02 October, 2010

Douglas Kirkland Exhibition

Recently I went to see the Douglas Kirkland exhibition at Brisbane's Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA). (It's on from 11 September to 24 October 2010.) 

I enjoyed the exhibition, but at times I found it difficult deciding whether a photo was intrinsically good, or interesting because his subject was famous. (His subjects included, among others, Michael Jackson, Elizabeth Taylor, Judy Garland, Marilyn Monroe and Audrey Hepburn.) 

DK's Michael Jackson photos, for example, included a series showing the make-up work for Thriller, I found these interesting as history, but not offering (to me, at least) an insight. His Judy Garland photos, on the other hand....

Douglas Kirkland
At the end the exhibition there are two pictures of DK. In the first he's in his early career and shown with his equipment. In the second, he's shown in current times with his current equipment.  The move to digital (mostly) is obvious. I thought it was interesting, however, that his flatbed printer appears prominently in the current picture.

I noticed that each print in the DK exhibition mentioned that it was printed on Moab Entrada Rag. It seemed to me to be a fairly shameless plug, given that it's a public gallery and no other technical information (save that they were pigment ink prints) was provided. I'm not familiar with that paper so I went to the
Moab site. Sure enough, Douglas Kirkland features prominently there. Clearly, he takes the printing side of his art seriously.

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