Comments/Context: This mini-retrospective of Leon Levinstein's work is a natural gallery companion piece to the recent Hipsters, Hustlers, and Handball Players show at the Met (reviews linked below). It provides a broad sample of his street photography across several decades, and echoes many of the subjects, themes, and visual motifs seen in the museum exhibition.
The show begins with a cross section of peep show and flop house players: go-go girls, hookers and pimps brazenly loitering in doorways, and furtive men hanging around on sidewalks, flanked by bold store window graphics to entice them in. Levinstein's pictures capture funky threads, short shorts, gritty salesmanship, and the boredom of waiting. A nearby group of pictures follows this fashion trend further, with passersby in foot-high white afros, zoot suits, bold stripes, flared pants, and fancy white shoes.
All in, this is a solid follow-up offering, unearthing a representative sampler of Levinstein's work for those collectors that found themselves wowed by the Met exhibit and wanting to learn more.
- Reviews: New Yorker (here), Wall Street Journal (here, scroll down)
- Met Exhibit Reviews: DLK COLLECTION (here), NY Times (here), New Yorker (here)
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