Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Abelardo Morell

As I said in an earlier post, I like art about books. So maybe it not surprising that one of my favorite artists is Abelardo Morell. He is an amazing photographer. The work above is Naked Maja by Goya, 1994.

Morell also did an incredible Alice's Adventures in Wonderland series, illustrating an edition of Lewis Carroll's book. I will let Peter Galassi, Chief Curator of Photography at the Museum of Modern Art, explain for me why they are so great:

For his illustrations, Abelardo Morell had the brilliant idea of making the book itself a character in the story. His photographs, at once eerie and full of wit, are beautifully realized.

In addition to his photographs of and about books, he also does wonderful work using a camera obscura. Here is a recent piece titled Camera Obscura: View of Central Park Looking North-Summer, 2008.


  1. OOh thanks - my husband will love these!

  2. If you are interested in Abelardo Morell's work check out the documentary Shadow of the House - Photographer Abelardo Morell

    Working alone for over 7 years, director Allie Humenuk filmed Morell and his family both at home and abroad. The film beautifully captures the artist and the artistic process. The film is having a successful run in festivals and at museums nationwide.

    There are screenings coming up at the Philadelphia Museum of Art (Dec 5th, 6pm) and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (Dec 11th, 4:30pm) Both Humenuk and Morell will be in attendance.

    For more information on the film visit: http://www.shadowofthehouse.com


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