March 8, 2014 - April 19, 2014
"Ordinary People, Extraordinary Detail" by John Leland
We know you’re busy, but try to slow down for a moment. The city captured on this page by Jerome Liebling, who died in 2011, doesn’t reveal itself right away. Mr. Liebling, who became known as a member of the Photo League, a group of socially minded photographers that disbanded in 1951, dug deeply into his subjects, using still photography almost like film, to explore a condition rather than an instant. “He and his subjects are looking at each other,” said Rachel Liebling, who curated an exhibition of her father’s work, which is to run at the Steven Kasher Gallery from March 13 to April 19. “They’re looking at him and he’s looking at them. He felt the regular people were the superstars. Those portraits are about that.”
Look at the eyes of the boy in the 1949 portrait “Butterfly Boy” (above), his best-known picture. Now consider the time and empathy it takes to get a child to reveal himself like that to a strange man with a camera. Now see how the car’s wheel well encircles the boy’s head in a shield or halo. Now look some more.
“They should be visualized in time,” said Mason Klein, curator of fine arts at the Jewish Museum, which mounted a landmark Photo League exhibition in 2011. “Even though they’re still pictures, there’s so much material or detail that in a way they were like writing poetry for him. He looked for new ways to say something that was deceptively simple.”
Mr. Liebling once said his impulse was to “figure out where the pain was” and capture that on film. Much of this drive came from his experiences in World War II, where many of the men in his unit were killed, his daughter said. “I think he was really changed by that experience,” she said. “He was looking really closely at the people around him and trying to figure out what was life, what was important, after seeing the horror that tormented him all his life.”
See the slideshow and read the article here.
Read more about press about Jerome Liebling here.
February 27, 2014 -
The 92nd Street Y has organized a panel discussion "Defining Vietnam" featuring war correspondent Peter Arnett, veteran combat reporter Kimberly Dozier, and author Pete Hamill. They will discuss the photographs from the critically acclaimed exhibition we mounted last October, Vietnam: The Real War: A Photographic History from the Associated Press.
To cover the Vietnam War, the Associated Press gathered an extraordinary group of photojournalists in its Saigon bureau, creating one of the great photographic legacies of the twentieth century. Last fall, we exhibited over 70 iconic and newly editioned contemporary prints, and over 30 vintage prints. The exhibition was mounted in conjunction with the release of the book Vietnam: The Real War (Abrams).
February 14, 2014 -
Phyllis Galembo has two concurrent exhibitions on view in Raleigh, North Carolina. Theater of Belief: Afro-Atlantic Costuming and Masking in Large-Format Color Photographs by Phyllis Galembo at the North Carolina State University African American Cultural Center and at the Frankie G. Weems Art Gallery at Meredith College. To read more about her photographs from West Africa, click the links below.
Read and hear more about the shows on WUNC, North Carolina Public Radio:
Read more press about Phyllis Galembo here.
January 25, 2014 -
The New York Times previewed our exhibition Fred W. McDarrah: Save the Village in Sunday's Metropolitan section. The article, titled "Capturing the New York of the 1960s and '70s", by John Leland, praises McDarrah's rigorous documenting of the cultural movements, icons, and events that shaped the second half of the twentieth century.
Leland quotes Vince Aletti: “I don’t think anyone was there the way he was... When The Voice had a real presence in that scene, and defined that scene, Fred was a big part of that defining.”
Read more press about Fred W. McDarrah here.
January 25, 2014 - March 15, 2014
The Galleries at Moore are currently hosting Pretty Vacant: The Graphic Language of Punk. The Exhibit includes hundreds of of posters, pins, flyers, fanzines, handbills, record sleeves, and more from the collection of Andrew Krivine.“Punk changed my life,” Krivine says now. “It was what I was looking for but didn’t know at the time until I heard it and saw it.”
Emerging in the mid-1970s, punk was truly popular culture on the margins, with new ideas germinating out of a sense of urgency and seemingly random aesthetic collisions. Before it became commercially commodified into a simplified mishmash of safety pins, mohawks and anarchy symbols,punk was as much about its wide range of visual signifiers as it was a kind of music. Put on by the Galleries at Moore and curated by Kaytie Johnson, Rochelle F. Levy Director and Chief Curator. The show is going on from January 25 - March 15, 2014 with sporadic punk rock theme screenings and events going on all month long.
To find out more about the exhibit go to the links below:
December 17, 2013 -
The BBC released its new film The Vivian Maier Mystery today through iTunes and other video on demand venues. The documentary attempts to uncover the inscrutable nature of Maier’s life and career.
The photographs of Vivian Maier have appeared in magazines and exhibitions around the world and have been published in several books highlighting Maier’s work. Only in the past half-decade have such prestige and accomplishments come to the late photographer.
Born in the United States in the 1920′s and moving back and forth between here and France, Maier eventually settled in Chicago during the 1950′s to work as a nanny. It is here that Maier’s creative eye blossomed, devoting her extra time to capturing the streets of the Windy City. But this undertaking remained unknown to those around her, and the fact that she was self-taught and knew no other photographers only heightened the singularity of her artistic pursuit. When a suitcase containing hundreds of rolls of film amassing Maier’s work is found in a storage container several decades later, bringing to light her particular and unique eye.
Watch the trailer here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MpoLXmTfKTQ
Read more press about Vivian Maier here.
December 14, 2013 -
Jim Marshall, the San Francisco photographer who captured some of the most iconic moments in rock and roll history, will receive a Trustees Award at the 2014 Grammys. He is the first photographer to receive the award.
He will be honored at a special ceremony on January 25th, the night before the 56th Annual Grammy Awards next month, along with Italian composer Ennio Morricone and Rick Hall, the owner of FAME Studios in Muscle Shoals, Alabama.
At the same event, the Beatles, Kraftwerk, Kris Kristofersson and the Isley Brothers will receive the Recording Academy’s lifetime achievement award.
“It is a great privilege to recognize such an exceptional group of honorees and celebrate their accomplishments and contributions to the recording industry,” Neil Portnow, the academy’s president, said in a statement. “Their legacies are timeless and legendary, and their creativity will continue to influence and inspire future generations.”
Some of Marshall’s best-known shots include Johnny Cash raising his middle finger at San Quentin State Prison in 1969, the Beatles walking across the field to their final concert at Candlestick Park in 1966 and Janis Joplin lounging backstage with a bottle of Southern Comfort at the Winterland Ballroom in 1968.
Marshall died in 2010.
Read more press about Jim Marshall here.
December 10, 2013 -
Steven Kasher Gallery's Andi Potamkin chronicles a week at Miami Basel. See her exclusive diary on the website L'Oeil de la Photographie.
December 4, 2013 -
“O’er the green mead the sporting virgins play, their shining veils unbound along the skies, tossed and re-tossed, the ball incessant flies”.
According to Tom O’Conner’s History of Handball, the earliest mention of the game can be found as far back as 2000 BC in Egypt. The priests of the Temple Osiris in Thebes were depicted on the tombs, striking the ball with the hand. The game meandered to Europe, before Alexander the Great spread it around the Greek Colonies and the Apennine Peninsula (Italy). Accounts of handball are found in Scotland in 1427, where King James was a known fanatic, amongst the aristocracy of 18th century London, and finally, in its most reliable depiction, was introduced to the United States by Irish immigrants in the waning years of the 19th century. The game eventually settled in Brooklyn where it made its way into the DNA of an adolescent Jerome Liebling.
Since Liebling’s passing in July 2011, there have been copious obituaries and tributes to the pioneering American photographer, ruminations on the enduring legacy of his work. Former student Ken Burns remembers “Jerry” as a “fierce warrior, insisting on a kind of justice, a kind of truth, and an utterly American vitality. He saw in every individual his or her own worth.” New York Times photographer James Estrin contends, “his images were always more than what was in front of the camera- they were about life, death, and the underlying meaning of being human.”
Read more press about Jerome Liebling here.
November 15, 2013 -
Steven Kasher Gallery is honored to announce that we now represent Henry Chalfant. Since the 1970s, Chalfant has spent his career chronicling urban art, amassing an extensive series on New York subway graffiti.
Read more about Henry Chalfant on the New York Times and the Lens Blog:
Read more press about Heny Chalfant here.