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The Beach

March 1, 2002 – May 1, 2002

Aerial photo of Coney Island Beach on July 4, Ben Ross, 1946
Beauduc, France, Elger Esser, 2001
Tidied-up Beach, Viareggio, David Hockney, August 1973
Pablo Picasso and Françoise Gilot, Provence-Alpes-Côte D’Azur, Robert Capa, August 1948
Hurricane III, Clifford Ross, 2000

Visitor Information

This exhibition is now closed.

There is no admission fee to visit The Gallery at Windsor. Exhibition visitors are invited to support The Windsor Charitable Foundation with a suggested donation of $10. This gift is tax-deductible and is designated to support local arts education.

About the Exhibition

The first exhibition at The Gallery at Windsor explored the relationship between the beach and society over the years through the eyes of a diverse group of artists. Opening in March 2002, The Beach exhibition was conceived by Alannah Weston and curated by Bettina Von Hase.

The exhibition of photography was inspired by Windsor’s beach and Weston’s memories of her beach experience at Windsor. Clifford Ross’s crashing waves, Morris Engel’s couple embracing on the sand and Paul Pfeiffer’s empty stretch of shoreline have powerful resonance. Other pieces in the collection showed aspects of beach life that come from outside our immediate frame of reference. Martin Parr’s gritty portrayal of British holiday resorts depicts a paradise lost, while Robert Capa’s extraordinary images of the Normandy landings document events which have made an indelible mark on history, but are, especially for the younger generation, about as far from our own associations with the seaside as it is possible to get. By deconstructing the beach as idyll, its universality is revealed.

The show documented the rites of passage through which photography has traveled on its journey to become a serious art form. The Beach exhibition also marked the beginning of The Gallery at Windsor’s annual exhibition series.


Publication

The Beach

Softback, 78 pages, 11 x 8.5 inches, published by Windsor Press.


Overview

The first exhibition at The Gallery at Windsor explored the relationship between the beach and society over the years through the eyes of a diverse group of artists. The Beach exhibition was conceived by Alannah Weston and curated by Bettina von Hase. The show’s accompanying catalog was designed by Beth Derbyshire and documents the rites of passage through which photography has travelled on its journey to become a serious art form. The catalog features 30 artists including David Hockney, Elger Esser, Massimo Vitali and Robert Capa. The catalog also includes an essay titled “Art on the Beach” by Robert Rosenblum and a foreword by Alannah Weston.