Friday, April 10, 2009

André Kertész: In the Depths of Winter @Silverstein

JTF (just the facts): A total of 15 vintage gelatin silver prints, framed in black and matted, and hung in the back gallery. The images were taken in the period between 1940 and 1977. (Installation shots at right.)

Comments/Context: Given the repeated heavy snows this winter in the New York area, this exhibit is perfectly timely, even now that the daffodils and tulips starting to bloom. André Kertész made many wonderful images of his Washington Square neighborhood, from his apartment window and out on the streets, and this show gathers together a solid group of pictures with snowy days and bare trees as their subject. What makes these images particularly resonant are the tiny human moments that are often hidden among the strong lines and forms: a child swinging, people trudging through the snow, or a small black dog on a snow covered rooftop.

While most of these images are less well known than his greatest hits, this exhibit demonstrates that even in his later life, Kertész was still making well crafted works in his signature style.

Collector's POV: The images in this exhibit mostly range in price between $7500 and $12000, the exceptions being the iconic vintage Washington Square Day, 1954 at $55000, and a tighter cropped variant of this image, at $24000. We actually already own a Kertész winter scene (here, not in the show), but could easily imagine adding another, especially one filled with rooftops, water towers, and shadows.

Rating: * (one star) GOOD (rating system described here)

André Kertész: In the Depths of Winter
Through April 25th

535 West 24th Street
New York, NY 10011

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