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Preview: In My Room, Saul Leiter, Howard Greenberg Gallery, NY

In Gallery on May 7, 2018 at 11:00 am
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Saul Leiter, Untitled (nude), 1950s, image from Saul Leiter Foundation via Howard Greenberg Gallery

Few photographers were able to create as intimate and contemplative a portfolio as Saul Leiter. Howard Greenberg Gallery will allow the masses experience Leiter’s touch for the second half of spring.

Fed by thrilling recent discoveries from Saul Leiter’s archive, the exhibition reveals the world of the artist and the women in his life through his studies of the female figure. Often illuminated by the lush natural light of Leiter’s studio in New York City’s East Village, these black-and-white images uncover the mutual and empathetic collaboration between the artist and his subjects.

In the 1970s, Leiter planned to make a book of his nudes, but never realized the project in his lifetime. The exhibition and upcoming book offer a first-time look at this body of work, which Leiter began on his arrival in New York in 1946 and continued throughout the next two decades. Leiter, who was also a painter, incorporates abstract elements into these photographs and often shows the influence of his favorite artists, including Bonnard, Vuillard, and Matisse.

The prolific Leiter, who painted and took pictures fervently up to his death, worked in relative obscurity well into his eighties. Leiter preferred solitude in life, and resisted any type of explanation or analysis of his work. With In My Room, he ushers viewers into his private world while retaining his strong sense of mystery.

Leiter made an enormous and unique contribution to photography with a highly prolific period in New York City in the 1940s and ’50s. His abstracted forms and radically innovative compositions have a painterly quality that stands out among the work of his New York School contemporaries.

The exhibit will open May 10th, and conclude on June 30th.

For More Information: Howard Greenberg Gallery

Preview: Steve Kahn, The Hollywood Suites, Howard Greenberg Gallery

In Black and White Photography, Exhibits, Gallery on January 18, 2018 at 12:30 pm

Steve Kahn, from The Hollywood Suites series. Image via Howard Greenberg Gallery

Howard Greenberg Gallery is currently gearing up for an upcoming exhibition this February and March which will showcase the work of photographer Steve Kahn. Kahn’s series The Hollywood Suites and will be on view at the gallery for the first time as a solo show in New York.

Kahn created this body of work in rent-by-the-day rooms of an old tenement building in a run-down section of Hollywood, California. Looking to create work that spoke to containment and isolation, Kahn began photographing professional bondage models using a Polaroid camera. Later, in his studio, he would copy the Polaroids with 35 mm film, documenting the events he had orchestrated, and initiating a formal process of reproductions and generations. As Kahn notes, “These were situations entered into without a plan, full of anxiety, in the hope of producing some document of the experience that was explicit, visually powerful, yet went beyond what it was.”

One day, the model didn’t show up, and Kahn found that he could explore the same provocative and haunting issues by photographing the room itself. This led to stark images of the walls, windows, mirrors, doors and hallways, which evolved into studies of defined space that became abstract in triptychs and quadrants. Except for certain interventions – adding graphic elements to a few doors with tape, rope, and black yarn – rarely did he manipulate the rooms.

As Kahn wrote, “All of this work was process oriented, having started off as pull-and-peel Polaroids. The work was concerned with formal issues including generations, re-iterations, sequences, and multiple image presentations.” Ultimately Kahn notes, “I took the space apart and reconstructed it. I ended up creating an existential situation for myself.”

An opening reception with the artist will be held at Howard Greenberg Gallery on Thursday, February 1, 2018 from 6-8pm. The show will be on view to the public February 1-March 17, 2018.

From more information contact Howard Greenberg Gallery info@howardgreenberg.com or visit www.howardgreenberg.com.

Preview: Steve Schapiro, Heroic Times, Howard Greenberg Gallery

In Exhibits, Gallery on November 29, 2017 at 11:30 am

Steve Schapiro, Nico in Times Square, 1972, courtesy Howard Greenberg Gallery, New York

An exciting new exhibition will be on view at Howard Greenberg Gallery in New York this winter featuring the work of renowned photographer Steve Schapiro. Steve Schapiro: Heroic Times, will feature prominent works produced over the span of sixty years by the artist, some which will be on showcase to the public for the first time ever.

Heroic Times marks the inaugural exhibition of Steve Schapiro’s work at the Gallery. Schapiro has witnessed key moments of American history and culture, from the Selma to Montgomery civil rights march to Robert F. Kennedy’s 1968 presidential campaign to Andy Warhol’s Factory to the filming of Martin Scorsese’s Taxi Driver. An opening reception with the artist will be held on December 14 from 6-8 p.m.

Steve Schapiro: Heroic Times will survey American milestones from the photographer’s nearly six decade career, with a focus on the 1960s and ‘70s. A number of the photographs are unpublished and on public view for the first time. With assignments from Life, Time, Newsweek, Vanity Fair, Rolling Stone and many other publications, he captured iconic and humanistic images of politicians, celebrities, artists, and newsmakers in action.

“I am always seeking the image that conveys the spirit of the person,” Schapiro noted. “At the same time, as a photojournalist, I want to create an image so that people will understand what news is being made.”

During Robert F. Kennedy’s presidential campaign, Schapiro traveled with and got to know the young U.S. senator from New York, who greatly impressed him. Also during that time, Schapiro documented the civil rights movement, making photographs of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and many others who fought for social justice.

Schapiro’s subjects extended beyond politics into the worlds of film, rock and roll, and art. He documented The Godfather, Taxi Driver, The Way We Were, Midnight Cowboy, andChinatown. Among the luminaries were David Bowie, Samuel Beckett, Andy Warhol, Edie Sedgwick, Barbra Streisand, and Nico, who sang with the Velvet Underground.

About Steve Schapiro
Steve Schapiro was born in New York City in 1934. His formal education in photography began when he studied with W. Eugene Smith in the early 1960s. In 1961, Schapiro began to work as a freelance photojournalist, his photographs appearing in magazines including Life, Look, Time, Newsweek, Rolling Stone, Vanity Fair, Sports Illustrated, andPeople.

Schapiro’s photographs have been widely reproduced in magazines and books related to American cultural history from the 1960s, civil rights, and motion pictures. Monographs of Schapiro’s work include Schapiro’s Heroes, 2007, which offers intimate profiles of ten iconic figures. Recently, Powerhouse published Bliss, 2015, about the changing hippie generation; Bowie, 2016; and Misericordia, 2016, about a facility for people with disabilities. This year,  Taschen published The Fire Next Time with text by James Baldwin and Schapiro’s civil rights photographs from 1963 to 1968. Powerhouse will publishMuhammad Ali in spring, 2018.

Museums and galleries have exhibited Schapiro’s photographs worldwide. The High Museum of Art’s Road to Freedom, which traveled widely in the United States, includes numerous photographs from the civil rights movement and Martin Luther King Jr. by Schapiro. Recent solo shows have been mounted in Los Angeles, London, Santa Fe, Amsterdam, Paris, and Berlin. He has had large museum retrospective exhibitions in the United States, Spain, Russia, and Germany.

Schapiro’s work is represented in many private and public collections, including The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; National Museum of African American History and Culture, Smithsonian Museum, Washington D.C.; The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles; and the High Museum of Art, Atlanta. In September, he received the James Joyce Award from University College in Dublin. In October he won a Lucie award for achievement in photojournalism. He lives and works in Chicago.

Steve Schapiro: Heroic Times will be on view December 14, 2017- January 27, 2018. Mark your calendars, because this is not a show to miss! For more information contact Howard Greenberg Gallery.