Arnold Newman and Ellen Mark | Fahey/Klein Gallery
The darkness of Francis Bacon, the naturalism of Ansel Adams, the harsh light of Ayn Rand, the media sincerity of Edward R. Morrow – these are just some of the stunning portraits taken by Arnold Newman, a giant of 20th century photography. The Fahey/Klein Gallery will be highlighting his work May 2 through June 22, 2019. The show features striking portraits of Marcel Duchamp, Martha Graham, David Hockney, Willem de Kooning and Louise Nevelson, among others, and is meant to demonstrate how he created a seismic shift in the business. You’ll be able to check out works from 1940s through the 1970s, and learn about what exactly “the environmental portrait” is all about.
Now, Radius Books is celebrating 100 years since Newman's birth in 2018 with the release of a hardback titled Arnold Newman: One Hundred. “The photographic portrait was generally a box with somebody in the center,” Gregory Heisler, a photography professor at Syracuse University wrote in the intro. “Arnold used what was around him to create visually complex, spatially intriguing portraits that had a psychological dimension.”
The gallery will also be exhibiting photographs from Mary Ellen Mark, May 2 – June 22. From snaps of contortionists in India, to disadvantaged youth in Seattle (which led to an Academy Award-nominated film Streetwise), there’s plenty of interesting photojournalism to sink your teeth into. The documentary spirit led to capturing the Twins Days Festival in Twinsburg, Ohio and and producing images for LIFE magazine about a homeless family in California named the Damms. Mark’s shots have stood the test of time, even ending up in the permanent collections of the Whitney Museum of American Art and the International Center of Photography, New York.
Arnold Newman and Ellen Mark runs from May 2 to June 22 at Fahey Klein Gallery
148 North La Brea, Los Angeles