"Among the foremost exponents of street photography, Helen Levitt started taking photographs of inhabitants of poorer neighborhoods of New York, such as the Lower East Side, the Bronx, and Harlem, in the 1930s. A passionate observer, she captured the essence of New York street life in dynamic compositions which reflect her poetic vision, humor, and inventiveness."
Joel smith, writing for The New York Review of Books, says "the characteristic gestures in the street photographs of Helen Levitt marry grace with awkwardness—folded limbs, trailing skirts, feet acutely angled as someone turns around. The sidewalks in her world are dirty, the curbstones cracked, doors and walls pockmarked and chalk-marked. The vacant lots where kids go scampering are generations deep in shattered things."
Kimberly Henderson, writing for Gallery Gurls, says "Through Erica Deeman’s simple yet poignant display of the works, the eloquent posing and raw presentation, and the radiance that surrounds them, all work together to profoundly exalt their presence and further the investigation into how we define ourselves, and one another. "
“I think people see people of the same race as essentially the same,” says Deeman. “So, there was a tension that I could cause by creating an environment that could be perceived as the same if you weren’t paying attention.”
The Museum of Modern Art has reinstalled its fourth-floor collection galleries with works exclusively from the 1960s. Interweaving works from all of MoMA’s curatorial departments the galleries proceed chronologically, with work installed by year. Among the works featured from 1966 is Ray Metzker's photographic composite Trolley Stop. Other featured artists include Richard Tuttle, Agnes Martin, Sigmar Polke, Vija Celmins, and Joseph Beuys.
New York times staff writer Martha Schwendener enumerates her top picks from Asia Week New York and it's "10-day parade of exhibitions". She singles out Laurence Miller Gallery's presentation of Toshio Shibata's "quiet environmental-abstractions" as a highlight.
Toshio Shibata talks to Guardian writer Sian Cain about what went into the making of his iconic picture of the Okawa Village bridge.
Helen Levitt's seminal NYC documentary film In the Street was screened as part of the survey show America Is Hard to See, the Whitney Museum of Art's inaugural exhibition in their newly opened Meatpacking District location.
The Japanese photographer Toshio Shibata is fascinated by water — in particular, the way it interacts with man-made structures. For the later half of his almost-40-year career in photography, he has explored this relationship in novel ways, hiding horizon lines and taking the perspective of the water itself with his camera, visually evoking its rushing sound.
Ray K. Metzker, a modernist photographer who called himself “an intellectual wanderer” and proved it over six decades of audacious experiment — he sometimes overlapped exposures to make a single picture from a roll of film — died in Philadelphia at age 83.