Arnold Newman: One Hundred

Main Gallery

May 10 - June 30

Arnold Newman - Ernest Fiene, Raphael Soyer, and Tana Bloom, 1942 - Howard Greenberg Gallery - 2018

Ernest Fiene, Raphael Soyer, and Tana Bloom, 1942

Gelatin silver print; printed c.1942

7 x 9 5/8 inches 

Arnold Newman - Michel Tapié, 1954 - Howard Greenburg Gallery - 2018

Michel Tapié, 1954 

Gelatin silver print; printed c.1954

9 3/4 x 7 5/8 inches 

Arnold Newman - Claes Oldenburg, 1967 - Gelatin silver print; printed c.1967

Claes Oldenburg, 1967

Gelatin silver print; printed c.1967

7 5/8 x 9 5/8 inches 

Arnold Newman - Ben and Mickey Rose, 1944 - Howard Greenberg Gallery - 2018

Ben and Mickey Rose, 1944 

Gelatin silver print; printed c.1944

9 1/2 x 7 5/8 inches 

Arnold Newman - William Baziotes, 1959 - Howard Greenberg Gallery - 2018

William Baziotes, 1959

Gelatin silver print; printed c.1959

13 5/8 x 9 1/2 inches 

Arnold Newman - Raphael Soyer, New York, 1947 - Howard Greenberg Gallery - 2018

Raphael Soyer, New York, 1947

Gelatin silver print; printed c.1947

9 5/8 x 7 1/4 inches 

Arnold Newman - Jean Dubuffet, 1956 - Howard Greenberg Gallery - 2018

Jean Dubuffet, 1956

Gelatin silver print; printed c.1956

9 5/8 x 7 3/4 inches 

Arnold Newman - Marc Blizstein, 1945 - Howard Greenberg Gallery - 2018

Marc Blizstein, 1945 

Gelatin silver print; printed c.1945

7 1/4 x 9 1/2 inches 

Arnold Newman - Jackson Pollock, 1949 - Howard Greenberg Gallery - 2018

Jackson Pollock, 1949

Gelatin silver print; printed c.1954

9 5/8 x 7 5/8 inches 

Arnold Newman - Ibram Lassaw, 1953 - Howard Greenberg Gallery - 2018

Ibram Lassaw, 1953

Gelatin silver print; printed c.1953

9 1/2 x 7 3/4 inches 

Arnold Newman - Georgia O'Keefe, NYC, 1944 - Howard Greenberg Gallery - 2018

Georgia O'Keefe, NYC, 1944 

Gelatin silver print; printed c.1944

9 3/4 x 7 3/4 inches 

Arnold Newman - George Grosz, 1942 - Howard Greenberg Gallery - 2018

George Grosz, 1942

Gelatin silver print; printed later 

9 3/4 x 7 1/8 inches 

Arnold Newman - Aaron Siskind, NYC, 1976 - Howard Greenberg Gallery - 2018

Aaron Siskind, NYC, 1976

Gelatin silver print; printed c.1976

11 1/2 x 9 7/8 inches 

Arnold Newman - Manuel Álvarez Bravo, 1987 - Howard Greenberg Gallery - 2018

Manuel Álvarez Bravo, 1987

Gelatin silver print; printed c.1987

12 5/8 x 9 7/8 inches 

Arnold Newman - Gwen and Jacob Lawrence, 1943 - Howard Greenberg Gallery - 2018

Gwen and Jacob Lawrence, 1943 

Gelatin silver print; printed later 

8 7/8 x 7 1/4 inches 

Arnold Newman - David Hockney, Paris, France, 1975 - Howard Greenberg Gallery - 2018

David Hockney, Paris, France, 1975

Gelatin silver print; printed later 

13 3/8 x 8 7/8 inches 

Arnold Newman - Henry Moore, Much Haddam, London, England (collage), 1966 - Howard Greenberg Gallery - 2018

Henry Moore, Much Haddam, London, England (collage), 1966

Two gelatin silver prints; assembled c.1972

9 7/8 x 12 5/8 inches 

Arnold Newman - Saul Steinberg and Hedda Sterne, 1951 - Howard Greenberg Gallery - 2018

Saul Steinberg and Hedda Sterne, 1951

Gelatin silver print; printed c.1951

3 x 9 5/8 inches  

Arnold Newman - Kurt Sodel, 1956 - Howard Greenberg Gallery - 2018

Kurt Gödel, 1956 

Gelatin silver print; printed later 

9 3/4 x 7 3/4 inches 

Arnold Newman - Studio Lights, Florida, 1944 - Howard Greenberg Gallery - 2018

Studio Lights, Florida, 1944

Gelatin silver print; printed c.1944

5 7/8 x 7 3/8 inches 

Arnold Newman - West Palm Beach, FL, 1946 - Howard Greenberg Gallery - 2018

West Palm Beach, FL, 1946

Gelatin silver print; printed c.1946

7 5/8 x 9 3/8 inches 

Arnold Newman - Two Men Against Wall with Ladders, Allentown, 1939 - Howard Greenberg Gallery - 2018

Two Men Against Wall with Ladders, Allentown, 1939 

Gelatin silver print; printed later 

6 3/4 x 10 inches 

Arnold Newman - Eikoh Hosoe, 1991 - Howard Greenberg Gallery - 2018

Eikoh Hosoe, 1991 

Gelatin silver print; printed later 

14 x 11 inches 

Arnold Newman - Yasuo Kuniyoshi, New York City, 1941 - Howard Greenberg Gallery - 2018

Yasuo Kuniyoshi, New York City, 1941

Gelatin silver print; printed c.1941

10 1/4 x 13 1/4 inches 

Arnold Newman - Marcel Duchamp, NYC, 1942 - Howard Greenberg Gallery - 2018

Marcel Duchamp, NYC, 1942

Gelatin silver print; printed later 

12 3/4 x 9 3/4 inches 

Arnold Newman - Willem de Kooning, New York, 1959

Willem de Kooning, New York, 1959 

Gelatin silver print; printed later 

10 1/2 x 12 3/8 inches 

Arnold Newman - Helen Levitt, 1944 - Howard Greenberg Gallery - 2018

Helen Levitt, 1944

Gelatin silver print; printed c.1944

7 5/8 x 9 5/8 inches 

Arnold Newman - Josef Albers, 1948 - Howard Greenberg Gallery - 2018

Josef Albers, 1948 

Gelatin silver print; printed c.1948

9 3/8 x 6 1/2 inches 

Arnold Newman - Milton Avery, 1960 - Howard Greenberg Gallery - 2018

Milton Avery, 1960

Gelatin silver print; printed c.1960

7 5/8 x 9 5/8 inches 

Arnold Newman - Max Ernst, New York, 1942 - Howard Greenberg Gallery - 2018

Max Ernst, New York, 1942 

Gelatin silver print; printed c.1942

9 3/4 x 7 1/2 inches 

Arnold Newman - Ironing Board Cutout, West Palm Beach, FL, 1941 - Howard Greenberg Gallery - 2018

Ironing Board Cutout, West Palm Beach, FL, 1941

Gelatin silver print; printed 1970s

9 1/2 x 4 3/4 inches 

Arnold Newman - Letters, New York City, 1941 - Howard Greenberg Gallery - 2018

Letters, New York City, 1941

Gelatin silver print; printed later

10 x 12 inches 

Arnold Newman - Mirror, Baltimore, MD, 1939 - Howard Greenberg Gallery - 2018

Mirror, Baltimore, MD, 1939

Gelatin silver print; printed later

4 x 5 1/2 inches 

 

Arnold Newman - Clapboard House, West Palm Beach, FL, 1940 - Howard Greenberg Gallery - 2018

Clapboard House, West Palm Beach, FL, 1940

Gelatin silver print; printed c.1940

8 5/8 x 4 3/8 inches 

Arnold Newman - West Palm Beach, FL, 1940 - Howard Greenberg Gallery - 2018

West Palm Beach, FL, 1940 

Gelatin silver print; printed c.1940

4 1/2 x 6 inches 

Arnold Newman - Man on Church Porch, West Palm Beach, FL, 1941 - Howard Greenberg Gallery - 2018

Man on Church Porch, West Palm Beach, FL, 1941

Gelatin silver print; printed 1950s

7 3/4 x 8 1/2 inches 

Arnold Newman - West Palm Beach, FL, 1941- Howard Greenberg Gallery - 2018

West Palm Beach, FL, 1941

Gelatin silver print; printed c.1941

7 3/4 x 10 inches 

Arnold Newman - Railroad Sign, West Palm Beach, FL, 1941 - Howard Greenberg Gallery - 2018

Railroad Sign, West Palm Beach, FL, 1941

Gelatin silver print; printed c.1941

6 1/4 x 8 3/4 inches 

Arnold Newman - Isamu Noguchi, 1947 - Howard Greenberg Gallery - 2018

Isamu Noguchi, 1947

Gelatin silver print; printed c.1947

9 5/8 x 7 3/8 inches 

Arnold Newman - Igor Stravinsky, New York City, 1946 - Howard Greenberg Gallery - 2018

Igor Stravinsky, New York City, 1946 

Four gelatin silver contact prints; printed c.1946

4 x 5 inches each 

Press Release

Photographs by Arnold Newman, one of the most influential portraitists of the 20th century, will be on view at Howard Greenberg Gallery from May 10 through June 30, 2018. Celebrating the centennial of Newman’s birth, the exhibition of 45 works from the 1930s through the 1990s will present the finest, most nuanced prints yet to be seen in one show, including striking portraits of artists Jean Dubuffet, Marcel Duchamp, David Hockney, Isamu Noguchi, and Georgia O'Keeffe. An upcoming book, Arnold Newman: One Hundred, will be published this year by Radius Books. Many of the prints in the exhibition are being shown for the first time. An opening reception will be held on Thursday, May 10, from 6-8 p.m.

 

Newman is generally acknowledged as the pioneer of the environmental portrait. He spent time exploring the essence of his subjects, finding the best environment to express who they were, and integrating them with their work into compositions that referenced the work. He structured his own visual language, setting up photographs with jaunty geometric grace and inventing visual elements where none existed thus adding complexity and depth to his portraits. His sense of tension, rhythm, and balance, guides the eye through his command of composition. 

 

The exhibition will also present early work – collages, still lifes, and graphic images – made in the ‘40s and ‘50s, that show the development of the formality of structure that became his signature. He mastered the abstract arrangement of lines and shapes, light and dark, space and volume – all in service of a purely visual moment and culminating in iconic portraits. 

 

“Arnold Newman conceived a new vocabulary for photographic portraiture,” writes Gregory Heisler, Professor of Photography, Syracuse University, in the introduction to the book Arnold Newman: One Hundred. “It is difficult today to truly appreciate the magnitude of his breakthrough. Before Arnold’s arrival, the photographic portrait was generally a box with somebody in the center. Arnold used what was around him to create visually complex, spatially intriguing portraits that had a psychological dimension. He didn’t just show the environment, he actively employed it for its narrative power.”

 

About Arnold Newman
Arnold Newman (1918-2006) was born in New York City. He began his career in photography in 1938 working at chain portrait studios in Philadelphia, Baltimore, and West Palm Beach, and immediately began working in abstract and documentary photography on his own. In June of 1941, Beaumont Newhall of the Museum of Modern Art, New York, and Alfred Stieglitz “discovered” him, and he was given an exhibition with at the A.D. Gallery in September. In 1945 his Philadelphia Museum of Art one-man show, Artists Look Like This, attracted nationwide attention. Newman’s new approach to portraiture began its influence through key publications in America and abroad. Exhibitions and purchases of his work by major museums quickly followed. 

 

He authored many books, including Bravo Stravinsky, 1967; One Mind’s Eye: The Portraits and Other Photographs of Arnold Newman, 1974; Faces USA, 1978; Arnold Newman: Five Decades, 1986; Arnold Newman’s Americans, 1992; Arnold Newman, in Japanese and Korean, 1992; Arnold Newman-Selected Photographs, 1999; Arnold Newman, Taschen Publishers, in English, German and French, 2000; Arnold Newman: The Early Work, Steidl publishers, 2008

 

He has been an important contributor of portraits, still-lives and photographic essays in such publications as Life, Holiday, Look, Vanity Fair, Scientific American, Town and Country, Esquire, Travel and Leisure, Harper’s Bazaar, The New Yorker and others. 

 

Celebrating Newman’s 50th year in photography, the exhibition Five Decades originated and was first shown at the Museum of Photographic Arts, San Diego, in 1986, and continued on to the Art Institute of Chicago; the Minneapolis Institute of the Arts; the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Museum, Cambridge, MA; the Norton Gallery and School of Art, West Palm Beach, Fla.; the New York Historical Society, New York, the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth; and the Cincinnati Art Museum. The European tour opened in Amsterdam, in September 1989, and continued on to the Joan Miro Foundation Museum, Barcelona, Spain; the Frankfurter Kunstverein, Frankfurt, Germany; the Musee de l’Elysee, Lausanne, Switzerland, and the Museum of Modern Art, Oxford, England, culminating in Tokyo and Osaka in 1993.

 

Five major museum retrospectives celebrated Newman’s sixty-year career in photography; the International Center of Photography, New York City, in March 1999; the Minneapolis Institute of Art, 2000; the Corcoran Gallery, Washington, D.C., 2000 (Arnold Newman: Breaking Ground); and Arnold Newman sponsored by the French Ministry of Culture at the L’Hotel de Sully, Paris, France, 2002. His work continues to be exhibited extensively in museums and galleries in the United States and abroad.