Burt Glinn: Photographs of the New York Beat Scene
The Magnum photographer's images capturing the best of the beat generation, from Jack Kerouac to Allen Ginsburg, go on show
Jason McCoy Gallery will stage an exhibition of Burt Glinn’s series of photographs capturing the Beat generation in their native New York, between 1957-1960. The exhibition follows a new publication, The Beat Scene, published by Reel Art Press.
Burt Glinn: Photographs of the New York Beat Scene reflects the spontaneity inherent to the Beat philosophy: arms flail, music plays, people talk, eat, dance, paint. In Glinn’s characteristic manner, each photograph is linked by a humanistic thread, drawing on the palpable energy of life in the city: movement, discourse, change.
They transport the viewer to this lost but pivotal moment in the city’s cultural awakening, enabling one to participate as a bystander on the city streets. Iconic faces are shown going about their day-to-day: Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsburg, LeRoi Jones in addition to Helen Frankenthaler, Anita Huffington, Franz Kline, Barnett Newman and others, venture from low-lit bars where readings take place, to sprawling private views that turn into larger-still parties.
Featuring both black-and-white and color work, this exhibition includes images not seen for over 50 years, and several others that until now have never been available to the public. They were recently discovered, along with Kerouac’s original manuscript, in Burt Glinn’s archive, where they had not been touched for over 50 years.
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