Duane Michals

American, b. 1932

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Duane Michals

American, b. 1932

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Duane Michals first garnered critical attention (both appreciative and caustic) for his unorthodox photographic practice in the 1960s and ’70s—a time when photojournalism was a dominating influence on the medium. In fact, the photographer David Seidner once wrote that “’Photographer’ is not exactly an apt title for [Michals]; ‘poet’ would be better suited.” Michals, who believed photographs presented fictions, staged narratives across a sequence of photographs, much like film stills, and presented photographs in conjunction with text. He also employed collage and used multiple exposures in creating his compositions, inspired in part by literature, poetry, philosophy, and artists like René Magritte, Robert Rauschenberg, and Joseph Cornell. Michals was also a commercial photographer for magazines Mademoiselle, Esquire, and Vogue.

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The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 2 more
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The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 3 more
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Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 1 more
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Artforum, and 1 more
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Biography

Duane Michals first garnered critical attention (both appreciative and caustic) for his unorthodox photographic practice in the 1960s and ’70s—a time when photojournalism was a dominating influence on the medium. In fact, the photographer David Seidner once wrote that “’Photographer’ is not exactly an apt title for [Michals]; ‘poet’ would be better suited.” Michals, who believed photographs presented fictions, staged narratives across a sequence of photographs, much like film stills, and presented photographs in conjunction with text. He also employed collage and used multiple exposures in creating his compositions, inspired in part by literature, poetry, philosophy, and artists like René Magritte, Robert Rauschenberg, and Joseph Cornell. Michals was also a commercial photographer for magazines Mademoiselle, Esquire, and Vogue.

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
Established
Established representation
Represented by industry leading galleries.
User
Solo show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 2 more
Group
Group show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 3 more
Institution
Collected by a major institution
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 1 more
Publication
Reviewed by a major art publication
Artforum, and 1 more
Fair
Included in a major biennial
documenta, and 1 more
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