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New York, NY 10065
212 734 0868
With over 30 years of experience in the field, Gitterman Gallery specializes in connoisseur-level photographs and photographic based art. In addition to representing artists, estates and private collections, we maintain an inventory of selective works in a full range of styles and periods that span the history of the medium, from the 19th Century to Contemporary. We are available for guidance in establishing or developing a collection as well as buying or selling at auction.
Artists Represented:
Khalik Allah
Machiel Botman
Josef Breitenbach
Debbie Fleming Caffery
Christiane Feser
Allen Frame
James Herbert
Kenneth Josephson
Willam Larson
Herbert Matter
Roger Mayne
Christopher Russell
Henry Holmes Smith
Jean-Pierre Sudre
Joseph Szabo
Edmund Teske
Works Available By:
Laure Albin-Guillot
Dieter Appelt
Irene Bayer
Roger Catherinueau
František Drtikol
Helen Levitt
Mary Ellen Mark
Daniel Masclet
Ralph Eugene Meatyard
Ray Metzker
Jean Moral
Jean Painlevé
Franz Roh
Aaron Siskind
Edward Steichen
Andre Steiner
Alfred Stieglitz
Josef Sudek
Minor White

Current Exhibition

Ralph Eugene Meatyard

September 8, 2023 - October 28, 2023
This exhibition brings together a selection of rare figurative works, most of which include masks, one of the artist’s most recognizable motifs. Masks have long associations to the surreal and the macabre but Meatyard also employed them to obscure the identities of his subjects. This approach elevated his images from the specific to the universal. Though an optician by trade, Meatyard was close with an important Kentucky literary circle and enjoyed friendships with writers Wendell Berry, Guy Davenport, Thomas Merton and Jonathan Williams. Intuitively, Meatyard understood the importance of narrative in images and, perhaps even more importantly, he understood how ambiguity in images opened up possibilities to engage the viewer. The exhibition features three sequences of images from 1968-69. Each of the sequences bears a nonsensical title, once again offering the viewer a chance to employ their own imagination to determine the meaning of each work. Meatyard’s experience as an optician gave him knowledge about lenses and vision that informed his work as a photographer, as did his interest in philosophy, especially Zen. Spirituality underlies his often haunting and complex imagery. Tragically, Meatyard died from cancer in 1972 at the age of 46.