Views from above

Views from Above: Margaret Bourke-White working at the top of the Chrysler Building, New York, 1935, © Photo: Oscar Graubner/ Time Life Pictures / Getty Images

Exhibition in Centre Pompidou-Metz, Metz, France.
The exhibition considers how the vertical view, from the first aerial photographs of the 19th century to satellite imagery, has transformed the perception of artists. Some 500 works spanning painting, drawing, photography, film, architectural models, installations, and publications by over 160 artists offer a new perspective on modern and contemporary art. From the success of Yann Arthus- Bertrand's Earth From Above to the popularity of satellite images, we are fascinated by the bird'seye view as much for the beauty of the landscapes it reveals as for the feeling of omnipotence it inspires. Drawing on the popularity to return to the origins of aerial photography, its impact on the work of artists and, consequently, the history of art, is explored.