Image above: ©Dave Heath, New York City, 1964. Courtesy Howard Greenberg Gallery.
Embodying the pure essence of black-and-white photography, Dave Heath’s masterful work from the 1950s and ’60s will be exhibited at Howard Greenberg Gallery from September 10 – October 24, 2015. The show is concurrent with the traveling exhibition Multitude, Solitude: The Photographs of Dave Heath at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, September 19, 2015 – February 21, 2016. A new book of the same title by Keith F. Davis and Michael Torosian will be published in October 2015 by the Hall Family Foundation/Nelson-Atkins Museum/Yale University Press.
Dave Heath’s expressive and emotionally charged photographs capture intimate moments of beauty and loss, love and alienation, with lone figures gazing into the distance, soldiers trudging through foreign lands, urban scenes of heightened sensation and faces frozen in time. On view at Howard Greenberg Gallery will be Heath’s photographs from the Korean War and the Beat Generation era in Greenwich Village, pages from his thematic notebooks mounted with tiny prints, and work that was included in his seminal 1965 book A Dialogue with Solitude, a poignant collection of images that explores the human psyche in chiaroscuro tones. A key figure in 20th-century photography, adept in delineating details and dissolving others, Heath is known as a master printmaker with a deep and atmospheric palette.