Pace/MacGill and Pace Announce New Representation of Lee Friedlander, Plan Fall Exhibition

Lee Friedlander, ‘Nude,’ 1979. One of the nude portraits Mr. Friedlander took of Madonna. © Lee Friedlander. (Courtesy Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco)

Lee Friedlander is now represented in New York by Pace/MacGill and Pace, it has just been announced. The American photographer known for his black and white urban social landscapes taken with a hand-held 35-mm camera as well as for his nudes, in particular his nude photographs of a young Madonna (see left) taken in 1978 for Playboy, will kick off his representation by Pace/MacGill and Pace with a two-venue exhibition this fall.

Mr. Friedlander was formerly represented by Janet Borden Gallery in New York. The photographer will continue to be represented in San Francisco by Fraenkel Gallery, a gallery the artist has been with for over 33 years.

For his exhibition, which opens simultaneously at their two 57th Street locations on October 25 and will run through December 22, Mr. Friedlander will present his newest series, “Mannequin,” as well as his renowned nudes from the ’70s. Will these include some of the Madonna photos? “Highly likely,” said a gallerist at Pace. “But it’s not confirmed.” One of his Madonna nudes sold for $77,240 at Christie’s Paris in November 2011, the second highest price paid at auction for one of his single photographs, according to Artnet.

“The Pace Gallery and Pace/MacGill are honored to represent one of the very great photographers in the medium’s history,” said Peter MacGill, president of Pace/MacGill Gallery, in a statement. ” For over 50 years, Lee has overturned the possibilities of what a photograph could be by inventing radical, intelligent and witty new ways of seeing traditional subjects.”