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Marvin E. Newman: Sequentially Sought

Main Gallery

December 17, 2015 – January 30, 2016

Press Release

New York – An exhibition of photographs by Marvin E. Newman made in New York and Chicago in the 1950s will be on view at Howard Greenberg Gallery from December 17, 2015 – January 30, 2016. Sequentially Sought presents groupings of Newman’s work in six different series that explore street subjects in rhythmic riff and repetition. The exhibition will also include a short film made by Newman with Yasuhiro Ishimoto. 


With a keen eye for the quirkiness of the urban environment, Newman conveys both pathos and humor in his compositions. He chooses his subjects deliberately, shooting sequences of related events, locations, movements, or objects. Focusing on both the sameness of theme and the subtle difference in each frame, his still work inspires narrative and communicates with an illusion of movement.


Among the subject matter on view are denizens of the winter boardwalk in Brooklyn, men lying on park benches in summer, relentless ocean waves, mannequin heads in Chicago storefronts, and men in suits spot lit with sun shadows. In addition to his street work, Newman worked for major magazines including Life and Newsweek. The exhibition includes a dizzying overhead shot of the New York Stock Exchange, made for a spread about Wall Street in Esquire magazine in 1957.