Simon Baker

Artist lecture Thursday, October 30, 2014 7PM
Timken Lecture Hall, California College of the Arts, San Francisco
Richard Peter Dresden After Allied Raids, Germany, 1945

Simon Baker is the Tate Modern’s first Curator of Photography and International Art. In his position, he is responsible for the acquisition of new works and advancing the photography exhibition program at both the Tate and Tate Modern. Baker studied art history at the University College London and received his PhD in 2002. He was a Henry Moore Fellow at UCL and a 2003-2004 Gould Fellow recipient at Princeton University in history of photography. Prior to joining the Tate, he was Associate Professor of Art History at the University of Nottingham, where he taught history of photography, surrealism and contemporary art. He is also the chair of the Oxford Art Journal’s editorial group.

Baker has been praised for significantly expanding the Tate’s relationship to photography and photographers. In evaluating potential photographic acquisitions for the museum, he considers how the works align with the painting, sculpture and other media already in the collection. He often finds new work and undiscovered artists through their self-published books. A few of these self-published books originally piqued his interest in Japanese photography, primarily the work of Daido Moriyama and Nobuyoshi Araki.

Baker’s essays on surrealism, photography, and contemporary art have been widely published, and he has curated the following exhibitions: Undercover Surrealism: Georges Bataille and Documents (Hayward, London, 2006); Close-up: Proximity and Defamiliarisation in Art, Film and Photography (Fruitmarket, Edinburgh, 2008); Exposed: Voyeurism, Surveillance and the Camera (with Sandra Phillips, Tate Modern, 2010); Taryn Simon: A Living Man Declared Dead and Other Chapters I- XVIII (Tate Modern, 2011); and William Klein + Daido Moriyama (Tate Modern, 2012).


Larry Sultan Visiting Artist Program

Pier 24 Photography is pleased to present the Larry Sultan Visiting Artist Program in collaboration with California College of the Arts and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Each year, the Larry Sultan Visiting Artist Program brings six international artists, writers, and curators to San Francisco to offer free and open lectures, and to work one-on-one with students at California College of the Arts.


Larry Sultan Photography Award


Marco Breuer, Untitled (C-1189), 2012 [Detail]

Marco Breuer

Spring 2016 Residency
Headlands Center for the Arts, Sausalito, CA

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Marco Breuer (b. Landshut, Germany) is well known for his radical approach to the photographic medium. Breuer employs nontraditional photographic techniques that do not rely on the use of a camera, aperture, or film, but instead utilize a combination of photogrammic, abrasive, and incisive techniques to make marks and capture images. His work is in numerous public collections at major institutions around the world and is widely exhibited throughout the United States and Europe. Currently residing in upstate New York, Breuer has lectured and taught extensively, and received a Guggenheim fellowship in 2006.