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The Importance of Being Photographed

August 20 – December 15, 2012
USF Contemporary Art Museum
Lee & Victor Leavengood Gallery

The Importance of Being Photographed takes its cue from the gift from The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts and Oscar Wilde’s seminal play “The Importance of Being Earnest.” Although separated by an ocean and almost a century, both Warhol and Wilde were interested in examining celebrity, beauty, sexuality, privacy, and despair. The American photographers in this exhibition continue to examine those themes, often revealing a rapport between the artist and his or her subject. Artists include: Tina Barney, Dawoud Bey, Katy Grannan, Jason Lazarus, Malerie Marder, Ryan McGinley, Catherine Opie, and Alec Soth. The Importance of Being Photographed is curated by Jane Simon, USFCAM Curator, and organized by the USF Contemporary Art Museum, Tampa.

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