André Kertész, ‘Melancholic Tulip’, 1939, Jackson Fine Art

About André Kertész

An important influence on photography both as journalism and as art, André Kertész is known for the visual lyricism and humanism that characterized his practice. A Hungarian-born Frenchman, Kertész moved to New York in 1936, having spent 1925-1936 in Paris at the centre of the émigré art world, where he photographed fellow artists such as Brassaï, Piet Mondrian, Marc Chagall, Alexander Calder, and Constantin Brancusi. It was not until 1964 that his work gained recognition in the U.S., when he was given a one-man show at the Museum of Modern Art. Today he is best known for his series of Polaroid studies of Washington Square Park, as well as his distorted nudes of the 1930s, which take the radical angles and manipulation of light and shadow of his street scenes and apply them to the human body to obtain a similar de-familiarizing effect. “The moment always dictates in my work,” Kertész once said. “Everybody can look, but they don't necessarily see ... I see a situation and I know that it's right.”

Hungarian, 1894-1985, Budapest, Hungary, based in New York, New York

Exhibition Highlights On Artsy

2017
I Scream, You Scream, Robert Mann Gallery, New York
2017
Reference, ROSEGALLERY, Los Angeles
2017
Art Basel 2017 - Folio, Edwynn Houk Gallery, New York
2017
NUDES, Grob Gallery, Genève
2014
In Focus: Play, J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles

Group Shows on Artsy

2017
I Scream, You Scream, Robert Mann Gallery, New York
2017
Reference, ROSEGALLERY, Los Angeles
2017
Art Basel 2017 - Folio, Edwynn Houk Gallery, New York
2017
NUDES, Grob Gallery, Genève
2017
STILL LIFE, Grob Gallery, Genève
2017
David + Goliath, Corkin Gallery, Toronto
2016
Expiration Date, Ricco/Maresca Gallery, New York
2015
Inscribed, Bruce Silverstein Gallery, New York
2014
In Focus: Play, J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles
2013
Highlights from the Collection, Weston Gallery, Carmel
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