MEANS TO AN END: Photography as a Form of Expression in Contemporary Art

Selected Works From Two Cincinnati Collections – Linda & George Kurz and Leah & Mike Columbus

Many contemporary artists today work in a wide range of mediums, moving fluidly between disparate disciplines to give form to their ideas.  Given the way our daily lives are bombarded with printed and transmitted images, it’s inevitable that photography is often utilized as a key element in the artistic process by artists who also create paintings, sculpture, video, installation, and other works. This exhibition focuses on works that are produced and printed as photographs, but are intended to convey ideas beyond the straightforward image on the wall.

Cincinnati residents George and Linda Kurz and Mike and Leah Columbus have been friends, with similar collecting tastes, for many years. In addition to acquiring pieces for their individual collections, they have purchased some works jointly and take turns hanging them in their respective homes. They both have extensive collections of art and photography publications.  

— George Kurz


Lucas Foglia
Lucas Foglia, Soccer Practice, Star Valley Braves, Afton, Wyoming, 2010, C-print, 37 x 47", Courtesy of the Artist and Fredericks & Freiser, NY


John Baldessari
Untitled, 1998
82 x 48"


Lucas Foglia
Soccer Practice, Star Valley Braves, Afton, Wyoming, 2010
37 x 47"
Courtesy of the Artist and Fredericks & Freiser, NY


Soccer Practice, Star Valley Braves, Afton, Wyoming

Selected Works From Two Cincinnati Collections

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    John Baldessari, Untitled, 1998, C-print, 82 x 48"

    John Baldessari is an American conceptual artist known for his pioneering use of appropriated imagery. By blending photography, painting and text, Baldessari’s work examines the plastic nature of artistic media while offering commentary on contemporary culture. With humor and irony, Baldessari dissects the ideas underlying artistic practice and questions the historically accepted rules of how to make art.

    Recent shows include retrospectives at the Deutsche Guggenheim (Berlin), MUMOK, Museum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig Wien (Vienna) and Tate Modern (London), which traveled to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (Los Angeles, CA) and Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, NY).

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    Lucas Foglia, Soccer Practice, Star Valley Braves, Afton, Wyoming, 2010, C-print, 37 x 47", Courtesy of the Artist and Fredericks & Freiser, NY

    Lucas Foglia describes himself as a documentary photographer who collaborates with his subjects in search for some essential truth about their lives. His work is driven by the desire to tell stories, and it conveys an understanding of the land as a resource and inquisitiveness as to how people make a living from it. His practice continues in the line of previous American social documentary photographers whose work is intended as a prolonged and measured examination of a theme.

    His photographs have been widely exhibited in the United States and in Europe, and are in the permanent collections of museums including the Denver Art Museum (Denver, CO), Museum of Fine Arts (Houston, TX), Philadelphia Museum of Art (Philadelphia, PA), San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (San Francisco, CA) and Victoria & Albert Museum (London).






  Participating Artists     

John Baldessari
John Coplans
Lucas Foglia
Katy Grannan
Hai Bo
Roni Horn
Vasa Velizar Mihich
Ed Ruscha
Alistair Thain
Kehinde Wiley




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