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A Kind of Rapture by Robert Bergman

A Kind of Rapture

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A Kind of Rapture by Robert Bergman
Nov 03, 1998 | ISBN 9780679442578
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    Nov 03, 1998 | ISBN 9780679442578

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Occasionally there arises an event or a moment that one knows immediately will forever mark a place in the history of artistic endeavor. Robert Bergman’s portraits represent such a moment. In all its burnished majesty his gallery refuses us unearned solace and one by one by one each photograph unveils us, asserting a beauty, a kind of rapture, that is as close as can be to a master template of the singularity, the community, the unextinguishable sacredness of the human race.”
—Toni Morrison, Winner of the Nobel Prize

“[Bergman] has introduced the processes of unification, as in a painting, with the search for harmony, movement, variety, and distinction within it, beyond what I have ever seen in a photograph. His finest works bring to mind some of the greatest painted portraits . . . Here are masterful revelations of states of existence in the inner and outer person—truly profound works of art.”
—Meyer Schapiro, fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the National Institute of Arts and Letters, and the American Philosophical Society
“An underground legend for decades… A moving body of work, exhibiting an exceptional ability to reveal the singular nature of each of his subjects and their common humanity.”
—Earl A. Powell, Director, National Gallery of Art
“The portraits . . . are unlike any others in the history of photography. The faces in Robert Bergman’s photographs are all so penetrating that one must spend a good deal of time looking at them to begin to realize their scope. Finally, it is difficult to identify a human emotion that is not revealed in them . . . Bergman is a great portraitist.”
—David Levi Strauss, Chair, Graduate Program in Art Writing, School of Visual Arts
“Diane Arbus, Robert Frank, Gary Winogrand, and William Eggleston . . . [Bergman] is certainly in their league.”
—John Yau, Poet and Critic
“Unprecedented portraits . . . which transcend boundaries between painting and photography.”
—Glenn Lowry, Director, The Museum of Modern Art
“We are in the presence of the overwhelmingly human . . . and there is no escape.”
—Margo Jefferson, The New York Times

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