Howard Greenberg Gallery presents its worldwide representation of Joel Meyerowitz, whose first solo show with the gallery, 50 Years of Photographs, is a full survey of the artist’s career in two parts: November 2–December 1, 2012, and December 7, 2012–January 5, 2013. One of the foremost photographers working today, Joel Meyerowitz is renowned for his crucial role in the establishment of colour photography as a fine art. His work has appeared in over 350 exhibitions in museums and galleries around the world.
Joel Meyerowitz 50 Years of Photographs will feature images from many of his most famous series, many on view for the first time. Part II of the exhibition, which is on show now, will survey Meyerowitz’s large-format work as seen in his portraits, landscapes from Cape Cod, images from Tuscany, and urban settings in New York, St. Louis and Atlanta. With an extraordinary juxtaposition of glowing colour, Dairyland, 1976, from the Cape Light series, 1976-1990s, depicts a take-out restaurant in Provincetown, Massachusetts, at sunset. About making this photograph, Meyerowitz has written that it “was like stepping into a cotton-candy pink haze. The light radiating through and off the clouds at that hour suffused everything with a rosy glow against which the yellow neon hummed a crazy harmony.” In Bay/Sky, First Light, Fall, 1987, from his Bay/Sky series, 1977-87, Meyerowitz captures the natural elements in a riot of purple hues as part of his sublime exploration of air, water, and horizon. Also on view will be 1970s 8 x 10 inch contact prints, and new work from 2012.
Coinciding with the exhibition at Howard Greenberg Gallery is the publication of the two-volume book Joel Meyerowitz: Taking My Time (Phaidon, November 1, 2012), which will feature nearly 600 photographs spanning the artist’s career, with many previously unpublished images. In addition, a museum retrospective of Meyerowitz’s work opened this spring at the Hotel des Arts in Toulon, France, and will open in Paris at the Maison Européenne de la Photographie in January 2013. In October Sterling Signature Books published Provence: Lasting Impressions with photographs by Meyerowitz and written by his wife, Maggie Barrett.
Joel Meyerowitz 50 Years of Photographs Part II: 1978-2012, 7 December until 5 January 2013, Howard Greenberg Gallery, 41 East 57th Street, Suite 1406, New York. www.howardgreenberg.com
1. Towers Under Circus Truck, Provincetown, 1977. ©Joel Meyerowitz, Courtesy Howard Greenberg Gallery, New York.
2. Cosmos, Truro, 1976. ©Joel Meyerowitz, Courtesy Howard Greenberg Gallery, New York.
3. Land, Provincetown, 1976. ©Joel Meyerowitz, Courtesy Howard Greenberg Gallery, New York.
4. Provincetown, 1976. Chromogenic print; printed 2007. Chromogenic print; printed 1977. ©Joel Meyerowitz, Courtesy Howard Greenberg Gallery, New York.
5. Spinning Christmas Tree, New York, 1977. ©Joel Meyerowitz, Courtesy Howard Greenberg Gallery, New York.