The Modern Eye: Photographs 1917 - 1939

New York Gallery

New York

April 9 – May 16, 2015

Edward Weston
Plaster Works, Los Angeles, 1925

Johan Hagemeyer
Calla Lily, 1926

Ilse Bing
Self Portrait, Paris, 1931

Berenice Abbott
Wall Street District from Roof of Irving Trust Co. Building, Manhattan, May 1938

Man Ray
Typewriter, c. 1925

Ilse Bing
Dancer, Willem Van Loon, Paris, 1932

Ralph Steiner
Ford, 1929

Brassaï
Large Scale Object: Soap, 1932

André Kertész
Mondrian’s Pipe and Glasses, Paris, 1926

Ilse Bing
Danseuse de Cancan, Moulin Rouge, 1931

Edward Weston
Nautilus Shell, 1927

Brassaï
Nu 92, c. 1930-32

Eugéne Atget
St. Cloud, June 1926

Man Ray
Composite Rayograph (Nude with Vapor), 1930

Man Ray
Berenice Abbott, 1922

Imogen Cunningham
Magnolia Blossom, 1925

Dora Maar
Man looking inside a sidewalk inspection door, London, c. 1935

Man Ray
Rayograph with lock of hair, 1922

Brett Weston
Hand and Ear (Ramiel McGehee), 1930

Erwin Blumenfeld
Portrait, Paris, c. 1937

Brett Weston
Ford Tri Motor Plane, 1944

Maurice Tabard
Self Portrait, 1930

László Moholy-Nagy
From the Radio Tower, Berlin, 1928

Charles Sheeler
Chartres - Flying Buttresses at the Crossing, 1929

Man Ray
Rayograph, 1922

Walker Evans
42nd Street, 1929

Edward Weston
Eggs and Slicer, 1930

André Kertész
Les Halles in Early Morning, 1927

August Sander
The Painter Heinrich Hoerle, 1928

František Drtikol
Nude with vase, 1927

Man Ray
Meret Oppenheim, 1935

František Drtikol
Untitled, 1927-35

Brett Weston
Market Place (La Merced Market, Mexico City), 1925

Eugéne Atget
Fete du Trone, 1925

Edward Weston
Nude Study II (Anita Brenner), Mexico, 1925

Paul Outerbridge
Telephone, 1922

Alfred Stieglitz
Sunday Afternoon - From My Window, 1111 Madison Avenue, Looking South, 1901

Edward Steichen
Triumph of the Egg, 1921

László Moholy-Nagy
Marseille, Rue Canebière, 1929

Manuel Álvarez Bravo
Un poco Alegre y Graciosa, 1942

Charles Sheeler
The Lily, Mount Kisco, 1918-19

Alfred Stieglitz
Georgia O'Keeffe, 1919

Man Ray
Meret Oppenheim, 1935

André Kertész
Distortion #116, 1933

August Sander
Circus People, 1926-32

André Kertész
Satiric Dancer, Paris, 1926

Bill Brandt
Balloon Flying over the Northern Suburbs of Paris, 1929

Dora Maar
Christian Bérard’s Head Posed at Edge of Basin of Water, Appearing to Float in the Water at the House of la Vicomtesse de Noailles, c. 1935

André Kertész
Distortion #29, 1933

Alexander Rodchenko
Street Traffic, 1932

Bill Brandt
Kensington Children's Party, c. 1934

Charles Sheeler
Bleeder Stacks, Ford Plant, Detroit, 1927

Press Release

Edwynn Houk Gallery is pleased to announce an exhibition of rare and important photographs by European and American artists between the World Wars. The exhibition will open on 9 April 2015 and continue through 16 May 2015.

The photographs in this exhibition by Man Ray, Alfred Stieglitz, Alexander Rodchenko, Edward Weston, and 25 other artists, represent the technological, architectural, and psychological revolutions of the modern age. Now considered icons of their era, these works revealed a drastically new vision, with profound and lasting influence.

Artists were quick to respond to the effect of rising skyscrapers, faster cars and mechanized communications with a new freedom of experimentation. Modernist photographers used radically unconventional viewpoints to express the explosion of growth and energy of cities. They also employed many technological discoveries including photograms, solarizations, and photomontage. Introspection, dynamism, and invention characterized the Modernist Movement and defined a new way of seeing with the camera.

The Modern Eye, at Edwynn Houk Gallery, coincides with “Modern Photographs from the Thomas Walther Collection, 1909-1949” at the Museum of Modern Art and “Reimagining Modernism, 1900-1950” at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Edwynn Houk Gallery was founded in Chicago in 1977 as one of the first galleries to specialize in vintage photography of the Modernist Movement (1917-1939). The gallery is located at 745 Fifth Avenue and is open from Tuesday through Saturday, from 11am-6pm, and by appointment.