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A Kind of Rapture

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"Occasionally there arises an event or a moment that one knows immediately will forever mark a place in the history of artistic endeavor.  Robert Bergman's portraits represent such a moment.  In all its burnished majesty his gallery refuses us unearned solace ad one by one by one each photograph unveils us, asserting a beauty, a kind of rapture, that is as close as can be to a master template of the singularity, the community, the unextinguishable sacredness of the human race."
—Toni Morrison, in her introduction to A Kind of Rapture
 
A Kind of Rapture brings together a selection of 51 color photos from Robert Bergman's two-year travels by car through the Rust Belt (Chicago, Detroit, Cleveland, Pittsburgh, Gary) and the East Coast, taking color pictures of everyday people who moved him profoundly. In fall 2009 and spring 2010, Robert Bergman will have his first two solo exhibitions at the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. and PS1 MOMA.  The exhibition at the former will run from October 11, 2009 to January 10, 2010; that at the latter from October 25, 2009 to January 4, 2010
 
"[Bergman's] finest works bring to mind some of the greatest painted portraits…He has introduced the processes of unification, as in a painting, with the search for harmony, movement, variety, ad distinction within it, beyond what I have ever seen in a photograph…Here are masterful revelations of states of existence in the inner and outer person—truly profound works of art."
—Meyer Schapiro, in his afterward to A Kind of Rapture
 
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"Occasionally there arises an event or a moment that one knows immediately will forever mark a place in the history of artistic endeavor.  Robert Bergman's portraits represent such a moment.  In all its burnished majesty his gallery refuses us unearned solace ad one by one by one each photograph unveils us, asserting a beauty, a kind of rapture, that is as close as can be to a master template of the singularity, the community, the unextinguishable sacredness of the human race."
—Toni Morrison, in her introduction to A Kind of Rapture
 
A Kind of Rapture brings together a selection of 51 color photos from Robert Bergman's two-year travels by car through the Rust Belt (Chicago, Detroit, Cleveland, Pittsburgh, Gary) and the East Coast, taking color pictures of everyday people who moved him profoundly. In fall 2009 and spring 2010, Robert Bergman will have his first two solo exhibitions at the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. and PS1 MOMA.  The exhibition at the former will run from October 11, 2009 to January 10, 2010; that at the latter from October 25, 2009 to January 4, 2010
 
"[Bergman's] finest works bring to mind some of the greatest painted portraits…He has introduced the processes of unification, as in a painting, with the search for harmony, movement, variety, ad distinction within it, beyond what I have ever seen in a photograph…Here are masterful revelations of states of existence in the inner and outer person—truly profound works of art."
—Meyer Schapiro, in his afterward to A Kind of Rapture
 
Product Details
Hardcover (120 pages)
Published: November 3, 1998
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Imprint: Pantheon
ISBN: 9780679442578
Other books byRobert Bergman
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    Robert Bergman: Selected Portraits
    With just a handheld 35 mm camera and natural lighting, Robert Bergman explores his subjects with an evident determination to record a connection, even at the expense of surroundings, which Bergman tends to carefully forfeit as a compositional element. The series documented in this paperback edition of Selected Portraits charts the evolving character of Americans at the turn of the millennium.

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