American Beauty: The Opulent Pre-Depression Architecture of Detroit

This exhibition presents the large format photographic work of Canadian photographer Philip Jarmain. Since 2010, Jarmain has been documenting the increasingly rapid destruction of Detroit’s early twentieth-century buildings. His emphasis in this work is on the architecture itself of these vanishing edifices: the form and the detail. In Jarmain’s own words: “These are the last large format architectural photographs for many of these structures.” Twenty fine art prints, 4 x 6 and 5 x 7 feet in size, depicting the interiors and exteriors of monumental public buildings, are installed on the three floors of Meridian Gallery. These images comprise the core of the exhibition. This is work of great visual impact, the scale and definition of the images translate into a space that the viewer enters, a physical presence that one feels, and history that one contemplates.

Exhibition Opening

Event Details:


  • When: 

    Saturday, September 7, 2013

  • Where: 

    Meridian Gallery
    535 Powell St.
    San Fransisco

  • More information: 

    Event website.

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