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Steve Kahn: “The Hollywood Suites” at Howard Greenberg Gallery, New York

“The Hollywood Suites (Windows) #5”, 1976, by Steve Kahn (1943, Los Angeles), Gelatin silver print; printed, 9 5/8 x 12 1/2 inches, From an edition of 15, Howard Greenberg Gallery
(Courtesy: Howard Greenberg Gallery)

The celebrated and enigmatic photograph series created by Steve Kahn between 1974 and 1978 is currently being displayed in New York for the first time.

The Howard Greenberg Gallery is showcasing  “The Hollywood Suites” at its New York venue until March 17, 2018.“The Hollywood Suites” has been presented in solo exhibitions on the West Coast and in Europe and included in group exhibitions such as “The Altered Photograph” at P.S. 1 in New York in 1979. This exhibition at the Howard Greenberg Gallery represents the first time the series is seen in a solo show in New York and is the artist’s first exhibition with the Gallery. A book on the series was published by Nazraeli Press in 2014.

Kahn created this body of work in rent-by-the-day rooms of an old tenement building in a run-down section of Hollywood, California. Looking to create work that spoke to containment and isolation, Kahn began photographing professional bondage models using a Polaroid camera. Later, in his studio, he would copy the Polaroids with 35 mm film, documenting the events he had orchestrated, and initiating a formal process of reproductions and generations. The series will be the subject of an upcoming exhibition at the de Young Museum in San Francisco opening on September 29, 2018. Kahn is part of a generation of photographers that emerged in Los Angeles in the 1970s, including Robert Heinecken and Lewis Baltz, who deconstructed the medium with a conceptual and abstract approach.

The exhibition is on view through March 17, 2018, at Howard Greenberg Gallery, Main Building, The Fuller Building, 41 East 57th Street, Suite 1406, New York, NY 10022- USA.

For details, visit: www.howardgreenberg.com

Click on the slideshow for a sneak peek at the exhibition.