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Joel Meyerowitz

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The Howard Greenberg Gallery in New York is showing two exhibitions of the work of Joel Meyerowitz until May 31, 2014: European Trip: Photographs from the Car and The Effect of France

European Trip
European Trip presents forty images from 1966-67 made by Meyerowitz as he traveled in Europe. The photographs have not been on view since their debut in a MoMa exhibition in 1968.

“During my European car trip in the 1960s, I often saw remarkable things fly by outside my window, things that would be gone had I stopped to go back to see what they were,” recalls Meyerowitz. “In a way the photographs in European Trip comprise my first conceptual work. I thought of myself as sitting inside a moving camera on wheels, and that the window was the frame which showed me the continuous scrolling of events flying by outside.”

The Effect of France
While living in Provence a few years ago, Meyerowitz was inspired to buy a few odd objects as a gift for a friend he was visiting in Tuscany. But when he arrived in Tuscany, the objects suddenly “spoke” to him. “I saw their identity, so to speak, and began to put them, and a few other old objects I came across, into a kind of little theater space I created. After awhile, they seemed to step forward on the stage as individuals, and I found myself making ’portraits’ of them.” The portraits in The Effect of France were made mostly in dark spaces with a small skylight providing a soft weak light, much like the light Edward Weston used for his pepper.

For further information visit: Greenberg Gallery

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