de-FORMATIONS

A group show featuring Andre Kertesz’s Distortions series
February 26 - April 18, 2015
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André Kertész (1894-1985) Distortion #91 with Self Portrait, 1933 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1960 8 x 9 7/8 inches (20.3 x 25.1 cm)André Kertész (1894-1985) Distortion #91 with Self Portrait, 1933 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1960 8 x 9 7/8 inches (20.3 x 25.1 cm)

André Kertész (1894-1985)

Distortion #91 with Self Portrait, 1933

Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1960

8 x 9 7/8 inches (20.3 x 25.1 cm)

André Kertész (1894-1985) Distortion #76A, 1933 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1950-1960 10 x 8 inches (25.4 x 20.3 cm)  André Kertész (1894-1985) Distortion #76A, 1933 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1950-1960 10 x 8 inches (25.4 x 20.3 cm)  

André Kertész (1894-1985)

Distortion #76A, 1933

Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1950-1960

10 x 8 inches (25.4 x 20.3 cm)

 

André Kertész (1894-1985) Distortion #92, 1933 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1970s 10 x 8 inches (25.4 x 20.3 cm)André Kertész (1894-1985) Distortion #92, 1933 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1970s 10 x 8 inches (25.4 x 20.3 cm)

André Kertész (1894-1985)

Distortion #92, 1933

Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1970s

10 x 8 inches (25.4 x 20.3 cm)

Rona Pondick (b. 1952) Untitled, Animal, 1999-2001 Carbon steel 6 1/2 x 44 1/2 x 21 1/2 inches (16.5 x 113 x 54.6 cm)Rona Pondick (b. 1952) Untitled, Animal, 1999-2001 Carbon steel 6 1/2 x 44 1/2 x 21 1/2 inches (16.5 x 113 x 54.6 cm)

Rona Pondick (b. 1952)

Untitled, Animal, 1999-2001

Carbon steel

6 1/2 x 44 1/2 x 21 1/2 inches (16.5 x 113 x 54.6 cm)

Robert Mapplethorpe (1946-1989) Sans Titre (Self Portrait), 1971 Photograph and collage 13 3/4 x 10 5/8 inches (35 x 27 cm)Robert Mapplethorpe (1946-1989) Sans Titre (Self Portrait), 1971 Photograph and collage 13 3/4 x 10 5/8 inches (35 x 27 cm)

Robert Mapplethorpe (1946-1989)

Sans Titre (Self Portrait), 1971

Photograph and collage

13 3/4 x 10 5/8 inches (35 x 27 cm)

Jean Arp (1886-1966) Hurlou, 1951 Plaster 19 1/2 x 9 x 8 7/8 inches (49.5 x 22.9 x 22.5 cm)Jean Arp (1886-1966) Hurlou, 1951 Plaster 19 1/2 x 9 x 8 7/8 inches (49.5 x 22.9 x 22.5 cm)

Jean Arp (1886-1966)

Hurlou, 1951

Plaster

19 1/2 x 9 x 8 7/8 inches (49.5 x 22.9 x 22.5 cm)

André Kertész Distortion #128, 1933 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1970s 8 x 9 7/8 inches (20.3 x 25.1 cm)André Kertész Distortion #128, 1933 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1970s 8 x 9 7/8 inches (20.3 x 25.1 cm)

André Kertész

Distortion #128, 1933

Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1970s

8 x 9 7/8 inches (20.3 x 25.1 cm)

Louise Bourgeois (1911-2010) Pregnant Woman, 2008 Gouache and colored pencil on etched music paper 11 1/2 x 15 inches (29.2 x 38.1 cm)Louise Bourgeois (1911-2010) Pregnant Woman, 2008 Gouache and colored pencil on etched music paper 11 1/2 x 15 inches (29.2 x 38.1 cm)

Louise Bourgeois (1911-2010)
Pregnant Woman, 2008
Gouache and colored pencil on etched music paper
11 1/2 x 15 inches (29.2 x 38.1 cm)

Asger Carlsen Hester, 2011    Pigment print 21 5/8 x 27 1/2 in. (55 x 70 cm)Asger Carlsen Hester, 2011    Pigment print 21 5/8 x 27 1/2 in. (55 x 70 cm)

Asger Carlsen
Hester, 2011   
Pigment print
21 5/8 x 27 1/2 in. (55 x 70 cm)

Ana Mendieta (1948-1985) Untitled (Glass on Body Imprints), 1972     6 Archival inkjet prints Each 16 x 20 in. (40.6 x 50.8 cm) Ana Mendieta (1948-1985) Untitled (Glass on Body Imprints), 1972     6 Archival inkjet prints Each 16 x 20 in. (40.6 x 50.8 cm) 

Ana Mendieta (1948-1985)
Untitled (Glass on Body Imprints), 1972    
6 Archival inkjet prints
Each 16 x 20 in. (40.6 x 50.8 cm) 

Romare Bearden (1911-1988) Cora's Morning, 1986     Collage and watercolor on paper 11 x 14 in. (27.9 x 35.6 cm) Romare Bearden (1911-1988) Cora's Morning, 1986     Collage and watercolor on paper 11 x 14 in. (27.9 x 35.6 cm) 

Romare Bearden (1911-1988)
Cora's Morning, 1986    
Collage and watercolor on paper
11 x 14 in. (27.9 x 35.6 cm) 

Constantin Brancusi (1876-1957) Prometheus, c. 1926-1929     Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1926-1929 7 1/2 x 6 3/4 in. (19.05 x 17.145 cm)Constantin Brancusi (1876-1957) Prometheus, c. 1926-1929     Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1926-1929 7 1/2 x 6 3/4 in. (19.05 x 17.145 cm)

Constantin Brancusi (1876-1957)
Prometheus, c. 1926-1929    
Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1926-1929
7 1/2 x 6 3/4 in. (19.05 x 17.145 cm)

Antony Gormley (b. 1950) Tense, 2011 3mm square stainless steel bar 67 x 19 1/4 x 19 inches (170 x 49 x 48 cm)Antony Gormley (b. 1950) Tense, 2011 3mm square stainless steel bar 67 x 19 1/4 x 19 inches (170 x 49 x 48 cm)

Antony Gormley (b. 1950)
Tense, 2011
3mm square stainless steel bar
67 x 19 1/4 x 19 inches (170 x 49 x 48 cm)

Henry Moore Emperor's Heads, 1961     Bronze sculpture with brown patina 7 1/2 x 8 1/2 x 4 1/5 in. (19.1 x 21.6 x 10.7 cm)Henry Moore Emperor's Heads, 1961     Bronze sculpture with brown patina 7 1/2 x 8 1/2 x 4 1/5 in. (19.1 x 21.6 x 10.7 cm)

Henry Moore
Emperor's Heads, 1961    
Bronze sculpture with brown patina
7 1/2 x 8 1/2 x 4 1/5 in. (19.1 x 21.6 x 10.7 cm)

David Smith (1906-1965) Untitled, 1937     Iron 16 5/8 x 7 3/4 x 5 in. (42.2 x 19.7 x 12.7 cm)David Smith (1906-1965) Untitled, 1937     Iron 16 5/8 x 7 3/4 x 5 in. (42.2 x 19.7 x 12.7 cm)

David Smith (1906-1965)
Untitled, 1937    
Iron
16 5/8 x 7 3/4 x 5 in. (42.2 x 19.7 x 12.7 cm)

David Smith (1906-1965) Untitled (Nude), 1964     Enamel on linen 25 1/4 x 25 3/4 in. (64.1 x 65.4 cm) David Smith (1906-1965) Untitled (Nude), 1964     Enamel on linen 25 1/4 x 25 3/4 in. (64.1 x 65.4 cm) 

David Smith (1906-1965)
Untitled (Nude), 1964    
Enamel on linen
25 1/4 x 25 3/4 in. (64.1 x 65.4 cm) 

Frederick Sommer (1905-1999) Galleria Borghese, 1960     Gelatin silver print mounted to board, printed c.1990s 11 7/16 x 7 11/16 in. (29.05 x 19.53 cm)Frederick Sommer (1905-1999) Galleria Borghese, 1960     Gelatin silver print mounted to board, printed c.1990s 11 7/16 x 7 11/16 in. (29.05 x 19.53 cm)

Frederick Sommer (1905-1999)
Galleria Borghese, 1960    
Gelatin silver print mounted to board, printed c.1990s
11 7/16 x 7 11/16 in. (29.05 x 19.53 cm)

Richard Artschwager (1923-2013) Satyr, 2001 Acrylic, rubberized hair and masonite 57 x 32 x 2 1/2 in. (144.8 x 81.3 x 6.3 cm)  Richard Artschwager (1923-2013) Satyr, 2001 Acrylic, rubberized hair and masonite 57 x 32 x 2 1/2 in. (144.8 x 81.3 x 6.3 cm)  

Richard Artschwager (1923-2013)
Satyr, 2001
Acrylic, rubberized hair and masonite
57 x 32 x 2 1/2 in. (144.8 x 81.3 x 6.3 cm)  

John Coplans (1920-2003) Back of Hand, No. 1, 1986     Gelatin silver print 29 x 34 in. (73.7 x 86.4 cm)John Coplans (1920-2003) Back of Hand, No. 1, 1986     Gelatin silver print 29 x 34 in. (73.7 x 86.4 cm)

John Coplans (1920-2003)
Back of Hand, No. 1, 1986    
Gelatin silver print
29 x 34 in. (73.7 x 86.4 cm)

Sarah Lucas (b. 1962) Beer Can Penis, 2000     Cast aluminum 6 11/16 x 5 5/16 x 2 3/4 in. (17 x 13.5 x 7 cm)Sarah Lucas (b. 1962) Beer Can Penis, 2000     Cast aluminum 6 11/16 x 5 5/16 x 2 3/4 in. (17 x 13.5 x 7 cm)

Sarah Lucas (b. 1962)
Beer Can Penis, 2000    
Cast aluminum
6 11/16 x 5 5/16 x 2 3/4 in. (17 x 13.5 x 7 cm)

Henry Moore (1898-1986) Ideas for Sculpture, 1940     Crayon, pastel, pencil, chalk, watercolor, pen and India ink on woven paper 17 x 10 in. (43.2 x 25.4 cm)Henry Moore (1898-1986) Ideas for Sculpture, 1940     Crayon, pastel, pencil, chalk, watercolor, pen and India ink on woven paper 17 x 10 in. (43.2 x 25.4 cm)

Henry Moore (1898-1986)
Ideas for Sculpture, 1940    
Crayon, pastel, pencil, chalk, watercolor,
pen and India ink on woven paper
17 x 10 in. (43.2 x 25.4 cm)

Henry Moore (1898-1986) Reclining Figure, 1945     Bronze with green and brown patina 7 1/2 in. (19.1 cm)Henry Moore (1898-1986) Reclining Figure, 1945     Bronze with green and brown patina 7 1/2 in. (19.1 cm)

Henry Moore (1898-1986)
Reclining Figure, 1945    
Bronze with green and brown patina
7 1/2 in. (19.1 cm)

Henry Moore (1898-1986) Skeleton Figure, 1984     Bronze with brown patina 5 1/4 x 3 x 3 in. (13.3 x 7.6 x 7.6 cm)Henry Moore (1898-1986) Skeleton Figure, 1984     Bronze with brown patina 5 1/4 x 3 x 3 in. (13.3 x 7.6 x 7.6 cm)

Henry Moore (1898-1986)
Skeleton Figure, 1984    
Bronze with brown patina
5 1/4 x 3 x 3 in. (13.3 x 7.6 x 7.6 cm)

Henry Moore (1898-1986) Three-Quarter Women, 1983     Bronze with brown patina 3 3/4 x 2 x 1 3/4 in. (9.5 x 5.1 x 4.5 cm)Henry Moore (1898-1986) Three-Quarter Women, 1983     Bronze with brown patina 3 3/4 x 2 x 1 3/4 in. (9.5 x 5.1 x 4.5 cm)

Henry Moore (1898-1986)
Three-Quarter Women, 1983    
Bronze with brown patina
3 3/4 x 2 x 1 3/4 in. (9.5 x 5.1 x 4.5 cm)

Francesca Woodman (1958-1981) Untitled (Horseshoe Crab, Providence), c. 1976     Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1976 5 1/8 x 5 1/8 in. (13 x 13 cm)Francesca Woodman (1958-1981) Untitled (Horseshoe Crab, Providence), c. 1976     Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1976 5 1/8 x 5 1/8 in. (13 x 13 cm)

Francesca Woodman (1958-1981)
Untitled (Horseshoe Crab, Providence), c. 1976    
Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1976
5 1/8 x 5 1/8 in. (13 x 13 cm)

Joel-Peter Witkin (b. 1939) Kertesz in Edo, 2005     Gelatin silver print 16 x 20 in. (40.6 x 50.8 cm)Joel-Peter Witkin (b. 1939) Kertesz in Edo, 2005     Gelatin silver print 16 x 20 in. (40.6 x 50.8 cm)

Joel-Peter Witkin (b. 1939)
Kertesz in Edo, 2005    
Gelatin silver print
16 x 20 in. (40.6 x 50.8 cm)

André Kertész (1894-1985) Distortion, 1933     Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1970s 10 x 8 in. (25.4 x 20.32 cm)André Kertész (1894-1985) Distortion, 1933     Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1970s 10 x 8 in. (25.4 x 20.32 cm)

André Kertész (1894-1985)
Distortion, 1933    
Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1970s
10 x 8 in. (25.4 x 20.32 cm)

André Kertész (1894-1985) Distortion, 1933     Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1970s 10 x 8 in. (25.4 x 20.32 cm)André Kertész (1894-1985) Distortion, 1933     Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1970s 10 x 8 in. (25.4 x 20.32 cm)

André Kertész (1894-1985)
Distortion, 1933    
Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1970s
10 x 8 in. (25.4 x 20.32 cm)

André Kertész (1894-1985) Distortion, 1933     Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1970s 10 x 8 in. (25.4 x 20.32 cm)André Kertész (1894-1985) Distortion, 1933     Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1970s 10 x 8 in. (25.4 x 20.32 cm)

André Kertész (1894-1985)
Distortion, 1933    
Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1970s
10 x 8 in. (25.4 x 20.32 cm)

André Kertész (1894-1985) Distortion #137, 1933     Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1970s 10 x 8 in. (25.4 x 20.32 cm)André Kertész (1894-1985) Distortion #137, 1933     Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1970s 10 x 8 in. (25.4 x 20.32 cm)

André Kertész (1894-1985)
Distortion #137, 1933    
Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1970s
10 x 8 in. (25.4 x 20.32 cm)

André Kertész (1894-1985) Distortion #166, 1933     Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1970s 10 x 8 in. (25.4 x 20.32 cm)André Kertész (1894-1985) Distortion #166, 1933     Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1970s 10 x 8 in. (25.4 x 20.32 cm)

André Kertész (1894-1985)
Distortion #166, 1933    
Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1970s
10 x 8 in. (25.4 x 20.32 cm)

André Kertész (1894-1985) Distortion #167, 1933     Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1970s 10 x 8 in. (25.4 x 20.32 cm)André Kertész (1894-1985) Distortion #167, 1933     Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1970s 10 x 8 in. (25.4 x 20.32 cm)

André Kertész (1894-1985)
Distortion #167, 1933    
Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1970s
10 x 8 in. (25.4 x 20.32 cm)

André Kertész (1894-1985) Distortion #51, 1933     Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1970s 10 x 8 in. (25.4 x 20.32 cm)André Kertész (1894-1985) Distortion #51, 1933     Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1970s 10 x 8 in. (25.4 x 20.32 cm)

André Kertész (1894-1985)
Distortion #51, 1933    
Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1970s
10 x 8 in. (25.4 x 20.32 cm)

André Kertész (1894-1985) Distortion #60, 1933     Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1970s 10 x 8 in. (25.4 x 20.3 cm)André Kertész (1894-1985) Distortion #60, 1933     Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1970s 10 x 8 in. (25.4 x 20.3 cm)

André Kertész (1894-1985)
Distortion #60, 1933    
Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1970s
10 x 8 in. (25.4 x 20.3 cm)

André Kertész (1894-1985) Distortion #92, 1933     Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1970s 10 x 8 in. (25.4 x 20.32 cm)André Kertész (1894-1985) Distortion #92, 1933     Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1970s 10 x 8 in. (25.4 x 20.32 cm)

André Kertész (1894-1985)
Distortion #92, 1933    
Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1970s
10 x 8 in. (25.4 x 20.32 cm)

André Kertész (1894-1985) Distortion #121 (Crop), 1933     Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1970s 9 3/8 x 6 3/8 in. (23.8 x 16.2 cm)André Kertész (1894-1985) Distortion #121 (Crop), 1933     Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1970s 9 3/8 x 6 3/8 in. (23.8 x 16.2 cm)

André Kertész (1894-1985)
Distortion #121 (Crop), 1933    
Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1970s
9 3/8 x 6 3/8 in. (23.8 x 16.2 cm)

André Kertész (1894-1985) Distortion #156, 1933     Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1970s 10 x 8 in. (25.4 x 20.3 cm)André Kertész (1894-1985) Distortion #156, 1933     Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1970s 10 x 8 in. (25.4 x 20.3 cm)

André Kertész (1894-1985)
Distortion #156, 1933    
Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1970s
10 x 8 in. (25.4 x 20.3 cm)

André Kertész (1894-1985) Distortion #200 A, 1933     Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1970s 10 x 8 in. (25.4 x 20.32 cm)André Kertész (1894-1985) Distortion #200 A, 1933     Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1970s 10 x 8 in. (25.4 x 20.32 cm)

André Kertész (1894-1985)
Distortion #200 A, 1933    
Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1970s
10 x 8 in. (25.4 x 20.32 cm)

André Kertész (1894-1985) Distortion #78, 1933     Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1970s 10 x 8 in. (25.4 x 20.3 cm)André Kertész (1894-1985) Distortion #78, 1933     Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1970s 10 x 8 in. (25.4 x 20.3 cm)

André Kertész (1894-1985)
Distortion #78, 1933    
Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1970s
10 x 8 in. (25.4 x 20.3 cm)

Silvio Wolf (b. 1952) Mirror Threshold - Flicker, 2014 Direct ink-jet print on silver mirrored aluminum 74 3/4 x 46 13/16 inches (190 x 119 cm)Silvio Wolf (b. 1952) Mirror Threshold - Flicker, 2014 Direct ink-jet print on silver mirrored aluminum 74 3/4 x 46 13/16 inches (190 x 119 cm)

Silvio Wolf (b. 1952)

Mirror Threshold - Flicker, 2014

Direct ink-jet print on silver mirrored aluminum

74 3/4 x 46 13/16 inches (190 x 119 cm)

Press Release

In 1933 André Kertész photographed two nude models in a carnival mirror as an assignment for the risqué publication Le Sourire. For a magazine often illustrated with erotic drawings, Kertész’s warped images of the female body slide away from the salacious and toward the unsettling.

 

The Distortions (originally titled Deformations by the artist), were made famous by the 1976 Knopf publication with an accompanying essay by Hilton Kramer.  Kramer indentified Kertész’s radical manipulation of the human figure as more akin to work by Henry Moore, Picasso, Dali and Matisse than to images by photographers of Kertész’s generation.  He writes, “The Distortions anticipate still further changes that do not show up in sculpture or painting until Giacometti’s work of the early forties, de Kooning’s Women of the late forties and early fifties, and Dubuffet’s Corps de Dames of 1950.  It is in the company of such work that Kertész’s fecund photographic inventions will eventually find their proper place.”

 

This exhibition places The Distortions alongside works by a diverse group of artists from the 1930s to the present, similarly motivated to use the human form as a malleable template for expression. Through sculpture, painting, drawing or collage, the artists chosen for this show share a consistent interest in addressing the human figure, each with a distinct style and motivation.  

 

Artists include:
Jean Arp, Richard Artschwager, Romare Bearden, Louise Bourgeois, Constantin Brancusi, Asger Carlsen, John Coplans, Alberto Giacometti, Antony Gormley, André Kertész, Sarah Lucas, Robert Mapplethorpe, Ana Mendieta, Henry Moore, Rona Pondick, Marc Quinn, David Smith, Frederick Sommer, Joel-Peter Witkin, Silvio Wolf, and Francesca Woodman


Curated in collaboration with Damon Brandt.