PRESS RELEASE

Steven Kasher Gallery is pleased to announce Mark Seliger: Listen, an exhibition of personal and evocative photographs by acclaimed contemporary photographer Mark Seliger. The exhibition includes 30 large-scale platinum palladium prints depicting nudes, still lifes, portraits, and New York cityscapes. Along with the exhibition, Seliger released his new book with the same title, Listen (Rizzoli New York, 2010), featuring 90 tritone photographs and an interview with the artist by leading American magazine designer Fred Woodward. Many of the photographs are on exhibition for the first time.

Mark Seliger: Listen is in a sense a memento mori, a tribute to his late father. It follows in the tradition of photographers and painters such as Weston, Stieglitz, and Cézanne who, at a certain age, focus on elegiac studies of the nude, the landscape, and the still life. The pictures are Seliger’s meditations through slow looking. These photographs speak to us metaphorically of the eternal themes of love and death. They pay homage to Seliger’s forebears Brandt, Kertesz, Hosoe, and Penn. The nuanced tones of the platinum palladium convey the rich textures of Seliger’s sensibilities.

Mark Seliger (b. 1959) is best known for his portraits of celebrities and of musicians. Seliger served as chief photographer for Rolling Stone Magazine from 1992 to 2002 and has shot more than 100 covers for the magazine. Born in Amarillo, Texas, he now lives in New York and works for several Condé Nast publications, including GQ and Vanity Fair.  In 2009, Seliger was the recipient of the Lucie Award for outstanding achievement in portraiture. Seliger’s other books include Mark Seliger: The Music Book (teNeues, 2008),In My Stairwell (Rizolli, 2005), Lenny Kravitz/Mark Seliger (Arena, 2001) Physiognomy(Bulfinch, 1999), and When They Came to Take My Father- Voices of the Holocaust(Arcade, 1996). Fred Woodward is the design director of GQ. He is a recipient of the American Institute of Graphic Arts Medal, the highest honor his profession bestows.

Mark Seliger: Listen will be on view January 27- February 26, 2011. Steven Kasher Gallery is located at 521 W. 23rd St., New York, NY 10011. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 11 to 6 pm. For more information or press requests please contact Maya Piergies at 212 966 3978 maya@stevenkasher.com