Joel-Peter Witkin: From the Studio May 3 — July 3, 2019

CATHERINE EDELMAN GALLERY OPENS A NEW 4400 SQ FT. SPACE WITH A GROUNDBREAKING EXHIBITION BY WORLD RENOWNED PHOTOGRAPHER JOEL-PETER WITKIN

After more than 31 years in River North, Catherine Edelman Gallery is relocating to 1637 W. Chicago Ave., in the growing West Town gallery district. The newly renovated building gives CEG a bi-level space, occupying the ground floor and lower level, expanding its footprint to 4400 sq. ft. The new gallery includes four exhibition spaces, a dedicated video room, a large viewing room for collectors, and an open area for educational programming, creating a flexible environment. CEG will continue to present living artists whose work expands the dialogue of photography. Free educational discussions with leading Chicagoans will accompany all exhibitions, helping to contextualize issues presented.

We are honored to inaugurate our new space with Joel-Peter Witkin: From the Studio. The exhibition opens May 3 and runs through July 3, 2019. Joel-Peter Witkin will be joining us at the opening on May 3 from 5:00 - 8:00 pm.

Welcoming remarks by Catherine and the artist will take place at 6:45 pm.

For more than 60 years, Joel-Peter Witkin has stayed true to his mission: to create photographs that show the beauty of marginalized people by placing them into art referential tableaus, often laced with Catholic overtones. His work features those that are intersex, post and pre-op individuals, and people born with physical abnormalities. In his eyes, all people are beautiful, regardless of societal norms.

Much has been written about Joel-Peter Witkin. With more than 25 monographs dedicated to his work, there is no denying his importance in the art world. Recently, Witkin revealed he was diagnosed with dementia. As he approaches his 80th birthday, he graciously agreed to speak with Catherine Edelman about his condition, and the effect it has had on his creativity and life. Catherine spent two days in his home/studio in Albuquerque with filmmaker Ben Kolak (Scrappers Film Group), talking with him about his life, his art, his legacy, his views on God, and what he hopes he has contributed to photography. A short film called From the Studio will be presented alongside some of his most well known works including The Kiss, Siamese Twins, Harvest, Bee Boy and Woman Once a Bird, as well as new work including A Mermaid’s Tale, the last photograph he made before the diagnosis. CEG is honored to recreate the set of A Mermaid’s Tale in one of its galleries, which includes the painted backdrop, shells, and objects that formed the making of this amazing photograph.

The exhibition will feature more than 25 photographs, 80 drawings, as well as sketchbooks and journals, darkroom tools and cameras, letters and contact sheets, offering viewers a glimpse inside the mind of one of the true masters of photography. From the Studio is supported by educational programming that will be held in the gallery. The schedule will be posted on our website.

Most images are available as 16 x 20" and 30 x 40" gelatin silver prints made in editions of 10 and 12, respectively. The 16 x 20" pieces are $7500 and the 30 x 40" pieces are $15,000.

All drawings are unique and range in price from $800 to $5000, depending on size.

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


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Joel-Peter Witkin
A Mermaid's Tale, 2018
Joel-Peter Witkin
A Mermaid's Tale, NM, 2018
Joel-Peter Witkin
Abundance, Prague, 1997
Joel-Peter Witkin
An Allegory for a New Age, NM, 2014
Joel-Peter Witkin
Bee Boy, 1982
Joel-Peter Witkin
Costumed Inmate, Insane Asylum, 1993
Joel-Peter Witkin
Counting Lessons in Purgatory, New Mexico, 1982
Joel-Peter Witkin
Execution of an Extraterrestrial, 1864, 2013
Joel-Peter Witkin
Face of a Woman, 2004
Joel-Peter Witkin
Harvest, 1984
Joel-Peter Witkin
Hitler Posing with The Anti-Christ, 1937, 2015
Joel-Peter Witkin
John Kane, SF, 1984
Joel-Peter Witkin
Las Meninas, New Mexico, 1987

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Joel-Peter Witkin
Melvin Burkhart, Human Oddity, Florida, 1985
Joel-Peter Witkin
Munch in Mexico, 1994
Joel-Peter Witkin
Portraits In the Afterworld, 1994

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Joel-Peter Witkin
Printemps, NM, 1983
Joel-Peter Witkin
Pygmalian, New Mexico, 1982
Joel-Peter Witkin
Self-Portrait, 1984
Joel-Peter Witkin
Siamese Twins, Los Angeles, 1988
Joel-Peter Witkin
Sins of Joan Miro, New Mexico, 1981
Joel-Peter Witkin
The Eggs of My Amnesia, Rome, 1996
Joel-Peter Witkin
The Fool, 1993
Joel-Peter Witkin
The Kiss (La Basier), New Mexico, 1982

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Joel-Peter Witkin
The Raft of George W. Bush, NM, 2006
Joel-Peter Witkin
Three Studies, 1988-1990
Joel-Peter Witkin
Two Prostitutes Adoring the Virgin (Masked), Bogota, 2009
Joel-Peter Witkin
Woman Masturbating on the Moon, 1981
Joel-Peter Witkin
Woman Once a Bird, 1990
Joel-Peter Witkin
Drawings,

Joel-Peter Witkin
(1st Study for:) Your Breath in my Mouth,
Joel-Peter Witkin
1st Study for “Retablo”,
Joel-Peter Witkin
A Mermaid's Tale, 2018

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Joel-Peter Witkin
Ars Moriendi (neg #12, contact), 2007

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Joel-Peter Witkin
Ars Moriendi, (The Good Death), 2005

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Joel-Peter Witkin
Art School Dropout Plans to Conquer the World, 2015

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Joel-Peter Witkin
Art School Dropout Plans to Rule the World (collage), 2015
Joel-Peter Witkin
Artist and Model, Paris , 2012

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Joel-Peter Witkin
Bacchus, 2010
Joel-Peter Witkin
Berlin,
Joel-Peter Witkin
Bogota, 2009
Joel-Peter Witkin
Bogota "The Church", 2009

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Joel-Peter Witkin
Bogota (triptych), 2009

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Joel-Peter Witkin
Bus Boy at the Last Supper, 2011
Joel-Peter Witkin
Bus Boy at the Last Supper, 2014
Joel-Peter Witkin
Christ Driving Out the Money Changing Artist From the Temple of Art, 2016
Joel-Peter Witkin
Clown and Christ (Germany),
Joel-Peter Witkin
Couple in the Age of Moral Relativism, 2015
Joel-Peter Witkin
Dog as a Woman, 1990
Joel-Peter Witkin
Dog on a Pillow "Dog",

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Joel-Peter Witkin
Dora Maar as Venus with Cupid and Picasso Looking On, 2017

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Joel-Peter Witkin
Execution of an Alien, 2011
Joel-Peter Witkin
Fictional Store Fronts, 2004

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Joel-Peter Witkin
First Study For Cupid and Centaur in the Museum of Love,
Joel-Peter Witkin
First Study for Woman on a Table, 1987
Joel-Peter Witkin
Gilbert and George and Boy on a Horse,
Joel-Peter Witkin
Her Head Must Be Turned To Her Right (napkin) ,
Joel-Peter Witkin
History of the White World, 2011

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Joel-Peter Witkin
Hitler on a Horse, 2011
Joel-Peter Witkin
Ingres in the Rooms of Balthus, 2008
Joel-Peter Witkin
Inspiration of the Poet, 2011
Joel-Peter Witkin
Jo Jo The Wonder Boy, 2013
Joel-Peter Witkin
John Kane, 1984
Joel-Peter Witkin
La Bete (study for), 1989
Joel-Peter Witkin
La France Et Le Monde, 2009
Joel-Peter Witkin
La France Et Le Monde (drawing),
Joel-Peter Witkin
La France Et Le Monde (maquette),

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Joel-Peter Witkin
La France, (drawing and notes),
Joel-Peter Witkin
Las Meninas, 1986
Joel-Peter Witkin
Le Monde, 2013
Joel-Peter Witkin
Leda Giving Her Lover a Condom, 2011

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Joel-Peter Witkin
Lonely Room, Woman and Dog, 2004

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Joel-Peter Witkin
Man Reflected on Drawing (napkin) ,
Joel-Peter Witkin
Man with Dog,

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Joel-Peter Witkin
Maquette for Domestic Creature,
Joel-Peter Witkin
Marriage,

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Joel-Peter Witkin
Model at the End of Art, Art School (Bogota), 2009

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Joel-Peter Witkin
Mother of the Future, 2004

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Joel-Peter Witkin
Nature Sees the Death of Abel (Mexico City), 2016
Joel-Peter Witkin
Picasso Finds His Muse, 2016

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Joel-Peter Witkin
Polaroid Maquette (shooting of Night in a Small Town),

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Joel-Peter Witkin
Portrait of a Woman, 2000

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Joel-Peter Witkin
Portrait of Myself as the Bus Boy at the Last Supper, 2009

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Joel-Peter Witkin
Portrait of the Artist, 2001

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Joel-Peter Witkin
Prom Photo, Bogota, 2008

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Joel-Peter Witkin
Prostitute (Berlin), 2006
Joel-Peter Witkin
Punchinello in Love, 2009

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Joel-Peter Witkin
Purity's Advent,

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Joel-Peter Witkin
Que Idiots Son Los Hombres,
Joel-Peter Witkin
Raft of G.W.B., 2007

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Joel-Peter Witkin
Religion of Self Interest, 2012
Joel-Peter Witkin
Retablo,

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Joel-Peter Witkin
Self Portrait as Lazarus, 2014
Joel-Peter Witkin
Side Show, Budapest, 1993
Joel-Peter Witkin
Sphinx Paris, 2013
Joel-Peter Witkin
Studio De Winter,

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Joel-Peter Witkin
Study for Man with Dog as Maria Magdalene No Hands on Christ, 2016
Joel-Peter Witkin
Study for Manuel Osorio, 1982
Joel-Peter Witkin
Study for Prudence,
Joel-Peter Witkin
The City or Female King, 1997
Joel-Peter Witkin
The Occupation of Paris,
Joel-Peter Witkin
The Priest, Pedophile and Victim, 2009
Joel-Peter Witkin
The Sorrow's of Academe, 2013
Joel-Peter Witkin
The Triumph of Faith, 1992
Joel-Peter Witkin
Three Kinds of Woman,
Joel-Peter Witkin
Transgender Person, 2013
Joel-Peter Witkin
Triad (Paris), 2010

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Joel-Peter Witkin
Two Baboons Joined at the Tongue,
Joel-Peter Witkin
Venus Anodyne as Puchinella, (slide attached), 2010
Joel-Peter Witkin
Weeping Woman's Day Off, 2017
Joel-Peter Witkin
Who Naked Is: Mapplethorpe,
Joel-Peter Witkin
Woman and Dog in a Garden, NM, 2009
Joel-Peter Witkin
Woman as the Dead Christ by Carravaggio, 2014
Joel-Peter Witkin
Woman With Two Heads,
Joel-Peter Witkin
Women/Christ/Art,

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