press release

On June 22, The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum will mount the first exhibition of Elizabeth Peyton’s photographs. Known for her intimate paintings of both friends and celebrities, she has offered few opportunities to view her photographic work. Photography is a significant part of Peyton’s practice, as a tool for gathering imagery for her paintings and drawings, but also as an end in itself. The exhibition will include approximately fifty portraits—including two standout self-portraits—that she has taken of friends and colleagues in the creative arena between 1994 and 2008.

The Larry Aldrich Award honors an American artist whose work has had a significant impact on contemporary visual culture during recent years. Past recipients include: Kara Walker, 2005; Catherine Opie, 2004; David Hammons, 2003; Fred Wilson, 2002; Mark Dion, 2001; Doug Aitken, 2000; Janine Antoni, 1999; Ann Hamilton, 1998; Charles Ray, 1997; Robert Gober, 1996; Bruce Nauman, 1995; Cindy Sherman, 1994; and Elizabeth Murray, 1993.

Elizabeth Peyton: Portrait of an Artist
Larry Aldrich Award Recipient