25 November – 22 December, 2005
The Baldwin Gallery is pleased to present new photographs by acclaimed contemporary artist Sarah Charlesworth. In her newest series of photographic works, collectively entitled “A Simple Text”, Sarah continues to explore the elementary conditions of visual language. Using a primary palette and very minimal objects, these works suggest a meditative space in which the elements of artmaking themselves; color, shape, and form, conjure a state of reverence. Staged almost as offerings, small dishes of pigment and simple objects serve as the vehicles through which Charlesworth explores the subtle balance of form and content. At once homage and ritual act, these works celebrate the state of becoming, the coexistence of the physical and the transcendent.
Born in 1947, the artist received a B.A. from Barnard College in 1969, and currently resides in New York City. Solo exhibitions of her work have been held in major cities around the world, including: Los Angeles, New York, Washington D.C., San Francisco, Toronto, Berlin, Brussels, London, Edinburgh, Geneva, Paris, Rome, and Florence. In 1997, Site Santa Fe organized Sarah Charlesworth, A Retrospective, which traveled to other prestigious museums.
Charlesworth’s photographs appear in museum collections throughout the United States and Europe, including the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; the National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C.; the Victoria and Albert Museum, London; and the Stedelijk van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven; amongst many others.