retrospective of Walker Evans at the Pompidou

Poverty. The Great Depression. Coca-Cola signs. Roadside buildings, street and subway scenes. Faces. 20th-century American landscape and culture. 

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Walker Evans (1903-1975) was an important twentieth-century American photographer. His photographs of the Depression years of the 1930s, his assignments for Fortune magazine in the 1940s and 1950s, and his “documentary style” influenced generations of photographers and artists. His attention to everyday details and the commonplace urban scene did much to define the visual image of 20th-century American culture. Some of his photographs have become iconic.

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The exhibition at the Pompidou is the first major museum retrospective of Evans’s work in France. Unprecedented in its ambition, it retraces the whole of his career, from his earliest photographs in the 1920s to the Polaroids of the 1970s, through more than 300 vintage prints drawn from the most important American institutions (among them the Metropolitan Museum and the Museum of Modern Art, New York, the J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, the Art Institute of Chicago, and the National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C.) and also more than a dozen private collections. It also features a hundred or so other exhibits drawn from the post cards, enamel signs, print images and other graphic ephemera that Evans collected his whole life long.


26 April 2017 – 14 August 2017

Centre Pompidou, Paris

2 thoughts on “retrospective of Walker Evans at the Pompidou

    • You’re so knowledgeable, Theresa! No, I didn’t know, but I looked it up and now I do recall that image. Yes, I guess I am lucky, but that’s the advantage of living in a big city with big art museums (off to London in June, eager to see what’s showing there.) Thanks for your comment. Keep well.

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