André Kertész: Shadow Marks

André Kertész, Shadows, Paris, 1931.

André Kertész, My Mother??s Hands, Budapest, 1919

Hungarian-born photographer André Kertész (1894-1985) gained critical attention for his unorthodox compositions and use of unusual camera angles. In 1925 he moved to Paris, becoming involved with the Dada movement. Due to the looming war in Europe he relocated with his wife to New York in 1936. Over his long and impressive career he created an exceptional number of serene and exquisite images. At the heart of Kertész’s mastery was his belief in catching the right moment when the subject changes and shifts into something else wholly new. His interest in using light to capture and create specific shadows is a characteristic that dominates his compositions.

This exhibition features a selection of over 30 works by Kertész, ranging from 1914 to 1980 covering his key periods. These images are drawn from the WAG’s collection of 180 photographs by Kertész which were donated to the Gallery in 1985, marking the beginning of the special collecting area dedicated to photography. Many of the pieces on display have never been on view before.

Complementing this selection of photographs are a number of contemporary ceramic works that share the similar monochromatic and graphic nature of Kertész’s images.

This exhibiton is part of The Collection on View, six galleries featuring works from the WAG's 24,000 piece permanent collection.




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