Duane Michals "Empty New York" at DC Moore

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In his second solo exhibition at the DC Moore Gallery, Duane Michals focuses on the New York City we rarely see or think of; one devoid of people and full of the empty spaces they leave behind. Inspired by 19th century photographer Eugene Atget's determination to capture the streets of his native Paris, Michals' work presents public and private locations, such as a barbershop, a city bus, the inside of a car, or someone's bedroom in intimate detail during these early morning moments. These photographs, dating back to the 1960's, explore the stage that is the city, and show what Michals' sees when he walks around; the shoes ready for wearing, and the cobble stone streets waiting for the rumble of tires. Michals will be honored for his work later this year at The Carnegie Museum in Pittsburgh, in his native Pennsylvania.

Michals' photographs always seem quite personal, exploring and experimenting with the way people relate to the space around them. This show puts these spaces of a grand city into perspective on their own, exposing how bare they are without us, but remain rich in calm while awaiting our return.

The show runs through May 31.

Text by Amanda Everich

Photographs by Xiaofeng Li


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