Although artists like Robert Rauschenberg and Andy Warhol are iconic because of their paintings, they both made important contributions to photography. Artists Making Photographs at the Whitney features their photos alongside some of their works in other mediums. You’ll see Warhol’s Nine Jackies, a portrait of Jacqueline Kennedy taken at the time of her husband’s assassination, which explores the use of repetition and ushered in the genre of photo-based history painting. Images in the exhibit by Rauschenberg were taken during a trip to Rome in 1952- and include a snapshot of fellow artist Cy Twombly in Cy + Relics. The show also features photos by artists John Chamberlain, Lucas Samaras, and Ed Ruscha (including his painful-looking 1973 self-portrait Swollen Eye. Ouch).

Sat., Jan. 17, 2009