Michael Eastman, from America to Havana.
Since I looked at Edwynn Houk Gallery a solo exhibition of recent works by Michael Eastman (American, b. 1947) in march 2015, i was falling in love with the structur and color of his work. It remember the Photography from Robert Polidori or Werner Pawlok (you can find an article in my web site). It was a great surprise to discover this artist.
Michael Eastman was born in 1947 in St. Louis, Missouri, and studied at the University of Wisconsin. He is the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts grant, the National Addy Award and a Paris Photo BMW Prize Finalist. His work is in numerous private and public collections, including the Art Institute of Chicago in Chicago, the High Museum of Art in Atlanta, the International Center of Photography, NY, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and the Saint Louis Art Museum. His publications include Havana (Prestel, 2011), Vanishing America (Rizzoli, 2008), and Horses (Knopf, 2003), which is now in its fifth edition. He currently lives and works in St. Louis, Missouri.
In Eastman’s photographs of Havana, the vibrant colors and architecture recall the heydey of Havana’s history, but are juxtaposed with signals its economic decline: a rectangle of fading where a painting once hung; crumbling plaster; and wobbly furniture that looks as though it would break if used. Eastman’s subjective use of color and structure results in a portrait of quintessential Havana.
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