Harry Callahan: Chicago | Detroit

13th Mar 2019 - 6th Apr 2019

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13 March – 6 April 2019

Huxley-Parlour gallery are pleased to host an exhibition of photographs by American master Harry Callahan (1912 – 1996).

Harry Callahan’s singular aesthetic and drive to experimentation has had a lasting impact on post-war photography. His oeuvre, incorporating abstraction, landscape and portraiture, was a deeply personal response to his own life; he photographed his wife and daughter and the streets, scenes and buildings of the cities he called home.

The exhibition will focus on works from the first two decades of his career, from the early 1940s until the late 1950s, when the photographer was based in Chicago. Having met László Moholy-Nagy in 1946, Callahan joined the faculty of the New Bauhaus that Moholy-Nagy had established in Chicago. Callahan’s photographs from the 1940s share the principles of Bauhaus design and experimentation. Much of his work from this period explores total abstraction and the technicalities of the photographic medium, examples in the exhibition show Callahan using double and triple exposures, blurs, extreme contrasts and collage. As well as abstraction, Callahan meticulously and repeatedly photographed his wife, Eleanor, his daughter Barbara, and the city of Chicago. The exhibition includes examples of these works, exploring Callahan’s relationship to formalism, portraiture and documentary photography.

Since his first solo exhibition in 1947, Callahan’s work has been the subject of over sixty exhibitions around the world, including retrospectives at Tate Modern, London, and the Museum of Modern Art, New York. In 1955, Edward Steichen included Callahan’s work in the Museum of Modern Art’s important touring exhibition, The Family of Man. He was also the first photographer chosen to represent the United States at the Venice Biennale in 1978. His work is held in the permanent collections of many institutions including the Museum of Modern Art and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, the National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C., the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam and the Centre Pompidou, Paris.

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Works

Sunlight on Water, 1943

Harry Callahan

Weeds in Snow, Detroit, 1943

Harry Callahan

Multiple Exposure Tree, Chicago, 1956

Harry Callahan

Eleanor, Chicago, 1949

Harry Callahan

Eleanor, Chicago, 1949

Harry Callahan

Eleanor, 1948

Harry Callahan

Eleanor, Chicago, 1949

Harry Callahan

Chicago, c. 1950

Harry Callahan

Eleanor, 1948

Harry Callahan

Eleanor, Detroit, c. 1942

Harry Callahan

Eleanor, Chicago, 1951

Harry Callahan

Eleanor and Barbara, Chicago, 1953

Harry Callahan

Eleanor, Chicago, c. 1952

Harry Callahan

Eleanor, Chicago, 1953

Harry Callahan

Eleanor, Chicago, c. 1952

Harry Callahan

Eleanor, 1949

Harry Callahan

Lake Michigan, 1953

Harry Callahan

Eleanor and Barbara, Chicago, 1953

Harry Callahan

Royal Oak, Michigan, 1945

Harry Callahan

Detroit, 1945

Harry Callahan

Ivy Tentacles on Glass, Chicago, c. 1952

Harry Callahan

Cattails Against Sky, 1948

Harry Callahan

Camera Movement on Flashlight, Chicago, c. 1949

Harry Callahan

Chicago, 1948

Harry Callahan

Collage, Chicago, 1957

Harry Callahan

Collages, c. 1956

Harry Callahan

Collage, Chicago, 1957

Harry Callahan

Collage, Chicago, 1957

Harry Callahan

Wall, Chicago, 1947

Harry Callahan

Detroit, 1943

Harry Callahan

Providence, c. 1967

Harry Callahan

Providence, c. 1967

Harry Callahan

Chicago, c. 1948

Harry Callahan

Giles Huxley-Parlour introduces Harry Callahan: Chicago | Detroit