Exhibition Ended

Thomas Joshua Cooper | The World's Edge

From Sat 31 Jul 2021 - Sun 23 Jan 2022

This exhibition has now ended!


Over the course of the last three decades, Thomas Joshua Cooper (American, born 1946) has circumnavigated the globe making photographs of the most extreme points and locations surrounding the Atlantic Ocean.

The result is an episodic journey that covers five continents (Europe, Africa, North America, South America, and Antarctica). He has set foot on uncharted land masses, contributing to cartography and earning him naming rights of previously unknown islands and archipelagos.

The only artist to have ever made photographs of the two poles, Cooper refers to the body of work as The World’s Edge – The Atlas of Emptiness and Extremity. This exhibition contained 35 photographs and was based on the 2019 presentation at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Cooper has lived in Glasgow since 1982 and is Professor and Senior Researcher in Fine Art at the Glasgow School of Art.

Thomas Joshua Cooper Exhibition Circle: Martin Adam & William Zachs, The Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation.

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