Gordon Parks: I AM YOU | PART 1



Gordon Parks: Langston Hughes, Chicago.

Jack Shainman Gallery in collaboration with the Gordon Parks Foundation, will present a solo exhibition entitled, Gordon Parks: I Am You | Part 1 to open on January 11th.

Gordon Parks: Bettina & Frances McLaughlin-Gill, 1950

Photographer, film director, composer, and writer, Gordon Parks (1912-2006) work continues to influence American culture.  In this two-part exhibition, Parks’ lesser-known bodies of work, such as his elegant compositions of artists in their studios, and timeless fashion photography, will be on view, including Helen Frankenthaler, Alexander Calder and Alberto Giacometti.  A 1951 group of images taken in Giacometti’s studio “transforms the artist into one of his creations – skeletal and draped in shadow, yet still dominating the composition, even from the background.”

Gordon Parks: Evening Wraps, NYC 1956

Much of this work was taken during his many years as a freelance photographer for a variety of publications like Life Magazine, “where he had a wide audience for his celebrity portraits and photo essays.”  The exhibition will include “examples from Parks’ fashion works taken during the 1950s and 60s in New York. ”

Gordon Parks: I Am You | Part 1  will be on view from January 11 to February 10, 2018 at Jack Shainman Gallery, 524 West 24th Street, NYC.  Opening Reception to be held on Thursday, January 11 from 6-8pm.