Horst P. Horst - Mainbocher Corset, 1939

Backstory

Group exhibition

28/06/2016

30/07/2016

Gallery FIFTY ONE

Opening reception: Saturday, Jun. 25th 2016 from 2 – 6 pm

Gallery FIFTY ONE is pleased to announce its summer exhibition “Backstory”: a group show about back-view portraits. Unlike the traditional, frontal portraiture where the facial expression gives away a straightforward identity; portraits shot from behind are more narrative due to its anonymity. Here, the signifiers of the frame are key players to resolve the mystery of the back and telling its story. The work of different photographers will be juxtaposed, taken over the past half century, in different continents, in studio or urban settings. It will give a glimpse of the visual and the imaginary language of the back portrait.

Read the full press release here.

Yamamoto Masao - #0599, A box of Ku, n.d.
Masao Yamamoto - #0599, A box of Ku, n.d.
Michael Wolf - #16, Paris street View, 2009
Michael Wolf - #16, Paris street View, 2009

Artists on view Backstory

Horst P. Horst, Masao Yamamoto, Michael Wolf, Saul Leiter, Frank Horvat, Lisette Model, Vivian Maier, Leon Levinstein, Louis Faurer, Jan Yoors, Malick Sidibé, Martin Munkacsi, Harold Feinstein, Erwin Blumenfeld, Jacques Sonck, Harry Gruyaert and Marvin Newman.

Harold Feinstein - Flowing Hair on Back, Putney Vermont, 1974
Saul Leiter - Joanna, c. 1947
Saul Leiter - Joanna, c. 1947
Jan Yoors - Coney Island, 1962
Jan Yoors - Coney Island, 1962
Harry Gruyaert - France, Paris. Café la Palette, 1985
Harry Gruyaert - France, Paris. Café la Palette, 1985
Marvin Newman - Sun Shadow, 1956
Marvin Newman - Sun Shadow, 1956
Frank Horvat - Warsaw, Couple, 1963
Frank Horvat - Warsaw, Couple, 1963
Leon Levinstein - Handball Players, Houston Street, New York, 1955
Leon Levinstein - Handball Players, Houston Street, New York, 1955
Vivian Maier - Chicago, 1966
Vivian Maier - Chicago, 1966
Louis Faurer - Freudian Handclasp, New York City, 1948
Louis Faurer - Freudian Handclasp, New York City, 1948
Jacques Sonck - Untitled, Studio, 2008
Jacques Sonck - Untitled, Studio, 2008
Malick Sidibé - Vues de dos, 2001
Malick Sidibé - Vues de dos, 2001
Lisette Model - Circus Man, Nice, 1933-38
Lisette Model - Circus Man, Nice, 1933-38
Erwin Blumenfeld - Untitled, 1943
Erwin Blumenfeld - Untitled, 1943