AMANDA MEANS (b. 1950)

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Project Description

Amanda Means was raised in a small upstate New York farming community and moved to New York City over 35 years ago. She holds a BA from Cornell University and a MFA from SUNY, Buffalo. Her artwork reflects a sense of nature within a crowded, urban environment. Initially, the artist photographed tangles of underbrush in the countryside and printed the results in her lower Manhattan darkroom. The tangles represented the chaotic setting that surrounded her. Later on, she photographed leaves and flowers without a camera. Currently, Means continues to explore the city/nature duality by photographing light bulbs, botanicals, and water glasses, emphasizing how the mysterious presence of natural forces can be found not only in natural forms, but also in mass-produced, industrial objects. Means is a master black-and-white printer, and has created prints for Robert Mapplethorpe, Roni Horn, and the Smithsonian Institution.

Means has exhibited her work at the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, the Harvard Museum of Natural History, and the International Center for Photography. Her work has been reviewed in such publications as The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Boston Sunday Globe, and The New Yorker. Collections of her work can be found at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and the Whitney Museum of American Art, among others.

Artist’s website:
Artist’s wiki: Amanda_Means


T Magazine by New York Times by Scott Hall
Fluence by Edward M. Gomez


Glass and Light, 2008
Amanda Means, 2001


Harvard Museum of Natural History