Joel-Peter Witkin

PJ Gallery presents Joël-Peter Witkin.

“Madonnas” makes us feel the light of bruised and sometimes wounded bodies of women photographed as deities, in theatrical scenography, becoming icons of art and revered women.

The sublimated female nudity sees the day in black and white. The brightness of the radiant epidermis, embellished with benevolent reflections, reveals luminous divinities, whose presence floods us. Under the dark shades of the masked women wrapped in mysterious nights, the poetic melancholy of the presence of death emerges.

Joel-Peter Witkin confronts us with the reality of bodies, with our fears and our immemorial anxieties, with our fragility, our weaknesses and even our own defects.

Prudence, oh, prudence…

Born in 1939 in Brooklyn, New York

Lives and works in Albuquerque, New Mexico (ISA

Public Collection

  • Bibliothèque Nationale de France, Paris, FR
  • Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, FR
  • Fonds National d’Art Contemporain, Paris, FR
  • Maison Européenne de la Photographie, Paris, FR
  • Musée d’Art Moderne et Contemporain, Strasbourg, FR
  • Victoria and Albert Museum, London, UK
  • Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid, ES
  • Museo d’arte contemporanea Castello di Rivoli, Turin, IT
  • Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, NL
  • Museo de Arte Abstracto Español, Cuenca, ES
  • The Israel Museum, Jerusalem
  • Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, Tokyo, JP
  • Akron Art Museum, Akron, OH, USA
  • Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH, USA
  • Columbia College, Chicago, USA
  • George Eastman House, Rochester, NY, USA
  • High Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA, USA
  • Kansas City Art Institute, Kansas City, MO, USA
  • Library of Congress, USA
  • Los Angeles County Moseum of Art (LACMA), CA, USA
  • Moderna Museet, Stockholm, SE
  • Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA, USA
  • Musée des Beaux-Arts du Nouveau-Mexique, Santa Fe, NM, USA
  • National Museum of American Art, Smithsonian Institute, Washington, D.C., USA
  • National Gallery, Toronto, Canada
  • National Museum, Bogota, CO
  • Philadelphia Museum of Art, PA, USA
  • Princeton Art Museum, Princeton, NJ, USA
  • San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA, USA
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum, Malibu, CA, USA
  • The Kinsey Institute, Bloomington, IN, USA
  • The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY, USA
  • The Museum of Fine Art, Houston, TX, USA
  • The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), New York, NY, USA
  • The National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., USA
  • Center for Creative Photography – University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ, USA
  • The Whitney Museum, New York, NY, USA
  • Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN, USA
  • Williams College Museum of Art, Williamstown, MA, USA