From Bodies to Borderlands: Fall 2021 Exhibitions in Tucson, Arizona

Lynn Trimble, Southwest Contemporary, October 19, 2021

Tucson galleries and museums are tackling a fascinating array of topics during the fall 2021 exhibition season, bringing together artists working in neon, sculpture, video, installation art, photography, and more.



Joel-Peter Witkin: Journeys of the Soul
September 14–November 27, 2021
Etherton Gallery

Etherton Gallery is showing more than fifty works by Joel-Peter Witkin, an Albuquerque-based photographer whose gelatin silver prints reflect vanitas and memento mori traditions. The artist photographs his subjects, including body parts of corpses and the nude bodies of people often rejected by mainstream culture, in staged settings, creating still-life photographs that often incorporate art historical and religious themes. Witkin’s process includes making marks on his master negatives and manipulating the surface of his prints through cutting, painting, and other techniques. In addition to photographs, the exhibition includes drawings and collages elucidating the artist’s mindset and methodologies.


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