Roger Ballen at the Smithsonian

Lines, Marks and Drawings: Through the Lens of Roger Ballen

June 19th, 2013 - February 9th, 2014


On view were 55 works and one video that traced Ballen's use of line and drawing in his photographs over the past four decades. His early vintage silver gelatin photographs show a minimal approach to line. Selected works from Ballen's most recent series, Asylum of the Birds (2008-2014), show how the artist more directly integrates drawing into theatrical settings dominated by birds.