J.P. MORGAN CURATOR’S HIGHLIGHTS
In celebration of 6 years of partnership, J.P. Morgan and the JPMorgan Chase Art Collection propose two self-guided, thematic tours: PLAY-IN-PICTURES and PICTURES-IN-PLAY.To encourage opportunities for discovery, we provide Paris Photo visitors with selections from Head Curator of the JPMorgan Chase Art Collection, Mark S. Roe, through two self-guided, thematic tours, “Play-in-Pictures” and “Pictures- in-Play.” Each tour takes you across the exhibition space, anchoring you to a pathway while inviting you to explore.
Paris Photo is renowned for its curated excellence, its knowledgeable gallerists and the range of its works on exhibit. We hope these selections introduce you to new artists, help you consider familiar artists in new ways, and inspire you to enhance—or begin—your own personal collection.
See below the short description of the paths, and click on the images to launch portfolio.
Since its invention, photography has captured every form of human activity, and play is an idea that translates across cultures and eras. Amusement, sport and recreation have been the subjects of many of the most poignant images in the history of the medium, in some cases revealing the ability of mankind to find respite in the most challenging circumstances.
Play as a concept encompasses a wide spectrum of activities: Organized fun, personal passions, spontaneous joy and intimate moments all qualify. Sometimes play is what we do; other times it is what we feel. This path leads to works that allow the viewer to consider instances of revealed or potential pleasure and delight.
Photographers have from the beginning experimented with the formal properties of the medium. In the modes of production specific to film, such as the chemicals and processes for printing, subject matter, composition, presentation and, in the digital age, the materiality of the finished work, artists have explored what it means to make and to look at a photograph.
Highlighted in this path are works that bend, manipulate or subtly twist conventional notions of photography, literally or metaphorically. Whether an image is abstract or figurative, the objective has been to investigate and extend the boundaries and possibilities of the art form.