COLUMBUS, Ohio —
At the Wexner, the Master Set is arranged chronologically and takes up the entire gallery space. A second collection of 78 of on display titled "Pilgrimage" are her photos of interiors, landscapes and objects of historical figures taken throughout the United States and Great Britain.
The earliest photo in the Master Set, "American Soldiers and Mary, Queen of the Negritos," was taken at Clark Air Force Base in the Philippines in 1968.
The newest, taken in 2009 and simply titled "Niagara Falls " is a dramatic look from the top of the falls. So powerful is its imagery, it feels like the rushing waters can pull you over the precipice. Fittingly, the work from the Pilgrimage collection is mounted at the top of a staircase connecting the Wexner’s two main gallery spaces and is a sensational preface to the rest of the exhibit.
A few of my favorite Liebovitz works in the exhibit include Bette Midler lying on a bed of rose petals, taken as a promo for the film, "The Rose; two side-by-side portraits of Barack and Michelle Obama; and a portrait of Queen Elizabeth shot at Buckingham Palace in March 2007 that shows the queen gazing towards a large open window and reveals some of the room’s furnishings and a reflection of a chandelier in a mirror.
A third, informal component of the Liebovitz exhibit is mounted on the "Wall" in the Wexner lobby and includes feature portraits and related prints taken by Liebovitz of artists who have appeared at the Wexner over the years.
On Nov. 9-11, Liebovitz will visit the Center to accept the Wexner Prize, given to "a contemporary artist in any field who has been consistently original, influential and challenging to convention." During her visit Liebovitz will deliver a talk that’s open to the public.