Tiny blowing a bubble, Seattle, 1983
‘Tiny blowing a bubble,’ Seattle, 1983 

“Attitude: Portraits by Mary Ellen Mark 1964 – 2015”
Howard Greenberg Gallery
41 East 57th Street, Suite 1406, New York
May 5 – June 19, 2016

Attitude: Portraits by Mary Ellen Mark 1964 – 2015,” an exhibition of photographs from the late Mary Ellen Mark, will be on display at the Howard Greenberg Gallery from May 5th to June 19th, 2016. The exhibit showcases nearly forty well-known images that span Mark’s illustrious career.

The artist, who passed away in 2015, was most known for her portraiture as well as photojournalism, documentary, and photography. Curator, Melissa Harris, notes, “Through her work, Mark got you to feel, without telling you what or how to feel. She was passionate and compassionate. Life mattered. Animals mattered. People mattered.”

Older Couple in Bar, New York City, 1977
Older Couple in Bar, New York City, 1977

Works from many of Marks’ series will be highlighted in the exhibit. Some of the series include Indian Circus, which shows humorous and bizarre shots of performers and their animals from India’s liveliest circuses, and Falkland Road, which shows images of prostitutes in Bombay. Also chosen were selections of large format polaroids from Twins and Prom Explore, which portray siblings at the Twins Day Festival in Twinsburg, Ohio, and prom-goers across the U.S.

Sean Penn in his dressing room, Manhattan, New York, 1983
Sean Penn in his dressing room, Manhattan, New York, 1983

Also on view will be work from Streetwise, which portrays homeless and troubled youth in Seattle including a girl named Tiny. Work from Tiny: Streetwise Revisited, her series completed in 2015, encapsulates Mark’s 30-plus years photographing Tiny, now a middle-aged mother of ten. Also on display will be a selection of Mark’s celebrity portraits including images of Marlon Brando, Sean Penn, Woody Allen, and Yoko Ono.

The exhibit will open with a reception on Thursday, May 5th, from 6-8PM and will be open during Frieze Week in New York from May 3-8.


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