On Site: “Night” Photographs by Brassai, Ilse Bing, Robert Doisneau and Andre Kertesz, Bruce Silverstein Gallery, NYC

In Black and White Photography, Exhibits, Gallery, Photo Print Collector, Photographer on May 3, 2011 at 8:25 pm


Andre Kertesz, Untitled, (Budapest)

The atmosphere of “Night” is thick with passion and somber recollection. Four artists, Brassai, Ilse Bing, Robert Doisneau and Andre Kertesz explore the European nights of decades lost but dramatic and sometimes mundane moments are captured in an impressive array of images.

Photographic images made at night were new, bold, mysterious and brave, the ability to photograph at night being a recent technical capability that had yet to be mastered or even considered by the majority of photographers working in the 20s and 30s. Night was an artistic frontier and the making of images at night implied a certain creative seriousness that helped bring photographers into dialogue with the larger art world during these decades. At this moment in art and in photography in particular, night and all its connotations provided the perfect backdrop for realizing the artist’s creative intent.

The four artists selected for this exhibition had an affinity for working at night and the images on view extend the first half of the 20th century. The works featured include Brassai’s well-known Paris de Nuit images, Ilse Bing’s early formalist compositions, Doisneau’s free-spirited and engaging photographs of Parisian nightlife, and Andre Kertesz’s early night photographs from Hungary-the purported inspiration for Brassai’s Paris series-as well as remarkable New York images that reveal the artist’s consistently innovative vision further inspired by the night.

Now through June 4.

For more information: Bruce Silverstein Gallery

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