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"Living Legends: Gottlieb & Hirschfeld"
2000-05-18 until 2000-06-11
American Vision 145
New York, NY, USA United States of America

American Vision 145 announces its next exhibit, Living Legends: Gottlieb & Hirschfeld. The exhibit will open to the public on Thursday, May 18, 2000 at 6:00 p.m. and continue until June 11, 2000, in the American Vision 145 gallery at 343 West 145th Street, Harlem, New York City. The Living Legends exhibit will feature Jazz Photography Great William Gottlieb and Al Hirschfeld, also know as The Line King. In 1939, Gottlieb first used a camera to illustrate his pioneering weekly jazz column in the Washington Post. Since the film and accessories were bulky and expensive, he typically made only three or four exposures on location.

This attention to detail led to his becoming an Air Force photo officer in WWII; then Gottlieb clinched an editor's job in Down Beat Magazine. He left the jazz scene in 1948 to do children‚s books and produce educational filmstrips. Upon retiring in 1979, Gottlieb published his old jazz photos as The Golden Age of Jazz. The New York Times predicted that Bill also seems to be entering the golden age of William P. Gottlieb. His jazz images have since appeared on nearly 250 record album and CD covers and dozens of posters, postcards and T-shirts. Meanwhile, exhibitions of the prints have appeared in more than 150 venues, from the Museum of Modern Art in Stockholm, Sweden, to the Navio Museum in Osaka, Japan. The National Portrait Gallery acquired one of Bill's photos of Duke Ellington: and his images are the basis of four US Postage Stamps. In 1997, the New Jersey Jazz Society honored him as the non-musician who did the most for jazz that year. In 1998, Down Beat presented Bill with their annual Lifetime achievement award.

When Al Hirschfeld was eleven years old, an art teacher informed his mother, there is nothing more we can teach him in St. Louis. The family moved to New York where Hirschfeld enrolled at the Art Student's League. At the age of 17, he became an art director at Selznick Pictures. Al Hirschfeld held the position for about four years and then in 1924 Hirschfeld moved to Paris. After the New York Times printed one of his theater sketches in 1927, Hirschfeld emerged as a master of the line drawing. For over six decades he captured the essence of the theater's personalities with a few pen strokes. Often drawn in a dark theater, Hirschfeld's works became intrinsic to Broadway culture. Assessing their stature, one critic wrote, There are just two forms of fame on Broadway: seeing your name in lights, and more significantly, to be drawn by Hirschfeld. In 1991, Al Hirschfeld became the first artist in history to have his name on a U.S. Postage Stamp Booklet. These Al Hirschfeld Postage Stamps were so successful that in 1994 the U.S. Postal Service commissioned Al Hirschfeld to create a new series of Hirschfeld Postage Stamps. Al Hirschfeld's works of art are in numerous museums and collections. American Vision 145, established in April 1999, is one of New York's most exciting new fine arts galleries, helping to lead the way to a new Harlem cultural arts renaissance by producing world class art exhibitions. We welcome viewers to our affiliated online art gallery, genesisartline.com for more information about American Vision 145 and genesisartline.com.

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