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Richard Misrach

American  •  b. 1949

Biography

Known for his ethereal depictions of the American Southwest and stunning use of color, Richard Misrach photographs dramatic land and seascapes, and, more recently, produces breathtakingly complex abstractions. Misrach's work engages with traditional ideas of the sublime landscape, as their immense beauty engulfs both the subjects in his photographs as well as the viewer.

On the Beach, one of Misrach's most famous series, features spectacular aerial images of the sea and beach that convey both the vulnerability and preciousness of life. One of the most pervasive themes present in his work is the relationship between humans and their environment, depicting our impact on the world through feats of engineering as in his Golden Gate Bridge series, and with his Desert Cantos with nuclear testing in the American desert. 

Insights

  • Phillips set the world auction record for Richard Misrach in 2014 with Untitled #69-527, selling for $100,000.

  • Misrach's major solo museum exhibitions have been held at the National Gallery of Art, the Art Institute of Chicago, Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the Centre Pompidou, Paris.

  • Misrach has received multiple awards including the prestigious Guggenheim Fellowship.

"I am not unaware that I have the mindset, as contradictory as it may sound, to discover in the world what I am in fact looking for. Perhaps the best pictures are a seamless hybrid of discovery and construction."

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