Vivian Maier, Photographer Exhibition
Through June 18
Russell Bowman Art Advisory
311 West Superior, Suite 115
Tuesday and Wednesday by appointment
Thursday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Completely unknown during her lifetime, Vivian Maier was born in New York City, but spent much of her youth in France. Returning to New York in 1951, she combed the streets, documenting the city's inhabitants and offering an intimate glimpse into urban lives and relationships. Maier moved to Chicago in 1956 where she worked as a longtime nanny for North Shore families. Often referred to as an "eccentric Mary Poppins," Maier continued to take photographs well into the 1990s, but never allowed her work to be viewed. Along with newspaper clippings and other historical artifacts, Maier stashed hundreds of undeveloped rolls of film and photographs in a storage locker, where they were later deemed abandoned and auctioned off. Maier died in 2009 in a nursing home at the age of 83.
Maier has been the subject of commercial gallery exhibitions in Germany and Norway and media coverage from CBS, BBC, Time Magazine and many others including the current issue of Mother Jones. Her first American exhibition, Vivian Maier, Street Photographer, was recently presented to tremendous critical acclaim at the Chicago Cultural Center.
The New York Times praised Maier's work, saying that, "Ms. Maier's streetscapes manage simultaneously to capture a redolent sense of place and the paradoxical moments that give the city its jazz, while elevating and dignifying the people in her frames -- vulnerable, noble, defeated, proud, fragile, tender and often quite funny. Harry Callahan is just one of the masters with whom Ms. Maier is already being compared. [c] a precious past has been rescued that we didn't even know existed; thousands of blinks of the civic eye, tens of thousands of beats of the public heart."
The Russell Bowman Art Advisory "Vivian Maier, Photographer" exhibition will feature previously unseen photographs from the Jeffrey Goldstein collection. Mr. Goldstein shares ownership of the artist's work with John Maloof, who first discovered Maier's photography in 2007. The exhibition will feature prints made by the artist herself as well as images later printed from her negatives by Ron Gordon, a master gelatin silver printer from Chicago. The collection includes images shot in New York between 1951 and 1955 and in Chicago from 1959 to 1971, and many of the photographs feature subjects common in Maier's work, including street culture, architectural views, children, the elderly and one striking self]portrait. Both Maier's original prints and those made from her film will be available for sale, and pieces range in price from $1800-5000.