DATE: June 24, 2011
Henry Wessel: Vintage Photographs
Through July 8, 2011
Untitled, 1982, gelatin silver print, © Henry Wessel,
Courtesy of Pace/McGill Gallery
mini retrospective of Henry Wessel's work now on view at Pace/Macgill
is an eclectic mix of vernacular images. From humerus landscapes to
straight shots of neighborhood homes; from intimate moments rendered
comical to backs at the beach there is one thing that ties the work
together- the quality of light. Many of the images on exhibition and
much of Wessel's work was made in the West, California in particular.
While the construction of his work may rely on or reference his
documentary photography influences, Walker Evans and Robert Frank among
them, the quality of his print was unique. The printing trend at the
time was to lean on the heavy tones, but this would not due for Wessel.
Perhaps influenced by the light that drew him West, Wessel brought out
the subtle tones in the liter range. For this his prints have a warm
richness and even seem to shine from within.
For more on this exhibition visit Pace/Macgill Gallery.
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