' Susan Wides
Susan Wides
this: seasons
November 16 - December 22, 2017

Press Release

Drawing on an alliance with the Catskills environment, these works propose a renewal of vision, an experiential encounter between the self and nature out in the world, rather than an encounter mediated by technological devices. this: seasons reflects upon our distance from our imperiled environment in the anthropocene.

Working on-site, a camera and the unique focal properties of its lenses map the immediacy of sensory awareness and impermanence. Focal manipulations—from sharp depiction to defocused abstracted elements—indicate shifting and elusive perceptual awareness experienced amidst light, air, water, rocks and trees. The way the eye seamlessly darts from place to place, selective attention, memory, and the movement of the body through space all coalesce in a multivalent visualization of a site via the lens.

The photographs of this: seasons were made in the Kaaterskill Clove, the inspiration for the Hudson River School artists. Luminous color and light and a persistent sense of place animate both Wides’ photographs and the Hudson River School paintings. Those paintings were grounded in a vision of a grand, majestic nature that reflected 19th century ideas about imperialist expansion. Today, the dominance and acceleration of technology have deeply affected our relationship to time and space and have corroded our ability to be truly present. Created in a time when nature is degraded and in urgent need of preservation, this: seasons pushes us not to merely exist in our environment, but to directly engage with phenomena.

These photographs are inspired by the historic and cultural influences that vibrate in a setting and by how we gather up these bits of data to form an idea of a landscape. Merleau-Ponty wrote of Cezanne that he depicted “an object in the act of disappearing, organizing itself before our eyes.” His words articulate Wides’ desire to capture the immersive act of beholding. Through manipulations of light and space in the photographs, Wides seeks to slow down the moment of observing so we can see deeply into the meaning of a landscape and contemplate where we are.





2016           ‘T’ Space, Rhinebeck, New York

2013            Kim Foster Gallery, New York All the Worlds

2011            Hudson River Museum, New York Hudson: Mannahatta to Kaaterskill

2010            Kim Foster Gallery, New York Art & Entertainment

2007            Kim Foster Gallery, New York Mannahatta

2006            Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art, SUNY New Paltz, NY Hudson River Landscape

2005            Kim Foster Gallery, New York Kaaterskill

2003            Kim Foster Gallery, New York Arachnoid

2001            Kim Foster Gallery, New York Fresh Kills

2000            Center for Creative Photography, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ Name of the Rose

1999            Barry Singer Gallery, Petaluma, CA

1998            Kim Foster Gallery, New York Mobile Views

1996            Kim Foster Gallery, New York Signs, flowers and other memories

John Jay College Gallery, New York You’ll Be History

1993            Metropolitan Transit Authority Arts for Transit Exhibition, New York The Name of the Rose. Bowling Green & Yankee Stadium Subway Stations (through 1995)

1991            Art in General, New York Past & Present

1990            Urbi et Orbi Galerie, Paris, France World of Wax

PS 122, New York Femme Fatality

The Hudson River Museum, Westchester, NY Emerald City & Strange Love

Visual Studies Workshop, Rochester, NY

1984            Hidden Noise, New York, NY



2017            Haifa Museum of Art, Haifa, Israel, The Wax Museum: Approaching Celebrities

2015-17      US Art in Embassies Program, Ankara, Turkey 

2015            The Hewitt Gallery, Marymount Manhattan College, New York, NY

Athens Cultural Center “Taking Root: Caniskek and the Meeting of Two Worlds

2014            CRIO, Hudson, NY, Heavy Equipment

Eastern Standard, Catskill, NY, Indirect Lines to the Hudson River School

2013            Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center, Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, NY Recent Acquisitions

Scenic Hudson 50 Anniversary Exhibit, Of Time and Place curated by Kate Menconeri, Hudson Opera House, Grand Central Station and other locations along the Hudson

2012            Howard Greenberg Gallery, New York, NY New York in Color

Westport Art Center, Westport, CT Toy Stories curated by Helen During & Dominick Lombardi

Islip Art Museum, Islip, New York Urban/ Suburban

Tremaine Gallery, Hotchkiss School, CT Fabricated curated by Melissa Stafford

Prographica, Seattle, WA Landscape: Urban and Rural curated by Norman Lundin

2011            Athens Cultural Center, Athens, NY Constant Gardeners: Susan Wides and Jim Holl

Kim Foster Gallery, New York, NY Monkey Spoon curated by Dominick Lombardi

Brik Gallery, Catskill, NY Cowgirls of the Hudson curated by Richard Timperio

2010            Alan Klotz Gallery, New York, NY Coming of Spring

Center for Photography, Woodstock, NY PQ:IOO

Fotofest 2010 Biennial, Houston, TX Re-Imagining Place

2009            Philoctetes Center, New York, NY Hive/Web/Mind curated by Hallie Cohen

Nicole Fiacco Gallery, Hudson, NY Upstate

Alan Klotz Gallery, New York, NY Seeing the Hudson

2008            Center for Photography, Woodstock, NY, Triennial 2008

2007            Samuel Dorsky Museum at SUNY New Paltz NY Defining Art: New Acquisitions

2006            Cornell Fine Art Museum, Rollins College, FL Revising Arcadia: The Landscape in Contemporary Art curated by Luanne McKinnon

Kim Foster Gallery, New York, NY Terrain

Kleinert James Art Center, Woodstock, NY Unexpected Catskills curated by Portia Munson

Center For Photography, Woodstock, NY

2005            New Jersey Center For The Visual Arts, NJ Among the Trees curated by Kimberly Marrero
2003            Kim Foster Gallery, New York, NY

2002            Here is New York: A Democracy of Photographs worldwide traveling exhibition

New Gallery, University of Miami, FL Land

Center For Photography, Woodstock, NY

2001            Snug Harbor Cultural Center, Staten Island, NY Fresh Kills: To the Closure

Municipal Arts Society, New York, NY Fresh Kills: To the Closure

Museum of Contemporary Art, Baltimore, MD Snapshot

2000            Middlebury College Museum of Art, Middlebury, VT, After Eden: Garden Varieties in Contemporary Art. Artists: Beuys, Campus, Goldsworthy, Graham, Holzer, Marshall, Wides, et al.

Center for Creative Photography, University of Arizona, Tuscon, AZ Recent Acquisitions

The Museum of the City of New York, NY New York Now Artists: Epstein, Lutter, Morrell, Moore, Wides et al

Center for Photography, Woodstock, NY

Karen McCready Gallery, New York, NY My Girlfriend Iris

Herbert Johnson Museum, Cornell University, Syracuse, NY One man’s eye: photographs from the Alan Siegel collection

1999            Guild Hall Museum, East Hampton, NY Souvenirs: Collecting, Memory and Visual Culture

Wessel O’Connor Gallery, NY Women curated by Vince Aletti

Pingree Gallery, East Hampton, NY Landscape: Three Views

Castle Gallery, College of New Rochelle, NY Psychological Realism

1998            Joseloff Gallery, Hartford Art School, University of Hartford, CT Beyond the Label

Troyer Fitzpatrick Lassman, Washington D.C.

1997            The High Museum of Art, Atlanta, Georgia, Museum Studies curated by Ellen Fleurov

Artists: Sugimoto, Wides, Wilson, et al.

1995            Ronald Feldman Fine Arts, New York, NY

1994            Princeton University Art Museum, New Jersey, Apples & Oranges: Contemporary Artists and  the Emerson / Rejlander Debate curated by Ellen Handy

Carl D’Aquino Gallery, New York, NY

1993            Princeton University Art Museum, Princeton University, New Jersey, Recent Acquisitions:  Contemporary Photography curated by Peter Bunnell. Artists: Barney, Heineken, Parr, Simpson, Wides, et al.

Julie Saul Gallery, New York, NY. Foreign Ferns: Botanical Studies from Talbot to the Present. Traveled to Hiram Butler Gallery, TX

SF Camerawork, San Francisco, CA Paradise Lost­

Jersey City Museum, Jersey City, NJ, Contacts/ Proofs curated by Gary Sangster

Marymount Manhattan College Gallery, New York, NY

1992            Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA curated by Maurice Tuchman

The Center for Photography, Woodstock, NY The Surrogate Figure: Intercepted Identities in Contemporary Photography. Artists: Barrette, Bieber, Ellis, Ross, Simmons, Wides.        Traveled to the Rosa Esman Gallery, New York, NY and the Cooley Memorial Art Gallery, Portland, OR, curated by Julia Ballerini

The New York Public Library, New York, NY, Selections from the Collection

Deson Saunders Gallery, Chicago, IL, Artforms

The Bronx Museum of the Arts, Bronx, NY

1991            Pierre Bernard Gallery, Nice, France. Sphinx: Bill Henson, Thomas Ruff, Susan Wides

Coup de Grace Gallery, New York, NY

Herron Gallery, Indianapolis Center Contemporary Art, Indiana

1990            Soho Center of Visual Arts, New York, NY Made in Photography

Trenkmann Gallery, New York, NY

1989            Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, NY Recent Acquisitions curated by Barbara Millstein

Squibb Gallery, Princeton, NJ Fictive Strategies: Actuality and Originality in Contemporary Art. Artists: Casebere, Lawler, Levinthal, Samaras, Sherman, Simmons, Wides, et al.

1988            The Burden Gallery, Aperture Foundation, NY Suitable for Display: Museum, Spectacle, History. Artists: Faust, Ladda, Neumaier, Ross, Wides



La Bibliotheque Nationale de France

The Brooklyn Museum

Center for Creative Photography

Center for Photography

Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center, Vassar College

Hudson River Museum

Indiana University Museum

International Center for Photography

JP Morgan Chase

Kenyon College

Museum of the City of New York

New York Public Library

Norton Museum of Art

New School for Social Research

Norton Museum of Art

The Art Museum, Princeton University

Samuel Dorsky Museum, SUNY New Paltz, NY



2011            New York in Color. Published by Abrams. Shamis, Robert

Susan Wides: Hudson Valley: Manahatta to Kaaterskill, Published by the Hudson River  Museum. Bland, Bartholomew; Panetta, Roger

Horizontal New York. Published by Rizzoli. Kennedy, Marla Hamburg

2010            Lives of the Hudson, Published by Prestel. Lewis, Tom; Berry, Ian

FotoFest 2010 Biennial Contemporary U.S. Photography. Co-published by Schilt Publishing, Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Catalogue for the exhibition.

2006            Focus, Contrast, History: Susan Wides and the Cultural Landscape. Catalogue for the exhibition at The Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art. Wolf, Reva

Among the Trees. Catalogue for the exhibition at The New Jersey Center for Visual Arts. Marrero, Kimberly

Revising Arcadia: The Landscape in Contemporary Art. Catalogue for the exhibition at The Cornell Museum. McKinnon, E. Luanne

2005            Alive and Looking. Catalogue for the ‘Kaaterskill’ show at Kim Foster Gallery. Rexer, Lyle

2002            Here is New York: A Democracy of Photographs. Published by Scalo. George, Alice Rose;  Peress, Gilles; Shuland, Michael; Traub, Charles

2000            One Man’s Eye, Photographs from Alan Siegel Collection. Harry N. Abrams 2000.  Sobieszek, Robert; Siegel, Alan.

The Perception of Perception.  Catalogue for exhibition at Kim Foster Gallery.  Handy, Ellen.

1998            Paradise Lost, The Garden in Art. Catalogue for exhibition at Middlebury College Museum of  Art.  Heartney, Eleanor

Mobile Views at Kim Foster Gallery.  Catalogue for exhibition.  Frank, Madelyn

1996            Signs flower and other memories. Catalogue for exhibition at Kim Foster Gallery. Ballerini,  Julia

1993            Foreign Ferns.  Essay for gallery exhibition at Julie Saul Gallery.  Fineman, Mia

1992            The Surrogate Figure.  Catalogue for traveling exhibition originating at The Center for Photography at Woodstock.  Ballerini, Julia

1990            World of Wax. Catalogue for exhibition at Urbi et Orbi Galerie. Dusein, Gilles

1989            Fictive Strategies. Catalogue for exhibition at Squibb Gallery.  Rauch, Joseph

1988            Suitable for Display: Museum, Spectacle, History. Catalogue for exhibition at The Burden Gallery. Samore, Sam; Dietz, Steve



2013            Artnews Magazine, “Review: Susan Wides” September. Robertson, Rebecca

2012            Harper’s Magazine, “Witnessing the birth of Occupy Wall Street,’’ February. Schneider, Nathan (photographs)

The Guardian, “New York in Color – Review of Howard Greenberg Gallery Exhibition” March 9. Conrad, Peter

Chronogram, “On the Cover: Susan Wides” September. Gutman, Jennifer. (also video interview)

2011            The New York Times, “Perspectives Along the Urban-Rural Spectrum” July 22. Hodara, Susan

The New York Times “LENS: Rediscovering the Urban Palette” September 30. Gonzalez, David

AI_AP/DART, “Susan Wides: Hudson” August 18. Roalf, Peggy

Westchester Magazine, “Susan Wides at Hudson River Museum” April/May. Ann, Kathleen

2010            Artnews Magazine, “Review: Susan Wides” September. Robertson, Rebecca

The New Yorker, “Susan Wides at Kim Foster” May 30. Aletti, Vince

The Woodstock Times,“Shift and tilt” April 2. Smart, Paul

2009            Harper’s Magazine, “The General Electric Superfraud: Why the Hudson River will never run clean” December. Gargill, David (photographs)

2008            Big, Red & Shiny, “Interview with Susan Wides”  Dugan, Jess

Photography Quarterly, “The Camera Always Lies” PQ #99. Wilson, Beth E.

2007            The New Yorker, “Susan Wides at Kim Foster” Dec 12. Aletti, Vince

Chronogram, “Portfolio:  Susan Wides” December. Wilson, Beth E.

Village Voice, “Best in Show:  Susan Wides Mannahatta”, December 12. Baker, RC

2006             Art in America, “Susan Wides at Kim Foster” June/July. Ebony, David

The Believer, “Ancient Trees and the Seeds of our America” February. Strand, Ginger

2005            The Woodstock Times “Wides’ open spaces” Sept 16. Smart, Paul

This Week in New York “Susan Wides: Kaaterskill” Sept. 28

New York, “Because, Well, Look Around” Dec 26-Jan2, pp. 88-89. Bonanos, Christopher

2004            Hampton Jitney, “Artist’s Perspective” August.  Gifford, Helen

Swink Magazine, “Against Connoiseurship” April. Strand, Ginger

2003            New York Times, “Susan Wides at Kim Foster Gallery” Feb 28. Johnson, Ken

Village Voice, “Critic’s Short List, Susan Wides” March 3. Aletti, Vince

2wice, “Glow: Downtown” Vol.6 No.2. pp 96-99 (photos) Miller, J. Abbott

Papotage, “Arachnoid by Susan Wides” May

2001            Photo Insider, “Susan Wides: From Landfills to Wax Museums” July/August. Pollack, Barbara

DoubleTake, “Mobile Views, Fresh Kills Landfill” Summer issue (photos). Wides, Susan

Artchitecture, “Talking Trash” June issue. Bernstein, Fred

Harper’s Magazine, “Readings” June issue (photo)

Architecture, ‘Freshkills Landfill,’ May issue (photo)

2000            The Southampton Press, “The Transformational Power of Film” June 1. Cummings, Mary

New York Magazine, Cue Section, ‘Municipal Art Society,’ April (photo)

The New York Times, “What Makes New York ‘the’ City and Not ‘a’ City,” 8. 25. Goldberg, Vicki

The Village Voice, “Voice Choices: Susan Wides” May 20. Aletti, Vince

1999            The Sunday New York Times, “Up-To-Date Ideas From Emerging Talents” May 2.Braff, Phyllis

The East Hampton Star, “Subterranean Collaborator,” August 15. Watson, Sasha

The Village Voice, Voice Choices, April 17-May 25.  Aletti, Vince

The Washington Post, “Shooting Rules” February 5. Smith, Watson

1997            Atlanta Journal/Constitution, “Photos at Museums Cabinet of Curiosities” May 30. Cullum, Jerry

1996            Camerawork, “Genius loci, Ingenious Locations, and Landscape Photography Today” Volume 23 No. 2 Winter. Handy, Ellen

The Object as Subject, “Recasting Ancestry” Ballerini, Julia

The Village Voice, Voice Choices, April 2. Aletti, Vince

1993            The New York Times “Foreign Ferns” December 17, Hagen, Charles

New Yorker “Goings on About Town” December 27

The Bay Guardian “Critic’s Choice Art”, February 3. Roche, Harry

1992                ARTFORUM, “The Magic Kingdom of the Museum” April. Kuspit, Donald

The New York Times, “How to Warm a Post Modernist’s Heart” .2. 9. Vicki Goldberg,

The Village Voice, Voice Choices, March 24. Aletti, Vince

The Oregonian, February 9. Gragg, Randy

1991            Harvard Magazine, “Visual Communications Award,” July-August

Afterimage “Waxing Profound” January. Shattuc, Jane

The Indianapolis Star “Omnibus Exhibit” November 18. Cunningham, Anne

1990            Le Monde “Fausses Realities” May 29. Roegiers, Patrick

Le Monde, “Susan Wides” May 24. Beuve Mery, Hubert

Gannet Westchester Papers “Hudson River Museum” 9/21. Gouveia, Georgette

The New York Times, “In Yonkers, Art with a River View” October 14

Democrat & Chronicle “Transforming Reality, March 11. Netsky, Ron

1989            The New York Times “Photographic Works of Fantasy” 3/12. Raynor, Vivian

Cliches Magazine, “Gilles Dusein: Galeriste, Acrobate, Collectionneur” issue #56

The Brooklyn Museum, Exhibition Poster Image “Selected Photographs”

The Princeton Packet, “Fictive Strategies” March 10, Sinclair, Estelle

1988            The New York Observer, “Photographs Deconstruct Museums”, November 7, Coleman, A.D.

1987            New York Daily News “Musee to Wax Anew” January 16. Farrell, Bill

1985            The Village Voice, “The End of the World in Wax” April 15. Trebay, Guy



1978            Indiana University, Bloomington, IN,

Bachelor of Arts in Fine Art

Studied with Henry Holmes Smith

Area of Specialization:  Photography

1974-5   Kenyon College, Gambier, OH