Wilmington, DE - The Delaware Art Museum presents Icons & Idols: A Photographer’s Chronicle of the Arts, 1960–1995, an exhibition of the work of Jack Mitchell on view August 5 through October 1, 2006. During the second half of the 20th century, Mitchell photographed many of America’s finest actors, directors, writers, artists, composers, musicians, dancers, and choreographers in his New York studio. His subjects have all attained iconic status in their respective fields. This exhibition features more than 130 black and white photographs, which include such celebrities as Jack Nicholson, Alfred Hitchcock, Truman Capote, Andy Warhol, Philip Glass, Neil Diamond, Rudolf Nureyev, and Merce Cunningham.
“We are thrilled to display Jack Mitchell’s work,” said Danielle Rice, Executive Director of the Delaware Art Museum. “His photographs are visually stunning and emotionally compelling. They capture both the public image of these remarkable superstars while also revealing the private individuals we may never otherwise see.”
Mitchell began receiving pay for his photographic work when he was only 15 years old. After serving in the Army, he focused his talents on dancers, eventually becoming the foremost photographer of dance in the U.S. During the 1960s, he trained his lens on the best painters and sculptors in New York. And in the course of a few decades, virtuosos from an extensive array of the arts landed in his portraits. Edward Albee, Richard Avedon, Lauren Bacall, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Aaron Copland, Eric Fischl, Judith Jamison, Luciano Pavarotti, Meryl Streep, and Tennessee Williams are only some of the prominent figures whose images are on display.
During his career, Mitchell photographed thousands of special assignments for The New York Times, Dance Magazine, After Dark, Rolling Stone, Time, Newsweek, Life, Vogue, People, Harper’s Bazaar, and countless others. One of his photographs of John Lennon and Yoko Ono, taken weeks before Lennon’s death, held the record as the best selling cover of People for over 16 years. Mitchell had a longtime working relationship with The New York Times, and much of his innovative work appeared in the Arts & Leisure section. He retired in 1995 to the town where he grew up, New Smyrna Beach, Florida. Icons & Idols: A Photographer’s Chronicle of the Arts, 1960-1995 is organized by Atlantic Center for the Arts, New Smyrna Beach, Florida, and is sponsored, in part, by Darden Restaurants Foundation and Palm Bay Imports.
As a complement to Icons & Idols: A Photographer’s Chronicle of the Arts, 1960–1995, the Delaware Art Museum is presenting Iconic Impressions: Prints from the 20th Century, an exhibition of approximately 20 prints from the Museum’s permanent collection by artists pictured in Icons & Idols. On view from July 27 through September 17, 2006, Iconic Impressions includes works by Salvador Dali, Robert Indiana, Jasper Johns, Roy Lichtenstein, Robert Rauschenberg, Frank Stella, and other luminaries.
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