PRINT October 1963


Imogene Cunning­ham at Richmond Art Center

IN 1961, Imogene Cunning­ham saw an exhibit of the Richmond, California, primitive sculptor, John Roeder, and was so fascinated by what she saw that she spent two hours with him, scurrying around, climbing over bushes for more perceptive angles, pho­tographing him and his work. It is re­ported that when Roeder saw the photo­graphs, he burst into tears, because Miss Cunningham’s camera so intimate­ly revealed him to himself.

It is a pity that these are not the photographs Miss Cunningham shows in Richmond, since the photographs exhi­bited here reveal no such dynamic rap­port. They are rather formal and static; three of the eight, made from exactly the same point of view, show Roeder sitting with his hands folded—although the study of Roeder’s sculpture in the adjoining garden makes it appear un­likely that this pose is so typical that it should occupy such a large part of the show. His sculpture seems to have been made by a man whose hands are as restless as his imagination. This set of photographs does not represent either Miss Cunningham or Mr. Roeder at his best.

––Margery Mann