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Anne Collier

Developing Tray #2

February 2012 – February 2012

Billboard next to the High Line at 18th Street and 10th Avenue

February 1 – 29, 2012

Anne Collier is known for a series of works in which she explores the mysterious connections that tie photography, identity, and media. The artist engages her audience through enigmatic visual content, often appropriated from popular culture, fashion magazines, and vintage images of the 1970s and 1980s. Her work establishes a tension between what an image looks like and what it is suggesting. Often incorporating pictures of celebrities, pop stars, and icons of fashion, Collier’s images analyze the photographic process, showing the tools that allow us to create pictures and exposing the mechanics by which the image-making industry manipulates and constructs desires.

For the High Line, Collier presents Developing Tray #2, a photograph she took in 2009 and is revisiting now for the larger-than-life billboard format. The image depicts a developing tray containing a print of a wide open eye – the artist’s eye – submerged in photographic developing fluid. Enlarged to gigantic dimensions and floating amidst a vast, intense black space on High Line Billboard, the eye stares back at the viewer, establishing a confrontational dialogue with passers-by.

Photos courtesy of Friends of the High Line.

Artist bio

Anne Collier (b. 1970, California) lives and works in New York. Upcoming solo exhibitions of Collier’s work include The Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago (2014) and the Modern Institute, Glasgow (2014). Collier’s work has been the subject of numerous important solo exhibitions including Anton Kern Gallery, New York (2012); Corvi-Mora, London (2011); Galerie Giti Nourbakhsch, Berlin (2009); ArtPace, San Antonio (2009); and the Bonner Kunsverein, Bonn (2008). Her work has featured at international venues such as the Guggenheim, Bilbao; Garage Center for Contemporary Culture, Moscow; Palais de Tokyo, Paris; and the Institute of Contemporary Art, London. She was also included in the Gwangju Biennale, South Korea (2010); Whitney Biennial, New York (2006); and the exhibition Greater New York at MoMA P.S.1, New York (2005).


High Line Art is presented by Friends of the High Line and the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation. High Line Art is supported by Vital Projects Fund, Inc., and, in part, with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. In-kind support provided by Maharam.

Space for High Line Billboard is donated by