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Howard Greenberg Gallery

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
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    Leslie Gill, Folk Sculpture with Mango, 1948
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    Leslie Gill, Dali's Hands, NYC, 1948
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    Frances McLaughlin-Gill, Untitled (Vogue), 1940s
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    Frances McLaughlin-Gill, Untitled, c.1950s
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    Leslie Gill, Francis Brun and Sister, NYC, 1950
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    Irving Penn, The Fallen Pitcher, 1980
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Press for Lives & Still Lives: Leslie Gill, Frances McLaughlin-Gill and Their Circle

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

May 25 - Jul 07, 2017

  • Reception: May 25, 6 - 8pm

Where

Howard Greenberg Gallery

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

About

NEW YORK – Photographs by Leslie Gill and Frances McLaughlin-Gill will be on view together for the first time at Howard Greenberg Gallery from May 25 – July 7, 2017. The Gills shared a passion for photography at the intersection of fashion, design, and fine art in the 1940s and 1950s. With a circle of famous friends and colleagues, they led glamorous careers in the rarified worlds of Condé Nast and Hearst. The exhibition presents images by Leslie Gill who was active from 1935-1957 and Frances McLaughlin-Gill who produced work from 1943-1993, as well as work by their close contemporaries Erwin Blumenfeld, Louise Dahl-Wolfe, Paul Outerbridge, Gordon Parks, Norman Parkinson, Irving Penn, and Man Ray. Lives & Still Lives: Leslie Gill, Frances McLaughlin-Gill, and Their Circle is curated by Elisabeth Biondi, an independent curator and former Visuals Editor for The New Yorker. An opening will be held on May 25 from 6-8 p.m.

When they married in 1948 in New York City, Leslie Gill (1908-1958) and his wife Frances McLaughlin-Gill (1919-2014) were both accomplished photographers. Leslie’s work was appearing in the pages of Harper’s Bazaar, and Frances’ photographs were in Vogue. Both Gills contributed a fresh and much needed new perspective to editorial photography.

Leslie was greatly admired for his innovative approach to still life photography, pushing beyond the boundaries of standard editorial images, into the realm of fine art. At Hearst, he collaborated with Harper’s Bazaar’s legendary art director Alexey Brodovitch on ideas, design, and innovative layouts for his pictures.

McLaughlin-Gill was appreciated for her vivid, cinematic, and spontaneous approach to fashion photography, and her thoughtful reflections of the multifaceted lives of women, which was unique at the time.
As their daughter has noted, "Leslie and Frances’ work resides in rare moments between the staged and the spontaneous. When viewed alongside their circle of friends, the images demonstrate how the emergence of new technologies (strobe and high speed film) can have a rapid ricochet effect between artists. It was a moment when a new medium and a new generation entered a discipline, and on the way, shifted the focus."

“Leslie Gill and Frances McLaughlin-Gill were perfectionists. Their work differed, but they shared an ambition to create unique pictures that reflected their personalities. Leslie became a photographer when as art director at House Beautiful he did not get the pictures he wanted for his layouts. In his still lifes, his impeccable taste and focus on details made them photographic icons. Frances McLaughlin-Gill was an instinctual artist in the way she photographed the contemporary and more emancipated post WWII American woman, which continues to be an integral part of fashion photography,” noted Biondi.

Irving Penn, who was a friend of the Gills, said in 1959 when referring to Leslie Gill’s work, “A group of younger photographers responded to Gill’s talent as soon as he appeared on the scene. Many remained in later years frankly imitative. Many more, influenced, went on to other types of work bearing the mark of Gill’s inspiration. From this group grew the present American school of still-life photography, the influence of which is seen in areas far removed from the immediate one with which Leslie Gill was personally concerned. A man of cultivated visual tastes, Gill was half painter, half photographer. A feather, a piece of old wood, an egg, had for him a meaning beyond themselves.”

Alexander Liberman, the dominant creative force at Condé Nast for decades, hired Frances McLaughlin when he was art director of Vogue. He noted in 1959 “Not only was Franny’s work for Vogue classic, it was pure, the kind of photographic vision that bordered on improvisational theatre, catching the model’s face at a sensitive moment rather than following an artificial grammar inherited from European fashion photographers who were the stars of the moment. Her pioneering concepts made her a key photographer.”


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