Current Exhibition

Arlene Gottfried – Retrospective (1950 -2017)

3 July 2019 - 27 July 2019

Galerie Bene Taschen is pleased to present a major European retrospective of work by the New York photographer Arlene Gottfried, following her death in 2017. The exhibition brings together photographs from the early days of her career in the 70’s to her later works in the 2000’s.  The show includes both Cibachrome and Vintage Silver gelatin prints, some of which Arlene Gottfried printed herself prior to her death.

Arlene Gottfried took her first photos as a teenager at Woodstock in 1969. After graduating from the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York, she worked for various advertising agencies and later as a freelance photographer for various newspapers such as The New York Times Magazine and The Independent.

However, she continued to return to the New York districts of Coney Island and Crown Heights, where she grew up. Arlene Gottfried slowly expanded her radius and soon began taking photographs in countless neighbourhoods of New York and other regions of the USA. Diversity in cities prior to gentrification is a constant theme through out her photographic work.

People in all of their many facets stand at the center of Gottfried’s visual language. The photographer continued to follow some of her motifs over the course of several years or decades. The pictures in her book Midnight tell the story of Ismael Burgos over a time period of 20 years. In 1970 Gottfried worked on a photographic project in the El Barrio district focusing on Puerto Rican immigrants, whom she lived door to door with.

The accompanying photo book, Bacalaitos and Fireworks, was published in 2011. Many of her black-and-white pictures are brought together in the photo book Sometimes Overwhleming from 2008. They show portraits of New Yorkers in their natural urban environment during the 70s and 80s, whether they be transgender, Jewish bodybuilders or children dressed up for Halloween.

Opening:
Saturday, June 29, 2019, 6 – 9 pm

Opening hours:
Wednesday – Friday, 1 – 6 pm, Saturday 11 am – 4 pm or by appointment

Address:
Moltkestraße 81
50674 Cologne

Image: © Arlene Gottfried, La Familia Rivera en El Barrio, NY 1978Vintage silver gelatin print, printed 1978, 27,9 x 35,6 cm (11 x 14 inches)

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

La Familia Rivera en El Barrio, NY 1978

Vintage silver gelatin print, printed 1978
27,9 x 35,6 cm (11 x 14 inches)

Hassid & Jewish Bodybuilder, Coney Island, NY 1980

Vintage silver gelatin print, printed 1980
35,6 x 27,9 cm (14 x 11 inches)

El Cotorito, 1980

Cibachrome print
40,6 x 50,8 cm (16 x 20 inches)

No Wheels, El Barrio, NY 1978

Vintage silver gelatin print, printed 1978
35,6 x 27,9 cm (14 x 11 inches)

Striped Woman at Studio 54, NY 1979

Silver gelatin print
Editon of 10
35,6 x 27,9 cm (14 x 11 inches)

Loss 1990

Vintage Cibachrome print, printed 1990
35.6 x 27.9 cm (14 x 11 inches)
Danger, Women, Monkey and Banana at Le Clique, New York 1979

Vintage Silver gelatin print, printed 1979
27.9 x 35.6 cm (11 x 14 in.)
Trampoline, El Barrio 1984

Vintage Cibachrome print, printed 1984
35.6 x 27.9 cm (14 x 11 in.)
Roseland Ballroom, New York 1980

Vintage Silver gelatin print, printed 1980
35.6 x 27.9 cm (14 x 11 in.)

Guy with Radio, East 7th Street, 1977

Silver gelatin print
35.6 x 27.9 cm (14 x 11 in.)


Avenue C and E. 10th Street, NY 1990

Cibachrome print
40.6 x 50.8 cm (16 x 20 in.)
Brother with their Vines, Coney Island, NY 1976

Vintage silver gelatin print, printed 1976
35.6 x 27.9 cm (14 x 11 in.)
Woman wearing Sneakers, Coney Island, NY 1976

Vintage silver gelatin print, printed 1976
35.6 x 27.9 cm (14 x 11 in.)
Under the Broadwalk, Coney Island, NY 1976

Vintage silver gelatin print, printed 1976
27.9 x 35.6 cm (11 x 14 in.)
Riekes Island Olympics, 1987

Silver gelatin print
Edition of 10 
35.6 x 27.9 cm (14 x 11 in.)
Buick, East 6th Street, NYC 1985

Vintage Cibachrome  print, printed c. 1985
27.9 x 35.6 cm (11 x 14 in.)
Sunbathing, West Village, NYC 2006

Cibachrome  print, printed 2006
27.9 x 35.6 cm (11 x 14 in.)
Brazilian Carnival, Waldorf-Astoria, New York 1979

Vintage silver gelatin print, printed 1979
35.6 x 27.9 cm (14 x 11 in.)
Giant Dildo, Les Couches Party, New York 1979

Silver gelatin print
Edition of 10 (1/10)
35.6 x 27.9 cm (14 x 11 in.)