William Mortensen

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William Mortensen "Mary Magdalene The Sinner" 1927 from The King of Kings book commissioned by Cecil B DeMille at Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

A Celebration of the 125th Birthday of America’s Visionary Photographic Artist WILLIAM MORTENSEN.

Image: William Mortensen “Mary Magdalene The Sinner” 1927 from The King of Kings book commissioned by Cecil B DeMille at Museum of Fine Arts, Houston William Mortensen at 125 – a multi-venue celebration of the 125th birthday of on America’s – and history’s – greatest visionary photographic artist. William Mortensen (January 27, 1897 – August 12, 1965) was an American photographic artist, who first gained acclaim for his Hollywood portraits in the 1920s in the Pictorialist style and later for viscerally manipulated photography, often touching on themes of the occult. Venues paying tribute: Heritage Museum of Orange County, Santa Ana CA, […]

William Mortensen "Obsession" 1928 photograph

“APPARITIONS”—Specters, Conjures and The Paranormal

Presented by the BUCKLAND MUSEUM OF WITCHCRAFT AND MAGICK and STEPHEN ROMANO gallery. Featuring William Hope + William Mortensen + Kenyon Cox + Richard Boursnell + Falconer Brothers + John Myers + Jack Edwards + Romeyn de Hooghe + Jacques Callot + Fritz Gareis + John Everard + Dolorosa De La Cruz + Luciana Lupe Vasconcelos + Nahw Yg + Attributed to Johann Georg Gichtel + Daniel Gonçalves + Alexis Karl + Barry William Hale + Kim Bo Yung + Darcilio Lima + Eugène le Poitevin + Josh Stebbins + Wolfgang Grasse + Karl Koh + Shannon Taggart + Sir […]

Mortensen: "The Old Hag with the Incubus" 1928

WILLIAM MORTENSEN’S WITCHES at SCOPE Art Show 2020 NYC

SCOPE Art Show and Stephen Romano Gallery are pleased to announce that “WILLIAM MORTENSEN’S WITCHES”, an exhibition that originated at the Buckland Museum of Witchcraft and Magick in Cleveland Ohio, and featured in Hi Fructose magazine, will be presented at the SCOPE Art Show New York at the Metropolitan Pavilion March 5 – 8 2020. The exhibition will feature many previously unseen works along with some of Mortensen’s most well known iconic occult themed photographs, which Huffington Post declared as “Some of the most beautifully terrifying images ever made”. SCOPE Art Show takes place at the Metropolitan Pavilion March 5 – […]

Mortensen's Witches at RAYMOND BUCKLAND'S MUSEUM OF WITCHCRAFT AND MAGICK

Mortensen’s WITCHES opens at the Raymond Buckland Museum

RAYMOND BUCKLAND’S MUSEUM OF WITCHCRAFT AND MAGICK and Stephen Romano Gallery are thrilled to announce they will be collaborating on an exhibition of vintage photographic works by WILLIAM MORTENSEN (1897 – 1965) entitled “WITCHES” at the Museum’s Cleveland Ohio new location. The exhibition will feature many previously unseen works along with some of Mortensen’s most well known iconic occult themed photographs, which Huffington Post declared as “Some of the most beautifully terrifying images ever made“. The exhibition will open August 3 and continue through November 3, 2019. The exhibition will feature a guide with observations and comments from renowned Swedish […]

“William Mortensen: Celluloid Babylon” Exhibit at The NYC Book & Ephemera Fair

THE NEW YORK CITY BOOK & EPHEMERA FAIR CELEBRATES WILLIAM MORTENSEN’S GOLDEN HOLLYWOOD YEARS IN A SPECIAL EXHIBITION TITLED: “WILLIAM MORTENSEN: CELLULOID BABYLON” The exhibition will feature over 60 photographs by the artist, many seen for the first time. curated by Brian Chidester, works courtesy of Stephen Romano Gallery. March 9 & 10, 2019, Sheraton Central Park / Times Square 811 7th Avenue New York The New York City Book & Ephemera Fair will mount a special exhibition of the artist’s work when it returns to the Sheraton Central Park/Times Square hotel on March 9 & 10. Curated by author/art […]

Church of Satan Sigil of Baphomet

William Mortensen featured at this year’s DARK MOFO festival in Tasmania THE FIRST MAJOR EXHIBITION OF WILLIAM MORTENSEN’S ART OUTSIDE OF THE USA May 28, 2018. The photographic art of William Mortensen (1897-1965) will be featured at this year’s DARK MOFO festival in Tasmania as part of curator Brenden Walls’ INVISIBLE HOUSE exhibition at the Salamanca Arts Centre (13-24 June, 2018, Hobarth, Tasmania, Australia). The exhibition is comprised of 30 works from the collection of the Stephen Romano Gallery, many of which are exhibited publicly for the first time ever, as they were recently acquired from the estate of William […]

Church of Satan Sigil of Baphomet

INVISIBLE HOUSE at DARK MOFO Tasmania featuring William Mortensen  13 – 24 June 2018, Hobarth, Tasmania, Australia. Dark Mofo, Mona’s winter festival, delves into centuries old solstice rituals, exploring the links between ancient and contemporary mythology, humans and nature, religious and secular traditions, darkness and light, and birth, death and renewal. Since inception in 2013, the festival has grown to attract over 400,000 attendances and more than 80,000 tickets sold to events last year. INVISIBLE HOUSE PROGRAM curated by Brendan Walls The program BRENDAN WALLS Medium: Sound, Altars, light, gorse, salt, field recordings, viola, percussion. BARRY WILLIAM HALE/NOKO Medium: Sound, […]

Church of Satan Sigil of Baphomet

Scope Art Fair at Stephen Romano Gallery Mar 8-11, NYC  Dealer, collector and curator of Outsider, Visionary, Esoteric and Occult Art, STEPHEN ROMANO GALLERY is pleased to announce it’s participation in the engaging SCOPE ART FAIR opening March 8 and continuing through March 11 at the Metropolitan Pavilion -125 W 18th St, New York, NY 10011. This will be the gallery’s second year presenting work at SCOPE. Last years presentation of a solo booth of “The Anti-Christ of Photography” William Mortensen was an enormous success, prompting the gallery to return for a second time with a curated booth including important […]

Church of Satan Sigil of Baphomet

Stephen Romano Gallery:  WILLIAM MORTENSEN + THE COVEN OF THE SIBYLLINE Stephen Romano Gallery is thrilled to announce the exhibition “WILLIAM MORTENSEN + THE COVEN OF THE SIBYLLINE” in association with The Living Gallery Outpost in New York City’s East Village, with an opening reception Saturday November 25th from 6 – 9pm. The exhibition will feature newly discovered and never seen before works by American cultural treasure WILLIAM MORTENSEN, also renowned as the Father of Pictorialism, an international style and aesthetic movement that dominated photography during the later 19th and early 20th centuries. The art of William Mortensen has in […]