Abe Frajndlich

Curated by Jill Snyder

March 15, 2019July 28, 2019

In celebration of moCa’s 50th anniversary the Museum will presents a special collection of portraits by Cleveland based artist Abe Frajndlich (1946, Frankfurt, Germany). Frajndlich is internationally recognized for his work photographing artists, celebrities, and cultural icons over the span of his long career. moCa will present a series of intimate portraits of significant artists and figures from the Museum’s 50 year legacy. This body of portraits includes depictions of artists such as Christo, who wrapped moCa’s The New Gallery, Robert Rauschenberg, whose work has been presented at moCa over a dozen times, and Laurie Anderson, who was shown at moCa early in her career.  

Abe Frajndlich is best known for his portraits of artists, some of whom are among the most important contemporary artists of our time including Cindy Sherman, Annie Leibovitz, Thomas Struth, Duane Michals, Andreas Feininger, Imogen Cunningham, Lucas Samaras, and Gordon Parks among many others. This legacy exhibition continues the Museum’s long relationship with one of Cleveland’s most celebrated artists--Abe Frajndlich and offers a snapshot into moCa’s history and pioneering spirit.

Abe Frajndlich is a freelance art, magazine, and commercial photographer. Has worked for Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Life, ArtNews, London Sunday Times, London Observer, Vanity Fair, and many others in the U.S. and Europe. His most recent book, Penelope's Hungry Eyes: Portraits of Famous Photographers, was published by Schirmer/Mosel in 2011. His work has been widely presented in solo and group exhibitions at venues that include: Kunsthaus Rhenania, Koln, Germany; Leica Gallery, New York; University of Delaware Museum of Art, Newark, DE; Galerie Tammen, Berlin, Germany; New York Historical Society, New York; The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH; Ringling Museum, Sarasota, FL; The Museum of Modern Art, New York; Paule Pia, Antwerp, Belgium; and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Cambridge, Mass. Frajndlich’s work is held in numerous museum and private collections.