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Candida Höfer: Architecture of Absence, is the first North American survey exhibition devoted to this celebrated German artist.

Over the last thirty years, Candida Höfer has created meticulously composed images of the interiors of public and institutional spaces—spaces marked with the richness of human activity, yet devoid of human presence. The fifty large-scale chromogenic prints in the exhibition embrace the full spectrum of Höfer's illustrious career with an emphasis on recent work. All works have been borrowed directly from the artist's studio and her gallery in Cologne, offering a unique opportunity to present new projects that are currently in progress, as well as iconic works retained by the artist that have never been shown in the United States.

The exhibition catalogue, with an essay by Virginia Heckert, the Norton's William and Sarah Ross Soter Curator of Photography, is the first major English-language publication on Höfer's work, published by Aperture.

Candida Höfer: Architecture of Absence, co-organized by the Norton Museum of Art and the University Art Museum, California State University, Long Beach. Exhibition support is provided by the National Endowment for the Arts, a Federal agency, and the Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen e.V., Stuttgart. Additional support for this presentation has been provided by The Milton and Sheila Fine Endowment for Contemporary Art and the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs, the Florida Arts Council, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Local media support provided by The Miami Herald.


Candida Höfer: Architecture of Absence