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On site: International Center of Photography (ICP)

In Art Museum, Exhibits, Photographer on March 24, 2010 at 9:16 am

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Current ICP exhibits

Two exhibits are worth a visit currently at ICP in New York. The Twilight Visions: Surrealism, Photography, and Paris show is excellent in its purview of surrealist photography found in Paris  during the twenties and thirties.

Paris was a city of fantasy and chance encounters for Surrealist artists of the 1920s and ’30s. During this period of unprecedented social and cultural transformation, photography played a dramatic new role in both avant-garde practice and mass culture. In their works, photographers such as Jacques-André Boiffard, Brassaï, Ilse Bing, André Kertész, Germaine Krull, Dora Maar, and Man Ray used fragmentation, montage, unusual viewpoints, and various technical manipulations to expose the disjunctive and uncanny aspects of modern urban life. In Twilight Visions: Surrealism, Photography, and Paris, guest curator Terry Lichtenstein has assembled over 150 photographs, films, books, periodicals, and Surrealist ephemera to show how real and imaginary versions of Paris were constructed through photographic images.

The second exhibit is of work by the “eccentric” photographer Miroslav Tichy. A recluse who created his own cameras from junk …

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Tichy Homemade Cameras

… and acted as artist and voyeur of the streets creating unusual and crude images of local women and area inhabitants.

This is the first American museum exhibition devoted to the work of the reclusive and mysterious Czech photographer Miroslav Tichý. Now over eighty years old, Tichý is a stubbornly eccentric artist, known as much for his makeshift cardboard cameras as for his haunting and distorted images of women and landscapes, many of them taken surreptitiously. Tichý began photographing in the 1950s, in part as a political response to the social repressions of Czech communism. However, it is only in the past five years that his intensely private work has gained public attention. The exhibition, organized by ICP Chief Curator Brian Wallis, includes a number of Tichý’s homemade cameras as well as approximately 100 of his photographs.

Both exhibits are strong standalone but together they make for a great afternoon tour. A third exhibit by Alan B. Stone, a little known Montreal photographer of male pinups, is also of some interest .

For more information: ICP exhibits

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