Who is David Raymond?

(by Ann Batchelder)

B9317621011Z.1_20150611102606_000_GE2B17UA7.1-0On Sunday morning, April 3, photo+craft offers a rare opportunity to hear David Raymond speak, along with Hedy Fischer and Randy Shull, in an event called “Building a Collection” (moderated by David Brown) at the Black Mountain College Museum and Arts Center in downtown Asheville. 

Whether you are interested in contemporary art, the history of photography, how collectors think or what the David Raymond Surreal800Collection and Shull/Fischer Collection encompass, you will be fascinated by this talk. Check out the photo+craft schedule and mark your calendar!

David Raymond is a welcomed addition to Asheville’s creative community. An internationaly-recognized art collector, Raymond is also an artist and film maker/producer.

imagesNumerous publications, including Art and Antiques and the Art Market Guide, have named David as a top-100 American collector. From 2000-2004, Raymond served as an advisor to the Getty Museum and in 2006 he served as the Artistic Director for Magnum Photo’s Paris Photo presence.

In 2007, the Cleveland Museum of Art acquired and was gifted a portion of his surrealist and modernist photography collection. The exhibition, “Forbidden Games: Surrealist and Modernist Photography, The David Raymond Collection” opened in the fall of 41jErSjOivL._SX258_BO1,204,203,200_2014-2015 at the CMA, and included works by Brassaï, Jacques-Henri Lartigue, El Lissitzky, Man Ray, Herbert Matter, Roger Parry and others. Among the highlights are 23 images by Pablo Picasso’s lover Dora Maar. (An exquisite catalog accompanied the exhibition)

The Cleveland Museum of Art writes:
“Beginning in the 1990s, art collector and filmmaker David Raymond judiciously sought out vintage prints from the 1920s through the 1940s that reflect the eye images-2in its wild state (l’oeil a l’état sauvage), remaining true to the spirit of André Breton, a founder of surrealism. Raymond’s holdings of surrealist and modernist photography were distinguished by their quality, breadth, and rarity of subject matter. In 2007, the Cleveland Museum of Art made a major, transformative acquisition by procuring that collection, one of the most important holdings of twentieth-century surrealist photography that remained in private hands.

“Vertiginous camera angles, odd croppings, and exaggerated tones and perspectives are hallmarks of the two principal photographic movements of the period, surrealism and modernism. As with images-3surrealist efforts in other media, artists making photographs also aimed to explore the irrational and the chance encounter—magic and the mundane—filtered through the unconscious defined by Sigmund Freud. Eventually, photography became a preeminent tool of surrealist visual culture.”

“Buiding a Collection” is one of many exceptional events highlighting the March 31-April 3 photo+craft weekend. See the entire schedule here.

For more information on presenters David Raymond, Hedy Fischer and Randy Shull and moderator David Brown, go to photocraftavl.com/presenters.

David Raymond photo by Jethro Waters from an interview printed in the Citizen-Times.

All other photos from “Forbidden Games: Surrealist and Modernist Photography, The David Raymond Collection

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