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HomeContents > People > Photographers > Anne Arden McDonald

Dates:  1966, 15 March -
Born:  UK, London
Active:  US
in 2004 she published ‘Installations and Self-Portraits‘ that contains ghostly images of herself amidst ruins - the cover image of herself suspended like a lightning bolt slicing down diagonally towards a landscape with a single imposing tree is wonderful. 
Artist statement: 
"Influences--It's a funny story--
I started taking pictures of myself at age 14-15, I didn't start looking at other photographers' work until I was in college--so I would say my heroes are Cy Twombly, Isadora Duncan and Annie Oakley, I love the work of Ann Hamilton, Bill Voila and Francesca Woodman"
(May 2006)

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49 Bogart Street #21
Brooklyn, NY 11206
Telephone 718-418-5414

ANNE ARDEN McDONALD was born in London, England, and grew up in Atlanta, Georgia. From age 15 to 30 she made self portraits: building installations in the landscape or abandoned interiors and making private performances for her camera in these spaces. She published a book of this work in 2004. More recently, she has been making images with a plastic camera and doing sculpture and installation work. In the past 16 years, she has had 38 solo exhibitions in 10 countries (146 total shows in 14 countries) and has been published in over 100 periodicals, including Aperture. Her work is in the collections of 6 major museums. She is represented by several galleries, including Photo Eye in Santa Fe, Gerald Peters in Dallas and Flatfile in Chicago. She is also a private dealer for 12 Czech and Slovak photographers who do performances for the camera, and does lectures on the history of staged photography.
1988 B.A. with Honors in Art from Wesleyan University, Middletown, Ct.
Majors in Studio Art (photography) and English (poetry).
Fall 1988 Visiting undergraduate at the Rhode Island School of Design,
Spring 1987, Summer 1986 Providence, R.I. Studied with William Parker.
Solo exhibitions
2006 ANNE ARDEN MCDONALD, Hartsfield International Airport, Atlanta, GA
2006 Installation in Bratislava, Slovakia
2005 BOUYANCY, Cave Space, Brooklyn, NY
2005 FROM EARTH TO SKY, Artoteca, Milan, Italy
2003 UC Berkeley Extension Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2003 Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Brooklyn, NY
2003 Contemporary Arts Center, Abilene, TX
2000 LA METAMORFOSIS DE ICARO, Santiago, Chile.
1999 TRACES OF THE BODY, Cave Space, Brooklyn, NY
1998 MISE-EN-SCENE, University of Delaware, Newark, DE
1998 Robin Rice Gallery, New York, NY
1997 PERSONAL RITUALS, American Cultural Center, Prague, Czech Republic
1997 Third Eye Photowork Gallery on the Internet
1997 In Focus Gallerie, Cologne, Germany
1996 Clement Gallery, University of Toledo, OH
1996 Books and Company, New York, NY
1996 Gallerie 3.14, Laon, France
1995 Month of Photography, Bratislava, Slovakia
1994 THE WILL OF THE WISP, Atlanta Photography Gallery, Atlanta, GA
1994 AUTONOMY AND ALCHEMY, ICARUS AND ANGELS, Melkweg Gallerie, Amsterdam
1994 Pyramid Fine Arts, Rochester, NY
1994 Alma College, Alma, MI
1994 Eastern Washington University, Spokane, WA
1994 Second Street Gallery, Charlottesville, VA
1993 In Focus Gallerie, Cologne, Germany
1993 STILL WEBBINGS WHISPER, Coker College, Hartsville, SC
1993 Iisalmen Kamera Festival, Iisalmi, Finland
1993 NADIR A LIDERTS (Dark Anxieties), Camera Club of New York, NY
1993 Moore College of Art and Design, Philadelphia, PA
1992 NEW WORK FROM EASTERN EUROPE, Spazi Fine Art, Housatonic, MA
1996 Török Fürdö Malom-Tó, Budapest, Hungary
Group exhibitions
2005 LUMINOSITY, Museum of Outdoor Arts, Englewood, CO
2004 STAGED FANTASY, Sink Gallery, Denver, CO
2004 Carrie Haddad Gallery, Hudson, NY
1999 WHERE THE GIRLS ARE, Detroit Art Institute, Detroit, MN
1998 VAGUENESS, G4 Gallery, Cheb, Czech Republic (two person)
1997 GLORIOUS GARDENS, Bonnie Benrubi Gallery, New York, NY
1996 THE FLESH AND THE SPIRIT, Houston Center for Photography, TX (two person)
1996 FRESH WORK, Southeast Museum of Photography, Daytona Beach, FL
1996 8x10: Contemporary American Photographers, Queens College Museum, NY
1995 TIME MEASURE, Museum of Applied Arts, Budapest, Hungary
1995 Photogallerie Wien, Vienna, Austria (two person with Pavel Pecha)
1994 FOUR PHOTOGRAPHERS, Paul Cava Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
1994 GROUP SHOW, Tom Cugliani Gallery, New York, NY
1994 MYTHS, DREAMS AND MYSTERIES, Delaware Center for Contemporary Art, Wilmington, DE (two person)
1993 BILD PHOTOGALERIE, Aarau, Switzerland (two person)
1992 THE ROPE SHOW, Artists' Space, New York, NY
Awards and honors
1998 Discoveries of the Meeting Place, Fotofest, Houston, TX
1997 Finalist, Friends of Photography Ruttenberg Foundation Award
1995 Best in show, Robin Rule Gallery, Denver, CO
1994 Artist in Residence, Millay Colony, Austerlitz, NY (Lapine Fellow)
1994 "The Space Program" grant from The Marie Walsh Sharpe Art Foundation
1993 Finalist, Friends of Photography Ruttenberg Foundation Award
1992 Best in show, Images Gallery, Cincinnati, OH
1992 Merit Award, WOMEN IN THE VISUAL ARTS 1992
1991 Chosen to represent the Organization of Independent Artists in their anniversary show
1990 Third Place, Maine Photographic Workshop's annual print competition
1990 First Place in Black & White, Soho Photo Annual Print Competition
1990 Merit Award, MATRIX INTERNATIONAL '90, Sacramento, CA
1990 Third Place, San Diego Art Institute's Annual Exhibition, San Diego, CA
1984 Savannah College of Art and Design Scholarship for Summer Art Study in London and Paris
Bibliothčque nationale de France, Joel-Peter Witkin
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Jan Svankmajer
Detroit Institute of Arts, Dr. Stanley Burns
Brooklyn Museum, Alberto Venzago
Denver Art Museum, Lee Male
Worcester Art Museum, Leo Steinberg
PHOTOEYE BOKLIST, "Publishing the Photographic Book", Pages 48-49, Spring 2006.
THE NEW YORK GAHO (Japanese), page2, 16-18, Jan. 2006.
ZOOM Magazine (Italian), "Anne Arden McDonald", pages 34-38, July 2005, by Gigliola Foschi.
2 online book reviews, FINEPHOTOBOKS.COM, Aug. .2004, INDIEWORKSHOP.COM, March 2006.
THE PHOTOGRAPH COLLECTOR NEWSLETTER, page 11, December 2004, by Jayme Guokas.
THE BROOKLYN RAIL, July 2004, Book review by Ellen Pearlman.
ARTNEWS MAGAZINE, page 73, (image), January 2004.
PHOTO INSIDER MAGAZINE, pages 30-32, March 2003, by Marissa E. Campbell.
SHOTS MAGAZINE, "Interview: Anne Arden McDonald", pages 4-10, March 2001, by Russell Joslin.
APERTURE MAGAZINE, "Explorations: Ten Photographers", February 1999. Article by Peggy Roalf.
REVIEW MAGAZINE, March 1999, Article by Carol Diehl.
LA FOTOGRAFIA (Spanish), "Autoretratos" #63 page 44-45, October 1997.
PHOTO METRO MAGAZINE volume 15, issue 144, page 40-41, 1997.
CV PHOTO MAGAZINE (Canadian) "Dreams in Black and White" #38 pages 16-23, 1997, by Celine Mayrand.
(4 articles in French newspapers, Summer 1996)
PHOTOGRAPHIES MAGAZINE (French), "Young Talent", #77 page 72, June 1996.
SHOTS MAGAZINE, "I Am Not This Body", # 51 pages 4-8, March 1996. Article by Anne McDonald.
ART LIFE MAGAZINE (Slovak), " O Anicke", pages 30-31, Dec. 1995. Article by Rudo Prekop.
(5 articles in Austrian papers and magazines, Fall 1995).
APEX Magazine, (German), #20 pages 83-84, 1994. Text by Wanda Strukus.
NY NEWSDAY, "The Marketing of Generation X", November 1994. Article by Amei Wallach.
FOTO (Dutch), pages 17-21, August 1994. Portfolio.
TIME OUT (Dutch), "Fantastic Voyage", July 1994. Review by Dave Potts.
LA TIMES, "Exhibitions Wander Through Once-Taboo Territory", May 1994. Review by Cathy Curtis.
ROCHESTER CHRONICLE "Eerie Works Help Artist Work Through Dreams" April 1994 By Elizabeth Forbes.
NEW YORK TIMES, "Group Show--Tom Cugliani Gallery", January 1994. Review by Charles Hagen.
VILLAGE VOICE, "Choices--Disposable Generation", July 1993. Review by Vince Aletti.
(10 assorted articles appearing in Finnish papers, July 1993)
COOPERATION (Swiss),"Un Combat Quotidien", # 29 page 38, July 1993. Article by Justine Deleau.
LE DEMOCRAT (French), "Une Toute Autre Realite", page 28, May 1993. Article by Bernadette Richard.
PHOTO REVIEW MAGAZINE, vol. 15 #3 page 42, Summer 1992.
ART NEW ENGLAND MAGAZINE, June-July 1992. Review by Charlet Davenport.
EUROPEAN PHOTOGRAPHY MAGAZINE, pages 28-31, July 1992. Article by Wanda Strukus.
Catalogues and books
THE JACQUES MALLET COLLECTION, Pages 132-137, published 2005.
BLACK AND WHITE PHOTOGRAPHY, page 41, March 2000. Edited by James Luciana.
DREAMS 1900-2000-ART AND THE UNCONSCIOUS, page 256, January 2000. Edited by Lynn Gamwell.
LICHTECHT (Austrian), Photo Symposium--Schrattenberg Castle, pages 6-7, September 1995. FRESH WORK, Southeast Museum of Photography, June 1996.
8 x 10, Queens College Museum, June 1996.
THIRD INTERNATIONAL FOTOTAGE (German), pages 96-97, October 1995.
TIME CAPSULE-A Concise Encyclopedia of Women Artists, pages 510-511, Winter 1995.
BRATISLAVA MONTH OF PHOTOGRAPHY (Slovakian), pages 148-149, November 1995.
BILDER #115 (Austrian, Photogallerie Wien), pages 1-9, October 1995.
1999 Curated Czech/Slovak exhibition for The Czech Center, NYC
1997 Album cover for MADDER ROSE
1997 Performance at The Kitchen in NYC with TRIPTYCHON from Austria
1996 Curated Czech/Slovak exhibition for Spazi Contemporary Art, Housatonic, MA
1995 Book cover for HOLLY, for AGAINST GRAVITY
1993 Book cover for Gerard Neval's AURELIA /SYLVIE
1992 Album cover for FREEDY JOHNSTON
Public speaking - Slide presentations
2001 University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA
1999 Denver Contemporary Arts Museum, Denver, CO
1998 ASMP chapter meeting, St. Louis, MO
1998 Dom Fotografie, Poprad, Slovakia
1998 University of Delaware, Newark, DE
1997 American Cultural Center, Prague, Czech Republic
1997 Symposium for photographers working with rituals, Sypka, Czech Republic
1996 Professional Women Photographers, NYC
1996 Houston Center for Photography, Houston, TX
1995 Bratislava Month of Photography, Bratislava, Slovakia
1995 Denver Salon, Denver, CO
1994 Atlanta Photography Group, Atlanta, GA
1994 The Moor, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
1993 Coker College, Hartsville, SC
1993 Soros Foundation, Tallinn, Estonia
1993 Iisalmen Kamera Festival, Iisalmi, Finland (two lectures)
1993 Camera Club, NYC
1993 Images Center for Photography, Cincinnati, OH
1992 Spazi Fine Art, Housatonic, MA
1992 Sychronicity Space, NYC
1992 Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX
Represented by
Marcello Marvelli Gallery, NYC
Jack the Pelican Presents, Brooklyn, NY
Photo Eye Gallery, Sante Fe, NM
Gallery Sink, Denver, CO
Carrie Haddad Gallery, Hudson, NY
Flatfile Galleries, Chicago, IL
Gerald Peters Gallery, Dallas, TX 

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