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Lecture: Robert Gurbo

“Andre Kertész: An Artist’s Life”

Thursday, February 5, 2015
6:30 pm – Reception
7:00 pm – Lecture

André Kertész (1894-1985) is an undisputed master of photography. Widely seen as the father of photojournalism and street photography, he created much of the visual vocabulary of the medium that is still in use today. From his pioneering work in Hungary (1912 -1925), through his influential work during Paris’s artistic heyday (1925- 1936), right up to his final days in New York (1936 -1985), his photographs display an ability to infuse personal narrative and design into a documentary style that was uniquely his own.  In a body of work that spans much of the 20th century, Kertész created deceptively simple images of everyday life that also reflected his own state of mind and questioned his very existence and relationship to the world around him.

Long time curator, Robert Gurbo worked with Kertész over the last 7 years his life and has spent the last 37 years combing through the archive. He has contributed numerous essays to catalogs and magazines; is author of three books on Andre Kertész and coauthor of Andre Kertész, the catalog that accompanied the 2005 National Gallery retrospective. In a talk that offers an intimate and personal look, Gurbo interweaves the artist’s work, self-portraits into the timeline of Kertész’s complicated life story. His talk offers his unique and personal perspective of the life and work of a man he claims to have been obsessed with since he was 16 years old.

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$10 members; $15 non-members

With thanks to the New Canaan Community Foundation  and the André and Elizabeth Kertész Foundation
for sponsoring this event.