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Review: Street Life at Keith De Lellis Gallery

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, July 29, 2014
Street Life:  A group exhibition of vintage street photography

Through August 8, 2014

This exhibition draws from the work of eight photographers:  Donald Blumberg, Mario Carrieri, Ugo Zovetti, Beuford Smith, Marvine E. Newman, Simpson Kalisher, Jan Lukas, and Anthony Barboza.  Keith De Lellis's summer show touches on a familiar even popular summer theme- street photography, and this selection of vintage works from the 60's and early 70's is a fun and gritty reflection of the era.  Drawn from work by lesser-known or at least lesser-exposed artists, none of the images carry preconceived baggage.  Viewers are able to see the work and the theme with fresh eyes.  Besides subject matter, a graphic dynamism unites the images- angles, perspective, and even motion-blur reoccurs working to unite imagery and to heighten the sensations in each frame.  Some subjects are light and merely reflect the style of the day- take Lucas's Untitled from 1964 for example, which features a table of the latest in lady's eye-ware.  Other works touch on race and class issues- Smith's Kill Whitey is arguably the most potent; it depicts a building graffitied with the same words and a tenant leaning out an upper window with an american flag waving in the breeze.  It is heavy, charged, but eerily calm.  Another work directly references the day's social inequities:  Lukas's Washington Square's focal point is a trio portrait painting of Kennedy, an African american youth, and the ghost of Lincoln over their shoulders.  This work shows tensions and trials of the era in a tenuous but in more idyllic light.  Cityscapes, cars, couples, children, businessmen, workmen, and others all become character-actors that help pull us into these animated street scenes.

For more information on this exhibition, please visit Keith De Lellis Gallery

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Image Information:
Marvin E. Newman, Young Man Waiting For Bus, Chicago, 1951
Gelatin Silver Print, Courtesy of Keith De Lellis Gallery
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