Since the launch of her career in
the Young Photographers
exhibition at the Museum of
Modern Art in 1971, Eve Sonneman
has secured a unique position for
herself in the world of
contemporary art. Internationally
renowned as a photographer, she
has participated in the 1977 Documenta and in the biennales of
Venice, Paris, Strasbourg, and Australia, has published five books,
and has been the subject of 77 solo exhibitions. In her own words,
quoted by poet David Shapiro in the catalogue of her mid-career
retrospective at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts in 1980, her
photography responds to "gesture and innuendo and small changes."
To Shapiro, "She is a painterly photographer [who] reminds us that
photography, as with Man Ray and Rodchenko, must never be
denigrated as mere materiality."
In addition to her career in photography, Sonneman works in paint,
making large abstractions, watercolors, and painted objects. Her
distinctive, highly personal form of pointillism has been acutely
characterized by the critic Klaus Kertess as "teeming with tiny,
obsessively made, evanescent rings congealing into a delicate and
fugitive, floreate dew."
Eve Sonneman is represented in the permanent collections of the
Museum of Modern Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Centre
Pompidou, Paris, the Art Institute of Chicago, and over 30 other
museums around the world. Earlier in her career Sonneman was with
Leo Castelli for fourteen years, and now she is represented by
Nohra Haime Gallery in New York.
Eve Sonneman photographed by Duane Michals