Posts Tagged ‘The Met’

Preview: Charles Marville: Photographer of Paris, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City

In Black and White Photography on March 19, 2014 at 7:09 am


Rue De Constantine, Charles Marville, 1865

Rue De Constantine, Charles Marville, 1865

Charles Marville’s portfolio has been quite busy recently. In addition to a show at the Howard Green recently previewed  by BWGallerist – an exhibition has been on display at the Metropolitan Museum of Art since the end of January. 

Widely acknowledged as one of the most talented photographers of the nineteenth century, Charles Marville (French, 1813–1879) was commissioned by the city of Paris to document both the picturesque, medieval streets of old Paris and the broad boulevards and grand public structures that Baron Georges-Eugène Haussmann built in their place for Emperor Napoleon III. This exhibition presents a selection of around one hundred of his photographs.

The exhibition was organized by the National Gallery of Art, Washington, in association with The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.

Now through May 4, 2014

For More Information: Metropolitan Museum of Art

On Site: Photographic Treasures from the Collection of Alfred Stieglitz, The Met, NYC

In Art Museum, Black and White Photography, Exhibits on October 28, 2011 at 2:46 pm


Clarence H. White , “Nude”

Along with an exhibition of paintings from the Stieglitz personal collection, The Met currently has a wonderful turn of the century survey of photography, also from his personal collection. The exhibit  presents some forty-eight photographic treasures by Anne Brigman, Alvin Langdon Coburn, F. Holland Day, Gertrude Käsebier, Joseph Keiley, Heinrich Kühn, Edward Steichen, Clarence White, and others.

A towering figure in early twentieth-century photography, Alfred Stieglitz was not only a master of the medium, but also a powerful tastemaker and tireless advocate for photography as a fine art in the early 1900s. Through his sumptuous and influential journal Camera Work (1902-1917) and his "Little Galleries of the Photo-Secession" (1905-1917), known to insiders simply as "291" for its address on Fifth Avenue, Stieglitz introduced the public to the best of artistic photography and, eventually, modern art. He was also his gallery’s best client, supporting the artists he most admired by purchasing their work. Stieglitz’s photography collection, donated to the Metropolitan by gift in 1933 and bequest following his death in 1946, constitutes the finest gathering of Photo-Secession works anywhere.

October 11, 2011-February 26, 2012

For more information: The Met

On Site: Passages in Contemporary Photography, The Met, NYC

In Art Museum, Black and White Photography, Exhibits on July 26, 2010 at 10:25 am


Courtesy The Met

An interesting exhibit of mostly 60’ and 70’s photographs with a theme of geo-displacement.

Works by Rineke Dijkstra and Thomas Struth evince a faith in photography’s traditional powers of description to reflect upon a newly post-national, global existence, while Darren Almond and Doug Aitken examine perceptual and psychological disconnections that accompany the same seismic transformations. The exhibition also includes works by Lothar Baumgarten, Matthew Buckingham, Valie Export, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Svetlana Kopystiansky, Dennis Oppenheim, Allen Ruppersberg, Fazal Sheikh, Erin Shirreff, Robert Smithson, Anne Turyn, Jeff Wall, and Weng Fen.

Of particular interest were predominantly Black and White photos by Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Valie Export and Lothar Baumgarten. Use of light and shadow, foreground focus and select use of color distinguish this group of photos.

We are not sure the exhibit achieves its goal of observed alienation but you can be the judge.

Now, through February 13, 2011.

For more information: The Met

On Site: Hipsters, Hustlers, and Handball Players, The Met, NYC

In Art Museum, Black and White Photography, Exhibits, Photographer on July 20, 2010 at 11:02 am


Leon Levinstein, Handball Players

While reviewing some survey of photography books a few years ago, one particular image stuck in our mind of some NYC handball players shot from the rear in an exacting composition that captured the action of the game perfectly.

Now, that photograph is included in an interesting look back at the work of Leon Levinstein at the Met.

Leon Levinstein (American, 1910-1988), an unheralded master of street photography, is best known for his candid and unsentimental black-and-white figure studies made in New York City neighborhoods from Times Square and the Lower East Side to Coney Island. This exhibition, drawn exclusively from the Metropolitan’s collection, will feature some forty photographs that reflect the artist’s fearless approach to the medium. Levinstein’s graphic virtuosity-seen in raw, expressive gestures and seemingly monumental bodies-is balanced by his unusual compassion for his offbeat subjects from the demimonde.

This exhibit captures the look and feel of a past New York generation that influenced so many aspects of contemporary art and literature. Take the time and step back …

Now, through October 17.

For more: Leon Levinstein’s New York Photographs, 1950-1980

On Site: ”Surface Tension”, Metropolitan Museum of Art

In Art Museum, Black and White Photography, Exhibits on May 7, 2010 at 9:33 am

“Suwa,Nugano”, Daido Moriyama

The current focus on art pieces created from manipulated photos is the theme of the 30 piece exhibit at the Met.

Aside from some interesting color works there are Black and White or monochrome  pieces by Friedlander, Sommers, Polke, Siskind, Fenton, Evans, Lee, and more.

Contemporary artists who exploit this apparent contradiction between photograph as window and photograph as object are featured in Surface Tension. The exhibition presents 30 works that play with the inherent tension between the flatness of the photograph and the often lifelike illusion of depth. Surface Tension highlights the ways in which artists use photographic and multi-media techniques to direct our attention to the physical surface of the photograph. Among the works featured are photographs that have been purposely scratched, burned, or painted on, as well as photograms made by placing objects directly on top of a sheet of photographic paper.

The exhibit is drawn from the museum’s collection and is a good representative sample of a trend at the nexus of art and photography.

Our favorite was the “on the fly” gritty image of Daido Moriyama.

Now through June 13: The Met