Night

April 7 - June 4, 2011
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Robert Doisneau Escalier Nocturne, 1960 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1960. 9 7/16 x 7 1/8 inchesRobert Doisneau Escalier Nocturne, 1960 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1960. 9 7/16 x 7 1/8 inches

Robert Doisneau
Escalier Nocturne, 1960
Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1960. 9 7/16 x 7 1/8 inches

Robert Doisneau Untitled, 1950 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1950. 9 7/16 x 7 3/16 inchesRobert Doisneau Untitled, 1950 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1950. 9 7/16 x 7 3/16 inches

Robert Doisneau
Untitled, 1950
Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1950. 9 7/16 x 7 3/16 inches

Robert Doisneau The Stairway, 1952 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1952. 9 x 7 1/8 inchesRobert Doisneau The Stairway, 1952 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1952. 9 x 7 1/8 inches

Robert Doisneau
The Stairway, 1952
Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1952. 9 x 7 1/8 inches

Robert Doisneau 122, Rue de Provence, Paris, 1952 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1960. 9 3/8 x 7 1/8 inchesRobert Doisneau 122, Rue de Provence, Paris, 1952 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1960. 9 3/8 x 7 1/8 inches

Robert Doisneau
122, Rue de Provence, Paris, 1952
Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1960. 9 3/8 x 7 1/8 inches

Robert Doisneau Untitled,1945 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1945. 9 3/8 x 7 1/8 inchesRobert Doisneau Untitled,1945 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1945. 9 3/8 x 7 1/8 inches

Robert Doisneau
Untitled,1945
Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1945. 9 3/8 x 7 1/8 inches

Robert Doisneau Decor III, 1963 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1963. 11 15/16 x 9 3/8 inchesRobert Doisneau Decor III, 1963 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1963. 11 15/16 x 9 3/8 inches

Robert Doisneau
Decor III, 1963
Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1963. 11 15/16 x 9 3/8 inches

Robert Doisneau Madame Soudais, 1949 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1970. 11 11/16 x 9 5/16 inchesRobert Doisneau Madame Soudais, 1949 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1970. 11 11/16 x 9 5/16 inches

Robert Doisneau
Madame Soudais, 1949
Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1970. 11 11/16 x 9 5/16 inches

Robert Doisneau Jeu du Trapeze Aerien, Paris, 1949 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1955. 8 1/4 x 7 7/8 inchesRobert Doisneau Jeu du Trapeze Aerien, Paris, 1949 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1955. 8 1/4 x 7 7/8 inches

Robert Doisneau
Jeu du Trapeze Aerien, Paris, 1949
Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1955. 8 1/4 x 7 7/8 inches

Robert Doisneau Xenia Palley, 1950 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1950. 11 3/8 x 9 7/16 inchesRobert Doisneau Xenia Palley, 1950 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1950. 11 3/8 x 9 7/16 inches

Robert Doisneau
Xenia Palley, 1950
Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1950. 11 3/8 x 9 7/16 inches

Robert Doisneau Jacques Damiot, Antiquaire, 1947 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1970s. 9 1/2 x 7 1/8 inchesRobert Doisneau Jacques Damiot, Antiquaire, 1947 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1970s. 9 1/2 x 7 1/8 inches

Robert Doisneau
Jacques Damiot, Antiquaire, 1947
Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1970s. 9 1/2 x 7 1/8 inches

Robert Doisneau Mademoiselle Anita, 1951 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1951. 9 1/2 x 7 1/4 inchesRobert Doisneau Mademoiselle Anita, 1951 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1951. 9 1/2 x 7 1/4 inches

Robert Doisneau
Mademoiselle Anita, 1951
Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1951. 9 1/2 x 7 1/4 inches

Ilse Bing Paris Street Fair, 1933 Gelatin silver print mounted to board, printed c. 1933. 7 3/4 x 11 inchesIlse Bing Paris Street Fair, 1933 Gelatin silver print mounted to board, printed c. 1933. 7 3/4 x 11 inches

Ilse Bing
Paris Street Fair, 1933
Gelatin silver print mounted to board, printed c. 1933. 7 3/4 x 11 inches

Ilse Bing Can Can Dancer, Moulin Rouge, Paris, 1933 Gelatin silver print, printed 1990. 14 x 11 inchesIlse Bing Can Can Dancer, Moulin Rouge, Paris, 1933 Gelatin silver print, printed 1990. 14 x 11 inches

Ilse Bing
Can Can Dancer, Moulin Rouge, Paris, 1933
Gelatin silver print, printed 1990. 14 x 11 inches

Ilse Bing Orchestra Pit, Theatre des Champs-Elyees, Paris, 1933 Gelatin silver print, printed 1991. 11 x 14 inchesIlse Bing Orchestra Pit, Theatre des Champs-Elyees, Paris, 1933 Gelatin silver print, printed 1991. 11 x 14 inches

Ilse Bing
Orchestra Pit, Theatre des Champs-Elyees, Paris, 1933
Gelatin silver print, printed 1991. 11 x 14 inches

Ilse Bing Empire State Building at Night, New York, 1936 Gelatin silver print mounted to board, printed c. 1936. 7 1/2 x 11 1/8 inchesIlse Bing Empire State Building at Night, New York, 1936 Gelatin silver print mounted to board, printed c. 1936. 7 1/2 x 11 1/8 inches

Ilse Bing
Empire State Building at Night, New York, 1936
Gelatin silver print mounted to board, printed c. 1936. 7 1/2 x 11 1/8 inches

Ilse Bing Silhouettes, Avenue du Maine, Paris, 1932 Gelatin silver print, printed 1987. 11 x 14 inchesIlse Bing Silhouettes, Avenue du Maine, Paris, 1932 Gelatin silver print, printed 1987. 11 x 14 inches

Ilse Bing
Silhouettes, Avenue du Maine, Paris, 1932
Gelatin silver print, printed 1987. 11 x 14 inches

Ilse Bing Rue de la Chaise, Paris, 1934 Gelatin silver print mounted to board, printed c. 1934. 8 3/4 x 11 1/8 inchesIlse Bing Rue de la Chaise, Paris, 1934 Gelatin silver print mounted to board, printed c. 1934. 8 3/4 x 11 1/8 inches

Ilse Bing
Rue de la Chaise, Paris, 1934
Gelatin silver print mounted to board, printed c. 1934. 8 3/4 x 11 1/8 inches

Ilse Bing It Was So Windy in the Eiffel Tower, Paris, 1931 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1990. 11 x 14 inchesIlse Bing It Was So Windy in the Eiffel Tower, Paris, 1931 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1990. 11 x 14 inches

Ilse Bing
It Was So Windy in the Eiffel Tower, Paris, 1931
Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1990. 11 x 14 inches

Ilse Bing Fountain at Night, Place de la Concorde, 1933 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1933. 11 x 8 3/4 inchesIlse Bing Fountain at Night, Place de la Concorde, 1933 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1933. 11 x 8 3/4 inches

Ilse Bing
Fountain at Night, Place de la Concorde, 1933
Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1933. 11 x 8 3/4 inches

Ilse Bing Fountain, Rond-Point des Champs-Elysees, Paris, 1934 Gelatin silver print, printed 1988. 14 x 11 inchesIlse Bing Fountain, Rond-Point des Champs-Elysees, Paris, 1934 Gelatin silver print, printed 1988. 14 x 11 inches

Ilse Bing
Fountain, Rond-Point des Champs-Elysees, Paris, 1934
Gelatin silver print, printed 1988. 14 x 11 inches

Brassai Paris, Canal Saint-Martin, c. 1931 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1940s. 9 1/8 x 6 7/8 in.Brassai Paris, Canal Saint-Martin, c. 1931 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1940s. 9 1/8 x 6 7/8 in.

Brassai
Paris, Canal Saint-Martin, c. 1931
Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1940s. 9 1/8 x 6 7/8 in.

Brassai Gens du Milieu, c. 1932 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1932. 6 13/16 x 4 7/16 inchesBrassai Gens du Milieu, c. 1932 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1932. 6 13/16 x 4 7/16 inches

Brassai
Gens du Milieu, c. 1932
Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1932. 6 13/16 x 4 7/16 inches

Brassai Pavement Reflection, Place de la Concorde, c. 1930s Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1930s. 9 1/8 x 6 13/16 inchesBrassai Pavement Reflection, Place de la Concorde, c. 1930s Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1930s. 9 1/8 x 6 13/16 inches

Brassai
Pavement Reflection, Place de la Concorde, c. 1930s
Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1930s. 9 1/8 x 6 13/16 inches

Brassai La Bal des Inverts, au Magic City, Rue Cognac, Jay, c. 1932 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1930s. 7 x 9 3/8 inchesBrassai La Bal des Inverts, au Magic City, Rue Cognac, Jay, c. 1932 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1930s. 7 x 9 3/8 inches

Brassai
La Bal des Inverts, au Magic City, Rue Cognac, Jay, c. 1932
Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1930s. 7 x 9 3/8 inches

Brassai La Casque de Cuir, 1932 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1960. 9 x 11 5/8 inchesBrassai La Casque de Cuir, 1932 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1960. 9 x 11 5/8 inches

Brassai
La Casque de Cuir, 1932
Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1960. 9 x 11 5/8 inches

Brassai Des Belles Japonaises, Eight Studies - Paris by Night, 1930s Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1932. 9 x 7 inchesBrassai Des Belles Japonaises, Eight Studies - Paris by Night, 1930s Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1932. 9 x 7 inches

Brassai
Des Belles Japonaises, Eight Studies - Paris by Night, 1930s
Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1932. 9 x 7 inches

Brassai Fille des Halle, Pres de Sebastopol, c.1932 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1955. 8 3/16 x 11 3/8 inchesBrassai Fille des Halle, Pres de Sebastopol, c.1932 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1955. 8 3/16 x 11 3/8 inches

Brassai
Fille des Halle, Pres de Sebastopol, c.1932
Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1955. 8 3/16 x 11 3/8 inches

Brassai Streetwalker, Rue Quincampoix, c. 1931 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1950s.  9 1/2 x 7 1/8 inchesBrassai Streetwalker, Rue Quincampoix, c. 1931 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1950s.  9 1/2 x 7 1/8 inches

Brassai
Streetwalker, Rue Quincampoix, c. 1931
Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1950s.  9 1/2 x 7 1/8 inches

André Kertész Paris Night Square, 1927 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1970s. 14 x 11 inchesAndré Kertész Paris Night Square, 1927 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1970s. 14 x 11 inches

André Kertész
Paris Night Square, 1927
Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1970s. 14 x 11 inches

André Kertész Bocskay-ter, Budapest, 1914 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1970. 8 x 10 inchesAndré Kertész Bocskay-ter, Budapest, 1914 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1970. 8 x 10 inches

André Kertész
Bocskay-ter, Budapest, 1914
Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1970. 8 x 10 inches

André Kertész Woman Sleeping, c. 1925-36 Gelatin silver contact print, printed c. 1925-36. 1 1/2 x 2 1/8 inchesAndré Kertész Woman Sleeping, c. 1925-36 Gelatin silver contact print, printed c. 1925-36. 1 1/2 x 2 1/8 inches

André Kertész
Woman Sleeping, c. 1925-36
Gelatin silver contact print, printed c. 1925-36. 1 1/2 x 2 1/8 inches

André Kertész Untitled, c. 1920 Gelatin silver contact print, printed c. 1920. 1 1/2 x 2 inchesAndré Kertész Untitled, c. 1920 Gelatin silver contact print, printed c. 1920. 1 1/2 x 2 inches

André Kertész
Untitled, c. 1920
Gelatin silver contact print, printed c. 1920. 1 1/2 x 2 inches

André Kertész Building Lit Up at Night with Water, Paris, c. 1925-36 Gelatin silver contact print, printed c. 1925-36. 2 1/4 x 1 5/8 inchesAndré Kertész Building Lit Up at Night with Water, Paris, c. 1925-36 Gelatin silver contact print, printed c. 1925-36. 2 1/4 x 1 5/8 inches

André Kertész
Building Lit Up at Night with Water, Paris, c. 1925-36
Gelatin silver contact print, printed c. 1925-36. 2 1/4 x 1 5/8 inches

André Kertész At The Bobino, Paris, 1932 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1970s. 10 x 8 inchesAndré Kertész At The Bobino, Paris, 1932 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1970s. 10 x 8 inches

André Kertész
At The Bobino, Paris, 1932
Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1970s. 10 x 8 inches

André Kertész Self-Portrait, Paris, 1927 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1970. 8 3/16 x 7 3/4 inchesAndré Kertész Self-Portrait, Paris, 1927 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1970. 8 3/16 x 7 3/4 inches

André Kertész
Self-Portrait, Paris, 1927
Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1970. 8 3/16 x 7 3/4 inches

André Kertész Pigalle at Night, 1929 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1970s. 8 x 10 inchesAndré Kertész Pigalle at Night, 1929 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1970s. 8 x 10 inches

André Kertész
Pigalle at Night, 1929
Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1970s. 8 x 10 inches

André Kertész Hotel De Ville, Paris, 1925 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1970s. 8 x 10 inchesAndré Kertész Hotel De Ville, Paris, 1925 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1970s. 8 x 10 inches

André Kertész
Hotel De Ville, Paris, 1925
Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1970s. 8 x 10 inches

André Kertész Eiffel Tower, 1927 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1967. 11 x 14 inchesAndré Kertész Eiffel Tower, 1927 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1967. 11 x 14 inches

André Kertész
Eiffel Tower, 1927
Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1967. 11 x 14 inches

André Kertész August 23, 1962 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1962. 10 x 8 inchesAndré Kertész August 23, 1962 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1962. 10 x 8 inches

André Kertész
August 23, 1962
Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1962. 10 x 8 inches

André Kertész Washington Square Park West, Evening, February 10-15, 1958 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1958. 9 3/4 x 6 1/2 inAndré Kertész Washington Square Park West, Evening, February 10-15, 1958 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1958. 9 3/4 x 6 1/2 in

André Kertész
Washington Square Park West, Evening, February 10-15, 1958
Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1958. 9 3/4 x 6 1/2 in

André Kertész Multiple Exposure, Lever House Building, 390 Park Avenue, New York, 1952 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1952. 14 x 11 inchesAndré Kertész Multiple Exposure, Lever House Building, 390 Park Avenue, New York, 1952 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1952. 14 x 11 inches

André Kertész
Multiple Exposure, Lever House Building, 390 Park Avenue, New York, 1952
Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1952. 14 x 11 inches

André Kertész January 25, 1963 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1963. 8 3/4 X 7 3/4 inchesAndré Kertész January 25, 1963 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1963. 8 3/4 X 7 3/4 inches

André Kertész
January 25, 1963
Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1963. 8 3/4 X 7 3/4 inches

André Kertész Nara (Japan), November 8, 1968 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1968. 10 x 8 inchesAndré Kertész Nara (Japan), November 8, 1968 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1968. 10 x 8 inches

André Kertész
Nara (Japan), November 8, 1968
Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1968. 10 x 8 inches

Press Release

"Night only suggests things, it doesn't fully reveal them.  Night unnerves us and surprises us with its strangeness; it frees powers within us which were controlled by reason during the day..."--- Brassaï


Bruce Silverstein Gallery is pleased to present: NIGHT, an exhibition of the work of Brassaï, Ilse Bing, Robert Doisneau and André Kertész.


The leading artists working with photography in Europe during the 1920s and 30s found the night to be an inspiring subject that became a leitmotif in their work, a revelatory expression of the burgeoning modernist approach to art making that reflects the shifting social and artistic conventions during this period.

 

 

Photographic images made at night were new, bold, mysterious and brave, the ability to photograph at night being a recent technical capability that had yet to be mastered or even considered by the majority of photographers working in the 20s and 30s.  Night was an artistic frontier and the making of images at night implied a certain creative seriousness that helped bring photographers into dialogue with the larger art world during these decades.  At this moment in art and in photography in particular, night and all its connotations provided the perfect backdrop for realizing the artist’s creative intent.


The four artists selected for this exhibition had an affinity for working at night and the images on view extend the first half of the 20th century. The works featured include Brassaï’s well-known Paris de Nuit images, Ilse Bing’s early formalist compositions, Doisneau’s free-spirited and engaging photographs of Parisian nightlife, and André Kertész’s early night photographs from Hungary—the purported inspiration for Brassaï’s Paris series—as well as remarkable New York images that reveal the artist’s consistently innovative vision further inspired by the night.