| Robert Giard
Portraits, Nudes, & Landscapes
The gallery's first exhibition as representative for the Estate of Robert Giard will feature a selection of vintage prints from three genres: landscapes of the South Fork of Long Island, portraits of artists and writers, and the nude figure.
Beginning in 1972, Giard photographed "The Hamptons", when many of the fashionable houses were boarded up for the season. With the region largely depopulated, the surrounding grounds assumed for him "a mysterious, even somewhat sinister air."
Giard's studies of the nude are less a classical and idealizing rendering of form than they are a description of a specific person. He felt that "rather than being examples of 'the Nude,' they are pictures of people who are naked."
Ultimately, Giard's career made its most indelible mark in the area of portraiture. Synthesizing his life-long interest in literature and his involvement in gay issues, Giard set about documenting in straightforward, unadorned, yet sometimes witty and playful portraits, a broad representation of literary figures. His archive of portraits includes such iconic figures as Edward Albee, Allen Ginsberg and Adrienne Rich as well as then emerging novelists such as Sapphire, David Leavitt, Shay Youngblood, and Michael Cunningham.
His work is in the collections of the National Portrait Gallery, the Library of Congress, the New York Public Library, the San Francisco Public Library, the Brooklyn Museum, and the renowned Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library at Yale University.
Giard's work will also be featured in the concurrent exhibition QUEER CANLIT: Canadian lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (lgbt) literature in English. This exhibition will be held at the Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library from June 12 to August 29, 2008.