My Life in the 1980’s New York Art Scene (2014) was published in conjunction with a major exhibition of Montgomery Barron’s work at Collezione Maramotti, Reggio Emilia, Italy. A show of her black-and white portraits of art-world greats will accompany the book signing. Jeannette Montgomery Barron was born in Atlanta, Georgia and studied at the International Center of Photography in New York City. She later became known for her portraits of the New York art world in the 1980s, which were published in her first book, Jeannette Montgomery Barron (1989). Other publications include Photographs and Poems (1998), a collaboration with the Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Jorie Graham; Mirrors (2004) with a text by the celebrated author Edmund White; Session with Keith Haring; and My Mother's Clothes. Scene (2013) is a remarkable compendium of portraits of renowned personalities from arguably the most exciting era of New York City underground culture—the 1980s—when the young and indomitable flocked downtown in search of places to work and live among like-minded collaborators. These musicians, filmmakers, painters, writers, fashion designers, publishers, actors, models, and photographers played together, worked together, made their own rules, and changed our culture, as we know it, forever.
Her works are in numerous public and corporate collections, including The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; The High Museum of Art, Atlanta; Kunsthaus, Zurich; Collezione Maramotti, Reggio Emilia, Italy; and The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh. She has shown internationally at Galerie Bruno Bischofberger, Zurich; Scalo, New York and Zurich; Jackson Fine Art, Atlanta; ClampArt, New York; and Magazzino D'Arte Moderna, Rome.