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Howard Greenberg Gallery

Sid Grossman

  • Sid Grossman
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    Sid Grossman, New York Recent, 1940s

Press for Sid Grossman

Current Exhibitions at Howard Greenberg Gallery


Subject: Contact

  • Bruce Davidson,
  • Opens: May. 02, 2019
  • Closes: Jun. 15, 2019
  • Reception: May. 02, 2019
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Studio

  • James Van Der Zee,
  • Opens: Mar. 07, 2019
  • Closes: Apr. 27, 2019
  • Reception: Mar. 07, 2019
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Black & Light

  • Ray K. Metzker,
  • Opens: Jan. 10, 2019
  • Closes: Mar. 02, 2019
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

The Color Work

  • Vivian Maier,
  • Opens: Nov. 14, 2018
  • Closes: Mar. 02, 2019
  • Reception: Nov. 14, 2018
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Anthropocene

  • Edward Burtynsky,
  • Opens: Nov. 14, 2018
  • Closes: Jan. 05, 2019
  • Reception: Nov. 14, 2018
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

William Klein

  • William Klein,
  • Opens: Sep. 12, 2018
  • Closes: Nov. 10, 2018
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

The New Beginning for Italian Photography: 1945 - 1965

  • Stefano Robino,
  • Sante Vittorio Malli,
  • Mario de Biasi,
  • Carlo Bavagnoli,
  • Roberto Spampinato,
  • Enrico Cattaneo,
  • Tullio Farabola,
  • Augusto Cantamessa,
  • Mario Giacomelli,
  • Fulvio Roiter,
  • Opens: Sep. 12, 2018
  • Closes: Nov. 10, 2018
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Opening

  • Jungjin Lee,
  • Opens: Sep. 12, 2018
  • Closes: Nov. 10, 2018
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Staff Picks VII

  • Bruce Davidson,
  • Leon Levinstein,
  • Tosh Matsumoto,
  • Sid Grossman
  • Ruth Orkin,
  • Homer Page,
  • George Platt Lynes,
  • Saul Leiter,
  • Ray K. Metzker,
  • Stefano Robino,
  • Arthur Leipzig,
  • Robert Doisneau,
  • Nathan Lyons,
  • Gary Winogrand,
  • Arnold Newman,
  • Vivian Maier,
  • William Klein,
  • Philip Jones Griffiths,
  • Bill Owens,
  • James Karales,
  • Iwao Yamawaki,
  • Ann Shanks,
  • Brassai,
  • Mick Rock,
  • Dennis Stock,
  • Walker Evans,
  • Mary Ellen Mark,
  • Eugene Atget,
  • William Gedney,
  • Ralph Eugene Meatyard,
  • Sy Kattelson,
  • Helen Levitt,
  • Robert Frank,
  • Frank Gohlke,
  • Lee Friedlander,
  • Bill Burke,
  • Opens: Jul. 10, 2018
  • Closes: Aug. 30, 2018
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Ray K. Metzker

  • Ray K. Metzker,
  • Opens: May. 10, 2018
  • Closes: Jun. 30, 2018
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Early Color

  • Saul Leiter,
  • Opens: May. 10, 2018
  • Closes: Jun. 30, 2018
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

In My Room

  • Saul Leiter,
  • Opens: May. 10, 2018
  • Closes: Aug. 30, 2018
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

One Hundred

  • Arnold Newman,
  • Opens: May. 10, 2018
  • Closes: Jun. 30, 2018
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

A Palm Tree Is A Palm Tree Is A Palm Tree

  • Bruno V. Roels,
  • Opens: Mar. 22, 2018
  • Closes: May. 05, 2018
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

"Love" & Other Stories

  • Ed van der Elsken,
  • Opens: Mar. 22, 2018
  • Closes: May. 05, 2018
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Steve Kahn: The Hollywood Suites

  • Steve Kahn,
  • Opens: Feb. 01, 2018
  • Closes: Mar. 17, 2018
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

The Immigrants

  • Ernst Haas,
  • Alfred Stieglitz,
  • Lewis Hine,
  • Augustus Frederick Sherman,
  • Erich Kastan,
  • Arthur Rothstein,
  • Eadweard Muybridge,
  • Dorothea Lange,
  • Ansel Adams,
  • Jack Delano,
  • Walter Rosenblum,
  • Jacob Riis,
  • Arnold Eagle,
  • Bruce Davidson,
  • Marc Riboud,
  • Ruth Orkin,
  • Dennis Stock,
  • David "Chim" Seymour,
  • Alex Majoli,
  • Robert Capa,
  • Diana Walker,
  • Alexander Alland,
  • Leon Levinstein,
  • Robert Frank,
  • Anton Bruehl,
  • Margaret Bourke-White,
  • Gordon Parks,
  • Arthur Leipzig,
  • Arthur Lavine,
  • Alex Webb,
  • Manuel Alvarez Bravo,
  • Dulce Pinzon,
  • Bill Owens,
  • Edward Burtynsky,
  • Tseng Kwong Chi,
  • Mary Ellen Mark,
  • Boushra Almutawakel,
  • W. Eugene Smith,
  • Bob Gruen,
  • Edward S. Curtis,
  • Opens: Dec. 14, 2017
  • Closes: Jan. 27, 2018
  • Reception: Dec. 14, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Heroic Times

  • Steve Schapiro,
  • Opens: Dec. 14, 2017
  • Closes: Jan. 27, 2018
  • Reception: Dec. 14, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

In India

  • William Gedney,
  • Opens: Oct. 26, 2017
  • Closes: Dec. 09, 2017
  • Reception: Oct. 26, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Eternal Light

  • Kenro Izu,
  • Opens: Oct. 26, 2017
  • Closes: Dec. 09, 2017
  • Reception: Oct. 26, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Bombay

  • Raghubir Singh,
  • Opens: Oct. 26, 2017
  • Closes: Dec. 09, 2017
  • Reception: Oct. 26, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Margaret Bourke-White: Syria in 1940

  • Vintage Photographs from Life Magazine,
  • Opens: Jun. 26, 2014
  • Closes: Aug. 29, 2014
  • Reception: Jun. 26, 2014
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

The Middle East Revealed: A Female Perspective

  • Reem Al Faisal,
  • Boushra Almutawakel,
  • Rania Matar,
  • Shadi Ghadirian,
  • Opens: Jun. 26, 2014
  • Closes: Aug. 29, 2014
  • Reception: Jun. 26, 2014
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

In Her Own Hands

  • Vivian Maier,
  • Opens: Oct. 30, 2014
  • Closes: Dec. 06, 2014
  • Reception: Oct. 30, 2014
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

European Trip: Photographs from the Car

  • Joel Meyerowitz,
  • Opens: Apr. 18, 2014
  • Closes: Jun. 21, 2014
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Saul Leiter

  • Saul Leiter,
  • Opens: Sep. 19, 2014
  • Closes: Oct. 25, 2014
  • Reception: Sep. 18, 2014
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Proximities

  • Alice Attie,
  • Opens: Sep. 19, 2014
  • Closes: Oct. 18, 2014
  • Reception: Sep. 18, 2014
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

The Effect of France

  • Joel Meyerowitz,
  • Opens: Apr. 18, 2014
  • Closes: Aug. 01, 2014
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

A Cool Breeze

  • Group show,
  • Opens: Jul. 06, 2016
  • Closes: Sep. 02, 2016
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

In Color

  • Bruce Davidson,
  • Opens: Oct. 30, 2014
  • Closes: Dec. 06, 2014
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Dave Heath

  • Dave Heath,
  • Opens: Sep. 10, 2015
  • Closes: Oct. 24, 2015
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Invisible City / Night Walk

  • Ken Schles,
  • Opens: Jan. 29, 2015
  • Closes: Mar. 14, 2015
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

A Fine Life

  • Willis Buzz Hartshorn,
  • Opens: Jan. 29, 2015
  • Closes: Mar. 14, 2015
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Brooklyn + Klein

  • William Klein,
  • Opens: Mar. 19, 2015
  • Closes: May. 02, 2015
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Certain Women

  • Neil Selkirk,
  • Opens: Mar. 19, 2015
  • Closes: May. 02, 2015
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Land Lines

  • Group Exhibition,
  • Opens: Jul. 20, 2015
  • Closes: Aug. 31, 2015
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Unnamed Road and Everglades

  • Jungjin Lee,
  • Opens: Oct. 29, 2015
  • Closes: Dec. 12, 2015
  • Reception: Oct. 29, 2015
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Where I Live

  • Tom Arndt,
  • Opens: May. 25, 2017
  • Closes: Jul. 07, 2017
  • Reception: May. 25, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Lives & Still Lives: Leslie Gill, Frances McLaughlin-Gill and Their Circle

  • Leslie Gill,
  • Frances McLaughlin-Gill,
  • Erwin Blumenfeld,
  • Man Ray,
  • Paul Outerbridge,
  • Gordon Parks,
  • Arnold Newman,
  • Norman Parkinson,
  • Irving Penn,
  • Louise Dahl-Wolfe,
  • Opens: May. 25, 2017
  • Closes: Jul. 07, 2017
  • Reception: May. 25, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

An Archeology of Fear and Desire

  • Frederic Brenner,
  • Opens: May. 07, 2015
  • Closes: Jul. 10, 2015
  • Reception: May. 07, 2015
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Upon Reflection: Photographs by Judy Glickman Lauder

  • Judy Glickman Lauder,
  • Opens: Apr. 06, 2017
  • Closes: May. 20, 2017
  • Reception: Apr. 06, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

The Mechanics of Expression

  • Vera Lutter,
  • Sameer Makarius,
  • Otto Steinert,
  • Peter Keetman,
  • Ludwig Windstosser,
  • Opens: Apr. 06, 2017
  • Closes: May. 13, 2017
  • Reception: Apr. 06, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

ATTITUDE

  • Mary Ellen Mark,
  • Curated by Melissa Harris,
  • Opens: May. 05, 2016
  • Closes: Jun. 18, 2016
  • Reception: May. 05, 2016
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Staff Picks VI

  • Berenice Abbott,
  • Alexander Alland,
  • John Albok,
  • Brassai,
  • Joseph Breitenbach,
  • Bill Burke,
  • Harry Callahan,
  • Henri Cartier-Bresson,
  • Mark Citret,
  • Bruce Davidson,
  • Arnold Eagle,
  • Adolf Fassbender,
  • Robert Frank,
  • Lee Friedlander,
  • William Gedney,
  • Giraudon's Artist,
  • Frank Gohlke,
  • Leo Goldstein,
  • Bedrich Grunzweig,
  • Dave Heath,
  • James Karales,
  • Imre Kinszki,
  • Jindrich Koch,
  • Jacques Henri Lartigue,
  • Saul Leiter,
  • Leon Levinstein,
  • Sol Libsohn,
  • Danny Lyon,
  • Wendell Macrae,
  • Joel Meyerowitz,
  • Sarah Moon,
  • Inge Morath,
  • Arnold Newman,
  • Marvin Newman,
  • Jaroslav Rossler,
  • Peter Sekaer,
  • Edward Steichen,
  • Dennis Stock,
  • John Vachon,
  • UPI,
  • Edward Weston,
  • Alfred Eisenstaedt,
  • Arthur Leipzig,
  • Friedrich Seidenstucker,
  • Opens: Jul. 13, 2017
  • Closes: Aug. 25, 2017
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Office Romance

  • Kathy Ryan,
  • Opens: May. 05, 2016
  • Closes: Jun. 18, 2016
  • Reception: May. 05, 2016
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Street Style

  • Frederic Brenner,
  • Richard Avedon,
  • Peter Lindbergh,
  • Ed van der Elsken,
  • Leon Levinstein,
  • Sy Kattelson,
  • William Klein,
  • Bruce Davidson,
  • Allen Ginsberg,
  • Frances McLaughlin-Gill,
  • Homer Page,
  • Gordon Parks,
  • Marc Riboud,
  • Joel Meyerowitz,
  • Alex Majoli,
  • Opens: Jul. 13, 2017
  • Closes: Aug. 25, 2017
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Morandi, Cézanne and Me

  • Joel Meyerowitz,
  • Opens: Sep. 07, 2017
  • Closes: Oct. 21, 2017
  • Reception: Sep. 07, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

A New and Mysterious Art: Ancient Photographic Methods in Contemporary Art

  • Takashi Arai,
  • Stephen Berkman,
  • Dan Estabrook,
  • Adam Fuss,
  • Luther Gerlach,
  • Vera Lutter,
  • Sally Mann,
  • Matthias Olmeta,
  • France Scully Osterman,
  • Mark Osterman,
  • Craig Tuffin,
  • Opens: Sep. 14, 2016
  • Closes: Oct. 29, 2016
  • Reception: Sep. 14, 2016
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

SKENE

  • Alex Majoli,
  • Opens: Feb. 16, 2017
  • Closes: Apr. 01, 2017
  • Reception: Feb. 16, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

WEEGEE

  • WEEGEE,
  • Opens: Feb. 16, 2017
  • Closes: Apr. 01, 2017
  • Reception: Feb. 16, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Sid Grossman

  • Sid Grossman
  • Opens: Jan. 12, 2017
  • Closes: Feb. 11, 2017
  • Reception: Jan. 12, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Curated by Colin Westerbeck

  • A Democracy of Imagery,
  • Opens: Mar. 24, 2016
  • Closes: Apr. 30, 2016
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Sy Kattelson

  • Sy Kattelson,
  • Opens: Jan. 12, 2017
  • Closes: Feb. 11, 2017
  • Reception: Jan. 12, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Essential Elements 1981 - 2012 and Salt Pans 2016

  • Edward Burtynsky,
  • Opens: Nov. 04, 2016
  • Closes: Dec. 31, 2016
  • Reception: Nov. 04, 2016
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Between the Dog and the Wolf

  • Joel Meyerowitz,
  • Opens: Sep. 07, 2017
  • Closes: Oct. 21, 2017
  • Reception: Sep. 07, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

When

Jan 12 - Feb 11, 2017

  • Reception: Jan 12, 6 - 8pm
  • Artist Talk: Feb 08, 6 - 8pm
  • Panel Discussion on Sid Grossman with Keith F. Davis, John Jacob, Sy Kattelson and Anne Wilkes Tucker.

Where

Howard Greenberg Gallery

  • 41 E 57th St, Suite 1406, New York NY 10022 Map
  • 212.334.0010

About

NEW YORK – The first solo exhibition in 30 years to explore the legacy of Sid Grossman (1913 – 1955) will be on view at Howard Greenberg Gallery from January 12 – February 11, 2017. The exhibition coincides with the publication of a new monograph, The Life and Work of Sid Grossman, published by Steidl/Howard Greenberg Library, with an essay by the curator and photo historian Keith F. Davis.

In a short career, ended by his untimely death at age 42, New York native Sid Grossman left an indelible mark as an artist and teacher on the photography of his era and beyond. In 1936, Grossman and his friend Sol Libsohn co-founded the Photo League, the left-leaning, socially conscious photographers’ cooperative and school. Photographing at a very close distance and using blur and off-kilter compositions, Grossman’s work of the late 1940s anticipates the work of many better known street photographers of the 1950s and 60s.

“Grossman’s vision of creative photography changed the lives of many around him and resulted in a body of work of major historical importance,” Davis writes in the book. Among the many photographers who were taught or influenced directly by Grossman are Sy Kattelson, Leon Levinstein, and Lisette Model. More broadly, traits of Grossman’s work and philosophy can be seen in the work of Ted Croner, Roy DeCarava, Louis Faurer, Robert Frank, William Klein, and Saul Leiter as well as Garry Winogrand and a younger generation of 1960s artists.

The exhibition surveys 35 photographs by Grossman, from his own neighborhood of Chelsea, to Little Italy and Coney Island, as well as in Central America during World War II, while serving as a U. S. Army photographer.

While stationed in Panama during the War, Grossman honed his skills with the use of a top quality photography lab as a public relations photographer for the Air Corps. A jumping girl in a white dress made in Panama in 1945 is filled with exuberance. The graininess and blurriness of the image underscores the emotional vitality of the subject, a pivotal moment that would lead to a new way of thinking by American street photographers.

Some of Grossman’s best known work was made in Coney Island during the summers of 1947 and 1948. His groups of sunbathers gathering together and performing for the camera are visceral and dynamic. As Davis notes, “They are remarkable pictures—at once richly humane and bursting with graphic energy. The subject was perfect for Grossman: Coney Island was a landscape of human flesh, an endless index of physical gesture, contact, and vulnerability.”

Made during the same 1947-48 period, his powerful image of a slightly blurred boy with a mask and a toy gun playing next to a crumbling brick wall has a similar energy and physicality, yet alludes to man’s darker nature.

In April 1949, Grossman’s career was hit by an extraordinary turn of events, from which it would never recover. A fellow member of the Photo League, Angela Calomiris, was revealed to be an undercover FBI agent and testified against Grossman, asserting that he had introduced her to the Communism. As Davis explains in the book, “In this deeply shameful era of American political history, personal reputations were tarnished or destroyed on the basis of hearsay or uncorroborated undercover reports.”

Grossman never again photographed on the streets of New York. He spent time in Provincetown, Massachusetts, where he continued to make pictures, and later made a group of images of New York City Ballet dancers. His public exhibitions in museums and galleries ended mostly in 1948. He died of a heart attack in December of 1955. In modern American photography, no greater career has been cut off so prematurely. Work by Sid Grossman can be found in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; and the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.

The exhibition will include a small selection of work by some of Sid Grossman’s students including Rebecca Lepkoff, Leon Levinstein, Arthur Leipzig, and Ruth Orkin.

A companion exhibition with work by Sy Kattelson, a student and close friend of Sid Grossman, will be on view at Howard Greenberg Gallery Two, next to the main gallery, also from January 12 – February 11, 2017.


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