Press Release

Steven Kasher Gallery is proud to present Spar: Photographs from Cuba by Paul Meleschnig. Included in the exhibition are over twenty gelatin silver prints. In his recurring travels to Cuba between 1997 and 2009, Meleschnig captured boxers and their everyday life of physical training. Gymnasium, ring and street collectively unfold the lives of young men in a sort of visual poem.

Through Spar we are offered a viewpoint from which to contemplate contemporary Cuban life. There is an unveiling of restless, frustrated, and  resilient youths exercising their voice and fist. One theme is sport as distraction in a suppressive culture.

Paul Meleschnig lives and works in New York. He received his Bachelors of Fine Arts Degree from Rhode Island School of Design and he has exhibited his photographs in Cuba and the United States. Meleschnig’s photographs can be found in several important public and private collections, such as those of: The William La Rouche Foundation, The Edward R. Bazinet Foundation, Michael and Tara Rockefeller, Ralph Lauren, Joseph Fiennes, and Jennifer Lopez.

Spar: Photographs from Cuba by Paul Meleschnig will be on view in conjunction with the exhibition George Platt Lynes both running from March 1 through April 7, 2012. Steven Kasher Gallery is located at 521 W. 23rd St., New York, NY 10011. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 11 am to 6 pm. For more information or press requests please contact Christiona Owen at 212 966 3978 or