Mixed Media

William Klein: A powerful visual language


William Klein’s photography, paintings, films and graphic arts had a major impact on postwar arts, evident in an exhibition of rarely seen works on now at Howard Greenberg Gallery in New York.  His early paintings and experiments in photography span half a century from the 1940s through 1990 and in effect, he created a powerful visual language. He was also a groundbreaking photographer for Vogue.

Along with paintings from the late 1940s and early 1950s, the exhibition includes abstract silver gelatin photomurals, and the first in a series of monumental painted Mural Projects, all conceived between 1950 and 1953.  Also included are Klein’s early black and white images of New York, fashion with light drawings from the 1960s, and Painted Contacts, enamel painting on blown-up contact sheet outtakes.


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  1. Sounds like he had quite a wide ranging style, experimenting with various ways to express himself. If everyone explored like this, maybe we’d all live in a better place?


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