Paul Caponigro: The Hidden Presence of Places

  • Paul Caponigro, American, b.1932 River, Canyon De Chelley, AZ, 1976 Gelatin Silver print Collection of the artist
  • Paul Caponigro, Black Tree Hiei San, Kyoto, 1976 Gelatin Silver print 16 3/8 x 23 3/8” Collection of the artist
  • Paul Caponigro, Inner Trilithon, Sunrise, Stonehenge, 1970, Gelatin Silver Print, Collection of the artist
  • Paul Caponigro, American, b.1932 Monument Valley Dunes, Utah, 1976 Gelatin Silver print Collection of the artist
May 07, 2011 - January 15, 2012
Morehouse Wing

Paul Caponigro is one of America’s foremost landscape photographers. Emerging from an earlier generation of photographers that included Ansel Adams, Walker Evans, Paul Strand, and his early mentor Minor White, over his fifty-year career Caponigro has successfully wedded his reverence for nature with a profound commitment to portray in his work the spiritual dimensions of the natural world – what Caponigro himself has described as “the hidden presence of places.” He has spent much of his nearly fifty-year career exploring and depicting scenes of nature and our place in it, often in places he has come to know well. This exhibition examines bodies of work spanning his entire career, focusing on specific locales he has visited, sometimes once, sometimes repeatedly. Among them are ancient and Christian sites in Ireland, natural wonders of the American Southwest, the striking beauty of creeks and snowfalls in rural Connecticut, and his more recent work from Maine, where he has lived since 1993. Drawn almost entirely from the artist’s collection, the exhibition includes approximately sixty examples of Caponigro’s work, frequently in larger-scale examples, and some of which have not been seen before. The exhibition is accompanied by a catalogue by exhibition organizer, Farnsworth Chief Curator Michael K. Komanecky.

This exhibition has been made possible in part through the generous support of the following lead sponsors:Lead Sponsors:Areté Foundation/Betsy and Ed Cohen; The Overbrook Foundation; Tina and Joe Pyne. Additional exhibition support was provided by Andrew Smith Gallery, Santa Fe, NM; Mr. and Mrs. Christopher Beebe; Mr. and Mrs. Frederick H. Chatfield, Jr.; Alice Bingham Gorman

  The primary media sponsor of this exhibition is Maine Home + Design.