Notable: Photographer Gita Lenz Dies

In Black and White Photography, Gallery, Photographer on January 26, 2011 at 12:34 pm


Gita Lenz, “Untitled”

This just in from the Gitterman Gallery … Gita Lenz has died at age 100:

Gita Lenz lived most of her life in Greenwich Village on the corner of Carmine and 7th Avenue.  From the 1940s to the early 1960s, Gita Lenz created a body of work that withstands comparison to many of the better-known photographers.  She spent much of her time making images of the people and the city around her. Yet Lenz also explored abstraction, both in nature and in the urban environment, frequently making complex and beautiful images of mundane and dilapidated subjects. Some images are tender, demonstrating a sense of empathy and respect, and others are dynamic, suggesting a modernist and sometimes surreal perspective.

In 1951 at the Museum of Modern Art Edward Steichen curated the exhibition Abstract Painting and Sculpture in America and included Lenz’s work alongside notable photographers of the period.  The first major exhibition of Lenz’s work was in a three-person show, The Third Eye with John Reed and Don Normark, at the Brooklyn Museum of Art in 1952. Soon after, in 1955, Edward Steichen included her work in another exhibition at the MoMA, this time in the landmark exhibition, The Family of Man.  Her work appeared in periodicals of the time, including The American Annual of Photography, American Photography, Photo Arts and US Camera.

For more : Gitterman Gallery

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