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National Gallery Announces Upcoming Shows Through 2014

Four major photography shows are on the slate, as well as a Roy Lichtenstein retrospective.

The National Gallery can’t be accused of neglecting photography as an art form. In the past 12 months alone it’s done shows featuring Juan Laurent, Harry Callahan, and Lewis Baltz; as well as the West Building’s current exhibition of street photography by artists such as Robert Frank, Walker Evans, and Beat Streuli.

That trend is set to continue over the next two years—the NGA released its lineup of exhibitions through 2014 this week, and the list includes four major photography shows. The first, “The Serial Portrait: Photography and Identity in the Last One Hundred Years,” opens September 30 and explores the changing role of the medium over the past century. It’s followed by an exhibition looking at manipulated photography pre-Photoshop (opening February 2013), the first US show dedicated to French photographer Charles Marville (opening in September 2013), and an exhibition of work by American photographer Garry Winogrand (opening in March 2014).

Also coming in the fall is “Shock of the News,” which looks at how 20th-century artists have been inspired by newspapers, from their fonts and images to their roles as cultural microcosms. The rest of the lineup includes a major Roy Lichtenstein retrospective opening in October, a survey of the Pre-Raphaelite movement in spring of 2013, and a printmaking show exploring the artists who worked at Crown Point Press between 1972 and 2010 (including John Cage, Chuck Close, and Richard Diebenkorn).

For more information on the National Gallery’s upcoming exhibitions, visit

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