1 / 6       Art Kane, The Who, 1968. Life cover story on The New Rock. © Art Kane Archive.
2 / 6       Art Kane, Bob Dylan, 1966. McCall's feature on the Teen Scene. © Art Kane Archive.
3 / 6       Art Kane, Piazza San Marco, 1969. Look feature on The Waters of Venice. © Art Kane Archive.
4 / 6       Art Kane, Fashion, 1970. Cornwall Beach, Harper's Bazaar, UK. © Art Kane Archive.
5 / 6       Art Kane, Harlem, 1958. Esquire feature on The Golden Age of Jazz. © Art Kane Archive.
6 / 6       Art Kane, Songs of Freedom, 1965. Look for a civil rights feature. © Art Kane Archive.

Art Kane. Visionary

Thursday 25 June 2015 at 6.30 pm, Palazzo Santa Margherita in corso Canalgrande 103, Modena, sees the opening of Art Kane. Visionary, curated by Jonathan Kane, Holly Anderson and Guido Harari.
Organised and produced by the Galleria civica di Modena and the Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Modena in collaboration with the Solares Fondazione delle Arti of Parma and the Wall of Sound Gallery of Alba, this major retrospective dedicated to Art Kane, 20 years after his death and in the 90th anniversary of his birth, features for the first time in Italy some 100 photographs – both famous and previously unknown – that contributed to shaping the visual imagery of the second half of the 20th century. Part of the exhibition will be given over to the portraits and the well-known photographs of the leading musical icons of the Sixties, another no less consistent section to social commitment (especially the fight for civil rights of Afro-Americans and Native Americans, religious fundamentalism, Vietnam, the nuclear nightmare of Hiroshima, consumerism, growing environmental decay), to existential visionary reflections created from the ‘sandwiching’ of several slides (a pioneering technique in a pre-Photoshop age), to the photographic illustrations of texts by Dylan and the Beatles, fashion, without forgetting the evolutions of American society, all captured with such an original and visionary gaze as to conquer honours, prizes and the front covers of the most prestigious magazines around the world. «I want to communicate the invisible elements in a personality», said Art Kane, summing up the whole of his poetics in a few words.
Art Kane is the legendary American photographer that at 10am on one August day of 1958 immortalised for Esquired some 57 jazz greats on a sidewalk on 126th Street, in Harlem, unaware he was creating the single most significant image in the history of jazz. This photograph is universally famous as Harlem 1958, and it won him the Art Directors Club of New York gold medal. The image was so powerful that it inspired a book, a 1994 documentary which was shortlisted for the Oscars (A Great Day in Harlem), and more recently a film by Spielberg, The Terminal (2004), starring Tom Hanks. Kane’s photographs are today in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art and of the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Art Kane. Visionary
Palazzo Santa Margherita, corso Canalgrande, 103 - Modena (Italy)
25 June – 20 September 2015

opening times: Thursdays and Fridays, 5.00 pm - 7.30 pm | Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays, 10.30 am - 7.30 pm | closed on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays
admission fee: free
info: +39 (0)59 2032911/2940

published on 2015-06-24 in NEWS / EXHIBITIONS


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