Exhibition : « Havana - New York - Venice » by Charles JohnstonePress release
In conjunction with this year’s European Month of Photography Berlin (EMOP), Jörg Maaß Kunsthandel is pleased to present a solo exhibition of New York photographer Charles Johnstone showing different works of his complete oeuvre spanning the years 2006 to today.
Empty swimming pools, abandoned streets and playgrounds: Charles Johnstone’s first major photo project Havana shows us unusually still moments in this otherwise bustling Cuban metropolis. An autodidact, Johnstone dedicated the five series that followed entirely to his hometown New York, depicting the everyday, often overlooked poetry of the urban environment: basketball courts, handball courts, empty pools, storefront churches and corrugated iron fences – places in New York, both familiar and anonymous, that we wal...
American Photography From Berenice Abbott to Alec Soth - Kunsthandel Jörg Maaß
The 40 works range from early black and white photographs to the classic icons of American color photography.
A number of great photographers played a large role in forming and defining the American Myth. The discovery of everyday aspects of American life was decisive in this: cities and symbols, cars, signs, billboards, advertising, telephone poles, parking lots and barbershops.
People are a second aspect of the wide-ranging exhibition, from the years of the Great Depression to impressive portraits of celebrities.
The comparison of almost a century of American photographs results in an interesting structure of similarities and contrasts, which are balanced through the selective choice of images.
The exhibition begins with works of the early 20th century by Paul Strand and Berenice Abbott, who both show ...
Charles Johnstone - HAVANA 2006We are pleased to announce the first European solo-exhibition of the photographer Charles Johnstone, born in 1952 in New York. Color photographs from Johnstone's Havana 2006 series, covering the years 2006-2007, will be on view. In the upcoming year, Johnstone's Havana project will be included in the group exhibition, Cuban Avant-garde Art, at the Katonah Museum of Art in New York.
Johnstone is a self-taught photographer. He has acknowledged a variety of influences such as Eugène Atget, Walker Evans, William Christenberry, Stephen Shore, Robert Adams, Luigi Ghirri and Ed Ruscha. Of special interest is the importance of Edward Hopper for Johnstone's work: his sophisticated play of light, the strong, geometric flat forms, and the profound sense of alienation and loneliness.
Johnstone's photographs from Havana ar...