Lee Miller – ‘Legendarna Lee Miller’
from November 22, 2010 until January 9, 2011
Jakopič Gallery – Museum and Galleries of Ljubljana
A photographer Lee Miller (1907-1977) began her career as a muse and a collaborator of the Surrealist photographer Man Ray in Paris. Her photographs have earned her a key place in the history of art; her surrealist images along with her pack shots, portraits and extraordinary WWII combat photographs, which she took as the war correspondent during the Second World War. Together with her husband Roland Penrose they were developing strong artistic and friendly contacts with many important artists of 20th Century. Legendary Lee Miller, the retrospective exhibition of 96 Lee’s original photographs presents the chronological overview of her artistic development.
The photographer Lee Miller (1907-1977), born Poughkeepsie, New York, began her photographic career as a top fashion model for the American Vogue and Vanity Fair. In 1929 she became the lover, pupil and collaborator of the Surrealist artist Man Ray in Paris. Together they invented the famous photographic solarisation technique and Man’s Surrealistic concept of the objet trouvé, significant to his art, became the key surrealist element in Lee’s photographs as the so called image trouvé. Images, snipped out of everyday life appear as mysterious, often abstract moments, stolen from time and space.
She left Man Ray later on and started running her own studio in Paris and New York. Her photographs have earned her a key place in the history of art; surrealist images along with her pack shots, portraits and extraordinary WWII combat photographs taken while she was a war correspondent travelling with the American Army during the Second World War, in particular the poignant images of the London Blitz and the liberation of Paris.
With her husband Roland Penrose (1900-1984) a Surrealist artist, known to many as friend and biographer of Pablo Picasso, Joan Miró, Man Ray, Antoni Tàpies and close friend of Max Ernst and Paul Eluard, she developed strong artistic and friendly contacts with many important artists of 20th Century. The friendship between Lee Miller and Picasso began during an enchanted summer holiday they shared in the Côte d’Azur in 1937 and lasted until Picasso’s death in 1973. Picasso painted 6 portraits of Lee Miller and she photographed him more than 1,000 times.
The retrospective exhibition Legendary Lee Miller consists of 96 photographs, taken by Lee Miller and chosen from the rich opus of 40,000 photographs she took during various periods of her artistic development. She was active in New York, Paris, Egypt, on the stages of Second World War, in towns of Côte d’Azur and finally at home, Farley Farm in East Sussex where she enjoyed the last, calmer years of her life. The Farley Farm nowadays houses the Lee Miller Archive, which is dedicated to conserving and publishing the work of Lee Miller. It is run by her son, Antony Penrose.
The exhibition, which caused unprecedented public interest everywhere it travelled to is accompanied with the documentary film entitled ‘The Lives of Lee Miller’.