Introduction by Justine Kurland
Essay by Thomas Struth
Edited by Barney Kulok & Justine Kurland
The book Janice Guy is the first monograph of Guy's radical experiments in photography during the late 1970s. Made while she was a student at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf, this selection of photographs sheds light on Guy's work as an artist before she gained international renown as a gallerist of contemporary art. The artist Thomas Struth, a fellow student in Germany at the time, has written a moving essay for this book about their formative years and ongoing friendship. The book also includes an introduction by artist Justine Kurland which makes a compelling case for the reconsideration of these photographs today. The work presented in Janice Guy, much of which appears here for the first time, reverberates as never before with the current obsession for producing and circulating images of ourselves.
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Born in London (1953), Janice Guy studied in the 1970s at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf. Her teachers were the sculptor Klaus Rinke and the photographers Bernd and Hilla Becher. She exhibited her photographs in a number of group exhibitions including Künsterinnen International 1877-1977 (International Women Artists 1877-1977) at the Neue Gesellschaft für Bildende Kunst in Berlin and the Frankfurter Kunstverein, Frankfurt She had a solo show in 1979 at Galerie Rolf Ricke in Cologne.
In the 1980s she lived in Italy, during which time she stopped making art. In Naples she was director of the Galleria Lia Rumma and later ran a studio residency in Rome. In 1991 she moved to New York to direct SteinGladstone, a partnership of the galleries Barbara Gladstone and Christian Stein. From 1995 to 1998 she operated a gallery in her apartment at 29 King Street in New York and in 1998, together with Margaret Murray, opened Murray Guy in Chelsea. Over the years the gallery represented Matthew Buckingham, Alejandro Cesarco, Leidy Churchman, Moyra Davey, Matthew Higgs, An-My Lê, Ann Lislegaard, Rosalind Nashashibi, Barbara Probst, Lucy Skaer, Sergei Tcherepnin and others.
Her photographs re-emerged in 2007 when Matthew Higgs included the work, first in the group show Early Works, curated by Higgs, Marilyn Minter and Fabienne Stefan, then in a solo exhibition, both at White Columns. Since then she has had solo exhibitions at Cleopatra’s, Brooklyn, and The Apartment, Vancouver, and a two-person show (with Anne Collier) curated by Matthew Higgs at Galerie Mezzanin, Vienna. Her work was included in the exhibition Photography on Photography: Reflections on the Medium since 1960 at the Metropolitan Museum, and in group exhibitions at Wilkinson, London; Yancey Richardson, New York; Labor, Mexico City; Travesia Cuatro, Madrid; and Mitchel Algus, New York. In February 2019 she had a solo exhibition at Higher Pictures, New York.