On Site: In The Street With Andy Warhol, Deborah Bell Photographs, NYC

In Black and White Photography, Exhibits, Gallery, Photographer on October 5, 2010 at 7:52 am


Andy Warhol, Jewelry Store Window

A potpourri of Atget like storefront images, garbage cans, street fairs, furniture and more, make up the subject matter of “Andy Warhol’s Street Diary” from the early 80’s.

The photos border in appearance on the vernacular street images we are very familiar with but knowing that the master of “pop” observation is behind the lens leads the viewer down an interesting path of free association with this artist. This exercise makes a visit to this exhibit rewarding, indeed.

So he walks the streets of New York and snaps, snaps, snaps. I have always argued with the people who have talked about Andy as a voyeur. No, Andy was not a voyeur; Andy was a gazer. He gazed at things, at people, at reality. A very special gaze. There was no pathological obsession in it. It was a very natural state of gazing. Andy was an open eye. He was a looker. You see it in all aspects of his work, in his art. Maybe he was also the most democratic artist at the same time. The diaristic form in art is both the most personal and the most democratic.

Now through November 13.

For more information: Deborah Bell

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