whimsical persona... That might be the open sesame approach to decoding the work and this latest body of abstract collages with cubist elements. There are titles that refer to giants of both jazz and classical music from Basie and Dizzy to Bach and Stravinsky...


"Given the titles one might look long and hard to unlock the connection other than a whimsical reference. It is better than "Untitled" but not really more helpful. Just what is it about Dizzy that makes it Dizzy-like? Just what is Dizziness in purely graphic and pictorial terms? One reflects on Kandinsky who gave musical terms to his abstract compositions and found equivalence between musical scales and their chromatic colors.


"Once again the work is as daunting as approaching the enigma of the man itself. One can never really know but it is challenging to chip away at his daunting, generic block of marble. Like the neo Platonism of Michelangelo we strive to liberate the tormented figure embedded in the stone...


"What I find and relate to in the work is an epic inner struggle. The images evoke a prison of the soul and psyche from which we are never truly liberated. But the effort forms the detritus of great art."


Link to full article

Review of RoCo Makers & Mentors Exhibit

Photo master Carl Chiarenza has exhibit at RoCo

Democrat & Chronicle, March 2, 2014

by Lisa Tiffin



"'What’s most special about his work is that it is distinctive,' says Memorial Art Gallery director Grant Holcomb. 'When you see a Chiarenza, you immediately know it.'"


"These new collages are currently featured in Rochester Contemporary Art Center’s Makers & Mentors show. 'Our mission is to show works not seen in Rochester before,' says Bleu Cease, director of RoCo.


"Cease adds that each year the show features a significant, regional, late-career artists along with artwork from people whom the artist has impacted in some way.


"'There’s an integrity and a poetry to Chiarenza’s work, and it comes out in the other artists,' Holcomb says.


"As for his take on it, Chiarenza explains, 'I started doing this for myself and my friends. I was fortunate that people responded and connected.'”


link to full article

Review of RoCo Makers & Mentors Exhibit

Carl Chiarenza, March 6, 2014

by Jonathan Everitt



"A photograph of you is not you. It is, in fact, an illusion. That simple viewpoint is perhaps the cornerstone of famed photographer Carl Chiarenza's body of work—and his role as a mentor to other artists.


"'It's not unreasonable for people who are interested in photography to accept what has been broadcast since the 1830s, which is that the photograph captures reality, actuality,' Carl says. 'From my point of view, it never did that. Every photograph is an abstraction.'"


link to full article


"Transmutations: Photographic Works by Carl Chiarenza"

November 11 through December 19, 2013


Weeks Gallery

Jamestown Community College

525 Falconer Street, Jamestown NY 14701

(located on the second floor of the Arts and Sciences Center on JCC’s Jamestown Campus)


This exhibition chronicles the evolution of the artist’s photography, exploring how his tightly framed, documentary-style images from the 1960s and 70s present a vocabulary of abstraction that would be further developed in his ongoing series of photographed collages, he started in the 1979, constructed from scrap materials. The exhibition will also chart Chiarenza’s move from working primarily with single photographs to the production of sequential images in order to expand on concepts of photographic time and space.


This exhibition is organized and curated by Buffalo-based artist and photography historian Robert Hirsch www.lightresearch.net


The exhibition, lecture and reception are made possible by support from JCC, JCC Faculty Student Association, the Katherine Jackson Carnahan Endowment for the Humanities and the JCC Foundation. 

Write up by on Transmutations Exhibit by Patricia Briggs, director of galleries and curator of exhibitions at The Weeks Gallery at Jamestown Community College in New York State.

LACMA: See the Light – Photography, Perception, Cognition

The Marjorie and Leonard Vernon Collection


Los Angeles County Museum of Art

Resnick Pavillion


October 23, 2013 - March 23, 2014

Opening Reception: October 23, 2013

© Eileen Cowin
© Eileen Cowin

2nd Annual DC Fine Art Photography Fair

Alan Klotz Gallery - Exhibitin of Represented Artists 

October 5-6, 2013, Room 108


We will be exhibiting our usual mix of vintage and contemporary photographs, just take a look for yourself...


Saturday at 11am Alan will be moderating a panel "On Collecting Photography, Advice from the Experts" with Sarah Kennel, Associate Photography Curator of the National Gallery, and two private DC area collectors. We encourage you to join discussion as it is free and open to the public.

"Wrinkles in Time"

ART REVIEW: "Transmutations: Photographic Works by Carl Chiarenza


by Rebecca Rafferty


"Chiarenza's images are rife with stark chiaroscuro and a rich scale of silvers set against a void, hinting at moonscapes or landscapes painted by moonlight. What the artist accomplishes by catching light in the crinkles and folds of layered cast-off materials is astounding."


"Though renowned photographer Carl Chiarenza creates abstract works that are purposefully open to viewers' interpretations, the crystallized emotional experience of the artist is present in his works and resonates powerfully within each image."


Click here to read the full article online.

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A Life in Pictures: Four Photography Collections

Aug 30, 2013 - Jan 19, 2014


New Mexico Museum of Art

Roland Gallery

107 West Palace Avenue

Santa Fe, New Mexico


An inventive artist who has consistently pushed the boundaries of photography, Joyce Neimanas has also been influential as a teacher, primarily at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and more recently at the University of New Mexico. At the forefront in adopting digital photography, she is also known for addressing women’s issues in her work, particularly sexuality and aging. This rich and varied career is represented at the museum in one of the foremost collections of Neimanas’ prints, ranging in date from 1976 to 2009.


Illuminating that body of work is a selection from her personal collection of prints, photographs, sculpture, and mixed-media pieces by family, friends, colleagues, and students, which she donated in 2010-2012. These works reflect the artist’s appetite for adventurous work and unusual materials as well as offering a glimpse of her interconnections with a broad community of artists including Patty Carroll,

Carl Chiarenza, Andrew Crooks, Robert Heinecken, and Floris Neusüss, among others.


Two additional pieces from this collection are on view in the adjacent exhibition, Collecting is Is Curiosity/Inquiry.

Transmutations: Spectrum Gallery / Axom Gallery

September 7 – October 12, 2013

Concurrent Artist Receptions: September 7, from 5 - 8 PM


Spectrum Gallery

100 College Avenue

Rochester, NY 14607

t 585.461.4447



AXOM Gallery

176 Anderson Avenue, Suite 303

Rochester, NY 14607

t 585.232.6030 x 23



Spectrum Gallery and AXOM Gallery are pleased to present this dual exhibition of photographic works by master photographer Carl Chiarenza. These critically acclaimed black and white images will be on display at Spectrum and AXOM Galleries both located in the Neighborhood of the Arts.


This dual exhibition is a celebration of Carl’s 78th birthday, born September 5th 1935 he is referring to this show as his “Home-Boy Birthday Celebration”. In the spirit of this celebration, Chiarenza is offering a ‘once in a lifetime’ opportunity to purchase his work at half off gallery pricing for the month of September.



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Photographs Off the Wall Folios, Chapbooks and Keepsakes

Center for Photographic Art

May 4 - June 22, 2013

San Carlos Street at 9th Avenue
Carmel, CA, 93921
(831) 625-5181

Curator: Brooks Jensen


This exhibition consists of nineteen different folios including collections by David Grant Best, Carl Chiarenza, Chuck Davis, Mitch Dobrowner, Robert Hecht, Brooks Jensen, Kim Kauffman, Chuck Kimmerle, Don Kirby, Stu Levy, Harold Ross, Camille Seaman, Mark Singles, Hans Strand, Peter Tonningsen, and Huntington Witherill. Also incorporated in the exhibition are several chapbooks for hands-on viewing. In addition, many unique keepsakes will be displayed. Beyond enjoying the art of photography, this exhibition is aimed at inspiring new ways to consider when presenting photographs.

Not every photographic project or image needs to be presented on the wall.“In fact,”says Brooks Jensen, editor of LensWork and curator of this exhibition,“I often wonder if weʼd see this presentation nearly so often if Alfred Stieglitz hadnʼt copied the gallery presentation of paintings. Stieglitz hoped to increase photographyʼs stature in the art world in those early days by mimicking the use of frames and the gallery wall. If, however, we decide to look for alternatives and break from framed prints on the wall, we find a world of creative possibilities.”

In this exhibition, we present samples of folios, chapbooks, and keepsakes from the LensWork Special Editions collection and from Brooks Jensenʼs personal work. Working with the photographers theyʼve published in LensWork, the editors  collaborate with photographers in the spirit of the Ansel Adams Special Editions to present work produced under the approval of the artists, but not as artist-made original artwork. This allows the LensWork Special Editions to maintain the highest form of reproduction and image fidelity but at an affordable,“real people”pricing structure. LensWork has been producing Special Editions since 1998 and worked with dozens of photographers to bring their vision to within affordable reach of people who love fine art photography.

Jude Peterson Collection

Fitchburg Art Museum, Fitchburg, MA, Spring 2013


A group exhibition featuring the work of Carl Chiarenza among an historic collection of photographic works.



Transmutation: Photographic Works By Carl Chiarenza

Anderson Gallery University at Buffalo

One Martha Jackson Place Buffalo, NY 14214

November 17, 2012 - February 26, 2013

Transmutation: Photographic Works by Carl Chiarenza will chronicle the evolution of the artist’s photography, exploring how his tightly framed, documentary-style images from the 1960s and 70s present a vocabulary of abstraction that would be further developed in his ongoing series of photographed collages, started in the 1979, constructed from scrap materials. The exhibition will also chart Chiarenza’s move from working primarily with single photographs to the production of sequential images in order to expand on concepts of photographic time and space.


Curated by Buffalo-based artist and photography historian Robert Hirsch. 

A catalog with reproductions of images and text accompanies the exhibition. This catalog is available for $20.00 from the Anderson Gallery, University at Buffalo.

Chiarenza Interviewed by Robert Hirsch

Robert Hirsch, "Carl Chiarenza: Transmutation; Turning Detritus into Splendor," Phototechnique Magazine, Nov. - Dec., 2012, pp. 4-7.


Carl Chiarenza - Robert Hirsch Interview
Adobe Acrobat Document 2.2 MB

Remembering Gary Metz

Carl Chiarenza, "Remembering Gary Metz," pp. 93-100; and "Carl Chiarenza, in Conversation with Gary Metz, July 1, 1994, Amherst, MA," pp. 117-123, in:

Salvatore Mancini and Alan Metnick, eds., Quaking Aspen: A Lyric Complaint, Photographs by Gary Metz; 1st edition, Shadow Imaging, 2012. 

Picturing Modernity: Photographs from the Permanent Collection

Forthcoming Solo Exhibition

Anderson Gallery, University of Buffalo

November 2012 - February 2013


The exhibition will be accompanied by a catalog with text by Robert Hirsch.