“Neil Latham: American Thoroughbred” + “Andre de Dienes: Marilyn and California Girls”
Steven Kasher Gallery
515 WEST 26TH STREET New York, NY 10001
June 9 – 29
The Steven Kasher Gallery is simultaneously presenting exhibitions of Neil Latham: American Thoroughbred and Andre de Dienes: Marilyn and California Girls. The duel exhibition, from June 9th to the 29th, showcases the artist’s series of photographs that emphases a combination, and progression, of strength and beauty.
Neil Latham‘s show features over 25 large-scale black and white photographs of America’s greatest race horses, including American Pharaoh, Ghostzapper, and Rachel Alexandra. The show is held in conjunction with the publication of Latham’s monograph “American Thoroughbred” (Twin Palms, 2016) and on the occasion of the 2016 Belmont Stakes. Mr. Latham was quoted by the New York Times “As an artist, I’m intrigued by the juxtaposition of strength and power with beauty and fragility.”
Andre de Dienes’ first solo show in New York in over ten years features more than fifty lifetime prints from his most famous series, “Marilyn Monroe” and “California Girls.” De Dienes is noted as the first professional photographer to capture Marilyn pre-stardom, as Norma Jeane Mortenson, continuing well into her stardom. From 1945 to 1953, he captures her transformation from sensitive and ambitious ingénue into Marilyn Monroe’s troubled star. Andre de Dienes’ also features rare photographs from his “California Girls.” In these avant-garde works he experimented with double-exposure and photo montage, heavily influenced by Brett Weston‘s Dunes to Hans Bellmer’s Dolls.