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Saturday, March 23, 2013
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Through March 23, 2013
The selection of works from the Bruce Berman Collection are what remains after museum donations and auction sales, but are no means the bottom of the barrel of the work amassed by this prominent motion picture executive. Over 100 works are on view by an impressive list of 31 artists, including mid-century legends Walker Evans, Dorothea Lange, Robert Frank, Helen Levitt, as well as more contemporary masters William Eggelston and Mitch Epstein. What unifies the work and defines the collection on view is the documentary approach to the American social-cultural landscape. These are not the elevated visions of a country and its people, rather realistic gritty views. These are the visions of the every day. There is truth to the mundane images of farmsteads and subdivisions; bakery shelves and warehouse storage spaces; conveniant stores, fairgrounds, and
abandoned schools. There is an integrity to citizens of all walks- couples, children, families, and transients. This is a vision that reveals much about the American condition and spirit. The images are often weighty even downtrodden but ever honorable proof of the struggle for survival. Through the whole of the show we can appreciate how the passage of time can bring both change and stagnation. Through the lens of 31 photographers we see that, though it is fought for daily by generations of Americans, the flicker of the American Dream has never gone out.
For more information on this exhibition, please visit Steven Kasher Galler
New Yorker Review
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