Opening simultaneously but for the time difference in New York and Rome – A Surreal Life shows photographer and art critic Milton Gendal’s work since the 40s. The exhibition is only 30 images but manages to touch on some of the most interesting parts of his career. His work with surrealists like Andre Bréton around Greenwich Village and his Italian work that was influenced by and influenced the cinema of the time. Gendel assisted in founding the Rome-New York art foundation and has won countless awards.
Gendal's work is a product of his life and times, his unparalleled access to swathes of society most can only read about. His portrait of Queen Elizabeth cleaning the house and his work with the Roman aristocracy shows these historic figures in ways we would never usually see. I find it best to go on the assumption that anyone who made it into The Diary of Anaîus Nin can’t disappoint. The exhibition opened on April 15th and will run until May 23 at Casa Italiana.
By John Hutt