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David Armstrong

The Silver Cord

April 3 - May 23, 1997
1018 Madison Avenue

Press Release

Matthew Marks is pleased to announce David Armstrong: The Silver Cord, the next exhibition in his gallery at 1018 Madison Avenue.

The exhibition will consist of 24 recent black and white photographs of landscapes and portraits. Armstrong's work is concerned with beauty and desire, either erotic or ethereal. He photographs his lovers and close friends who fascinate him in sharp focus, avoiding the flattering nature of formal portraiture. The buildings, formal gardens and isolated trees in his landscapes invert the usual crisp architectural detail of the genre, employing a soft focus instead.

David Armstrong was born in Arlington, MA in 1954. He has exhibited his work since 1980, and has had several one-person exhibitions throughout the 1990s in the United States and in Europe. His photographs were included in the Whitney Museum's 1995 Biennial Exhibition and later that same year in the exhibition, Boston School, at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston.

The first major monograph on the artist's work, The Silver Cord: Photographs by David Armstrong (with 100 duotones) published by Scalo Press, Zurich will be available during the exhibition.

David Armstrong: The Silver Cord will be on view at the Matthew Marks Gallery, 1018 Madison Avenue (between 78th and 79th Streets) through Friday, May 23, 1997. Hours: Tuesday through Saturday, 10:00am - 5:30pm.

For further information please contact Matthew Marks at 212-243-0200.

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