Ray K. Metzker: Black & Light

Main Gallery

January 10 - March 2

Ray K. Metzker - 67 AM 26-27, Double Frame, 1967 - Howard Greenberg Gallery - 2019

67 AM 26-27, Double Frame, 1967 

Gelatin silver print; printed 1967

9 5/8 x 7 3/4 inches 

Ray K. Metzker - 67 AM 26-27, Double Frame, 1967 - Howard Greenberg Gallery - 2019

67 AM 26-27, Double Frame, 1967

Gelatin silver print; printed 1967 

9 5/8 x 7 3/4 inches 

Ray K. Metzker - 80 CQ-32 (Spring Tingle), from "Pictus Interruptus", 1980 - Howard Greenberg Gallery - 2018

80 CQ-32 (Spring Tingle), from "Pictus Interruptus", 1980
Gelatin silver print; printed 1980
12 3/8 x 17 3/8 inches

Ray K. Metzker - 79 FO-33 (Black Zap), from "Pictus Interruptus", 1979 - Howard Greenberg Gallery - 2018

79 FO-33 (Black Zap), from "Pictus Interruptus", 1979
Gelatin silver print; printed 1981
11 1/2 x 17 3/8 inches

Ray K. Metzker - 80 CT-5, from "Pictus Interruptus", 1980 - Howard Greenberg Gallery - 2018

80 CT-5, from "Pictus Interruptus", 1980
Gelatin silver print; printed 1981
12 x 17 3/8 inches

Ray K. Metzker - 79 FE-17, from "Pictus Interruptus", 1978 - Howard Greenberg Gallery - 2018

79 FE-17, from "Pictus Interruptus", 1978
Gelatin silver print; printed 1981
11 1/2 x 17 3/8 inches

Ray K. Metzker - 80 DE-37, from "Pictus Interruptus", 1980 - Howard Greenberg Gallery - 2018

80 DE-37, from "Pictus Interruptus", 1980
Gelatin silver print; printed 1997
12 1/2 x 16 7/8 inches

 

Ray K. Metzker - 80 EW-32, from "Pictus Interruptus", 1980 - Howard Greenberg Gallery - 2018

80 EW-32, from "Pictus Interruptus", 1980
Gelatin silver print; printed 1981
11 5/8 x 17 3/8 inches

Ray K. Metzker - 80 DA-21, from "Pictus Interruptus", 1980 - Howard Greenberg Gallery - 2018

80 DA-21, from "Pictus Interruptus", 1980
Gelatin silver print; printed 1981
12 5/8 x 17 1/2 inches

Ray K. Metzker - 80 EQ-12 (Night Fury), from "Pictus Interruptus", 1980 - Howard Greenberg Gallery - 2018

80 EQ-12 (Night Fury) , from "Pictus Interruptus", 1980
Gelatin silver print; printed 1981
11 5/8 x 17 3/8 inches

Ray K. Metzker - 79 DA-15, from "Pictus Interruptus", 1979 - Howard Greenberg Gallery - 2018

79 DA-15, from "Pictus Interruptus", 1979
Gelatin silver print; printed 1980
11 7/8 x 16 1/2 inches

Ray K. Metzker - 80 EU-26, from "Pictus Interruptus", 1980 - Howard Greenberg Gallery - 2018

80 EU-26, from "Pictus Interruptus", 1980
Gelatin silver print; printed 1980
12 5/8 x 17 3/4 inches

Ray K. Metzker - 80 EU-29, from "Pictus Interruptus", 1980 - Howard Greenberg Gallery - 2018

80 EU-29, from "Pictus Interruptus", 1980
Gelatin silver print; printed 1984
12 x 17 1/4 inches

 

Ray K. Metzker - 80 FE-12, from "Pictus Interruptus", 1980 - Howard Greenberg Gallery - 2018

80 FE-12, from "Pictus Interruptus", 1980
Gelatin silver print; printed 1980
11 3/4 x 17 1/4 inches

Ray K. Metzker - Sailor Mix, 1964 - Howard Greenberg Gallery - 2019

Sailor Mix, 1964 

Composite of six gelatin silver prints; printed c.1964

10 x 6 inches 

Ray K. Metzker - Whimsy 7, 1974 - Howard Greenberg Gallery - 2019

Whimsy 7, 1974 

Collage of four gelatin silver prints 

4 x 4 inches 

Ray K. Metzker - Whimsy A-30, 1974 - Howard Greenberg Gallery - 2019

Whimsy A-30, 1974 

Collage of four gelatin silver prints 

4 x 4 inches 

Ray K. Metzker - Whimsy 2, 1974 - Howard Greenberg Gallery - 2019

Whimsy 2, 1974 

Collage of four gelatin silver prints 

4 x 4 inches 

Ray K. Metzker - Arrestation 07 03, 2007 - Howard Greenberg Gallery - 2019

Arrestation 07 03, 2007 

Collage of two gelatin silver prints 

9 3/4 x 8 inches 

Ray K. Metzker - Arrestation 96 XIII, 1996 - Howard Greenberg Gallery - 2019

Arrestation 96 XIII, 1996 

Collage of two gelatin silver prints

10 7/8 x 10 7/8 inches 

Ray K. Metzker - Arrestation 98 020, 1998 - Howard Greenberg Gallery - 2019

Arrestation 98 020, 1998

Collage of four gelatin silver prints 

7 1/2 x 6 7/8 inches 

Ray K. Metzker - Arrestation 07 06, 2007 - Howard Greenberg Gallery - 2019

Arrestation 07 06, 2007 

Collage of two gelatin silver prints 

13 5/8 x 10 1/2 inches 

Ray K. Metzker - Arrestation 96 07 VII, 1996 - Howard Greenberg Gallery - 2019

Arrestation 96 07 VII, 1996 

Collage of two gelatin silver prints 

9 7/8 x 8 inches 

Ray K. Metzker - Arrestation 98 029, 1998 - Howard Greenberg Gallery - 2019

Arrestation 98 029, 1998 

Collage of five gelatin silver prints 

7 7/8 x 9 3/4 inches 

Ray K. Metzker - Arrestation 96 04, 1996 - Howard Greenberg Gallery - 2019

Arrestation 96 04, 1996 

Collage of three gelatin silver prints 

9 3/4 x 7 7/8 inches 

Ray K. Metzker - 58 CD-4, Chicago, 1958 - Howard Greenberg Gallery - 2018

58 CD-4, Chicago, 1958
Gelatin silver print; printed 1958
7 1/2 x 7 3/8 inches

 

Ray K. Metzker - 58 CH-6, Chicago, 1958 - Howard Greenberg Gallery

58 CH-6, Chicago, 1958
Gelatin silver print; printed 1958
7 1/2 x 7 1/2 inches

 

Ray K. Metzker - 82 QO 21-22 (City Whispers), 1982 - Howard Greenberg Gallery - 2018

82 QO 21-22, City Whispers, 1982
Gelatin silver print; printed 2006
7 3/4 x 11 1/4 inches

Ray K. Metzker - 81 DB-12 (City Whispers), 1981 - Howard Greenberg Gallery - 2018

81 DB-12, City Whispers, 1981
Gelatin silver print; printed 1981
7 7/8 x 11 7/8 inches

Ray K. Metzker - 58 CH-12, Chicago, 1958 - Howard Greenberg Gallery - 2018

58 CH-12, Chicago, 1958
Gelatin silver print; printed 1958
7 3/8 x 7 3/8 inches

 

Ray K. Metzker - 63 DE-21, Philadelphia, 1963 - Howard Greenberg Gallery - 2018

63 DE-21, Philadelphia , 1963
Gelatin silver print; printed 1963
6 x 8 7/8 inches

Ray K. Metzker - 64 IU-13, Early Philadelphia, 1964 - Howard Greenberg Gallery - 2018

64 IU-13, Early Philadelphia, 1964
Gelatin silver print; printed 1964
8 7/8 x 6 1/4 inches

Ray K. Metzker - 65 K-16, Early Philadelphia, 1965 - Howard Greenberg Gallery - 2018

65 K-16, Early Philadelphia, 1965
Gelatin silver print; printed 1965
5 7/8 x 8 7/8 inches

Ray K. Metzker - 65 A-2, Early Philadelphia, 1965 - Howard Greenberg Gallery - 2018

65 A-2, Early Philadelphia, 1965
Gelatin silver print; printed 1965
6 7/8 x 8 3/4 inches

Ray K. Metzker - 63 FO-5, Philadelphia, 1963 - Howard Greenberg Gallery - 2019

63 FO-5, Philadelphia, 1963 

Gelatin silver print; printed 1963 

7 1/8 x 9 1/8 inches 

Ray K. Metzker - 63 G-3, Philadelphia, 1963 - Howard Greenberg Gallery - 2018

63 G-3, Philadelphia , 1963
Gelatin silver print; printed 1963
6 1/8 x 8 3/4 inches

Ray K. Metzker - 65 Z-3, Early Philadelphia, 1965 - Howard Greenberg Gallery - 2018

65 Z-3, Early Philadelphia, 1965
Gelatin silver print; printed 2007
5 7/8 x 8 inches 

 

Ray K. Metzker - 61 AK-28, Europe, Marseille, France, 1961 - Howard Greenberg Gallery - 2018

61 AK-28, Europe, Marseille, France , 1961
Gelatin silver print; printed 1961
5 3/4 x 9 5/8 inches

Ray K. Metzker - 58 DY-24, Chicago, 1958 - Howard Greenberg Gallery - 2018

58 DY-24, Chicago, 1958
Gelatin silver print; printed 1958
5 1/2 x 8 1/2 inches

 

Ray K. Metzker - 63 LF-17, Philadelphia, 1963 - Howard Greenberg Gallery - 2018

63 LF-17, Philadelphia, 1963
Gelatin silver print; printed 1963
6 x 8 3/4 inches

 

Ray K. Metzker - 64 IJ-5, Early Philadelphia, 1964 - Howard Greenberg Gallery - 2018

64 IJ-5, Early Philadelphia, 1964
Gelatin silver print; printed 1964
6 3/4 x 8 3/4 inches

Ray K. Metzker - 63 AG-12, Philadelphia, 1962 - Howard Greenberg Gallery - 2018

63 AG-12, Philadelphia , 1962
Gelatin silver print; printed 1963
7 1/2 x 8 3/4 inches

 

Ray K. Metzer - 64 DW-39, Philadelphia, 1964 - Howard Greenberg Gallery - 2018

64 DW-39, Philadelphia, 1964
Gelatin silver print; printed 1964
5 7/8 x 8 3/4 inches

 

Ray K. Metzker - 64 DD-2, Philadelphia, 1964 - Howard Greenberg Gallery - 2018

64 DD-2, Philadelphia, 1964
Gelatin silver print; printed 2007
6 1/8 x 8 3/4 inches

 

Ray K. Metzker - 63 BG-6, Philadelphia, 1963 - Howard Greenberg Gallery - 2018

63 BG-6, Philadelphia , 1963
Gelatin silver print; printed 1963
6 x 8 7/8 inches

 

Ray K. Metzker - 67 DH, Early Philadelphia, 1967 - Howard Greenberg Gallery - 2018

67 DH, Early Philadelphia, 1967
Gelatin silver print; printed 1967
7 3/4 x 9 3/4 inches

Ray K. Metzker - 61 BX-25, Europe, 1961 - Howard Greenberg Gallery - 2019

61 BX-25, Europe, 1961 

Gelatin silver print; printed 1961

6 x 8 7/8 inches 

Ray K. Metzker - 61 BZ-17, Europe, 1961 - Howard Greenberg Gallery - 2018

61 BZ-17, Europe, 1961
Gelatin silver print; printed 1961
6 1/8 x 8 3/4 inches

 

Ray K. Metzker - 63 CM-12, Philadelphia, 1963 - Howard Greenberg Gallery - 2018

63 CM-12, Philadelphia , 1963
Gelatin silver print; printed 1963
6 7/8 x 6 3/4 inches

Ray K. Metzker - 60 NA-3, Europe, 1960 - Howard Greenberg Gallery - 2018

60 NA-3, Europe, 1960
Gelatin silver print; printed 1960
5 1/4 x 8 inches

Rak K. Metzker - 60 NA-1, Europe, 1960 - Howard Greenberg Gallery - 2018

60 NA-1, Europe, 1960
Gelatin silver print; printed 1960
6 3/4 x 9 5/8 inches

Ray K. Metzker - 63 BS-34, Philadelphia, 1963 - Howard Greenberg Gallery - 2018

63 BS-34, Philadelphia , 1963
Gelatin silver print; printed 1963
6 x 8 7/8 inches

Ray K. Metzker - 61 O-22, Europe, 1961 - Howard Greenberg Gallery - 2018

61 O-22, Europe, 1961
Gelatin silver print; printed 1961
8 3/8 x 5 1/2 inches

 

Ray K. Metzker - 68 DJ-35, Early Philadelphia, 1968 - Howard Greenberg Gallery - 2018

68 DJ-35, Early Philadelphia, 1968
Gelatin silver print; printed 1968
6 1/8 x 8 7/8 inches

 

Ray K. Metzker - 58 EA-20, Chicago - Loop, 1958 - Howard Greenberg Gallery - 2018

58 EA-20, Chicago - Loop, 1958
Gelatin silver print; printed 1958
5 3/4 x 8 3/8 inches

Ray K. Metzker - 63 HG-19, Philadelphia - Howard Greenberg Gallery - 2018

63 HG-19, Philadelphia, 1963
Gelatin silver print; printed 1963
6 x 8 3/4 inches

 

Ray K. Metzker - 61 DZ-21, Frankfurt, 1961 - Howard Greenberg Gallery - 2019

61 DZ-21, Frankfurt, 1961 

Gelatin silver print; printed 1985 

6 1/8 x 9 1/8 inches 

Press Release

NEW YORK CITY - Howard Greenberg Gallery will present Ray K. Metzker: Black & Light from January 10 – March 2, 2019. The gallery announced their primary representation of Metzker’s estate last year, and this inaugural exhibition of his photographs will survey more than 50 works, many of which are well known and others recently discovered in the artist’s archive, which will be on public view for the first time.


One of the great photographers of the modern era, Ray K. Metzker (1931-2014) is known for repeatedly reinventing his approach to the medium throughout his life. He is considered a master of light, shadow, and line whose work pushed the limits of what seemed formally possible in black and white photography.

 

Curator William A. Ewing describes Metzker’s work as possessing, “a delicacy, and a childlike sense of wonder,” while his “formalist rigor prevents him from succumbing to a facile sentimentality.”  

 

Ray K. Metzker: Black & Light surveys his early street photography from Chicago in the 1950s and Philadelphia in the 1960s, images from an extended trip to Europe in 1960-61, photographs from the series Pictus Interruptus from 1976-1980, work from his series City Whispers from the early 1980s, and examples from his collage series Whimsy and Arrestation. 

 

Metzker challenged prevailing notions of what was possible with black and white photography, creating his own unique visual vocabulary. His densely shadowed cityscapes, made mostly in Chicago and in Philadelphia, where he lived and worked from 1962 until the end of his life, transform the ordinary into bold patterns of light. His later series City Whispers from the early 1980s reverberates with a sense of urban isolation. With his Composites series, Metzker used assemblages of printed film strips, which Keith F. Davis, Senior Curator, Photography, at The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, noted marked “a major conceptual innovation in creative photography.” 

 

Conceived while working in Greece, Pictus Interruptus tested photography’s boundaries: Metzker would disrupt the camera’s view of land- and cityscapes with ordinary objects such as a piece of paper or a paper clip, thus creating inexplicable abstractions. In addition, the exhibition will include Metzker’s collage works, one-of-a-kind pieces that underscore his reputation as a “darkroom alchemist.”

 

“Invention and play work together,” stated Metzker describing his methodology. “When it is finally time to invent, I am soaring.”

 

About Ray K. Metzker
Ray K. Metzker was born in 1931 in Milwaukee. Photography became his passion after his mother gave him his first camera when he was 12. In 1953, he graduated from Beloit College in Wisconsin with a fine art degree.  He earned a Master’s degree in 1959 at the Institute of Design, Chicago (which at that time was being referred to as the New Bauhaus and was considered one of the most important photography programs in the U.S.), where he studied with Harry Callahan and Aaron Siskind. He taught for many years at the Philadelphia College of Art and also at the University of New Mexico. The Museum of Modern Art in New York gave him his first solo exhibition in 1967. 

In his over-60-year career, Metzker had more than 50 solo exhibitions at major museums around the world and was the recipient of numerous awards including a Guggenheim Fellowship, two National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships, and a Royal Photographic Society's Centenary Medal and Honorary Fellowship. His work is in the collections of more than 40 institutions and is the subject of more than 10 monographs. Among the institutions holding his work in the their collections are the Museum of Modern Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; National Gallery of Art, National Museum of American Art – Smithsonian, Washington D.C.; Los Angeles County Museum, J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles; Art Institute of Chicago; Nelson Atkins Museum, Kansas City; Cleveland Museum of Art; Philadelphia Museum of Art; Musee d’Elysee, Lausanne; and Albertina, Vienna.