Celebration and Discussion: George Dureau, the Photographs
Thursday, September 22
8:00 p.m. EDT
Join Aperture Foundation and the Ogden Museum of Southern Art for a celebration of the life and work of George Dureau and the release of George Dureau, The Photographs (Aperture, 2016). The panel discussion will feature author and photography critic Philip Gefter, Executive Director of Aperture Foundation Chris Boot, and the Ogden Museum’s Curator of the Collection Bradley Sumrall, among others. Following the discussion there will be a book signing and cocktail reception. Sponsored by the John B. Harter Charitable Trust.
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George Dureau (born in New Orleans, 1930; died in New Orleans, 2014) was a painter, sculptor, and photographer known for his focus on the male nude. His paintings command regional and national recognition, and draw on classical and baroque traditions. His photographs of nudes, street people, and people who are maimed and deformed (often figures also incorporated within his paintings and sculptures), have garnered international acclaim. Often compared to Robert Mapplethorpe’s work, Dureau’s black male nudes predate Mapplethorpe’s Black Book pictures by several years. Also classically formal, they distinguish themselves from Mapplethorpe’s work by the nature of the connection between photographer and subject.
Dureau’s career has been the subject of retrospectives at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art (2006 and 2011) and the New Orleans Museum of Art (2009). The first exhibition of his photographs in New York (at Higher Pictures) was in 2012. Immersed in New Orleans’s unique art and culture throughout his life, Dureau became a widely known character of the French Quarter.
Image: George Dureau, Fred Temnel, 1975 © George Dureau, Courtesy Arthur Roger Gallery and Higher Pictures