Art Desks: Photographs by E. Brady Robinson


  • Addison/Ripley Fine Art 1670 Wisconsin Ave NW Washington, DC, 20007 United States
Kristina Bilonick, Pleasant Plains Workshop, archival pigment print, size variable

Kristina Bilonick, Pleasant Plains Workshop, archival pigment print, size variable

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“Art Desks: Photographs by E. Brady Robinson”

Addison Ripley Fine Art is pleased to announce the release of Art Desks by photographer E. Brady Robinson with an essay by Andy Grundberg published by Daylight Books. Select photographs from this series will be on exhibit during FotoWeekDC. This is Robinson’s 1st solo exhibition with Addison Ripley Fine Art.

For the past three years, Robinson has traveled throughout the East Coast documenting the workspaces of some of the most influential artists, curators, art dealers and collectors from New York to Miami.  A mission, which Robinson describes as “the desk as portrait combined with the social experiment of navigating the art world.”

In an essay by Andy Grundberg, he describes E. Brady Robinson’s “Art Desks” as “…simultaneously conventional and individuated, documentary and expressive, public and introverted.” The photographs of this multiyear and continuing project, culled from more than 3,000 images, are wonderfully revealing, absent, mostly, the desk sitters, wanderers and makers whose desks or environs these reveal. It is an open-ended series, which includes many of the images to date. Many of these will be on exhibit at the gallery as well as selections from other series by the artist.

For this work, the artist has already received the Grand Prize Award in American Life in the 2011 Lishui Photography Festival in China. Her hard work and enthusiasm and growing collection of subjects has earned her access to such artists and collectors as William Christenberry, Carol Brown Goldberg, Cricket Taplin and Mera Rubell.

Clues to the owners of the spaces Robinson photographed are apparent in each work. Chaotic or tightly controlled, claustrophobic or vast and empty, just exited for the shoot or carefully arranged for it, works in progress or the fruit of many years of effort, all “desks” are fantastically revealing, allowing an intimate insight into their owners with the frankness of a still life.

E. Brady Robinson received her MFA in photography from Cranbrook Academy of Art and her BFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, Maryland. Her work is widely exhibited and is in the collections of the Orlando Museum of Art, Orlando Florida and the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC. This Fall the artist will begin work on the second phase of “Art Desks”.

For more information about the artist and her work, images from the exhibition or to schedule an appointment to view the work, please call Ms. Romy Silverstein at 202-338-5180.

The gallery is located at 1670 Wisconsin Avenue in Upper Georgetown at the intersection of Reservoir Road.