TINA FREEMAN: Artist Spaces
Sep 08, 2017 — May 05, 2018
Guest curated by Bradley Sumrall
Tina Freeman: Artist Spaces captures the studio practices of contemporary artists based in New Orleans and features a compelling display of photographic images of individual artist’s workspaces, paired with three-dimensional examples of each artist’s work. This exhibition originated in 2014 at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art, and also in book form, published by UL Press and co-authored by Tina Freeman and Morgan Molthrop. Tina Freeman is a New Orleans-based photographer specializing in landscapes, architecture and interiors.
Artist Spaces is a continuation of Freeman’s longstanding photographic interests. It began with shooting her friend, Andy Warhol, in a Paris apartment in 1975. Freeman bought her first SLR digital camera in 2005, and asked artist George Dureau if she could document his studio on Dauphine Street. After seeing the results, she decided to continue with this project and survey the practices of additional artists. At this point the project includes twenty-one artist studios in the Louisiana area, including the working spaces of Luis Cruz Azaceta, Keith Calhoun and Chandra McCormick, George Dureau, Ron Bechet, Ma-Po Kinnord-Payton, George Dunbar, Dawn Dedeaux, Elizabeth Shannon, Willie Birch, Ersy, David Halliday, Stephen Coenen, Robert Tannen and Jeanne Nathan, Elenora Rukiya Brown, Nicole Charbonnet, Kevin Kline, Amy Weiskopf, Keith Duncan, Josephine Sacabo, Lin Emery, and graffiti artist Fat Kids from Outer Space.
For the past thirty-five years, Tina Freeman’s photography has focused on revealing interior subjects through the exploration of physical environments and natural light. In addition to architecture and interiors in her native New Orleans and around the United States and Europe, Freeman’s subjects include urban warehouses and Louisiana’s natural landscape and backcountry swamps.
Earlier in her career as an editorial photographer, Freeman produced photographs for Color: Natural Palettes for Painted Rooms (1992), which described ways to incorporate colors inspired by nature into home interiors. More recently, Longue Vue House and Gardens, a photographic study of one of New Orleans’s notable twentieth-century homes and formal gardens, was published by Skira Rizzoli Publications in 2015.
Freeman’s photographs have also been published by The New York Times Magazine, Art and Antiques, Connoisseur, House & Garden, Elle Decor, and Architectural Digest. In addition to receiving an “Art in Public Places” commission from National Endowment for the Arts, Freeman’s work has been exhibited in New Orleans, New York, Los Angeles, London and Moscow, and is included in permanent collections of the Bibliotheque Nationale de France (Paris), the National Media Museum (Bradford, UK), the New Orleans Museum of Art, and the Luiciano Benetton Imago Mundi Collection in Italy. In the 1970s, Freeman photographed Andy Warhol in New York and Paris, capturing the image of Warhol used for the cover of the French edition of his book, Ma Philosophie de A à B.
Formerly a Senior Curator of Photography at the New Orleans Museum of Art, Freeman and is the current President of the Decatur Studio in New Orleans.