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The Van Gogh Affect
September 24, 2021- March 27, 2022
Kennedy Museum of Art
Athens, Ohio

“The Van Gogh Affect” is an exhibition of work by award-winning photographers Lynn Johnson and Patricia Lanza, addressing the artist Vincent Van Gogh’s profound and ever-present influence on contemporary perceptions of the world. Simultaneously contemplating and reaffirming Van Gogh’s resounding posthumous influence over art and culture of the 19th, 20th, and 21st centuries, Johnson and Lanza offer evocative insight into the artist’s uniquely sensitive lived experience of place and light.

The exhibition includes images Johnson created 25 years ago for a National Geographic story, Lullaby in Color, which the photojournalist has called “a meditation on why we, as humans, need creativity in our core — why the art spirit is a life force that can fuel both wonder and addiction.”

[Image: Anne Desmarest, photographed 25 years apart in the Saint-Paul Asylum, Saint- Rémy-de-Provence, France. ©Lynn Johnson]