Self Reflections: The Expressionist Origins of Lisette Model

September 22 - November 12, 2011
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Lisette Model Running Legs, Forty-Second Street, New York, 1940-41 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1950. 10 1/2 x 13 5/8 inchesLisette Model Running Legs, Forty-Second Street, New York, 1940-41 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1950. 10 1/2 x 13 5/8 inches

Lisette Model

Running Legs, Forty-Second Street, New York, 1940-41
Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1950. 10 1/2 x 13 5/8 inches

​Lisette Model First Reflection, New York, 1939-40 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1940s. 13 1/2 x 10 3/4nches​Lisette Model First Reflection, New York, 1939-40 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1940s. 13 1/2 x 10 3/4nches

​Lisette Model

First Reflection, New York, 1939-40
Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1940s. 13 1/2 x 10 3/4nches

George Grosz Passers-By, 1921 Color offset print on cream Velin paper. 10 3/8 x 7 7/8 inchesGeorge Grosz Passers-By, 1921 Color offset print on cream Velin paper. 10 3/8 x 7 7/8 inches

George Grosz

Passers-By, 1921
Color offset print on cream Velin paper. 10 3/8 x 7 7/8 inches

​Lisette Model Fifth Avenue, New York (Reflections), c. 1945 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1945. 13 x 10 5/8 inches​Lisette Model Fifth Avenue, New York (Reflections), c. 1945 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1945. 13 x 10 5/8 inches

​Lisette Model

Fifth Avenue, New York (Reflections), c. 1945
Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1945. 13 x 10 5/8 inches

​Lisette Model Reflections, New York, 1939-1945 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1939-1945. 13 1/4 x 10 3/4​Lisette Model Reflections, New York, 1939-1945 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1939-1945. 13 1/4 x 10 3/4

​Lisette Model

Reflections, New York, 1939-1945
Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1939-1945. 13 1/4 x 10 3/4

​Lisette Model Fifth Avenue, New York (Reflections), 1939-1945 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1939-1945. 13 3/4 x 11 inches​Lisette Model Fifth Avenue, New York (Reflections), 1939-1945 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1939-1945. 13 3/4 x 11 inches

​Lisette Model

Fifth Avenue, New York (Reflections), 1939-1945
Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1939-1945. 13 3/4 x 11 inches

Lyonel Feininger Parisian Houses, 1920 Woodcut. 14 5/8 x 10 5/8 inchesLyonel Feininger Parisian Houses, 1920 Woodcut. 14 5/8 x 10 5/8 inches

Lyonel Feininger

Parisian Houses, 1920
Woodcut. 14 5/8 x 10 5/8 inches

​Lisette Model Reflections, Rockefeller Center, New York, c.1945 Gelatin silver print, printed c.1970s. 15 3/4 x 19 1/2 inches​Lisette Model Reflections, Rockefeller Center, New York, c.1945 Gelatin silver print, printed c.1970s. 15 3/4 x 19 1/2 inches

​Lisette Model

Reflections, Rockefeller Center, New York, c.1945
Gelatin silver print, printed c.1970s. 15 3/4 x 19 1/2 inches

​Lisette Model Shadows, 1940-41 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1960s. 13 5/8 x 9 7/8 inches​Lisette Model Shadows, 1940-41 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1960s. 13 5/8 x 9 7/8 inches

​Lisette Model

Shadows, 1940-41
Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1960s. 13 5/8 x 9 7/8 inches

​Lisette Model Shadows, 1940-41 Gelatin silver print, printed 1960s. 13 5/8 x 10 1/4 inches​Lisette Model Shadows, 1940-41 Gelatin silver print, printed 1960s. 13 5/8 x 10 1/4 inches

​Lisette Model

Shadows, 1940-41
Gelatin silver print, printed 1960s. 13 5/8 x 10 1/4 inches

​Lisette Model Shadows, 1940-41 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1960s. 13 1/4 x 9 3/4 inches​Lisette Model Shadows, 1940-41 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1960s. 13 1/4 x 9 3/4 inches

​Lisette Model

Shadows, 1940-41
Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1960s. 13 1/4 x 9 3/4 inches

​Lisette Model Shadows, 1940-1941 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1960s. 13 1/2 x 10 3/4 inches​Lisette Model Shadows, 1940-1941 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1960s. 13 1/2 x 10 3/4 inches

​Lisette Model

Shadows, 1940-1941
Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1960s. 13 1/2 x 10 3/4 inches

​Lisette Model Shadows, 1940-41 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1960s. 13 5/8 x 9 3/4 inches​Lisette Model Shadows, 1940-41 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1960s. 13 5/8 x 9 3/4 inches

​Lisette Model

Shadows, 1940-41
Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1960s. 13 5/8 x 9 3/4 inches

Ernst Ludwig Kirchner Three Dancers, 1912 Lithograph. 10 1/2 x 8 1/2 inchesErnst Ludwig Kirchner Three Dancers, 1912 Lithograph. 10 1/2 x 8 1/2 inches

Ernst Ludwig Kirchner

Three Dancers, 1912
Lithograph. 10 1/2 x 8 1/2 inches

​Lisette Model Reflections, New York, 1939-45 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1950s. 13 1/2 X 8 3/4 inches​Lisette Model Reflections, New York, 1939-45 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1950s. 13 1/2 X 8 3/4 inches

​Lisette Model

Reflections, New York, 1939-45
Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1950s. 13 1/2 X 8 3/4 inches

​Lisette Model Running Legs, Forty-Second Street, New York, 1940-41 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1950. 10 7/8 x 13 7/8 inches​Lisette Model Running Legs, Forty-Second Street, New York, 1940-41 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1950. 10 7/8 x 13 7/8 inches

​Lisette Model

Running Legs, Forty-Second Street, New York, 1940-41
Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1950. 10 7/8 x 13 7/8 inches

​Lisette Model Fifty-Seventh Street, New York, 1939-45 Gelatin silver print mounted on masonite, printed c. 1955. 15 1/2 x 19 1/2 inches​Lisette Model Fifty-Seventh Street, New York, 1939-45 Gelatin silver print mounted on masonite, printed c. 1955. 15 1/2 x 19 1/2 inches

​Lisette Model

Fifty-Seventh Street, New York, 1939-45
Gelatin silver print mounted on masonite, printed c. 1955. 15 1/2 x 19 1/2 inches

Otto Dix Leonie, 1923 Lithograph. 18 1/2 x 14 5/8 inchesOtto Dix Leonie, 1923 Lithograph. 18 1/2 x 14 5/8 inches

Otto Dix

Leonie, 1923
Lithograph. 18 1/2 x 14 5/8 inches

​Lisette Model Venezuela, Portrait of a Woman, 1954 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1954. 13 3/4 x 11 inches​Lisette Model Venezuela, Portrait of a Woman, 1954 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1954. 13 3/4 x 11 inches

​Lisette Model

Venezuela, Portrait of a Woman, 1954
Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1954. 13 3/4 x 11 inches

​Lisette Model Fashion Show, Hotel Pierre, New York, 1940-46 Gelatin silver print mounted to board, printed c. 1955. 15 3/4 x 19 5/8 inches​Lisette Model Fashion Show, Hotel Pierre, New York, 1940-46 Gelatin silver print mounted to board, printed c. 1955. 15 3/4 x 19 5/8 inches

​Lisette Model

Fashion Show, Hotel Pierre, New York, 1940-46
Gelatin silver print mounted to board, printed c. 1955. 15 3/4 x 19 5/8 inches

​Lisette Model Evsa Model, New York, c. 1950 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1950. 13 x 10 7/8 inches​Lisette Model Evsa Model, New York, c. 1950 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1950. 13 x 10 7/8 inches

​Lisette Model

Evsa Model, New York, c. 1950
Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1950. 13 x 10 7/8 inches

​Lisette Model Restaurant, c. 1944 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1950. 13 x 10 inches​Lisette Model Restaurant, c. 1944 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1950. 13 x 10 inches

​Lisette Model

Restaurant, c. 1944
Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1950. 13 x 10 inches

​Lisette Model International Refugee Organization Auction, New York, 1948 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1948.  14 x 16 1/4 inches​Lisette Model International Refugee Organization Auction, New York, 1948 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1948.  14 x 16 1/4 inches

​Lisette Model

International Refugee Organization Auction, New York, 1948

Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1948.  14 x 16 1/4 inches

​Lisette Model Promenade des Anglais, Nice, 1937 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1955. 13 3/8 x 10 5/8 inches​Lisette Model Promenade des Anglais, Nice, 1937 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1955. 13 3/8 x 10 5/8 inches

​Lisette Model

Promenade des Anglais, Nice, 1937
Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1955. 13 3/8 x 10 5/8 inches

Karl Hubbuch On the Beach in St. Malo, c. 1930-31 Brush and lithographic chalk on wove paper. 16 3/4 x 18 1/2 inchesKarl Hubbuch On the Beach in St. Malo, c. 1930-31 Brush and lithographic chalk on wove paper. 16 3/4 x 18 1/2 inches

Karl Hubbuch

On the Beach in St. Malo, c. 1930-31
Brush and lithographic chalk on wove paper. 16 3/4 x 18 1/2 inches

​Lisette Model Circus Man, Nice, c. 1933-38 Gelatin silver print,  printed c.1970s. 14 1/8 x 9 7/8 inches​Lisette Model Circus Man, Nice, c. 1933-38 Gelatin silver print,  printed c.1970s. 14 1/8 x 9 7/8 inches

​Lisette Model

Circus Man, Nice, c. 1933-38
Gelatin silver print,  printed c.1970s. 14 1/8 x 9 7/8 inches

​Lisette Model Lower East Side, New York, 1942 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1955. 13 3/8 x 10 7/8 inches​Lisette Model Lower East Side, New York, 1942 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1955. 13 3/8 x 10 7/8 inches

​Lisette Model

Lower East Side, New York, 1942
Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1955. 13 3/8 x 10 7/8 inches

Otto Dix Frieda, 1923 Lithograph. 20 1/4 x 17 1/8 inchesOtto Dix Frieda, 1923 Lithograph. 20 1/4 x 17 1/8 inches

Otto Dix

Frieda, 1923
Lithograph. 20 1/4 x 17 1/8 inches

​Lisette Model They Honor Their Sons, c. 1939-42 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1939-1942. 13 3/8 x 10 5/8 inches​Lisette Model They Honor Their Sons, c. 1939-42 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1939-1942. 13 3/8 x 10 5/8 inches

​Lisette Model

They Honor Their Sons, c. 1939-42
Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1939-1942. 13 3/8 x 10 5/8 inches

​Lisette Model Lower East Side, 1940-42 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1950. 12 3/4 x 10 1/4 inches​Lisette Model Lower East Side, 1940-42 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1950. 12 3/4 x 10 1/4 inches

​Lisette Model

Lower East Side, 1940-42
Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1950. 12 3/4 x 10 1/4 inches

Bruno Voigt The Death Dance Begins, 1933 Watercolor, pencil and ink on paper. 23 1/2 x 16 inchesBruno Voigt The Death Dance Begins, 1933 Watercolor, pencil and ink on paper. 23 1/2 x 16 inches

Bruno Voigt

The Death Dance Begins, 1933
Watercolor, pencil and ink on paper. 23 1/2 x 16 inches

​Lisette Model War Rally, New York, 1942 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1942.  13 3/8 x 10 5/8 inches​Lisette Model War Rally, New York, 1942 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1942.  13 3/8 x 10 5/8 inches

​Lisette Model

War Rally, New York, 1942
Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1942.  13 3/8 x 10 5/8 inches

​Lisette Model Belmont Park Racetrack, New York, c. 1956 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1956. 10 1/2 x 12 5/8 inches​Lisette Model Belmont Park Racetrack, New York, c. 1956 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1956. 10 1/2 x 12 5/8 inches

​Lisette Model

Belmont Park Racetrack, New York, c. 1956
Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1956. 10 1/2 x 12 5/8 inches

George Grosz People Are Basically Good, 1919 Color offset print on cream Velin paper. 10 3/4 x 7 7/8 inchesGeorge Grosz People Are Basically Good, 1919 Color offset print on cream Velin paper. 10 3/4 x 7 7/8 inches

George Grosz

People Are Basically Good, 1919
Color offset print on cream Velin paper. 10 3/4 x 7 7/8 inches

​Lisette Model Promenade des Anglais, Nice, 7 August, 1934 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1940s. 13 1/2 x 10 7/8 inches​Lisette Model Promenade des Anglais, Nice, 7 August, 1934 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1940s. 13 1/2 x 10 7/8 inches

​Lisette Model

Promenade des Anglais, Nice, 7 August, 1934
Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1940s. 13 1/2 x 10 7/8 inches

​Lisette Model Reflection, New York, 1939-1945 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1939-1945. 13 x 11 inches​Lisette Model Reflection, New York, 1939-1945 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1939-1945. 13 x 11 inches

​Lisette Model

Reflection, New York, 1939-1945
Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1939-1945. 13 x 11 inches

Jeanne Mammen The Fat Singer, c. 1935 Pen and ink on paper. 18 1/8 x 13 3/8 inchesJeanne Mammen The Fat Singer, c. 1935 Pen and ink on paper. 18 1/8 x 13 3/8 inches

Jeanne Mammen

The Fat Singer, c. 1935
Pen and ink on paper. 18 1/8 x 13 3/8 inches

​Lisette Model Café Metropole, c. 1946 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1946. 19 1/8 x 14 3/8 inches​Lisette Model Café Metropole, c. 1946 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1946. 19 1/8 x 14 3/8 inches

​Lisette Model

Café Metropole, c. 1946
Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1946. 19 1/8 x 14 3/8 inches

​Lisette Model Nick's Nightclub, 1940-1944 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1940-1944. 10 1/4 x 13 3/8 inches​Lisette Model Nick's Nightclub, 1940-1944 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1940-1944. 10 1/4 x 13 3/8 inches

​Lisette Model

Nick's Nightclub, 1940-1944
Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1940-1944. 10 1/4 x 13 3/8 inches

​Lisette Model Sammy’s Bar, 1945 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1945. 13 5/8 x 10 5/8 inches​Lisette Model Sammy’s Bar, 1945 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1945. 13 5/8 x 10 5/8 inches

​Lisette Model

Sammy’s Bar, 1945
Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1945. 13 5/8 x 10 5/8 inches

​Lisette Model Sammy's Bar, 1945 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1945. 19 5/8 x 15 1/2 inches​Lisette Model Sammy's Bar, 1945 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1945. 19 5/8 x 15 1/2 inches

​Lisette Model

Sammy's Bar, 1945
Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1945. 19 5/8 x 15 1/2 inches

Max Beckmann Café Music, 1918 Drypoint. 12 3/8 x 9 inchesMax Beckmann Café Music, 1918 Drypoint. 12 3/8 x 9 inches

Max Beckmann
Café Music, 1918
Drypoint. 12 3/8 x 9 inches

​Lisette Model Man Performing, 1954-1961 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1954-1961. 13 3/8 x 11 inches​Lisette Model Man Performing, 1954-1961 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1954-1961. 13 3/8 x 11 inches

​Lisette Model

Man Performing, 1954-1961
Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1954-1961. 13 3/8 x 11 inches

​Lisette Model Sammy’s Bar, 1940-44 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1950s. 10 5/8 x 13 5/8 inches​Lisette Model Sammy’s Bar, 1940-44 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1950s. 10 5/8 x 13 5/8 inches

​Lisette Model

Sammy’s Bar, 1940-44
Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1950s. 10 5/8 x 13 5/8 inches

​Lisette Model Valeska Gert, c. 1947 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1947. 13 1/2 x 10 3/4 inches​Lisette Model Valeska Gert, c. 1947 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1947. 13 1/2 x 10 3/4 inches

​Lisette Model

Valeska Gert, c. 1947
Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1947. 13 1/2 x 10 3/4 inches

​Lisette Model Nick's Nightclub, 1944 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1944. 9 7/8 x 13 3/8 inches​Lisette Model Nick's Nightclub, 1944 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1944. 9 7/8 x 13 3/8 inches

​Lisette Model

Nick's Nightclub, 1944
Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1944. 9 7/8 x 13 3/8 inches

Press Release

Bruce Silverstein Gallery is pleased to present Self Reflections: The Expressionist Origins of Lisette Model.  This groundbreaking show coincides with the gallery’s announcement of representation of The Estate of Lisette Model and is the first to present the work of this highly respected artist with the aim to explore the origins of her interest in art making.

 

The exhibition includes known as well as unseen photographs by Model, displayed alongside works on paper by important Expressionist artists working in Europe: Max Beckmann, Otto Dix, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, George Grosz, Jeanne Mammen, and Lyonel Feininger.  Additionally, Self Reflections features a recording of Arnold Schönberg’s masterpiece Pierrot Lunaire, a significant inspiration for Model whose creativity was largely fueled by music. 

 

Lisette Model is regarded as a master of the photographic medium. A native of Vienna, Model was a student of Arnold Schönberg, and was greatly influenced by the Expressionist avant-garde aesthetic and philosophy emerging in Europe in the first half of the 20th century.   Model’s interest in depicting all aspects of modern society—the emotion, frustration, tension and anxiety of urban existence between the wars—mirrors the work of a number of second generation German and Austrian Expressionists.  Like these artists, she opts for a flattened composition and her figures exaggeratedly fill the picture plane, creating unflattering caricatures of her subjects who become expressionistic tropes.  Model’s work is based in social criticism as much as it is rooted in her use of the camera as a tool for understanding life by projecting the creative desires and motivations of the artist.

 

Lisette Model’s work has been the subject of numerous exhibitions and catalogs, and her influence as a teacher is widely acknowledged, most notably as the instructor to Diane Arbus, Peter Hujar, and Rosalind Solomon.  Her work is in the collections of the National Gallery of Canada, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Getty Museum, Centre Pompidou, Cleveland Museum of Art and the Museum of Modern Art among others.

 

To access a recording of Arnold Schönberg’s Pierrot Lunaire featured during the exhibition please visit www.brucesilverstein.com.  A catalog has been published to accompany the exhibition.

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Self Reflections: The Expressionist Origins of Lisette Model
Self Reflections: The Expressionist Origins of Lisette Model