André Kertész

The Polaroids
October 18 - November 24, 2007
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May 26, 1979 SX-70 Polaroid 4 1/4 x 3 1/2 inchesMay 26, 1979 SX-70 Polaroid 4 1/4 x 3 1/2 inches

May 26, 1979
SX-70 Polaroid
4 1/4 x 3 1/2 inches

May 1, 1979 SX-70 Polaroid 4 1/4 x 3 1/2 inchesMay 1, 1979 SX-70 Polaroid 4 1/4 x 3 1/2 inches

May 1, 1979
SX-70 Polaroid
4 1/4 x 3 1/2 inches

Untitled, 1975-1985 SX-70 Polaroid 4 1/4 x 3 1/2 inchesUntitled, 1975-1985 SX-70 Polaroid 4 1/4 x 3 1/2 inches

Untitled, 1975-1985
SX-70 Polaroid
4 1/4 x 3 1/2 inches

December 5, 1982 SX-70 Polaroid 4 1/4 x 3 1/2 inchesDecember 5, 1982 SX-70 Polaroid 4 1/4 x 3 1/2 inches

December 5, 1982
SX-70 Polaroid
4 1/4 x 3 1/2 inches

September 19, 1979 SX-70 Polaroid 4 1/4 x 3 1/2 inchesSeptember 19, 1979 SX-70 Polaroid 4 1/4 x 3 1/2 inches

September 19, 1979
SX-70 Polaroid
4 1/4 x 3 1/2 inches

February 1, 1984 SX-70 Polaroid 4 1/4 x 3 1/2 inchesFebruary 1, 1984 SX-70 Polaroid 4 1/4 x 3 1/2 inches

February 1, 1984
SX-70 Polaroid
4 1/4 x 3 1/2 inches

Untitled, 1975-1985 SX-70 Polaroid 4 1/4 x 3 1/2 inchesUntitled, 1975-1985 SX-70 Polaroid 4 1/4 x 3 1/2 inches

Untitled, 1975-1985
SX-70 Polaroid
4 1/4 x 3 1/2 inches

December 22, 1980 SX-70 Polaroid 4 1/4 x 3 1/2 inchesDecember 22, 1980 SX-70 Polaroid 4 1/4 x 3 1/2 inches

December 22, 1980
SX-70 Polaroid
4 1/4 x 3 1/2 inches

September 23, 1979 SX-70 Polaroid 4 1/4 x 3 1/2 inchesSeptember 23, 1979 SX-70 Polaroid 4 1/4 x 3 1/2 inches

September 23, 1979
SX-70 Polaroid
4 1/4 x 3 1/2 inches

Untitled, 1975-1985 SX-70 Polaroid 4 1/4 x 3 1/2 inchesUntitled, 1975-1985 SX-70 Polaroid 4 1/4 x 3 1/2 inches

Untitled, 1975-1985
SX-70 Polaroid
4 1/4 x 3 1/2 inches

January 28, 1979 SX-70 Polaroid 4 1/4 x 3 1/2 inchesJanuary 28, 1979 SX-70 Polaroid 4 1/4 x 3 1/2 inches

January 28, 1979
SX-70 Polaroid
4 1/4 x 3 1/2 inches

February 4, 1981 SX-70 Polaroid 4 1/4 x 3 1/2 inchesFebruary 4, 1981 SX-70 Polaroid 4 1/4 x 3 1/2 inches

February 4, 1981
SX-70 Polaroid
4 1/4 x 3 1/2 inches

July 14, 1981 SX-70 Polaroid 4 1/4 x 3 1/2 inchesJuly 14, 1981 SX-70 Polaroid 4 1/4 x 3 1/2 inches

July 14, 1981
SX-70 Polaroid
4 1/4 x 3 1/2 inches

April 20, 1980 SX-70 Polaroid 4 1/4 x 3 1/2 inchesApril 20, 1980 SX-70 Polaroid 4 1/4 x 3 1/2 inches

April 20, 1980
SX-70 Polaroid
4 1/4 x 3 1/2 inches

May 21, 1981 SX-70 Polaroid 4 1/4 x 3 1/2 inchesMay 21, 1981 SX-70 Polaroid 4 1/4 x 3 1/2 inches

May 21, 1981
SX-70 Polaroid
4 1/4 x 3 1/2 inches

October 11, 1981 SX-70 Polaroid 4 1/4 x 3 1/2 inchesOctober 11, 1981 SX-70 Polaroid 4 1/4 x 3 1/2 inches

October 11, 1981
SX-70 Polaroid
4 1/4 x 3 1/2 inches

September 8, 1979 SX-70 Polaroid 4 1/4 x 3 1/2 inchesSeptember 8, 1979 SX-70 Polaroid 4 1/4 x 3 1/2 inches

September 8, 1979
SX-70 Polaroid
4 1/4 x 3 1/2 inches

June 24, 1979 SX-70 Polaroid 4 1/4 x 3 1/2 inchesJune 24, 1979 SX-70 Polaroid 4 1/4 x 3 1/2 inches

June 24, 1979
SX-70 Polaroid
4 1/4 x 3 1/2 inches

December 18, 1974 SX-70 Polaroid 4 1/4 x 3 1/2 inchesDecember 18, 1974 SX-70 Polaroid 4 1/4 x 3 1/2 inches

December 18, 1974
SX-70 Polaroid
4 1/4 x 3 1/2 inches

January 8, 1980 SX-70 Polaroid 4 1/4 x 3 1/2 inchesJanuary 8, 1980 SX-70 Polaroid 4 1/4 x 3 1/2 inches

January 8, 1980
SX-70 Polaroid
4 1/4 x 3 1/2 inches

January 10, 1980 SX-70 Polaroid 4 1/4 x 3 1/2 inchesJanuary 10, 1980 SX-70 Polaroid 4 1/4 x 3 1/2 inches

January 10, 1980
SX-70 Polaroid
4 1/4 x 3 1/2 inches

January 26, 1980 SX-70 Polaroid 4 1/4 x 3 1/2 inchesJanuary 26, 1980 SX-70 Polaroid 4 1/4 x 3 1/2 inches

January 26, 1980
SX-70 Polaroid
4 1/4 x 3 1/2 inches

January 6, 1980 SX-70 Polaroid 4 1/4 x 3 1/2 inchesJanuary 6, 1980 SX-70 Polaroid 4 1/4 x 3 1/2 inches

January 6, 1980
SX-70 Polaroid
4 1/4 x 3 1/2 inches

January 19, 1980 SX-70 Polaroid 4 1/4 x 3 1/2 inchesJanuary 19, 1980 SX-70 Polaroid 4 1/4 x 3 1/2 inches

January 19, 1980
SX-70 Polaroid
4 1/4 x 3 1/2 inches

October 24, 1979 SX-70 Polaroid 4 1/4 x 3 1/2 inchesOctober 24, 1979 SX-70 Polaroid 4 1/4 x 3 1/2 inches

October 24, 1979
SX-70 Polaroid
4 1/4 x 3 1/2 inches

December 26, 1979 SX-70 Polaroid 4 1/4 x 3 1/2 inchesDecember 26, 1979 SX-70 Polaroid 4 1/4 x 3 1/2 inches

December 26, 1979
SX-70 Polaroid
4 1/4 x 3 1/2 inches

Untitled, 1975-1985 SX-70 Polaroid 4 1/4 x 3 1/2 inchesUntitled, 1975-1985 SX-70 Polaroid 4 1/4 x 3 1/2 inches

Untitled, 1975-1985
SX-70 Polaroid
4 1/4 x 3 1/2 inches

June 21, 1979 SX-70 Polaroid 4 1/4 x 3 1/2 inchesJune 21, 1979 SX-70 Polaroid 4 1/4 x 3 1/2 inches

June 21, 1979
SX-70 Polaroid
4 1/4 x 3 1/2 inches

May 1, 1979 SX-70 Polaroid 4 1/4 x 3 1/2 inchesMay 1, 1979 SX-70 Polaroid 4 1/4 x 3 1/2 inches

May 1, 1979
SX-70 Polaroid
4 1/4 x 3 1/2 inches

May 1, 1979 SX-70 Polaroid 4 1/4 x 3 1/2 inchesMay 1, 1979 SX-70 Polaroid 4 1/4 x 3 1/2 inches

May 1, 1979
SX-70 Polaroid
4 1/4 x 3 1/2 inches

November 5, 1975 SX-70 Polaroid 4 1/4 x 3 1/2 inchesNovember 5, 1975 SX-70 Polaroid 4 1/4 x 3 1/2 inches

November 5, 1975
SX-70 Polaroid
4 1/4 x 3 1/2 inches

Untitled, 1975-1985 SX-70 Polaroid 4 1/4 x 3 1/2 inchesUntitled, 1975-1985 SX-70 Polaroid 4 1/4 x 3 1/2 inches

Untitled, 1975-1985
SX-70 Polaroid
4 1/4 x 3 1/2 inches

October 6, 1979 SX-70 Polaroid 4 1/4 x 3 1/2 inchesOctober 6, 1979 SX-70 Polaroid 4 1/4 x 3 1/2 inches

October 6, 1979
SX-70 Polaroid
4 1/4 x 3 1/2 inches

May 3, 1979 SX-70 Polaroid 4 1/4 x 3 1/2 inchesMay 3, 1979 SX-70 Polaroid 4 1/4 x 3 1/2 inches

May 3, 1979
SX-70 Polaroid
4 1/4 x 3 1/2 inches

Untitled, 1975-1985 SX-70 Polaroid 4 1/4 x 3 1/2 inchesUntitled, 1975-1985 SX-70 Polaroid 4 1/4 x 3 1/2 inches

Untitled, 1975-1985
SX-70 Polaroid
4 1/4 x 3 1/2 inches

June 8, 1983 SX-70 Polaroid 4 1/4 x 3 1/2 inchesJune 8, 1983 SX-70 Polaroid 4 1/4 x 3 1/2 inches

June 8, 1983
SX-70 Polaroid
4 1/4 x 3 1/2 inches

Untitled, 1975-1985 SX-70 Polaroid 4 1/4 x 3 1/2 inchesUntitled, 1975-1985 SX-70 Polaroid 4 1/4 x 3 1/2 inches

Untitled, 1975-1985
SX-70 Polaroid
4 1/4 x 3 1/2 inches

Susan R. Rubinstein, March 30, 1979 SX-70 Polaroid 4 1/4 x 3 1/2 inchesSusan R. Rubinstein, March 30, 1979 SX-70 Polaroid 4 1/4 x 3 1/2 inches

Susan R. Rubinstein, March 30, 1979
SX-70 Polaroid
4 1/4 x 3 1/2 inches

Sherrill-Akyol, May 23, 1979 SX-70 Polaroid 4 1/4 x 3 1/2 inchesSherrill-Akyol, May 23, 1979 SX-70 Polaroid 4 1/4 x 3 1/2 inches

Sherrill-Akyol, May 23, 1979
SX-70 Polaroid
4 1/4 x 3 1/2 inches

August 6, 1979 SX-70 Polaroid 4 1/4 x 3 1/2 inchesAugust 6, 1979 SX-70 Polaroid 4 1/4 x 3 1/2 inches

August 6, 1979
SX-70 Polaroid
4 1/4 x 3 1/2 inches

August 16, 1979 SX-70 Polaroid 4 1/4 x 3 1/2 inchesAugust 16, 1979 SX-70 Polaroid 4 1/4 x 3 1/2 inches

August 16, 1979
SX-70 Polaroid
4 1/4 x 3 1/2 inches

August 7, 1979 SX-70 Polaroid 4 1/4 x 3 1/2 inchesAugust 7, 1979 SX-70 Polaroid 4 1/4 x 3 1/2 inches

August 7, 1979
SX-70 Polaroid
4 1/4 x 3 1/2 inches

July 2, 1979 SX-70 Polaroid 4 1/4 x 3 1/2 inchesJuly 2, 1979 SX-70 Polaroid 4 1/4 x 3 1/2 inches

July 2, 1979
SX-70 Polaroid
4 1/4 x 3 1/2 inches

November 28, 1979 SX-70 Polaroid 4 1/4 x 3 1/2 inchesNovember 28, 1979 SX-70 Polaroid 4 1/4 x 3 1/2 inches

November 28, 1979
SX-70 Polaroid
4 1/4 x 3 1/2 inches

Untitled, 1975-1985 SX-70 Polaroid 4 1/4 x 3 1/2 inchesUntitled, 1975-1985 SX-70 Polaroid 4 1/4 x 3 1/2 inches

Untitled, 1975-1985
SX-70 Polaroid
4 1/4 x 3 1/2 inches

May 24, 1979 SX-70 Polaroid 4 1/4 x 3 1/2 inchesMay 24, 1979 SX-70 Polaroid 4 1/4 x 3 1/2 inches

May 24, 1979
SX-70 Polaroid
4 1/4 x 3 1/2 inches

December 5, 1979 SX-70 Polaroid 4 1/4 x 3 1/2 inchesDecember 5, 1979 SX-70 Polaroid 4 1/4 x 3 1/2 inches

December 5, 1979
SX-70 Polaroid
4 1/4 x 3 1/2 inches

Press Release

Bruce Silverstein Gallery is pleased to announce André Kertész: The Polaroids, opening October 18, 2007.  This is the first time the Hungarian-born artist’s final body of work has been shown in New York.

 

André Kertész (1894 – 1985) had a brilliant but insecure start in Hungary (1912 – 1925), found fame in Paris (1925 – 1936), survived a catastrophic commercial and artistic period in New York (1936 - 1962), and enjoyed a professional rebirth in the early 70s.  However, following the loss of his wife Elizabeth to lung cancer in 1977, and nearing the end of his own life, Kertész was admittedly a broken man.

 

Alone and in New York, a city in which he never felt fully embraced, Kertész would once again retreat into the safe confines of his Fifth Avenue apartment overlooking Washington Square Park.  Fortunately, it was the inspiration found in a small glass bust, discovered in the window of a local bookshop, whose figure reminded him of his late wife, which would trigger the artist’s remarkable recovery process.  The resultant body of work is now the focus of this unique exhibition.

 

Turning to a relatively new technology, the Polaroid SX-70, Kertész worked through his overwhelming grief, obsessively shooting the bust alone and placing it among other artifacts he and Elizabeth had collected together over the years.  Taken from within his apartment, he photographed many of these still-lifes by placing personal objects against cityscape backgrounds, which were often reflected and modulated by glass surfaces.

 

Throughout his career, Kertész experimented with overlapping themes and ideas.  His approach here is no different.  It is in these Polaroids where he resurrects and reworks old ideas and concepts, and explores new ones generated by his reaction to this special camera itself.  They are powerful metaphorical and literal symbols of life, love, loss, death and mortality.

 

In the years following Elizabeth’s death, until his own in 1985, André Kertész continued to photograph and exhibit work, solidifying his stature as an artist of world rank.

 

Simultaneous exhibitions of André Kertész: The Polaroids will be on view at the Southeast Museum of Photography in Daytona, Stephen Daiter Gallery in Chicago, and the Stephen Bulger Gallery in Toronto.  An accompanying publication André  Kertész:  The Polaroids published by W.W. Norton will be available.