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18.1 – 2.3 2024

Joel Meyerowitz:Dialogues

3–5 Swallow St

Joel Meyerowitz:Dialogues

18.01 – 02.03.2024

Current

Hours

Monday to Saturday

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3–5 Swallow St
London
W1B 4DE

Huxley-Parlour is delighted to announce a new exhibition of work by American photographer Joel Meyerowitz, his fourth with the gallery. The exhibition, which coincides with an important display at Tate Modern, explores Meyerowitz’ unique approach to colour and light.

Joel Meyerowitz, Truro, Massachusetts, 1976
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Joel Meyerowitz. Truro, Massachusetts (1976)

For the exhibition at Huxley-Parlour, Meyerowitz presents his work in pairs in order to reveal unexpected parallels in his imagery, while highlighting the enduring, experimental use of colour throughout his oeuvre. Meyerowitz terms the pairs featured in Dialogues ‘relational’ images; as each pair is visually linked by light, colour or composition. This curatorial concept links the two exhibitions at Huxley-Parlour and the Tate. Both use pairings to investigate the development of colour in the artist’s work, as well as his characteristic use of complex compositional structure and unresolved, non-hierarchical imagery.

Please note that the gallery is open Monday-Friday, 10am-5.30pm, and Saturdays 1.30pm-5.30pm.

THE EXHIBITION

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The Works

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Joel Meyerowitz

Dune Grass House, Truro, Massachusetts

1984

Archival pigment print

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Joel Meyerowitz

Longnook Beach, Truro, Massachusetts

1983

Archival pigment print

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Joel Meyerowitz

Bay/Sky, Provincetown, Massachusetts

1985

Archival pigment print, printed later

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Joel Meyerowitz

Ariel, Cape Cod, Massachusetts

1984

Archival pigment print

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Joel Meyerowitz

Rising Diver, Florida

2007

Archival pigment print

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Joel Meyerowitz

Fire, France

2011

Archival pigment print

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Joel Meyerowitz

The Woodcutter’s Art, Tuscany, Italy

2002

Archival pigment print

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Joel Meyerowitz

Dusk, New Jersey

1978

Archival pigment print

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Joel Meyerowitz

Flag, Provincetown, Massachusetts

1983

Archival pigment print

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Joel Meyerowitz

Provincetown, Massachusetts

1983

Archival pigment print

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Joel Meyerowitz

New York City

1964

Archival pigment print

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Joel Meyerowitz

Los Angeles, California

1966

Archival pigment print

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Joel Meyerowitz

Gold Column, Porch, Provincetown

1977

Archival pigment print

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Joel Meyerowitz

Truro, Massachusetts

1976

Archival pigment print

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Joel Meyerowitz

Fallen Man, Paris

1967

Archival pigment print

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Joel Meyerowitz

Malaga, Spain

1967

Archival pigment print

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Joel Meyerowitz

Longnook Beach, Truro, Massachusetts

1989

Archival pigment print

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Joel Meyerowitz

Early Morning Mist, Rising, Tuscany, Italy

2002

Archival pigment print

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Joel Meyerowitz

Las Vegas, Nevada

1964

Archival pigment print

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Joel Meyerowitz

Hartford State Fair, Connecticut

1971

Archival pigment print

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Joel Meyerowitz, Portrait. Huxley-Parlour Gallery, London

B. United States1938

Biography

Joel Meyerowitz began his career in the 1960s, photographing the streets of New York. He began using black and white film, before transitioning to using colour film to record fleeting and surreal moments. He has stated that colour ‘describes more things…when I say description, I don’t mean mere fact and the cold accounting of things in the frame. I really mean the sensation I get from things, their surface and colour, my memory of them in other conditions as well as their connotative qualities. Colour plays itself out along a richer band of feelings, more wavelengths, more radiance, more sensation.”

Meyerowitz formulated what he calls field photographs. He moved towards a more non-hierarchical image in which everything in the image, including the colour, played an equal, vital role. His 1976 series, Cape Light is one of the most celebrated bodies of photographic work of the twentieth century. Taken using a large-format camera, Meyerowitz’ images of Cape Cod, Massachusetts, document the coast, small towns and their inhabitants with a great sensitivity to the scale and colour of the landscape. The expansive skies and crystalline colours produced a new kind of photography – slow, meditative and experiential. Meyerowitz is also known for photographing the aftermath of the September 11 2001 terror attacks on the World Trade Centre, being one of the only photographers allowed access to the site. His most recent work has turned to still life and led him to photograph the studios of Cézanne and Giorgio Morandi.

Joel Meyerowitz was born in 1938 in New York. He studied art and medical illustration at Ohio State University. Meyerowitz has published twenty-two books, including a two volume retrospective publication, Taking My Time (2013) and is the recipient of the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities awards and a two-time Guggenheim Fellow. His work is held in collections of the Museum of Modern Art, the Boston Museum of Fine Art and the Art Institute of Chicago.

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