Photography by Sarah Moon, Courtesy of The Howard Greenberg Gallery, NYC

Sarah Moon: On the Edge
Howard Greenberg Gallery
41 East 57th Street, Suite 801, Fuller Building, NYC
February 17 – April 6, 2024

Sarah Moon, one of France’s most renowned contemporary artists and filmmakers, will have her photography presented by Howard Greenberg Gallery from February 17 through April 6, 2024. Sarah Moon: On the Edge will showcase over four decades of Moon’s work. There will also be an opening reception held on February 17 from 3 to 5 p.m., with the artist in attendance.

This will be Moon’s first art exhibit in America in twelve years. More than 30 photographs will be on view at Howard Greenberg Gallery, ranging from the late 1980s to 2022, all curated by the artist. The photographs shown range from Moon’s legendary fashion images to landscapes of Coney Island and Tuscany.

Sarah Moon originally started as a fashion model in the 1960s. In the 70s, Moon turned to fashion photography. Her photography work caught the attention of many due to its romantic blurred edges and stark contrast to the straightforward clean aesthetic of commercial photography. Moon is known for possessing a signature style, one present in all of her work. Through her photography, Moon conveys mystifying beauty and compelling imagery. She constantly tests what it means to be a fashion photographer, a large part as to why her photography is so revered. Contrary to the usual erotic and stylized photography during that time, Moon opts for a more sensual, mysterious take on fashion photography.

Sarah Moon, La Funambule, 2003. Gelatin silver print; printed 2023, 50 x 60 cm, edition #4/20. © Sarah Moon, Courtesy of Howard Greenberg Gallery, New York. 

Moon has had her photographic work published in Vogue, Elle, Harper’s Bazaar, Marie Claire, Life, as well as countless other magazines. Throughout the years, Moon has also had exhibitions held in a multitude of locations around the world. Some of these locations include Fondazione Sozzani in Milan (2023), the Multimedia Art Museum in Moscow (2022), and the Fotografiska in New York (2022).

Moon’s work is also featured in a variety of collections, such as the Centre George Pompidou in Paris, the George Eastman House Museum in Rochester, New York, as well as in the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles.

Sarah Moon, Fashion 11, Yohji Yamamoto, 1996. Color pigment transfer print, 22 x 28 1/4 inches, edition, #1/5. © Sarah Moon, Courtesy of Howard Greenberg Gallery, New York.

Besides photography, Moon also released books such as Improbable Memories (1980), Little Red Riding Hood (1986), Vrais Semblants (1991), and many others. She’s also been awarded the Grand Prix Lion d’Or at Cannes in 1979, the same year she’d begun working on short films. Some of her short films include Circus (2002) and Le Film Rouge (2006). Currently, Sarah not only works, but resides in Paris.

Since its establishment in New York more than 40 years ago, Howard Greenberg Gallery’s collection has consisted of some of the most important photographs in the medium. The Gallery, originally referred to as Photofind, has a collection that acts as a living history of photography. The gallery was also the first gallery to consistently exhibit photojournalism and street photography, two aspects that are now considered vital components of photographic art.

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