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REVIEW - American Thoroughbred at Steven Kasher Gallery

Posted By AIPAD, Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Mr. Latham had access to pricey racehorses at all hours and at a variety of venues. He slept in the groom dorms at Saratoga Race Course and camped in a tent in Kentucky. Along the way, he photographed A.P. Indy, Curlin, Tapit, Rachel Alexandra and Ghostzapper, famous racehorses all. The rare proximity allowed Mr. Latham to capture the behavioral and attitudinal flourishes of his subjects, including their mix of pride and arrogance.

 

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Max Kozloff: The Music of Faces at Steven Kasher Gallery

Posted By AIPAD, Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Max Kozloff: The Music of Faces

Exhibition: November 8th – November 24st, 2015

 

Steven Kasher Gallery is pleased to announce a special exhibition of portraits by renowned photographer and art critic Max Kozloff. Max Kozloff: The Music of Faces is held in conjunction with Max Kozloff and the Unfolding of Photography Criticism, a symposium honoring Kozloff’s distinctive career as an art and photography critic and artist at the School of Visual Arts on November 8. Max Kozloff: The Music of Faces features a set of intimate portraits of Kozloff’s friends, many renowned artists and writers in their own right.
 

Kozloff’s 40-plus years of observation, consideration, and pursuit of meaning will be celebrated by well-known authorities speaking to some of his major concerns. Sandra Phillips, Senior Curator of

Photography at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, will address his concentration on street photography; the author and scholar Phillip Lopate will discuss Kozloff’s observations on portraiture; the celebrated photographer Duane Michals will speak on Kozloff the photographer; Robert Storr, well-known curator, critic and current Dean of the Yale School of Art, will position Kozloff’s contributions to the field of art and photography criticism. Lyle Rexer, writer and critic, will serve as moderator for the symposium.

 

Kozloff began taking photographs in 1976 after switching his field from art criticism to writing on photography. His photographs were first presented at the Holly Solomon Gallery, NY, in 1977. He has had several one-person and group exhibitions in over half a dozen countries, most notably the exhibition Max Kozloff: Critic and Photographer at the Art Institute of Chicago in 2013 and Max Kozloff: New York Over the Top at Steven Kasher Gallery in 2014.

 

“The subjects of my portraits from the 1980s were writers and artists, friends illumined by their personal style. Hoping to catch some flash of that style, I visited them at their homes, only to find myself on a blind date with a problem called available light. How to keep those sensitive figures from receding into shadow, yet retain enough of its depth to dramatize their presence? My portraits had to sustain themselves, as much through their pictorial responsibilities as by their depiction of faces. That is why color and pattern play a role in these images alongside questioning gazes, introspective moods, and singular gestures. It was a question of harmonizing structure and circumstance at short, formal, nervous notice. With little interest in known genres, I proceeded in one-on-one encounters with sitters who may have been sympathetic or vexed by the spectacle of a photographer fumbling with a tetchy camera, while, for his part, he liked the possibility that they were unaware of becoming a spectacle themselves. “

 

Max Kozloff is one of the most important figures in the fields of art and photography criticism. Within three years of his Master’s degree in Art History from the University of Chicago, he became the art critic for The Nation (1961-68), the New York correspondent for the magazine Art International (1961-64) and later moved from Associate to Contributing to Executive Editor at Artforum (1963-1976), a magazine founded in 1962 with the express intent to move US art criticism into an intellectually rigorous form.

 

Kozloff’s first book, a monograph on Jasper Johns (Abrams) was published in 1969. He has published 15 books to date in addition to contributing numerous essays to artist monographs. His 1969 anthology of critical writings,Renderings: Critical Essays on a Century of Modern Art, was one of the first to call attention to the inadequacy of current forms of criticism to deal with the new art forms of Pop and Minimalism.

 

He has been the recipient of fellowships from Pulitzer, Fulbright, the Guggenheim and the National Endowment for the Arts for critical writing in the arts. The College Art Association (CAA) awarded him its highest award for art criticism and the International Center for Photography (ICP) awarded him its prize for excellence in writing on photography. He has held teaching positions at the University of Chicago, the Cooper Union, Queens College, Yale University, the Chicago Art Institute, UCLA and from 1989-2000 at the School of Visual Arts (SVA), New York in the MFA Photography, Video and Related Media department.

 

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Press Previews: Selma March 1965 at Steven Kasher Gallery

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, March 3, 2015

On View: March 5th – April 18th 2015

 

Reception with James Barker, Tracy Martin and Michelle Moore Peel

Thursday, March 5th from 6:00 – 8:00 pm

 

 

Never before . . . has the work of photographers James Barker, Spider Martin and Charles Moore been brought together like this.  By combining their work, the exhibition captures in a new way the angst, courage and chaos of this seminal moment in American history.  - Steven Kasher

 

Steven Kasher Gallery’s Selma March 1965 exhibition commemorates the 50th anniversary of the marches and the catalyzation of the Voting rights Act.  The Steven Kasher Gallery has been dedicated to exposing work on the Civil Rights Movement; this Selma March 1965 exhibition marks the gallery’s 30th public show on the subject.  The exhibition has rightfully earned much press.  

 

Selma March 1965 presents a collection of over 150 period prints depicting three Selma-to-Montgomery marches.  When they were taken these works rocked the nation and galvanized the Civil Rights Movement; today they stand in memoriam, but still chill us to our humanitarian core. Galelry Director, Steven Kasher said of the image-selection: “Together the images . . . present a complex compelling tableau that is both monumental and intimate, brave and vulnerable.  [It] is inspiring, but also a chilling reminder that those who fight for social justice do at great risk, [and] with no guarantee that their efforts will be successful” (Kasher Press Release). 

 

 

Learn more about the exhibition and preview the show online at Steven Kasher Gallery.  

Notable coverage, including the New York Times and Smithsonian Magazine, available from Steven Kasher Gallery's Press Page.


Image Information:

Spider Martin

Hosea Williams and John Lewis Confront Troopers on Bloody Sunday

Courtesy of Steven Kasher Gallery, New York


 

 

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Survey of Nine Years on 23rd. Street.

Posted By Administration, Thursday, April 24, 2014
Steven Kasher Gallery prepares to move to 26th Street this summer.

Slaves of Mimesis

Exhibition Dates:  April 24 - May 24, 2014

Opening Reception:  
Thursday, April 24
6:00 - 8:00 pm

Steven Kasher Gallery's Slaves of Mimeses will celebrate the over 100 Exhibitions and a forthcoming move to 515 W. 26th. Street with a survey show.  Poignant previously exhibited works by over 50 artists will help identify key themes to the gallery's agenda.  There are six major themes running through the work:  New York Countercultures, Liberation struggles, Glamor/Sex, Street/public Sphere; Musicians, and Typological Portraits.  

The exhibition title is derived in part from the theory of Plato's Cave where all art is thrice removed from reality; Mimesis is a Greek term which means "limitation," re-creation, or portrayal.  Certainly this promises to be a pinnacle moment in the life of the gallery; a moment of looking backward and looking forward.  

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Top 10 to Watch: Jerome Liebling at Steven Kasher Galelry

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Matter of Life and Death

Exhibition Dates: March 13 - April 19, 2014

 

Opening Reception: March 13th

 6:00 – 8:00 pm

 

There is a sublime and special respect that is ordinary, but which I think I sometimes push to heights of importance.   
                       - Jerome Liebling

 

Jerome Liebling’s images are touching and intimate.  The direct connection made between subject and photographer resonates in his frames and in a flash we are brought into the moment. It is Liebling’s subject’s direct gaze that implicates us, and in the simple every-day occurrences he captured we feel the pulse of life, its truth, its joy and grit.

 

Liebling grew up in Brooklyn as the son of European immigrants.  During World War II Liebling enlisted to fight in a cause he believed in and went on to serve in the 82nd Airborne.  His wartime experience had a profound affect on him and caused him to develop a staunch anti-war sentiment that endured his entire lifetime.  These experiences are what honed his focus on the daily battles of life itself; often his subjects were the marginalized or overlooked.  

 

Images themselves are rhythmic and smooth.  Our eyes often catch the subjects directly and when they do they lock we are held.  It is difficult to move out of these frames as the satisfaction of the image entwines us.   In tight portraits we may find ourselves floating through the scenes on coat wings or hat brims, chains or clothing’s folds.  Sometimes the work is a little more spatially inclusive, and we wander unexpectedly between shoulders or tree limbs, through faces in the crowd, or catch a stranger in the decisive moment of a passing glance.  There seems always to be a secret revealed in the works, and though they are of the every day there is something both magical and piercing about them. 

 

The show includes both early vintage photographs and later large-scale prints in black and white and color, and was curated by his daughter, filmmaker Rachel Liebling.  Spanning six decades, the 75 photographs in the show comprise a retrospective of selected works that explore the themes of youth, maturity, and death. 

 

Liebling attended the Brooklyn College under the G.I. Bill and studied design with the painter Ad Reinhardt and photography with Walter Rosenblum. In 1948, Liebling joined the Photo League, a socially minded photographers’ cooperative, where, along with Paul Strand, W. Eugene Smith and Aaron Siskind.

 

Jerome Liebling's photographs are held in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington; and the J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, among many others.

For more information on this exhibition, please visit Steven Kasher Gallery

 

The exhibition was named as one of MutualArt’s Top 10 Openings to watch.

 

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