Exhibition of Yousuf Karsh Photographs Opens at WAG

 Exhibition of Yousuf Karsh Photographs Opens at WAG

WINNIPEG, MB., September 16, 2009: Winston Churchill. Pierre Trudeau. Audrey Hepburn. Mohammed Ali. Albert Einstein. There will be a lot of famous faces hanging out at the Winnipeg Art Gallery when the exhibition Yousuf Karsh: Regarding Heroes opens on September 26. It continues until January 3.

If you were anybody in the 20th century, eventually you were photographed by Yousuf Karsh. Armenian in background, Karsh fled ethnic turmoil in Turkey by immigrating to Canada in 1925. He eventually settled in Ottawa in the early 1930s, where he established a photographic portrait studio. Karsh went on to achieve world renown for the way he interplayed lights and darks in creating iconic character studies of Helen Keller, Marian Anderson, Ernest Hemingway, Grey Owl, and Mohammed Ali to name only a few. This exhibition, celebrating the centenary of Karsh’s birth, publically brings together for the first time 100 gelatin silver prints, favourites from his personal collection.

Yousuf Karsh: Regarding Heroes has immense drawing power according to WAG Director Stephen D. Borys. “People are always fascinated by portraits, particularly of those who have achieved greatness and acclaim in their respective fields. The people represented in this exhibition are heroes for their contributions in science, politics, medicine, the arts, athletics. Theirs are the names that resounded throughout the 20th century and still echo today, inspiring a new generation to greatness.”

“The show provides a critical re-evaluation of Karsh’s artistic development,” says Andrew Kear, Associate Curator, Historical Canadian Art. “It explores his optimistic notion of genuine heroism and his admiration for individuals of high achievement. While styles in portraiture changed after World War II, Karsh’s images continue to profoundly impact how significant historical figures are understood and remembered today.”

Yousuf Karsh: Regarding Heroes has been organized by the Art Institute of Chicago and curated by David Travis. Exhibition tour organized by Curatorial Assistance, Pasadena, California.

Related Programs

Art After Dark, Friday, October 2, 8-11pm • Exhibition tours

Drop-In Tours • 2pm
Sunday, October 4 and 11 • November 8 and 22

Photography Workshop • Sunday, October 4 • Registration deadline: September 17, 1-5pm at PrairieView School of Photography, 464 Hargrave Street.

Members’ Day • Thursday, October 22, 11am-6pm, tour at 12pm, refreshments available.

Public Opening • Thursday, October 22, 7-10pm

Art for Lunch • 12:10pm
Wednesday, October 21 • Karsh: The Searching Eye (video)
Wednesday, October 28 • Talk and tour with David Travis
Wednesday, December 2 • Talk with Craig Koshyk, PrairieView School of Photography

Talk • Thursday, October 29, 7pm • Yousuf Karsh: The Last of his Kind • David Travis, former Chair and Chief Curator of the Department of Photography, Art Institute of Chicago




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