Rogi Andre, Portrait of Dora Maar, 1930's
Rogi Andre, Portrait of Dora Maar, 1930's
Eugen Atget, Avenue des Gobelins, 1925
Eugen Atget, Avenue des Gobelins, 1925
Ilse Bing, Eiffel Tower, Paris, 1932
Ilse Bing, Eiffel Tower, Paris, 1932
Ilse Bing, Avenue du Maine, Paris, 1932
Ilse Bing, Avenue du Maine, Paris, 1932
Ilse Bing, Street Organ, Amsterdam, 1933
Ilse Bing, Street Organ, Amsterdam, 1933
Ilse Bing, Pont Alexandre III, et Trocadero, 1935
Ilse Bing, Pont Alexandre III, et Trocadero, 1935
Brassaï, Chairs dans le Jardin des Tuileries, c. 1933-34
Brassaï, Chairs dans le Jardin des Tuileries, c. 1933-34
Brassaï, Nude, 1932
Brassaï, Nude, 1932
Brassaï, An Opium Den, c. 1931
Brassaï, An Opium Den, c. 1931
Brassaï, Le Pont des Arts, c. 1933-34
Brassaï, Le Pont des Arts, c. 1933-34
Brassaï, Les Cafes de Montparnasse, c. 1932
Brassaï, Les Cafes de Montparnasse, c. 1932
Brassaï, La Bastoche, c. 1932
Brassaï, La Bastoche, c. 1932
Brassaï, Dormeur au Canotier, c. 1930
Brassaï, Dormeur au Canotier, c. 1930
Henri Cartier-Bresson, Alicante, Spain, 1932
Henri Cartier-Bresson, Alicante, Spain, 1932
Henri Cartier-Bresson, Children in Seville, Spain, 1954
Henri Cartier-Bresson, Children in Seville, Spain, 1954
Henri Cartier-Bresson, Woman in Spain, 1933
Henri Cartier-Bresson, Woman in Spain, 1933
Andre Breton, Self Portrait, Photomaton, c. 1929
Andre Breton, Self Portrait, Photomaton, c. 1929
Marcel Bovis, Nantes, 1932
Marcel Bovis, Nantes, 1932
Andre Kertesz, Distortion, c. 1933
Andre Kertesz, Distortion, c. 1933
Andre Kertesz, Mondrian's Glasses and Pipe, 1927
Andre Kertesz, Mondrian's Glasses and Pipe, 1927
Andre Kertesz, Chez Mondrian, 1926
Andre Kertesz, Chez Mondrian, 1926
Andre Kertesz, Marionettes, 1925-36
Andre Kertesz, Marionettes, 1925-36
Andre Kertesz, Biblioteque, Paris, 1928
Andre Kertesz, Biblioteque, Paris, 1928
Andre Kertesz, Elizabeth and I, 1933
Andre Kertesz, Elizabeth and I, 1933
Andre Kertesz, Eiffel Tower in Fog, Paris, 1926
Andre Kertesz, Eiffel Tower in Fog, Paris, 1926
Andre Kertesz, Nude Distortion No. 52, Paris, 1933
Andre Kertesz, Nude Distortion No. 52, Paris, 1933
Andre Kertesz, Nude Distortion No. 49, 1933
Andre Kertesz, Nude Distortion No. 49, 1933
Andre Kertesz, Paul Arma's Hands, 1928
Andre Kertesz, Paul Arma's Hands, 1928
Germaine Krull, Wanda Hubbell, c. 1931
Germaine Krull, Wanda Hubbell, c. 1931
Germain Krull, Panneau Publicitaire L'Affiche des 'Nicolas Fines Bouteilles', 1927
Germain Krull, Panneau Publicitaire L'Affiche des 'Nicolas Fines Bouteilles', 1927
Jacques Henri Lartigue, Kuliette Clarens, Avenue des Acacuas, Paris, 19 April 1912
Jacques Henri Lartigue, Kuliette Clarens, Avenue des Acacuas, Paris, 19 April 1912
Jacques Henri Lartigue, Walking Lady, 1912
Jacques Henri Lartigue, Walking Lady, 1912
Jacques Henri Lartigue, Renee Perle, Half Portrait in a Sleeveless Top, 1930-32
Jacques Henri Lartigue, Renee Perle, Half Portrait in a Sleeveless Top, 1930-32
Dora Maar, Blind Beggar, Barcelona, 1932
Dora Maar, Blind Beggar, Barcelona, 1932
Dora Maar, Christian Berard, c. 1935
Dora Maar, Christian Berard, c. 1935
Dora Maar, Setting of 'Le Simlateur', L'Orangerie Du Chateau de Versailles, 1935
Dora Maar, Setting of 'Le Simlateur', L'Orangerie Du Chateau de Versailles, 1935
Man Ray, Self Portrait as a Fashion Photographer, 1936
Man Ray, Self Portrait as a Fashion Photographer, 1936
Man Ray Self Portrait (Distortion), c. 1930's
Man Ray Self Portrait (Distortion), c. 1930's
Man Ray, Dora Maar, 1936
Man Ray, Dora Maar, 1936
Man Ray, James Joyce, 1922
Man Ray, James Joyce, 1922
Man Ray, Atelier Man Ray, Paris, 1930
Man Ray, Atelier Man Ray, Paris, 1930
Man Ray, Solarized Portrait of Mary Gill, 1931
Man Ray, Solarized Portrait of Mary Gill, 1931
Maurice Tabard, Composition, 1950
Maurice Tabard, Composition, 1950
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Andrè Kertèsz and the Paris Avant-Garde


April 21 - June 4, 2005
New York

Andrè Kertèsz (American, b. Hungary, 1894-1985) is considered by many to be the single greatest photographer of the 20th century. Kertèsz began his photographic career in his native Hungary, but it was during the eleven years in Paris, between the two World Wars, that the artist cultivated the experimental innovations and foundations of his oeuvre. A pioneer of Formalism, Surrealism, and the lyrical street photograph, Kertèsz was a member of a celebrated milieu that included Piet Mondrian, Fernand Leger and Tristan Tzara. Thanks to his progressive vision and evinced by his influence on artists such as Man Ray, Brassai, Laszlo Moholy-Nagy and Henri Cartier-Bresson, Kertèsz established himself as one of Europe’s leading photographers of the 1920s and 1930s.

Within the first decades of the 20th Century, Paris became the art capital of the world, attracting artists, writers and poets from Hungary, Germany, England and the United States. The hub of a burgeoning art mecca, and the birthplace of photography, Paris provided an environment conducive to cultivating, expressing and experimenting with wild forms of creative energy. The years between the two World Wars proved particularly fertile for the arts. Kertèsz and his contemporaries thrived off one another, each on the brink of discovery and even greater creativity. Taking full advantage of all that modern urban life presented by capturing the fantastic nature inherent in daily experience, these artists worked in radically new ways. No single photographer embodies this legacy more completely than Andrè Kertèsz, as this exhibition seeks to illustrate.

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