Joel Meyerowitz Part I
Through December 1
A full survey of the artist's work to be presented in two parts by Howard Greenberg Gallery. A leader in the color revolution of photography Joel Meyerowitz was a leading figure at a time when color photography was still fighting to be considered fine art; Meyerowitz in fact is due much credit for the acceptance of the media as a refined form of artistic expression. Viewers will find a number of black and white prints along side the more celebrated color works, but like any good survey these works desurve note and inclusion. Through them we can trace back to the beginning of Meyerowitz's career and forming practice.
The photographer began bold and determined. He came to the media after overseeing the work of another famed street photographer Robert Frank. Meyerowitz, an art director for an ad-agency at the time, was taken; when he returned to his office he quit. He wanted to be a photographer. It was his boss who, on the spot, gave Meyorwitz his first camera.
The artist went onto become one of the most celebrated photographer's of our time. His sense of color is full and helps move the work, depending on subject, from soft and painterly to bold and cinemagraphic. The frames are broad and sweeping and responsive to place. We see the artist shift his air according to his subject that in his 50-year career have ranged from street scenes to landscapes, portraits to major events. Meyorwitz was the only official photographer at ground zero in NYC.
Meyerowitz is a two-time Guggenheim fellow and a recipient of awards from both the NEA and NEH. He is a recent winner of the Royal Photographic Society's highest honor, the Centenary Award. This fall for his 50 years of work he will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Lucie Awards. His work is in the collections of many major museums, including The Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, and the Museum of Fine Art, Boston.
A coinciding publication Taking My Time is also presented in dual volume and is a retrospective on the 50-year career of the artist. A view of work to date the limited edition text includes 580 color plates.
Stay tuned for Part II
December 7 - January 5th
For more information please visit the Howard Greenberg Gallery
New Yorker Review
Daily News covers the exhibition through interview.