Manuel Alvarez Bravo, ‘Optic Parable’, 1931, Philadelphia Museum of Art

"Paint the Revolution: Mexican Modernism, 1910–1950"

Venue: Philadelphia Museum of Art (2016-2017)

Philadelphia Museum of Art: 125th Anniversary Acquisition. The Lynne and Harold Honickman Gift of the Julien Levy Collection, 2001-62-35

About Manuel Alvarez Bravo

Manuel Álvarez Bravo initially photographed abstract paper forms, but became known for capturing the rise of a post-revolutionary modern culture in his native Mexico. Encouraged to pursue his art by an admiring Edward Weston, Álvarez Bravo photographed what he saw around him, his unique perspective adding a poetic quality to the quotidian scenes. The Great Penitent (1930), for instance, captures a woman lying face down on a sidewalk in front of a church; shot from a bird’s eye view, electrical wires run through the frame and the heads of the saints adorning the building have been cut out, lending the image a striking visual composition and intellectual complexity. Álvarez Bravo also flirted with Surrealism without fully embracing it, shooting real yet uncanny subjects, such as an optical store plastered with eye illustrations (Optical Parable, 1931).

Mexican, 1902-2002, Mexico City, Mexico

Group Shows

2017
Los Angeles,
2017
New York,
Art Basel 2017 - Folio
2016
Sydney Mishkin Gallery, 
New York, NY, USA,
Photography: Technology + Art, curated by Emily Ackerman
2016
Sydney Mishkin Gallery, 
New York, NY, USA,
Photography: Technology + Art, , curated by Emily Ackerman
2014
Charles A. Hartman Fine Art, 
Portland,
SEVEN
2011
Westlicht - Schauplatz für Fotografie, 
Vienna, Austria,
Polaroid (IM)POSSIBLE - THE WESTLICHT COLLECTION
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