Keith Carter: Holding Venus November 17 — December 30, 2000

Keith Carter grew up in a small delta town on the Louisiana border, raised by his mother who worked as the local portrait photographer in Beaumont, Texas. Years later, Carter began his own photographic career, capturing the people and spirituality of the Southern landscape in which he was raised. In 1988, his first book of photographs was published followed by numerous books including his eighth and ninth monographs, Holding Venus (Arena, 2000) and Ezekiel's Horse (Rice University Press, 2000), solidifying his place in the history of contemporary photography.

Keith Carter is among an increasing list of artists working in the South whose photographs reveal a people and place so often fictionalized in literature. In the 1930s and 40s, Clarence John Laughlin, Ralph Eugene Meatyard, Eudora Welty and members of the F.S.A. captured our hearts with images that helped define the photographic story -- images that exposed and examined a region that was quickly changing. William Christenberry, William Eggleston, Walker Evans and James Agee helped expose the horrors of racism and poverty that confronted people living in the South in the 1950s and 60s. The 1980s and 90s saw an emergence of artists from the South who continue to create picture stories -- images that reveal timeless narratives and how people live and the nuances that shape their lives.

Keith Carter has emerged as one of the most respected artists among this group whose commitment to the people and places of Southeast Texas is unparalleled. Still residing in Beaumont, Carter decided to challenge himself and go beyond the confines of the rural roads he knows so well, traveling to Italy, France, Wales and other places in Europe, in search of truths. The result of his efforts can be seen in one of his latest books, Holding Venus, which shows that Carter's South, where people and places reveal themselves with total honesty, can also be found in some of the most photographed regions around the world. Tackling such photographic clich├ęs as the Eiffel Tower, Gondoliers in Venice, Notre Dame and The Tuileries Gardens, Carter proves that his vision translates across oceans. Using selective focus to highlight a gesture, person or place, Carter creates powerful images of international icons in a fresh and unique way that is unequaled among photographers working today ..

Black & white images prior to 2000 are available as 15 x 15" and 10 x 10" toned gelatin silver prints in editions of 50 and 5, respectively, with 5 AP's. Pieces range in price from $1200 to $6500, depending on size and availability.

Black & white photographs from 2000 to present are available as 15 x 15" toned gelatin silver prints and 36 x 36" pigment prints in a total edition of 35 with 5 AP's. Pieces range in price from $1200 to $6500, depending on size and availability.

Please call: (312) 266-2350 for prices of specific pieces.
Prices are print only unless otherwise indicated.

Keith Carter
City of Light, 1999
Keith Carter
Constellation, 1996
Keith Carter
Gangling, 1999
Keith Carter
Gondola, 1997
Keith Carter
Harris, 1999
Keith Carter
Map of the World, 1998
Keith Carter
Mooring Posts, 1997
Keith Carter
Rubenesque, 1999
Keith Carter
Shire, 1997
Keith Carter
Wizards, 2000
Keith Carter
Zebroid, 1996