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 historian Brian Chidester, courtesy of the Stephen Romano Gallery, “Celluloid Babylon” draws from the artist’s Hollywood years in the 1920s and ’30s.
William Mortensen’s work was startling and new. It had the power to surprise, shock, even haunt the viewer. William Mortensen was a highly controversial artist during his lifetime, stirring up the photographic world in the early twentieth century with images that were in direct opposition to the prevailing realism of his contemporaries. Today we recognize Mortensen as the trailblazer he was —the first to use highly manipulated imagery in a way that wasn’t embraced until Photoshop almost a century later.
Today, Mortensen’s altered images feel right at home in a world saturated by fantasy figures and layered images in movies, television, graphic novels, and video games. His work finds affinity with all forms of storytelling, however, be fantastic, horrific, or mystical, for he was, above all else, an artist with a keen talent for tapping into the most euphoric and sexual aspects of human life.
Fair hours are: Saturday, March 9, 2019, 8AM – 4PM Sunday, March 10, 2019, 9AM – 3PM
Where: Sheraton Central Park / Times Square 811 7th Avenue New York, NY, 10019
Admission: $15 each day, With student ID – Free