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REVIEW - The Wall Street Journal Reviews L. Parker Stephenson Photographs, Keith de Lellis Gallery, and Robert Mann Gallery

Posted By AIPAD, Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Portraits, Painterly Photographs and the Pacific


A show of six portrait photographers, plus LĂ©onard Misonne and Chip Hooper in On Photography


Read William Meyers's reviews here

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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

New Yorker Review

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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Review: Black & Beautiful at Keith de Lellis Gallery

Posted By Administration, Monday, February 24, 2014

Through March 1, 2014


Wall Street Journal Review:


A Group Exhibition Celebrating African-American Portraiture 


"Few of the pictures in the exhibition of black portraits at de Lellis are well known, although many of the photographers and many of the subjects are. Recently there was a James Karales retrospective at the Howard Greenberg Gallery, but I do not recall ever seeing "Martin Luther King, Jr." (1962), a portrait he took in very dim light of the civil-rights leader talking to an unseen audience. Carl Van Vechten, the subject of a recent biography, is represented by portraits of dancer Geoffrey Holder, actor Paul Robeson, author Langston Hughes and, my favorite, an informal shot of trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie. The Life magazine photojournalist Alfred Eisenstaedt has a picture of a woman wearing a toque blanche, "Domestic Help at Redcliff Plantation" (1937). 

The portrait Robin Carson took in 1944 of Billie Holiday with a gardenia in her hair is better known than the one at de Lellis, circa 1936, but what a stunning woman she was, elegant with a simple pearl necklace, and intense even when not singing. Grace Jones was photographed by Anthony Barboza in 1972 in a close-up carefully lit to show the texture of her dark skin and have it meld seamlessly with the dark background. There are other "name" photographers, including Chester Higgins Jr., Wayne Miller and Doris Ulmann, and celebrity subjects such as Josephine Baker, Nat King Cole, Fats Domino and Ethel Waters, but work by less well-known artists adds considerably to this group show, too."  




More information on the exhibition at Leith de Lellis Gallery.


New York Photo Review 


Image Information:

Robin Carson - Billie Holiday - c. 1936

Courtesy of Keith de Lellis Gallery

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