Installation view, Daniel Arsham

Daniel Arsham: Phases ~ 20 Years of Photography on View at Fotografiska New York




Installation view, Daniel Arsham
Installation view, Daniel Arsham: Phases. Image courtesy Fotografiska New York

Fotografiska New York announced today that it will present the world’s first exhibition dedicated to artist Daniel Arsham’s photography practice. 

Daniel Arsham: Phases will feature 25 never before seen photographs and will be accompanied by a monograph of Arsham’s photography entitled Daniel Arsham Photographer and produced by his gallery, Perrotin.

The exhibition is currently on view through June 15, 2024.

Installation view, Daniel Arsham: Phases. Image courtesy Fotografiska New York

Well known for his sculptures and design collaborations with brands including Tiffany & Co and Hot Wheels, Arsham has taken photographs since he was 11 years old. Photography is an essential component of his practice that has fundamentally informed his work as a sculptor and designer.

“I’ve followed Daniel’s career as a sculptor and designer as both a friend and a fan, and I’m proud to support his next chapter to unveil his photography practice to the world at Fotografiska,” said Yoram Roth, Chairman of Fotografiska. “Daniel’s thoughtful and methodical work resonates with all of us striving to find beauty and order in our busy lives, and I’m thrilled for his fellow New Yorkers to celebrate this triumph at our Museum.”

Arsham’s photographs are primarily black and white, which create a unifying aesthetic. The images take viewers on a journey through the artist’s travels and experiences with a focus on the juxtaposition of natural and urban environments. His images of skylines and nightscapes bring light, the passage of time, and negative space to the forefront. In the exhibition space, framed photographs will line the walls of the galleries, while visitors will also encounter large, free-standing photographs in the center of these spaces. A selection of Arsham’s sculptures will also reveal his consistent dedication to illuminating these motifs, alongside the precision of his signature trompe l’oeil technique found throughout his sculptural practice.

Installation view, Daniel Arsham: Phases. Image courtesy Fotografiska New York

“Daniel Arsham’s photographs are an undiscovered key to the rest of his artistic practice, providing a window into his sculpture, design, and his many collaborations with brands. His photographs are detailed studies of impermanence, materiality and space over the 20 years that Daniel has been taking photographs,” said Phoebe Weinstein, Exhibitions Manager at Fotografiska New York.” This exhibition will reveal new perspectives of Arsham’s work, and we’re thrilled to debut his photography at Fotografiska.”

Arsham was raised in Miami before moving to New York City to attend Cooper Union. His multimedia approach includes disciplines of art, architecture, sculpture and design and collaborations with renowned artists, musicians, designers and galleries. 

His work—at once playful, romantic and pop-inspired—balances fine art with commercial interests and has been shown at MoMA PS1 in New York; the Museum of Contemporary Art in North Miami; the Athens Biennale; and the New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York, among others. He is represented by Galerie Perrotin in Paris, Hong Kong, New York, Seoul, Shanghai and Tokyo. 

Daniel Arsham Photographer, book signing on Tuesday, April 2nd.

“My grandfather gave me my first camera, a Pentax K 1000, when I was 11 years old,” Arsham said. “The gift quickly became an obsession: with the weight of the camera, the click of the shutter and as the primary method of documenting my life for decades to come. I look forward to sharing with audiences how this work over the past 20 years has affected the rest of my practice.”

Daniel Arsham: Phases will be on view through June 15, 2024 at Fotografiska New York, 281 Park Avenue South, NYC. The exhibition is curated by Phoebe Weinstein, Exhibition Manager, Fotografiska New York in collaboration with the artist.

A book signing for Daniel Arsham Photographer will take place on Tuesday, April 2nd from 4:30 to 6:30pm.

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