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William Klein: YES

  • Art
  • International Center of Photography Museum, Lower East Side
William Klein: YES; Photographs, Paintings, Films
Photograph: William Klein, Backstage from Who Are You, Polly Magoo?, 1966. © William Klein

Time Out says

A massive retrospective of William Klein's work featuring nearly 300 works including photographs, paintings, films, photo books, and other media from his expansive and boundary-pushing six-decade career will be on view at ICP until September 12. 

It's the first one of its kind in the U.S. in over a generation—Klein was primarily known as a street or fashion photographer but he was an artist of many mediums. The show will explore his life and career through a kind of timeline showing his development as an artist in wildly inventive photographic studies of New York, Rome, Paris, Moscow, and Tokyo to bold and witty fashion photographs; from cameraless abstract photography to iconic celebrity portraits; from excerpts of documentary films about Muhammad Ali, Eldridge Cleaver, and the Pan-African Festival of Algiers to scripted films about the beauty industry, imperialism, and consumer culture.

"This exhibition at ICP is a homecoming of sorts for Klein, who was born in upper Manhattan in 1928 and began his photography career on our city’s streets,” said ICP Director David Little. “He then became a truly international artist, living most of his life in Paris and capturing the unique character of global cities in his renowned photobooks. Klein is a living legend of image-making, and ICP is honored to celebrate a prodigious career that influenced and inspired generations.”


Event website:
International Center of Photography Museum
79 Essex St
New York
Cross street:
between Broome and Delancey Sts
Subway: 6, B, D, F, M to Broadway-Lafayette; F to 2nd Avenue; J, Z to Bowery
Opening hours:
Monday, Wednesday-Sunday 11am-7pm; Thursday, 11am-9pm.

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