Friday, March 17, 2006

Helen Levitt

I am so in awe of Helen Levitt. I hardly know what to say? It's like when you have a crush on someone and you can't talk. That's how I feel about Helen Levitt. She has been shooting through her lens since the 1930's, mostly random street scenes in NYC, but she is especially famous for In the Street: Chalk Drawings and Messages,New York City 1938-1948. She has worked with Walker Evans, her mentor, and James Agee, her word collaborator. She has been exhibited at the MOMA, won three Guggenheims and was a fellow with the National Endowment of the Arts. In the end the awards and acclaim are nothing next to the beauty of her work. Switching from B&W to color in the 50's her work became even more touching...becoming memory & familiarity before they had even aged. In her own words: "All I can say about the work I try to do is that the aesthetic is the work itself." Can you tell I dig her? Helen Levitt is 92 and had a show just this December at Laurence Miller Gallery . She is still hard at work doing the thing she loves best: documenting life and making it into poetry.

1 comment:

danconnortown said...

yea. she's pretty hot. 92 too. that's pretty hot. I mean, she's a bad ass in the good way, and still rocking hard. REAL HARD. imagine if she were 29 today and just getting really rolling. Who would be her mentor now? what would she make of the spray-paint drawings?