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Howard Greenberg Gallery

The Mechanics of Expression

  • Vera Lutter,
  • Sameer Makarius,
  • Otto Steinert,
  • Peter Keetman,
  • Ludwig Windstosser
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    Vera Lutter, Clock Tower, Brooklyn, June 29, 2009
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    Peter Keetman, Volkswagen Bumpers, 1953
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    Sameer Makarius, Moises haciendo brotar agua, 1961
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    Ludwig Windstosser, Untitled, 1950s
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    Otto Steinert, Saarlandische Industrielandschaft II, 1950
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Press for The Mechanics of Expression

Current Exhibitions at Howard Greenberg Gallery


Don McCullin

  • Don McCullin,
  • Opens: Sep. 11, 2019
  • Closes: Nov. 16, 2019
  • Reception: Sep. 11, 2019
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

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

Apr 06 - May 13, 2017

  • Reception: Apr 06, 6 - 8pm

Where

Howard Greenberg Gallery

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

About

NEW YORK – In 1949, a group of avant-garde photographers banded together in Germany to revitalize creativity in photography, which had been deemed degenerate by the Nazis. Founded by Otto Steinert, the group became known as Fotoform. By picking up where the Surrealists and the Bauhaus left off, Fotoform became a movement and spread internationally.

The experimental vision and spirit of the Fotoform group is on view in The Mechanics of Expression: Vera Lutter, Sameer Makarius & Otto Steinert at Howard Greenberg Gallery from April 6 – May 13, 2017. The exhibition explores work by Steinert and his Fotoform group, as well as Sameer Makarius (1924-2009) who formed a photography group in Argentina, and contemporary artist Vera Lutter. Although living in different countries at different times, the artists exhibit a similar visual vocabulary. An opening reception will be held on Thursday, April 6, from 6 – 8 p.m.

From its origins, the medium of photography has held out the promise of enhanced vision, of eyes outside our bodies, in the words of László Moholy-Nagy. It has enticed its practitioners into realms of experiment and speculation, and inspired them to produce works that are equal parts science and self-expression. Even as the medium evolved artistically toward a documentary precision and a fidelity to appearances, it developed an alternative history, a tradition of testing the boundaries of the visual.


The artists in the exhibition have carried that tradition forward in dramatic ways. They have given free rein to photographic processes, embraced abstraction, explored extreme ideas of form, and adapted the oldest photographic tools to new uses and formats.

Profoundly influenced by Moholy-Nagy, Otto Steinert led an effort after World War II to revive the investigative essence of Bauhaus photography. Forming the Fotoform group in 1949, Steinert organized a series of exhibitions that broke with the conventions of documentary realism that largely defined the medium. Championing what he called subjective photography, Steinert and the Fotoform artists sought to reforge the links between photography’s experimental, nonobjective elements and the inner experience of both viewer and photographer.

Egyptian-born Sameer Makarius established his own photography group, Forum, in Buenos Aires. Makarius was one of Argentina’s premier documentarians but also one of the medium’s most radical practitioners. Also influenced by Moholy-Nagy, he merged painting and photography through the use of cliché verre – creating his own abstract negatives on glass.

The contemporary work of Vera Lutter (b. 1960) has embodied this experimental spirit in photography by looking forward and back simultaneously. Lutter has revived the prephotographic device of the camera obscura to create large, one-of-a-kind negative pinhole images of cityscapes. Her focus on industrial sites evokes a city of labor and production, but one long since undergoing transformation.

By playing with reality, the photographers at times cause the viewer to question what they are seeing. In the exhibition, Steinert’s experiments with textural vaselike forms turned horizontal from 1955-56 are juxtaposed with his early 1950s industrial smoke stacks. An extraordinary level of experimention can be seen in Makarius’s 1961 amorphous splattered abstractions. Lutter, who credits the Fotoform group as an influence, is represented by her depiction of bold architectural forms in her 1996 Fulton Ferry Landing and 2015 Brooklyn Bridge photographs.

The photographers in The Mechanics of Expression: Vera Lutter, Sameer Makarius & Otto Steinert offer viewers a new role – as explorers of visual worlds far beyond the range of normal seeing. As Steinert wrote, “Photography gives us for the first time a feeling of the structure of things with an intensity which the eye, limited by its accommodation, had hitherto been quite unable to perceive.”

About Howard Greenberg Gallery
Since its inception over 30 years ago, Howard Greenberg Gallery has built a vast and ever-changing collection of some of the most important photographs in the medium. The Gallery's collection acts as a living history of photography, offering genres and styles from Pictorialism to Modernism, in addition to contemporary photography and images conceived for industry, advertising, and fashion. Howard Greenberg Gallery is located at 41 East 57th Street, Suite 1406, New York. The gallery exhibits at The ADAA Art Show, The Armory Show, The Photography Show presented by AIPAD, New York, Photo London, Art Basel, Paris Photo, and Art Basel Miami Beach. For more information, contact 212-334-0010 or info@howardgreenberg.com or visit www.howardgreenberg.com.

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