Commissioned by UBS, the exhibition of new photographs will open to the public on 29 April 2016 at Tanjong Pagar Railway Station.
WOMEN: New Portraits’, an exhibition of newly commissioned photographs by renowned photographer Annie Leibovitz will open to the public in Singapore on 29 April 2016 at Tanjong Pagar Railway Station as part of a 10-city global tour.
Leibovitz’s new work is a continuation of a project that began over fifteen years ago when her most enduringly popular series of photographs, ‘Women’, was published in 1999. Susan Sontag, with whom the original project was a collaboration, called it “a work in progress”. ‘WOMEN: New Portraits’ will reflect the changes in the roles of women today and will evolve over the coming year as a body of work.
The new portraits feature women of outstanding achievement including artists, musicians, CEOs, politicians, writers and philanthropists. In addition to the new photographs, the exhibition includes work from the original series, as well as other unpublished photographs taken since.
Annie Leibovitz said: “When I asked UBS about updating the WOMEN’s project there was no hesitation. They said let’s do it, and they have been extraordinary in every way. It is such a big undertaking and a broad subject, it is like going out and photographing the ocean.”
Aligned with the focus UBS places on education, the free learning programmes accompanying the exhibition will explore ways of seeing through photography, working with young people in local schools, universities and communities. On weekends, free family workshops will be presented for the duration of the exhibition run. A Teachers’ Guide produced in partnership with the International Center of Photography in New York and a Children’s Activity Guide are available to teachers and the public on the exhibition website. UBS are also presenting a talks programme, ‘Women for Women’ through 2016. These events will accompany the exhibition tour and address topics of global relevance to women and women’s rights.
Annie Leibovitz (b. 1949) has been making powerful images documenting popular culture since the early 1970s, when she began working as a photojournalist for Rolling Stone. She became the magazine’s chief photographer in 1973, and ten years later began working for Vanity Fair and then Vogue. Her large and distinguished body of work encompasses some of the best-known portraits of our time. Exhibitions of Leibovitz’s work have been shown at museums and galleries around the world, including the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C.; the International Center of Photography in New York; the Brooklyn Museum; the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam; the National Portrait Gallery in London; and the State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia. Her work is held in museum collections from the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; and the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington D.C. to the National Portrait Gallery in L ondon. She has published several collections of photographs and is the recipient of many honours. In 2006 she was made a ‘Commandeur’ in the ‘Ordre des Arts et des Lettres’ by the French government. In 2009, she received the International Center of Photography’s Lifetime Achievement Award, the first Creative Excellence Award from the American Society of Magazine Editors, and the Centenary Medal of the Royal Photographic Society in London. In 2012, she was the recipient of the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art Award to Distinguished Women in the Arts and the Wexner Prize. In 2013 she received the Prince of Asturias Award for Communication and Humanities. In 2015 she received SFMoMA’s Contemporary Vision Award. She has been designated a Living Legend by the Library of Congress.
Tanjong Pagar Railway Station
Main Hall, 30 Keppel Road, Singapore, 089059
29 April – 22 May 2016
Monday – Sunday, 10am – 6pm, Friday late until 8pm.
WOMEN: New Portraits
Hosted in London, Tokyo and San Francisco, the exhibition is additionally travelling to Hong Kong, Mexico City, Istanbul, Frankfurt, New York, and Zurich in the next 10 months.