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October 27, 2018

KLEA McKENNA reviewed in PHOTOGRAPH

By Michael Wilson

If the photogram is ordinarily associated with a shadowy ephemerality, San Francisco artist Klea McKenna’s approach to the form invests it with a physical heft more often linked to printmaking, or even sculpture...In her Generation series, McKenna redirects her lens toward the human realm, depicting textiles transformed by wear and tear into haunting records of women’s experiences – narratives removed from McKenna’s own by the specificities of time and place but united with it in other ways. La China Poblana (1), 2018, for example, embodies a fascinating intersection of cultural identities in its depiction of an old skirt encrusted with sequins. This traditional garment tells the story of a Rajasthani woman who, in the late 1600s, was kidnapped, sold into slavery, and taken to the Mexican city of Puebla, where she eventually married a wealthy merchant.

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Recent Press

October 10, 2018

KLEA McKENNA reviewed in MUSÉE MAGAZINE

by Adam Ethan Berner

The photograms render their subjects in incredibly intimate detail; each stitching shines through the silvery imprint, lines and creases transforming from marks to be fixed into something ethereal and beautiful. Even a seemingly tangled scattering of 48 nylon stockings becomes a beautiful composition of fabric, a twisting and flowing set of silvery smoke that beckons the viewer to imagine what is and what could be...
It reveals the life and labor that took place to create these works in the first place, highlighting the identities of those who had been rendered invisible by the unconscious assumption that objects like these just appear without the labor of actual people...Each crease, each line, each stitching, and each decoration becomes a testament to the lives of those who made these works, like the creation of a soul now passed onto the viewer.

Recent Press

October 4, 2018

KLEA McKENNA in COLLECTOR DAILY 

By Richard B. Woodward

Over the last 5 years, Klea McKenna has repeatedly proven herself to be a contemporary master of the photogram. A technical innovator who has nonetheless remained true to this primal act of the medium—writing on pieces of paper with light—she has created ravishing prints that incorporate nature into the process of their emanation, an artistic philosophy that reflects an unconventional upbringing in northern California.

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Exhibition at PRATT

October 3, 2018


ALLEN FRAME: INNAMORATO
curated by LIA GANGITANO

October 3 – December 14

Opening reception Wednesday, October 3, 6–8 pm

PRATT INSTITUTE PHOTOGRAPHY GALLERY
ARC Building, Lower Level, Brooklyn, NY 11205

DIRECTIONS: If coming by subway, take the G train to the Clinton-Washington station and use the Washington Avenue exit. Walk up Washington Avenue one block to Dekalb Avenue and take a right one block to Hall Street. Enter the campus at the corner of Dekalb Avenue and Hall Street. Walk through campus to the ARC building at the end. It is a two story building with many triangular roofs.
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Pratt Gallery hours: Monday–Friday, 11 AM–5 PM
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Artist Talk

September 14, 2018

California based artists KLEA McKENNA and Aspen Mays in conversation with Joshua Chuang (Senior Curator of Photography, New York Public Library)

PENUMBRA ARTIST SERIES
Friday, September 14th, 7:00 pm

Recent Press

September 13, 2018

KLEA McKENNA in QUIET LUNCH

By Kurt McVey

Her work, as she sees it, though aesthetically gorgeous, sensual and mysterious, is dependent on the idea that these things, the sinewy, ghostly photograms-a physical and yet metaphysical expression of these textiles-have something to say for themselves. “They’re not just dead matter.”

Upcoming Exhibition

September 12, 2018

KLEA McKENNA: Generation

Gitterman Gallery is proud to present an exhibition of contemporary work by Klea McKenna. The exhibition opens on Wednesday, September 12th from 6–8 p.m. and continues through Saturday, November 10th.  

This exhibition marks her first solo show in New York and the beginning of her representation by Gitterman Gallery. It is presented in association with Von Lintel Gallery in Los Angeles where McKenna will have a concurrent exhibition from September 7th through October 20th.
 
The exhibition presents McKenna's most recent work Generation alongside work from two of her previous series Automatic Earth and Web Studies. With each series, McKenna uses the photogram process innovatively to create unique gelatin silver prints that contain both vivid detail and ethereal abstraction. She pays homage to her subject's histories while re-animating them through her engagement, revealing nuance, depth and energy.

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New Representation

July 26, 2018

We are proud to announce the representation of KLEA McKENNA

Recent Press: new publication LIFEGUARD

June 22, 2018

JOSEPH SZABO in THE NEW YORKER

Three Decades of Lifeguards at New York’s Jones Beach
By Andrea DenHoed

An avid chronicler of American youth, Szabo began taking pictures at Jones Beach in 1960, and returned year after year to capture the diverse human menagerie that gathers every summer: the evolving styles of swimsuits, the near-naked bodies in their limitless variety, the jubilance and intimacy of a day at the beach. Floating above it all, in Szabo’s scenes, is the figure of the lifeguard, on a high perch, upright and vigilant amid the languid bodies and umbrellas below. Sometimes they are a taken-for-granted part of the landscape, their chairs blending into a wide-angle view of the crowd; sometimes they’re godlike, on a literal pedestal and shot from the ground.

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Recent Press: new publication LIFEGUARD

June 8, 2018

JOSEPH SZABO in THE NEW YORK TIMES

‘Baywatch’ Gets Its Game Face On
By John Leland

Joseph Szabo photographed the lifeguards at Jones Beach for 25 years. He saw things that most of us never will. 

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Recent Press

May 8, 2018

KHALIK ALLAH in COLLECTOR DAILY

By Loring Knoblauch

The durable power in Allah’s portraits lies in his unflinching willingness to connect, to take the risk of engaging with someone who may at first be rightfully fearful or defensive.

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Museum Exhibition

April 28, 2018

PICTURE FICTION:
Kenneth Josephson 
and Contemporary Photography
April 28–December 30, 2018

MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART, CHICAGO

Recent Press

April 26, 2018

KHALIK ALLAH in THE NEW YORK TIMES

10 Galleries to Visit Now on the Upper East Side
By MARTHA SCHWENDENER

The Art Deco Fuller Building at 41 East 57th Street has historically been an art gallery hive. One of its tenants is Gitterman, a gallery devoted to photography and now showing the work of Khalik Allah, a young filmmaker and photographer


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Recent Press

April 3, 2018


KHALIK ALLAH in THE FILM STAGE 

New Directors/New Films 2018 Review by Jason Ooi

In just two films, he has developed and honed his incomparable style, providing the festival, and the documentary form itself, with one of the most memorable, intense experiences in recent memory.

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Recent Press

March 28, 2018


KHALIK ALLAH in THE NEW YORK TIMES

BLACK MOTHER selected as one of
11 Movies You Need to Know at New Directors/New Films by A.O. Scott

Gliding from color to black and white, from digital to analog, from grim realism to spiritual ecstasy, the film offers a song of praise to the island of Jamaica and a reckoning with its painful history and hard-pressed present. Mr. Allah gathers a rich blend of voices, faces and natural wonders, a kaleidoscope in which shards of violence and poverty commingle with glimmers of dignity and resilience.

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Recent Press

March 26, 2018


5 TOP UPPER EAST SIDE ART GALLERIES

NewYorkHotels.com

Artists Interview

March 19, 2018


LOIS CONNER
Interviewed by George Slade in B+W MAGAZINE

What initially sends me out into the world is often a story, photograph or painting; some aspect of the world that haunts me because of its absolute unfamiliarity, its beauty or incomprehensible existence. Trying to render a visual encounter through photography is nearly impossible. Bending and twisting what the camera faithfully describes into something of fiction in order to give form and meaning to what exists in front of you. With the confluence of light, circumstance, chance and a dozen other factors I attempt to conjure up a world, one seemingly half-imagined and breathing with the life of histories.

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Recent Press

January 29, 2018

KHALIK ALLAH in HUCK

Dark, soulful portraits of Harlem at night
Psychic x-rays

By MISS ROSEN

Khalik Allah takes to the streets of New York City, capturing the nocturnal locals of Harlem in a series of bold and beautiful images.

In the summer of 1998, Khalik Allah had come to a major crossroad after failing eighth grade. Dancing with a B-boy crew had been keeping him out late at night, and school had failed to interest him. Yet he understood the importance of educating himself. Concerned about his future, he headed up to Harlem and began to study with the Five-Percent Nation at the Allah School.

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Recent Press

January 27, 2018

Fireflies: Fax Machine Images
On WILLIAM LARSON by CHARLES H. TRAUB

DEAR DAVE 26

After 40 years, I’m still in awe of William Larson’s Firefly images. I first encountered them in 1977 when I began working on a chronicle of photography at the Institute of Design (ID) in Chicago, The New Vision: Forty Years of Photography. Larson’s faxed images became a quintessential and exemplary art of my traveling exhibition that originated at the Light Gallery in 1979 and in the subsequent book, published by Aperture in 1982. How time flies!

Fireflies in themselves are light in motion. Catching them is about timing (a quick hand) and image making is about all three—time, light and motion. In a single transmission, William Larson caught something new about this relationship that hadn’t been seen before in six-minute transmissions of collaged and montaged images using a Graphic Sciences DEX 1 Teleprinter in 1969. He sent his imagination flying into a new world of transmission.

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Recent Press

January 18, 2018


KHALIK ALLAH in THE NEW YORKER

A Filmmaker and Photographer’s Urgent, Personal Portraits of Harlem at Night
by Richard Brody

These images—of people, mainly black people, many of whom endure drug addiction, physical infirmities, poverty, homelessness, and harassment from the police—have an essential documentary urgency. They also have a spiritual essence, an element of passion and grace that’s revealed by Allah’s compositional grandeur and textural intimacy—but these revelations of style arise from his own experience, which he also details in the book, in an extraordinary personal essay, “Camera Ministry.” In the essay, Allah—who has an exhibition opening at New York’s Gitterman Gallery, in March—discusses his first enthusiasm for filmmaking, in the late nineteen-nineties, as a teen-ager from Long Island, at the same time that he began to frequent Harlem, to study the work of the Five Percent Nation, and to become friends with members of the Wu-Tang Clan. He discusses the happenstance of his sudden interest in photography at a time, in his early twenties, when he had put his filmmaking on hold. It’s a story that involves his family, but, above all, it involves his relationships with the people whom he photographs, as well as with other people whom he encountered on the street.

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Recent Press

January 12, 2018


AARON SISKIND by Loring Knoblauch

COLLECTOR DAILY

Recent Press

November 28, 2017


KHALIK ALLAH in THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW

By LUC SANTE

The result is a panorama of human emotion: sadness, passion, bewilderment, pride, suspicion, amusement, exhaustion — all the faces of the night. “Time is over, and the world has ended,” Allah writes. “Only the Light continues.”

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Recent Press

November 21, 2017


On the Photography of ALLEN FRAME by TIM MAUL

DIVISION REVIEW

Selecting images from DETOUR/ALLEN FRAME (Kehrer Verlag Heidelberg, 2001) involved engaging with a dark, elegant publication that draws a curtain on a world where sign languages of eros are embedded within a languorous drift of grain. Frame’s CV as an photographer, educator, performer, and film producer could fill this allotted space; most significantly Frame is a surviving member of the 1970’s ‘Boston School’ of artists and photographers whose historicization accelerated from the ongoing AIDS epidemic which so decimated its ranks. Its photographers include revered cultural figures such as David Armstrong, Mark Morrisoe, Jack Pierson and Nan Goldin. Now mythic, they exemplified a louche but socially determined LBGTQ clique originating in Boston with branches in Provincetown, NYC, London, and Berlin during that fabled age of cheap rents, cheap international flights, and endlessly accommodating friends of friends.

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Recent Press

October 25, 2017


JAMES HERBERT by Loring Knoblauch

COLLECTOR DAILY

Recent Press

September 15, 2017


JAMES HERBERT 

Gitterman Gallery, in New York, is currently the host of one of the most beautiful exhibition of the new season.

L'OEIL DE LA PHOTOGRAPHIE

Recent Press

September 6, 2017

JAMES HERBERT interview with Sarah Moroz

"I’m interested in a sort of tenderness, and even sadness," says the artist of his evocative black-and-white images.

"Desire is when you see something you like; it looks good to you. That can be a peach, or it can be a person. When artists deny that they're interested in beauty, because they have a conceptual conceit that overrides it… I'm interested in a sort of tenderness, and even sadness, in eroticism."

"Process is very meaningful to me because I don't see any other way to discover anything, except by going on the journey. I would never take a tour — I want to wander around with a backpack."

i-D VICE

Recent Press

July 19, 2017


ALLEN FRAME on following your curiosity

From a conversation with T. Cole Rachel

THE CREATIVE INDEPENDENT
 

Artist News

April 21, 2017


ALLEN FRAME
is a recipient of the 2017-2018 ROME PRIZE
a fellowship awarded by the AMERICAN ACADEMY IN ROME

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Recent Press

December 7, 2016 - “Hommage à Christian Bouqueret”


GITTERMAN GALLERY included in TRAVELMAG's Best Galleries on the Upper East Side.

Gitterman’s well-curated photographic exhibits capture realism as much as they obscure it. The thought-provoking show “Hommage à Christian Bouqueret” was a collection of the late historian, curator and collector’s vintage photographs. One particular highlight was an untitled gelatin silver print by Roger Parry that depicted, with vivid color, the dejected beauty of a young woman. Another by François Kollar superimposed images to show how two souls can occupy one body. This sense of warring duality permeated the entire exhibit. 

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L'Oeil de la Photographie

Musée Magazine

BW Gallerist

Artwell Guide 

Recent Press

October 31, 2016


HENRY HOLMES SMITH exhbition revieved in THE NEW YORKER by Vince Aletti.

The little-known American photographer worked closely with László Moholy-Nagy in Chicago, in the nineteen-thirties, and was similarly drawn to the medium’s experimental fringes. 

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Recent Press

September 20, 2016


HENRY HOLMES SMITH exhbition revieved in COLLECTOR DAILY by Richard B. Woodward.

This sample of 29 prints is therefore welcome and timely. The experimental spirit that he encouraged in his writings is more in synch with the zeitgeist than perhaps at any time since the late ‘60s-early ‘70s. Mariah Robertson and Matthew Brandt are only two of the many younger artists whose color pictures wouldn’t look out of place next to his.

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