In a career that spanned much of the twentieth century, Hungarian-born photographer, Andre Kertesz (1894-1985) created deceptively simple yet compelling and poetic photographs. This book presents approximately 120 of these striking images as well as previously unpublished archival material that sheds important light on the artist and his work. Like the exhibition it accompanies, "Andre Kertesz" takes us through Kertesz's years in Budapest, Paris, and New York. Unlike other works on Kertesz, it presents only vintage prints and includes several seldom seen photographs from throughout his career. Written by renowned art historian, Sarah Greenough and Kertesz Foundation curator Robert Gurbo, "Andre Kertesz" includes excerpts from the photographer's previously unexamined journals and correspondence - documents that prompted the authors to reexamine every period of Kertesz's life and work. They reflect on their findings in essays covering each of the major phases in Kertesz's career. While the book includes examples of the artist's most important photographs, including Chez Mondrian, The Satiric Dancer, and The Eiffel Tower, it also focuses on the intensely autobiographical nature of his work. It elegantly demonstrates the ways in which Kertesz injected his persona, both literally and metaphorically, into his work. Accompanying the book's essays and exquisite tritone reproductions of his photographs are an illustrated chronology that corrects many previous errors, a comprehensive bibliography, and selections of previously unpublished writings by the photographer. The exhibition schedule is: National Gallery of Art, Washington February 6-May 15, 2005 Los Angeles County Museum of Art June 12-September 5, 2005.
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"The age of the romantic sensibility in photography may be over, replaced by an age of irony. But as André Kertész demonstrates, its innocent charms remain beguiling." --Andy Grundberg, Washington Post
"People who know photography revere André Kertész as one of the medium's great practitioners, a modernist innovator. . . . But he never achieved the kind of popular name recognition that artists like Cartier-Cresson, Edward Steichen, Walker Evans and Ansel Adams did. . . . [T]hat makes his retrospective exhibition at the National Gallery of Art here that much more wonderfully revelatory. The show was organized by Sarah Greenough, head of the museum's photography department, and it is accompanied by an excellent catalog that provides an unusually illuminating biography of the artist. . . . What distinguishes Kertész's work is not a particular visual style or signature subject matter, but its emotional resonance. Undoubtedly Kertész was a great formalist, but in his most persuasive pictures, form is put to the service of feeling." --Ken Johnson, The New York Times
"A highly informative, thoughtful, and readable catalogue with excellent reproductions." --Rex Weil, ARTNews
"André Kertész saw with his heart's eye. He was a small, primly handsome Hungarian with a diaphanous vision--his camera did not so much peel away veils of reality as lay on a faint, pellucid veil of aesthetic contemplation. . . . [A]s the detail-rich essays in André Kertész by Sarah Greenough, Robert Gurbo and Sarah Kennel make clear, he was a deeply aware man." --David Elliott, San Diego Union-Tribune
"Kertész always insisted, only somewhat disingenuously, that he was, as he called it, an 'amateur.' And so he was in a way. Not in the sense of the unskilled or unprofessional hack, but in the root sense of the word, as someone who does what he does not for fame and fortune, but for love. . . . What he tried to maintain in his art was, as curator Sarah Greenough points out . . . a kind of artistic virginity. Kertész's genius was his passion, his romanticism, his knack for seeing something fresh, as if it had never been looked at, at least not quite that way, before."--Michael O'Sullivan, The Washington Post
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Descrizione libro Princeton University Press, 2005. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. Codice libro della libreria P110691121141
Descrizione libro Princeton University Press, 2005. Soft cover. Condizione libro: New. This is the PAPERBACK Edition. In Publisher's Shrinkwrap. Codice libro della libreria h01512