April 4, 2013 – June 16, 2013
Florida Museum of Photographic Arts, Tampa
Opening Reception: Thursday, April 4, 2013 6:00pm – 8:00pm
Piecing together Vivian Maier was a person who fit the stereotypical European sensibilities of an independent liberated woman, accent and all, yet born in New York City. Someone who was intensely guarded and private. Decidedly unmaterialistic, Maier would come to amass a group of storage lockers stuffed with found items, art books, newspaper clippings, home films, as well as political tchotchkes and knick-knacks.
Maier’s massive, never before seen, and completely unknown body of work would come to light when in 2007 when the contents of her 5 storage lockers were publicly sold at an auction house on Chicago’s Northwest Side. From there, the work would go viral and would eventually impact the world over. Presently, the collection resides in the hands of three collectors. The works being presently exhibited at FMOPA and those used for the book, Vivian Maier, Out of the Shadows, are exclusive from the Jeffrey Goldstein Collection (vivianmaierphotography.com). The Goldstein collection consists of almost 20,000 negatives and prints taken from 1949 through the early ’70s.
Currently, Vivian Maier’s body of work is being archived and cataloged for the enjoyment of others and for future generations. Vivian Maier’s work is part of a renaissance in interest in the art that comes from an era of darkrooms and film and the timeless images captured in a manner unique to the medium.
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