A Democracy of Imagery | Opening Reception

Organized By Howard Greenberg Gallery

Location: Howard Greenberg Gallery

41 E 57th St, Fl 14th,New York (40.762332, -73.972096)


Curated by Colin Westerbeck, A DEMOCRACY OF IMAGERY presents 100 images by 84 artists, including Richard Avedon, Edward Burtynsky, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Walker Evans, Robert Frank, Saul Leiter, Vivian Maier, Man Ray, Robert Mapplethorpe, Joel Meyerowitz, and Gordon Parks. The exhibition will be on view at Howard Greenberg Gallery from March 24 – April 30, 2016. Join us for an opening reception on Thursday, March 24 from 6-8 p.m. In 2014, Colin Westerbeck first conceived of an idea for a photography exhibition based on a certain challenge. In the foreword of the forthcoming book "A Democracy of Imagery" (Steidl / Howard Greenberg Library), Westerbeck notes: “I approached [Greenberg] because I suspected I could do a museum-quality exhibition—one with the reach and variety of the slow time over which museum holdings accumulate—out of his stock-in-trade.” The book and exhibition began with a unique and thoughtful theme. As Westerbeck writes, “From the beginning, the purpose of the exhibition was to include underappreciated photographs by famous photographers, and great photographs by underappreciated photographers. To me, in the end, they’re all great photographs by great photographers.” Founded in 1981, Howard Greenberg Gallery is known internationally for its pioneering role in exhibiting photography from all periods. Greenberg is widely credited as a leader in the development of the modern photography market. A DEMOCRACY OF IMAGERY affords a rare opportunity to investigate the gallery’s famed backrooms and uncover treasures of the medium. About the Curator: Before moving to Los Angeles, Colin Westerbeck was a Curator of Photography at The Art Institute of Chicago from 1986 through 2003. Since then, he contributed a weekly column on photography for the Los Angeles Times in 2006-2007, and has written frequently for Art in America. Westerbeck has also taught photographic history at the University of California, Los Angeles, and the University of Southern California. From 2008 until 2012, he was the Director of the California Museum of Photography at the University of California, Riverside. In 2017, Laurence King Publishing Ltd will publish the third edition of Westerbeck’s book with Joel Meyerowitz, "Bystander: A History of Street Photography."