Minor White: Manifestations of the Spirit
July 8–October 19, 2014 at the Getty Center
Minor White is one of the masters of photographic modernism. Throughout his career, White sought to photograph things not only for what they are but also for what they may suggest, and his pictures teem with symbolic and metaphorical allusions. Coming of age when homosexuality was socially unacceptable, White sought comfort in a variety of Western and Eastern religious practices. Photography became both a way to make visible his ongoing search for spiritual transcendence and a medium through which he could express his sexual desire for men. White’s work was highly influential to a generation of photographers and still resonates today.
The first major retrospective of White’s work since 1989, this exhibition was organized by the J. Paul Getty Museum and includes photographs that are part of a larger group of promised gifts from Los Angeles-based collectors Daniel Greenberg and Susan Steinhauser.
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