Woman and Thistle, 1953/2013
pigment on paper
image 12 x 9
|Wynn Bullock's work received early recognition in 1941, when the Los Angeles County Museum of Art staged his first solo exhibition. He became internationally recognized in the mid-1950s when two of his photographs were included in New York MoMA's famous Family of Man exhibition.
For the next twenty years, Bullock's creative journey was guided by an intense interest in questions about the structure of the universe and humanity's place within it. Drawn to the spirit of experimentation that marked scientific and philosophic endeavors of his day, Bullock used knowledge about quantum physics, special relativity, and the space-time continuum as a reference point for his own intuitive and deeply personal explorations of the world. Photography for Bullock was a way of meditating on the idea that there is much more to the world than is commonly understood through ordinary perception, and he was passionate about pursuing and sharing that revelation through his art.
Shortly before his death in 1975, Bullock became one of the five founding artists whose archives established the University of Arizona's Center for Creative Photography. His work is featured in the permanent collections of more than ninety institutions, in three films, and numerous publications.
Prepared by Barbara Bullock-Wilson, 2014