Galerie Edwynn Houk is presents a solo exhibition of photographs by Abelardo Morell (American, b. Havana, 1948). Morell has long been intrigued with optics and how an image is constructed. In 1991, he wanted to illustrate to his students the basic tenet of photography – light passing through an aperture and its projected image – and in so doing, stumbled upon what proved to be a turning point; Morell realized with Lightbulb, that any room, any space can be turned into a camera. His Lightbulb as well as examples of his camera obscura works, from Venice, New York and London, are on view in Zurich
Abelardo Morell is the subject of a major retrospective touring exhibition in the United States, The Universe next Door, travelling to the Art Institute of Chicago, the Getty Museum, Los Angeles, the High Museum in Atlanta over the next year.
Morell lives and works in Boston, Massachusetts. He holds an MFA from Yale University, and an honorary doctorate from Bowdoin College. In 1993, he was the winner of a Guggenheim Fellowship. His work is in numerous private and public collections, including the Art Institute of Chicago, the Fondation Cartier, Paris, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Victoria & Albert Museum, London, and the Museum of Modern Art, New York.
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