Preview: Dave Heath and Brassaï, Howard Greenberg Gallery, New York, NY

In Black and White Photography, Exhibits, Photo Print Collector, Photographer on October 12, 2015 at 12:13 pm

Dave Heath, New York City, 1964

Dave Heath, New York City, 1964

Howard Greenberg Gallery is going to be dishing out a pair of exhibits thins month to both fascinate and enthrall B&W fans in the Tri-State area. First off, Dave Heath will be on display in concurrence to the travelling exhibit that is arriving at the Philadelphia Museum of Art:

Embodying the pure essence of black-and-white photography, Dave Heath’s masterful work from the 1950s and ’60s will be exhibited at Howard Greenberg Gallery from September 10 – October 24, 2015. The show is concurrent with the traveling exhibition Multitude, Solitude: The Photographs of Dave Heath at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, September 19, 2015 – February 21, 2016. A new book of the same title by Keith F. Davis and Michael Torosian will be published in October 2015 by the Hall Family Foundation/Nelson-Atkins Museum/Yale University Press.

Dave Heath’s expressive and emotionally charged photographs capture intimate moments of beauty and loss, love and alienation, with lone figures gazing into the distance, soldiers trudging through foreign lands, urban scenes of heightened sensation and faces frozen in time. On view at Howard Greenberg Gallery will be Heath’s photographs from the Korean War and the Beat Generation era in Greenwich Village, pages from his thematic notebooks mounted with tiny prints, and work that was included in his seminal 1965 book A Dialogue with Solitude, a poignant collection of images that explores the human psyche in chiaroscuro tones. A key figure in 20th-century photography, adept in delineating details and dissolving others, Heath is known as a master print maker with a deep and atmospheric palette.

If that’s not enough to whet your palette, a unique collection from Brassaï – that played muse for writer Henry Miller – available through October 24th.

These 27 photographs by Brassaï (1899-1984) were used to illustrate the first edition of Henry Miller’s novella Quiet Days in Clichy. Published in 1956, the novella is based on Miller’s rousing experiences as a struggling writer in Paris. The prints are distinct in that they show the crop marks that were followed in the design and production of the tall, narrow Miller novella. Many of the iconic images in this exhibition were also published in earlier books by Brassaï, including Paris de Nuit (1933) and Voluptés de Paris (1935).  The success of these books earned Brassaï the nickname “the eye of Paris.” In 1975, Brassaï published the biography, Henry Miller: The Paris Years, about their years together in the City of Light.

For More Information: Howard Greenberg Gallery

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