Exhibition
May 9 - June 26, 2009

HELEN LEVITT  A Memorial Tribute

Laurence Miller Gallery will present a memorial tribute to Helen Levitt from May 9 – June 26, 2009. Helen Levitt passed away in her Greenwich Village home on March 29, at the age of 95. Ironically, or perhaps fittingly, a show of her work entitled Passages, which Helen had approved, was already in the works, and her death caused a momentary pause in how to proceed.  It was decided that Helen would not have wanted her passing to intrude upon best laid plans. Hence, guided by her spirit, we celebrate her legacy with this exhibition, her twelfth at Laurence Miller Gallery.

HELEN LEVITT: A Memorial Tribute will present a series of passages, in both color and black-and-white, from her extraordinary 70-year career.  Featured will be her pictures of animals, which were among her earliest as well as last pictures taken; a little-known series of portraits taken on the subway using Walker Evans’ camera; children’s street drawings; elderly folks in conversation; and children at play, the photographs for which she is most well-known.  Helen Levitt’s classic and rarely seen silent film, In the Street, from 1944, will be shown as well.

One of the tribute’s highlights will be a selection of never-before-exhibited “first proofs.” These early documents of her working methods are often unique. Some are vintage, others were printed as late as the 1970’s, but all were printed by Helen in her bathroom that doubled as the darkroom. Often they are variants of iconic images, and often they are sequences of several shots taken at the same time.  They all reveal the photographer’s “dance” as she observes boys climbing up a tree, a large family gathering on the front stoop, two men seated beside a curious cat, or four boys peering into a pool hall.  In combination with the film In the Street, the early sequences reinforce her reputation as a cinematographer, and are genuine and valuable records of the working methods of a canny and poetic photographer.

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New York, c.1940
14 x 11" silver print
Signed, titled on verso

 

 

 


New York, c.1940
5 x 4" silver print
Signed on verso


 

 


New York, c.1940
4 1/2 x 2 1/2" silver print
Signed on verso

New York, c.1940
7 1/2 x 4 1/4" silver print

 

 

 


New York, c.1940
2 x 2" silver print
Signed on verso

 

 

 

 


New York, c.1940
3 x 2 1/4" silver print
Signed on verso

 

 



New York, c.1940
4 x 3 1/2" silver print
Signed on verso

 

 

 




New York, c.1940
3 3/4 x 2 1/2" silver print
Signed on verso


 

 


New York, c.1940
11 x 14" silver print

Signed, titled on verso

 




New York, c.1940
8 x 10" vintage silver print
Signed by Helen Levitt and
Walker Evans verso

 

New York, c.1938
10 x 8" vintage silver print
Signed verso

 

 

 

 

 

New York, c.1938
5 1/2 x 8" vintage silver print
Signed verso

New York, c.1940
14 x 11" silver print
Signed, titled verso
Courtesy Estate of Helen Levitt

 

 

 


New York, c.1940
6 x 7" vintage silver print
Signed, titled verso

 

 

 

 

New York, c.1940
14 x 11" silver print
Signed, titled verso
Courtesy Estate of Helen Levitt

 

New York, c.1980
14 x 11" silver print
Signed, titled verso
Courtesy Estate of Helen Levitt

 

 

 


 

New York, c.1940
8 x 10" silver print
Signed, titled verso
Courtesy Estate of Helen Levitt


 New York, c.1940
11 x 14" silver print
Signed, titled verso
Courtesy Estate of Helen Levitt

 


New York, c.1940
11 x 14" silver print
Signed, titled verso
Courtesy Estate of Helen Levitt

 

 

 

 

 


New York, c.1940
11 x 14" silver print
Signed, titled verso
Courtesy Estate of Helen Levitt

 

 

 

 

 


New York, c.1940
11 x 14" silver print
Signed, titled verso
Courtesy Estate of Helen Levitt

New York, c.1940
11 x 14" silver print
Signed, titled verso
Courtesy Estate of Helen Levitt

 

 

 

 

New York, c.1940
11 x 14" silver print
Signed, titled verso
Courtesy Estate of Helen Levitt

 

 

 

 

 New Hampshire, 1983
11 x 14" silver print
Signed verso
Courtesy Estate of Helen Levitt




New York, c.1940
7 x 4/12" silver print
Signed on verso
 

New York (subway), c.1941
8 x 10" vintage silver print
Signed on verso
Courtesy The Margulies Collection, Miami

 

 

 

 

New York (subway), c.1941
8 x 10" vintage silver print
Signed on verso
Courtesy The Margulies Collection, Miami

 

New York (subway), c.1941
8 x 10" vintage silver print
Signed on verso
Courtesy The Margulies Collection, Miami

 

New York (subway), c.1941
8 x 10" vintage silver print
Signed on verso
Courtesy The Margulies Collection, Miami

 

 

New York (subway), c.1941
8 x 10" vintage silver print
Signed on verso
Courtesy The Margulies Collection, Miami


Publication

Helen Levitt: A Memorial Tribute Catalog

Helen Levitt: A Memorial Tribute Catalog
Published by Laurence Miller Gallery, 2009.
Softcover, 48 pp., 78 reproductions.
$35 plus tax and/or shipping.

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