Guardians | Art Fare
Curated by Reinhold Spiegler & Lisette Wong with Andy Freeberg
Merge Stone Ridge proudly presented fifteen pieces from photographer Andy Freeberg works from two acclaimed series, Guardians and Art Fare.
Long fascinated with the gallery and museum worlds, Andy Freeberg often turns his camera on the dealers, artists, museum guards, and their interplay with the works of art themselves. He was born in New York City and after studying at the University of Michigan he began his photography career back in New York taking portraits for such publications as Rolling Stone, Time, and Fortune, photographing the likes of Michael Jackson, Bill Gates, and Neil Young.
Freeberg began concentrating on his own photography projects and in 2007 his series Sentry, about the large gallery desks in New York’s Chelsea art galleries, had its debut at the Danziger Gallery in Chelsea.His project, Guardians, about the women that guard the art in Russian museums, won Photolucida’s Critical Mass book award and was published in 2010. His series Art Fare was published as a monograph in 2014.
Freeberg’s work is in many public and private collections including the MFA Boston, the George Eastman Museum, and SFMOMA. Guardians had a solo show at the Cantor Museum in Palo Alto, CA in 2012 and at the Russian State Museum for the City of St. Petersburg in 2013. His work has been featured around the world in publications such as Le Monde, The Guardian, and The New Yorker.
Andy Freeberg provides an enlightening discussion into the background of his two projects.