Nature Morte: Platinum Prints by Bruce Katsiff

October 4, 2014 - January 25, 2015

For more than thirty years, photographer Bruce Katsiff has worked on the series Nature Morte. He collects the remains of birds and mammals—skulls, skeletons, bones, and feathers—which he arranges with other objects in his studio. His orderly compositions, evoking Renaissance cabinets of curiosities, are captured with a large-format view camera and printed in platinum and palladium. Surprisingly beautiful, Katsiff’s photographs present a haunting meditation on mortality. Former Director and CEO of the James A. Michener Art Museum (1991–2012) and Professor and Chair of the Art and Music Division at Bucks County Community College, Katsiff has exhibited widely in solo and group exhibitions in Pennsylvania and New York.

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Nature Morte: Bruce Katsiff PhotographsA richly-illustrated catalogue will accompany the exhibition and includes an essay by Delaware Art Museum Curator Heather Campbell Coyle; a foreword by Peter Barberie, Brodsky Curator of Photographs at the Philadelphia Museum of Art; and a brief history of the platinum process by photographer Thomas Shillea.

The hardcover book is 80 pages and printed in quad-tone.

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This exhibition was made possible with the support of Julian and Lois Brodsky and Gerry and Marguerite Lenfest.

del_div_arts_logoAdditional Support is provided by grants from the Delaware Division of the Arts, a state agency dedicated to nurturing and supporting the arts in Delaware, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts.