The Modern Eye: Photographs 1917 - 1939

New York

9 April — 16 May 2015

Edward Weston, Plaster Works, Los Angeles, 1925

Man Ray, Berenice Abbott, 1922

Man Ray, Composite Rayograph (Nude with Vapor), 1930

Eugéne Atget, St. Cloud, June, 1926

Brassaï, Nu 92, c. 1930-32

Edward Weston, Nautilus Shell, 1927

Ilse Bing, Danseuse de Cancan, Moulin Rouge, 1931

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

Brassaï, Large Scale Object: Soap, 1932

Ralph Steiner, Ford, 1929

Ilse Bing, Dancer, Willem Van Loon, Paris, 1932

Man Ray, Typewriter, c. 1925

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

Ilse Bing, Self Portrait, Paris, 1931

Johan Hagemeyer, Calla Lily, 1926

Man Ray, Rayograph with Lock of Hair, 1922

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

Imogen Cunningham, Magnolia Blossom, 1925

Brett Weston, Hand and Ear (Ramiel McGehee), 1930

Brett Weston, Ford Tri Motor Plane, 1944

Erwin Blumenfeld, Portrait, Paris, c. 1937

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

Maurice Tabard, Self Portrait, 1930

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.