“we are enabled to lessen their power over us”. He added: “When the world of the grotesque is known and appreciated, the real world becomes vastly more significant.” William Mortensen
WILLIAM MORTENSEN +
THE COVEN OF THE SIBYLLINE
“William Mortensen’s 20th Century Photos Are Some Of The Most Beautifully Terrifying Images Ever Made” – Huffington Post
“For us, William Mortensen was the antichrist.” – Ansel Adams
November 2017 – Stephen Romano Gallery is thrilled to announce the exhibition “WILLIAM MORTENSEN + THE COVEN OF THE SIBYLLINE” in association with The Living Gallery Outpost in New York City’s East Village,
with an opening reception Saturday November 25th from 6 – 9pm.
The exhibition will feature newly discovered and never seen before works by American cultural treasure WILLIAM MORTENSEN, also renowned as the Father of Pictorialism, an international style and aesthetic movement that dominated photography during the later 19th and early 20th centuries. The art of William Mortensen has in recent years seen a revival as the artist has been celebrated as seminal in the art of manipulated photography and gothic subject matter.
The exhibition will also feature newly created works by contemporary artists Josh Stebbins, Barry William Hale, Nyahzul C Blanco, Alexis Karl, Kim Bo Yung, Ken Weaver, Luciana Lupe Vasconcelos, Anaïs Delsol, Zach Brown, Alessandro Keegan, Caitlin McDonagh, Vivien Masters, Tiffany Hsiang and Tine Kindermann. Each artist has paid tribute to the art of William Mortensen by creating a work of their own which has been inspired by a work by Mortensen.
Most of the works by Mortensen in the exhibition are newly discovered, from the collection of his close friend and associate Quenton Bredt (to whom Mortensen bequeathed his own personal collection) and from the estate of his first wife Courtney Crawford, and have never been exhibited in public until now.
Full list of Artist include:
Josh Stebbins, Alexis Karl, Kim Bo Yung, Anaïs Delsol, Nyahzul C Blanco, Luciana Lupe Vasconcelos, Caitlin McDonagh, Vivien Masters, Tiffany Hsiang, Tine Kindermann, Barry William Hale, Ken Weaver, Zach Brown, Alessandro Keegan, Nyahzul C Blanco, Vivien Masters, Caitlin McDonagh, Zach Brown, , Tiffany Hsiang and Tine Kindermann.
The Living Gallery Outpost
246 EAST 4th Street (Avenue B and E4th) EAST VILLAGE NEW YORK
Opening reception SATURDAY NOVEMBER 25 2017 6 – 9 pm
full article see it in : LEXICON MAGazine