Man in a Derby, 1916
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Paul Strand Archive
Photo courtesy of Griffin Contemporary
Paul Strand: Works 1915-1954
VENICE, CALIFORNIA • Griffin Contemporary • Ongoing
|In 1921, a seven-minute portrait of New York called Manhatta, alternately titled New York the Magnificent, was released. Hailed as the first avant-garde film produced in the United States, this film by Paul Strand and Charles Sheeler is on view at Griffin Contemporary along with Strand's vintage photography in the exhibition Paul Strand: Works 1915-1954.|
Manhatta was shot in New York within a five-block radius that encompassed Battery Park, the Staten Island Ferry docks, Wall Street, and Trinity Place -a location of significance for Americans today. The film is a non-narrative sequence of formally abstract images that, together, are an expression of the city as it reveals itself through lines, volume, movement and rhythm.
The exhibition also features over twenty works taken between 1915 and 1954. The works range from early pictorial images, to his gritty New York period, to later works taken on Strand's travels to New Mexico, New England, and Nova Scotia.
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