Sunday, October 13, 2013

Arnold Newman's Portraits Of 20th Century Luminaries At Hofstra University


The Emily Lowe Gallery at Hofstra University, in Hempstead, LI, 24 miles east of NYC, is the site of an exhibit, "Arnold Newman: Luminaries of the Twentieth Century in Art, Politics and Culture." The show contains portraits of modern leaders in art, literature, architecture, music, politics and other fields. Newman placed an astonishing number of renowned figures before his lens, including Frank Lloyd Wright, Willem de Kooning, Martha Graham, Gordon Parks, Allen Ginsberg, John F. Kennedy, Woody Allen and many more. He captured the moderns with a modern sensibility, using light, shadow and composition to achieve effects that meshed perfectly with his subjects. In the 1946 portrait of Igor Stravinsky above, the latter is not diminished by the piano, which takes up two-thirds of the setting; the piano and the composer are one organic entity.

"Arnold Newman: Luminaries of the Twentieth Century in Art, Politics and Culture" will run through December 13, 2013 at the Emily Lowe Gallery, Hofstra University, Hempstead, NY, (516) 463-6600, www.hofstra.edu

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