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Howard Greenberg Gallery

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  • James Van Der Zee

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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

Mar 07 - Apr 27, 2019

  • Reception: Mar 07, 6 - 8pm

Where

Howard Greenberg Gallery

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

About

NEW YORK— James Van Der Zee, the celebrated African American photographer whose studio was at the crossroads of the Harlem Renaissance, depicted the lives of black New Yorkers for decades. Forty of his influential portraits will be on view at Howard Greenberg Gallery from March 7- April 27, 2019. Spanning the 1920s through the 1950s, James Van Der Zee: Studio marks the photographer’s first exhibition in New York in over 15 years, providing a window into his legendary studio and the vast archive he created of Harlem’s cultural history. Van Der Zee’s inclusion in the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Harlem on My Mind exhibition in 1969 brought his work to a new audience securing his reputation as one of the great photographers of the 20th century. An opening reception will be held on Thursday, March 7, from 6 – 8 p.m.

When James Van Der Zee opened his photography studio on 135th Street in 1918, a new era was beginning in Harlem, a time when jazz, poetry, art, and literature all flourished. Capturing the glamour as well as everyday life, Van Der Zee became known as the eye of the Harlem Renaissance.

Unique among portrait photographers, Van Der Zee used painted backdrops and luxurious props, creating elaborate tableaux for his subjects, and bathing them in flattering lighting. After developing his photographs, he would at times take out his paintbrushes, carefully hand coloring his images. Finding and portraying the elegance and refinement of his subjects was his mission be it Marcus Garvey, the noted civil rights activist and politician, or multiple generations celebrating a family event.

While known predominantly for his portraits, Van Der Zee also chronicled the streets around him. The exhibition will include his photographs showing Harlem storefronts, parades, and church groups, providing a glimpse of the era’s quotidian elements of life. Together with his portraits, they give viewers the most complete picture available of lives lived in Harlem for over a half a century.

James Van Der Zee’s legacy has inspired numerous contemporary artists among them Lorna Simpson, who referenced Van Der Zee’s props in her recent photography; Dawoud Bey, who attended the 1969 Metropolitan Museum exhibition as a 16-year-old and was deeply affected; and Barry Jenkins, the director of the 2019 Oscar-nominated film If Beale Street Could Talk.

“Seeing Van Der Zee’s photographs of ordinary African Americans marked the beginning of my own aspirations,” notes Dawoud Bey, whose work will be subject of a traveling exhibition at New York’s Whitney Museum of American Art next year. “Certainly my early Harlem, USA photographs sought to portray the Harlem residents of the 1970s with a dignity that I first encountered in his work.”

About James Van Der Zee
James Van Der Zee (1886-1983) was born in Lenox, Massachusetts. At the age of 14, he received his first camera and took hundreds of photographs of his family and the town of Lenox. In 1916, he moved to Harlem just as large numbers of black migrants and immigrants were arriving there. He set up his first portrait studio in his sister’s music conservatory and two years later, with his second wife, Gaynella Greenlee, established the Guarantee Photo Studio in Harlem. Quickly Van Der Zee became the most successful photographer in Harlem. Early 20th century entertainer/dancer Bill “Bojangles” Robinson and renowned poet Countee Cullen were among his more prominent subjects.

In 1969, the art world finally took notice when Van Der Zee’s work formed the centerpiece of the Harlem on My Mind exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Although the exhibition was controversial and its many shortcomings caused anger in the black community, it did have a powerful effect on his career. Many in turn promoted his work in exhibitions around the nation. He and his images were also the subject of numerous books and documentaries. In the few years before his death, encouraged by his third wife, Donna Van Der Zee, whom he married in 1978 and who manages his estate, Van Der Zee came out of retirement to photograph luminaries such as Jean-Michel Basquiat, Miles Davis, and Muhammad Ali. In 1993, the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C. exhibited his work as a posthumous tribute.

About Howard Greenberg Gallery
Since its inception over 35 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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