“He is an artist of the great style, and the indication of the great style is that it is not seen," wrote Arvydas Šliogeris in a statement about photographer Antanas Sutkus' new virtual exhibition "Antanas Sutkus. Without A Name." Organised by the Art Department of The Martynas Mažvydas National Library of Lithuania, the exhibit marks the photographer's 75th birthday.
Antanas Sutkus
© DELFI / Kiril Čachovskij

"Rough copies" of the works are shown in the exhibition. The exhibit features, Sutkus' lesser-known and older works, some of which have only been seen by a few people. These sets are called "Vilnius. Gediminas (Cathedral) Square" and "New Constructions in Antakalnis" and they are as mesmerizing as his best works.

Personal photos of artist’s childhood, youth, study, travel, work moments are kept in the separate section.

Antanas Sutkus is the winner of the National Culture and Art Prize, also the most well-known Lithuanian photographer, the leader of the first Lithuanian generation of artistic photographers. Together with colleagues, he built the foundations of the Lithuanian photography school in the 1960s, established the first Photography Art Association in the Soviet Union, which later became the Union of the Lithuanian Art Photographers.

The artist’s everyday-life shots are compared with the legendary works of Frenchman H. Cartier-Bresson and Hungarian A. Kertesz and received an award from the International Federation of Art Phtography (FIAP). His photos are featured in a number of famous world art and culture institutions, including the National Library of France, International Centre of Photography in New York, Dresden City Art Gallery, Victoria and Albert Museum in London, Moderna Museet in Stockholm, The Art Institute of Chicago, and the Moscow House of Photography.

In 1997, the artist donated 50 photos from his collection “Naked Feet Nostalgia” to The Martynas Mažvydas National Library of Lithuania.

The new exhibition is available here.

Translated by Aiste Lašienė

New Antanas Sutkus virtual exhibit available online
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