DOWN ANY STREET

TODD WEBB’S PHOTOGRAPHS OF NEW YORK, 1945-1960

April 20 – May 20, 2017

The Curator Gallery is pleased to present Down Any Street: Todd Webb’s Photographs of New York, 1945 – 1960.  Curated by Bill Shapiro, the exhibition includes both vintage and modern prints, which reveal Webb’s intimate and rich exploration of New York City in the years following WWII. 

American photographer Todd Webb (1905- 2000) moved to New York City in 1946. Almost immediately, he formed a remarkable circle of friends including celebrated artists Alfred Stieglitz, Georgia O’Keeffe, Walker Evans, Berenice Abbott, and Gordon Parks, among others. After less than a year photographing New York’s streets, Webb was given a major solo exhibition at the Museum of the City of New York, which received glowing notices. Webb’s stunning photographs capture New York’s iconic sites as well as fleeting, magical moments in the life of the city. From quirky storefronts and horse-drawn carts to characters on the Bowery, Webb brings us a New York that doesn’t exist today.

Now, 70 years later, Webb’s work is experiencing a renaissance. In addition to the show at The Curator Gallery, The Museum of the City of New York will present its second solo exhibition with Webb, entitled A City Seen: Todd Webb’s Postwar New York, 1945 – 1960, which will open April 20. The show features more than 100 vintage prints as well as excerpts from Webb’s journal writings.   

The Curator Gallery will exhibit Webb’s vintage prints, as well new prints made by John Hill, who printed for Walker Evans.

Curator Bill Shapiro served as the editor-in-chief of LIFE, the legendary photo magazine and, later as the founding editor of the award-winning website LIFE.com.  He currently sits on the Art Advisory Board for the SXSW festival. 

The Curator Gallery is a fine art gallery in Chelsea founded and underwritten by Ann S. Moore, the retired Chairman and CEO of Time Inc.  The gallery’s mission is to give exposure to hardworking artists, as well as to educate and expand the pool of serious, engaged collectors.  The gallery is open Tuesday through Saturday, 11am to 6pm. 

For more information, please contact Natalie Barkus at The Curator Gallery, (212) 243-1806 or natalie@thecuratorgallery.com