Place (Series) is Bill Jacobson’s latest body of work, for which he won a 2012 Guggenheim Fellowship. The American artist describes the images as “the result of inserting rectangles of various sizes and surfaces within both constructed and natural settings.” As opposed to the out-of-focus work for which Jacobson initially became known in the 1990ies, these photographs speak to the perceptual interactions with the physical world that surrounds us, in some cases strongly referencing the famous still life studies by Italian painter Giorgio Morandi.
Giorgio Morandi, 1890-1964, is considered one of the key figures of 20th century painting and a pioneer of abstraction. For his contemplative still lifes, he used simple bottles, cups, bowls and vessels that he kept rearranging. In Morandi's late work, the objects were reduced to ever simpler geometrical forms. In his extensive graphic work Giorgio Morandi devoted himself mainly to the still life aswell and achieved a high degree of intensive effect with economical means, especially in his drawings. Already during his lifetime, Morandi received great recognition. At the first "documenta" in Kassel in 1955, eleven of his paintings were shown in a separate cabinet. Today, Morandi's paintings, watercolors, drawings and etchings can be found in the most important collections all over the world. The drawings shown in this exhibition (including the last drawing from 1963) are on loan from the collection of the Morat Institute for Art and Art Science in Freiburg i.Br.
Spanning a career of over 40 years, Bill Jacobson’s work is represented in important private and public collections internationally as well, including the Guggenheim Museum, the Whitney Museum, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London among many others. Jacobson has received fellowships from the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation (2012), the Aaron Siskind Foundation (1995), and the New York Foundation for the Arts (1994). Since 2007 he has taught in the Bard/ICP MFA program based in New York. Place (Series) is his fourth monograph, published by Radius Books. Born 1955 in Norwich, Connecticut, Jacobson now lives and works in New York.