Carl Dean Kipper, Korea, 1953–54, by Dave Heath (The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, Missouri: Gift of Hallmark Cards, Inc.)
New York City, 1962
by Dave Heath
(The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, Missouri: Gift of the Hall Family Foundation)
This exhibition is the first comprehensive survey of Heath’s deeply personal early work. Abandoned by both his parents by the age of four, Heath lived in Philadelphia foster homes and in an orphanage until the age of sixteen. The turmoil of his childhood profoundly shaped Heath and his artistic vision. Just before his sixteenth birthday, he encountered a poignant photo-essay about foster care in Life magazine, and became intrigued by photography’s potential to transcend simple reportage. Almost entirely self-taught, Heath channeled his feelings of abandonment into a body of work that underscores the importance and difficulties of human contact and interaction. Multitude, Solitude reaffirms Heath’s status as a key figure in twentieth-century photography and highlights his deeply empathetic sensibility.
Drowning Scene, Central Park, New York City, 1957
by Dave Heath
The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, Missouri: Gift of the Hall Family Foundation
This exhibition will be accompanied by a catalogue, Multitude, Solitude: The Photographs of Dave Heath, by Keith F. Davis (Hall Family Foundation/Nelson-Atkins Museum/Yale University Press). It will be available September 2015.