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A Mixed Bag

Selections from Collections
Restaurant, U.S.1, Leaving Columbia, South Carolina by Robert Frank. Source: howardgreenberg.com
Robert Frank, "Restaurant, U.S.1, Leaving Columbia, South Carolina" 1957

Some aficionados may consider “Selections from Collections” to be the Greenberg gallery’s version of spring-cleaning, helping some private collectors clear out their closets. It will be much more rewarding to view this wide-ranging exhibition as an opportunity to see and enjoy a select group of iconic photographs—plus many others worth knowing—without traipsing up to the Met or dealing with the crowds at MoMA.

As you’ll see, whether you’re interested in Abbott, Arbus or Atget, Walker Evans, Helen Levitt, Steichen, Callahan or Weegee or a couple of dozen other well-known names, there’s something here for everyone. Some 80 vintage photographs are on display and a few of the price tags attached underscore the value of vintage to serious collectors. The best example, on a per square inch basis, is a 1931 Walker Evans image (8 x 6 inches) entitled “Main Street, Saratoga Springs, NY.” Price: $325,000. But money isn’t everything here—it’s the work that matters most.

Main Street, Saratoga Springs, New York, 1931 by Walker Evans. Source: howardgreenberg.com
Walker Evans, "Main Street, Saratoga Springs, New York, 1931"

I thought some of the most memorable photographs – apart from the aforementioned icons like Lisette Model’s Coney Island bather – included Model’s Fifth Avenue and Reflections, Rockefeller Center. I particularly liked Harry Callahan’s Chicago– a single white line on a black highway; Ferenc Berko’s Train lines and wire, NY, with a cobblestone street as background; three images by Atget from Bernice Abbott’s own collection. Fans of Lee Friedlander and Robert Frank won’t be disappointed either. And Louise Dahl-Wolfe’s Nude in the Water is splendid. Also of interest are two daguerreotypes by Southworth & Hawes from around 1850.

There are no doubt many reasons why collectors choose to divest themselves of museum quality photographs –personal, financial, artistic, whatever. In any case, you now have the opportunity to enjoy a brief history of photography or even acquire a small part of it. Go.


Selections from Collections
Curator:

Howard Greenberg
41 E 57th St. 14th Fl
Midtown         Map

212 334 0010
howardgreenberg.com

Friday, April 29 to
Thursday, September 1, 2011
Hours: Summer Hours: Mon-Fri 10 to 5
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