Post46 Opens with Photographs of Mexico by Paul Strand

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By Victor Aguilar

Post46 will be opening their new space to the public with the exhibition Photographs of Mexico by renowned photographer Paul Strand (1890–1976), an American photographer and filmmaker who, along with fellow modernist photographers like Alfred Stieglitz and Edward Weston, helped establish photography as an art form in the twentieth century.

Strand’s extremely varied body of work—spanning some 60 years and several countries, including Europe, Mexico, the United States, and Africa—covers numerous genre and subject matter.

In the mid-1930s, Strand helped to establish the New York Photo League, acting as a mentor to young photographers who shared the group’s ambition to use the medium as a tool for social change. It was through the League that Strand began to work with documentary filmmakers, meeting Sergei Eisenstein on a tour of the Soviet Union and cofounding Frontier Films, an outfit dedicated to making consciousness-raising dramas like Redes (1936), about the social struggles of a Mexican fishing community in Veracruz, and Native Land (1942), an investigation of the struggles of labor organizers during the Great Depression, narrated by Paul Robeson.

After World War II, Strand grew increasingly uncomfortable with the anti-left wing atmosphere being whipped up by the House Un-American Activities Committee. In February, 1950, he departed for Paris. The remaining 27 years of his life were spent in Orgeval, France, where, despite never learning the language, he maintained an impressive creative life, assisted by his third wife, fellow photographer Hazel Kingsbury Strand.

This particular series of Paul Strand’s work, which will be exhibited at Post46 Gallery, is entitled Photographs of Mexico. It is a complete limited first edition portfolio of twenty hand-pulled gravure prints which were photographed during Strand’s visit to Mexico between 1932–1935. The prints were carefully executed by Charles Furth and his staff at the Photogravure and Color Company. The original portfolio consisted of only 250 copies and was released in 1940.

Besides this compelling exhibition, Post46 is now offering an impressive collection of antiques, midcentury and custom-made furniture, and eclectic decorative objects. Also within the building is an art gallery space dedicated to promoting local and international artists. The gallery will be exhibiting different art media, including painting, photography, and installation art. All will be rotating temporary exhibitions.

Photographs of Mexico by Paul Strand will be inaugurated on Friday, August 10 at Post46,

 

Art Opening

Photographs of Mexico

Work from Paul Strand

Fri, Aug 10, 7pm

Cocktails and hors d’oeuvre at 7pm

Post46

Correo 46, Centro (at ArtPrint’s former location)

 

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