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When Artists Take Their Private Lives Public

Now - December 12
Rural Intelligence ArtsMorning Ritual No. 29 by David Lebe

There are many fine people who believe in privacy, who think that, for instance, their names should appear in the newspaper just three times in their lives—when they are born, when they marry, and when they die. None of these souls of discretion is likely to be an artist, and heaven help them if they are married to, the parent of, or friends with one.  Willing or not, children, spouses, partners, and friends of artists are at risk of becoming subject matter, of finding themselves (or a spitting image) in a novel or hanging on a gallery wall. 

The show opening next week at Carrie Haddad Photographs, Ordinary Things, celebrates the nobility of everyday life, filled with moments that normally go unnoticed, but once examined, reveal themselves to be explosive. Invasion of privacy is precisely what makes these images so compelling.

The title of the show is taken from Modern Fiction, Virgina Woolf’s 1919 essay, in which she writes, “Let us not take it for granted that life exists more fully in what is commonly thought big than in what is commonly thought small,” and goes on to point out that even the most ordinary things can be rife with “sudden lightning flashes of significance.”  The show includes photographs by David Lebe, Harry Wilks, Thatcher Keats, Sabine Delafon and Allyson Levy .
Carrie Haddad Photography
318 Warren Street, Hudson
Exhibition catalog, $30.00
A monograph, Morning Ritual; Work by David Lebe, $79.95

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