Don Freeman is an American artist, filmmaker and photographer. His work has been widely published in French, German and American Vogue, The World of Interiors,Elle Décor and Architectural Digest. Freeman has exhibited in international galleries and private collections alike.
He has published five books of photography, which have explored interiors (Artists’ Handmade Houses, The Hotel Book: Great Escapes North America), the objet d’art (Ted Muehling: A Portrait), taking flowers back to their Dutch Renaissance beginnings (Styling Nature), and early works (My Familiar Dream, currently residing in the permanent collections of the Victoria & Albert Museum).
Freeman's award-winning documentary Art House (2016) revisits the intimate domiciles of the eleven artists represented in Artists' Handmade Houses, revealing the spiritual residue their presence left in unpopulated rooms.
He lives in New York and upstate New York, near Woodstock.
Don’s personal photographs are shot on 35mm black and white negative film. He uses high-speed, Tri-X film for its inherent graininess and shoots at slow shutter speeds sans tri-pod. He then dyes the images or subjects them to toning baths. These analog techniques further abstract the image until they resemble paintings, much like those of J.M.W. Turner.
Don has created a catalog of pictures over the years; photos of flowers, antiquities, letters and architectural details that function as his noumenon awaiting their transformation into subjective, tangible images. Don refers to his collection of images as, “a sort of Noah’s Ark.”
Freeman is also influenced by cinema, specifically the films of Andrei Tarkovsky - specifically his film Mirror, in which Tarkovsky creates a visual narrative that combines past and present, dreams and reality, color and black-and-white; themes at the core of Don’s interests.
Born: 1957, Yakasuka, Japan, raised on Bainbridge Island, Washington
1979 BFA-Northern Arizona University, AZ
1980 San Francisco Academy of Art, CA
2018 My Familiar Dream”, The Gilded Owl, Hudson NY
2016 The Poetics of Space, Carter Lane Gallery, London
2015 The Plantbook Series, Chris Lehrecke, Hudson, NY
2012 Villa Cornaro, Richard H. Rush Library Exhibit Hall, Edison College, Fort Meyers, FL
2009 Don Freeman - Ted Muehling, IBU Gallery, Paris, France
Don Freeman - Ted Muehling, March, San Francisco, CA
2007 Branches, Comerford Hennesy, Bridgehampton, NY
2002 Hemphill Gallery, Washington, DC (two person)
Ted Muehling and Don Freeman, Joyce, Paris, France (two person)
1997 Elga Wimmer Gallery, New York, NY
1994 Decouvert, Paris, France
Elga Wimmer Gallery, New York, NY
1993 Private View, Paris, France
1992 Pierre Passebon, Paris, France
1987 Rastovski Gallery, New York, NY
1985 White Columns, New York, NY
Stokker Stikker Gallery, New York, NY
2019 Impressions, Cristina Grajales Gallery, New York, NY
2012 Bloom, curated by Jayne H. Baum, Bloom, Sag Harbor, New York, NY
2010 Contemporary Photography from JHB Gallery, Leslie Ferrin Gallery, Lenox, MA
2005 Buds, Blooms, Blossoms, Staley/Wise Gallery, New York, NY
2003 Naked, Glenn Horowitz Gallery, East Hampton, NY
1999 Female, curated by Vince Aletti, Wessel + O'Connor, New York, NY
Black, White, Beautiful, Hemphill Fine Arts, Washington, DC
1995 Bloom, Downtown/Uptown Gallery LOK, Wainscott, New York
Bridgewater Lustberg Gallery, New York, NY
Chasing Angels, Christine Rose Galley, New York, NY
1994 A Garden, Barbara Krakow Gallery, Boston, MA
1992 Balade de L'Amour, Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris, France
1991 Je crois entendre encore, Collector Magazine Benefit Show, Paris, France (video)
The Milky Way, Galerie Pierre Passebon, Paris, France
1990 Galerie Pierre Passebon, Paris, France (with Paul Mathieu and Michael Ray)
1988 Benefit Exhibition, White Columns, New York, NY
1987 Art Against Aids Benefit, Jeffrey Neale Gallery, New York, NY
1986 Retroactive, Hallwalls, Buffalo, NY
Update, White Columns, New York, NY
Post Pluralism, Mission Gallery, New York, NY
1985 Godda, A & P Gallery, New York, NY
2018 Beautiful Ghost, a short film produced for Asiatica, Kansas City. Produced by
Elizabeth Fuller-Wilson. Filmed on location in Big Indian, NY.
2017 Art House. Dir. Don Freeman. Perf. Frederich Church, Russell Wright, George Nakashima, Raoul Hague, Constantino Nivola, Byrdclyffe Arts Colony, Eliphante, Henry Chapman Mercer, Paolo Soleri,Wharton Escherick, Henry Varnum Poor.
Oneiric House Productions, 2016. Distributed by First Run Feature Films.
2015 Cornell University, Cleveland Museum of Art, Portland Art Museum, Milan Design and Film Festival, New Zealand Design and Film Festival, Newport Beach Film Festival,
Toronto Reel Heart International Film Festival, Sonoma, Sarasota, Rhode Island Film Festival
Best Documentary Film, 2015 Digital Awards in Cinematography-Atlas Award
Rising Star Award, 2015 Canada International Film Festival
Platinum Award, Best Editing, Best Documentary-Toronto Reel Heart Film Festival
2018 Brett Williams. Don Freeman/My Familiar Dream, Aspire Design and Home Magazine,
Winter, 2018, color ills.
2015 Daniella Ohad. Life's Work, Cultured Magazine,June 20, color ills.
Winner Best Documentary Film Atlas & Aeris Magazine, June,color ills.
2014 Art House at the New Jersy Film Festival, The New York Times , June9 2013,color ills.
-----, Art House and Spies", Woodstock News , Aug 14 2014
2011 Mahany, Barbara. When Home Is Your Canvas, Chicago Tribune, June 12, color ills.
Terranova, Amber. Intimate Spaces of Renowned Artisans – Photo of the Day, PDN,
June 8, color ills.
Murg, Stephanie. Art-House Pictures, Artnews, June, p. 24, color ills.
Shaw, AM. Artists’ Handmade Houses, The World Of Interiors, June, p. 62, color ills.
Boyle & Gardner. Fresh Picks – The Book, Wall Street Journal, May 21, p. D7, color ills.
Ohtake, Miyoko. Artists’ Handmade Houses, Dwell, May 2011, color ills.
Kuhn, Eva. At Home With Artifacts In Their Natural Habitats, Antiques,
The New York Times, New York, NY, April 29, color ills.
-----. Inside and Out, Elle Décor, New York, NY, May, color ills.
-----. The Best! - Book, House Beautiful, New York, NY, May, color ills.
-----. Open Houses, Art & Antiques, May, New York, NY, color ills.
2009 -----. Don Freeman, Variatio, Milan, Italy
2004 Ypma, Herbert. Christian Liagre, New York: Thames and Hudson, London, England
2002 Gleizes, Serge. Galice Mystique, AD France, July-August, No. 24, pps.131-137, color ills.
1999 Kleban, Mika. Blue Prints, BLOOM , No. 2, pps. 86-88, color ills.
Wilkie, Angus. A Light Touch, The World of Interiors, London, England, color ills.
1995 -----. East Hampton Star, East Hampton, NY, ill..
-----. Dan's Papers, Bridgehampton, NY, ill..
-----. The East Hampton Independent, East Hampton, NY, ill..
-----. Hampton's Magazine, East Hampton, NY, ill.
-----. Southampton Press, Southampton, NY, ill.
-----. Graphis, New York, NY, ill.
1994 -----. The Village Voice, New York, NY, March 3, ill.
1993 -----. Vogue Hommes, Paris, France, ill.
-----. Maison et Jardin, Paris, France, ill.
-----. Jardins des Modes, Paris, France, ill.
-----. Architektur & Wohnen, Hamburg, Germany, ill.
1992 -----. Photographies, Paris, France, ill.
-----. Jardin des Modes, Paris, France, ill.
-----. Elle Magazine, Paris, France, ill.
1991 -----. House and Garden, New York, NY, ill.
-----. Vogue Decoration, Paris, France, ill.
1987 Wright, Jeff. Veil of Shadows, Cover Magazine, New York, NY
2016 Styling Nature , Rizzoli, New York, NY
2011 Artists Handmade Houses, text by Michael Gotkin, Abrams, New York, NY
2008 Ted Muehling – A Portrait by Don Freeman, Rizzoli, New York, NY
2006 The Hotel Book, Taschen, New York, NY
2001 My Familiar Dream -Paris France
SELECTED PRIVATE and PUBLIC COLLECTIONS
Associations Paris Musées, Paris, France
Victoria and Albert Museum, London, England
L'Avenue Montaigne Cafe, Paris, France
Banana Republic, San Francisco, CA
Geoffrey Beene, New York, NY
Laura Bohn, New York, NY
Carol Bouquet, Paris, France
Thomas F. Burchill, New York, NY
Christian Dior, Paris, France
Andrew Frank, New York, NY
Jacques Grange, Paris, France
Carole and Frank Gulich, Zumikon, Switzerland
Deborah Hartley, London, England
Marie Hélène and John Hopkins, London, England
Holly Hunt, Chicago, IL
Tommy Hilfiger, New York, NY
Christian Liagre, Paris, France
Paul Mathieu and Michael Ray, Paris, France
Ted Muehling, New York, NY
David Mitchell, Washington, DC
Nautica, New York, NY
Princess Caroline, Monaco
Paloma Picasso, Paris, France
Polo/Ralph Lauren, New York, NY
André Putman, Paris, France
Robin Standefer and Stephen Alesch, New York, NY
Ben Stiller, New York, NY
Olga Lizardi-De-Viso and Joaquin B Viso-Alonso, San Juan, Puerto Rico
Stephen Alton Architect , New York, NY
Jaklitsch Gardner Architects, New York, NY
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