Wednesday, January 31, 2024



Retrospective by Elliot Erwitt


© Elliot Erwitt / Magnum Photos

Written and Photo Edited by Joe Cuccio

The life of Elliot Erwitt was full of a whimsical exploration of humanity across the entire globe. Erwitt’s camera seemingly brought him all across the world to document monumental events and create impactful imagery that made viewers smile and see the wonders of life. Not only did Erwitt have a successful career as a photojournalist and a commissioned photographer, but he was also able to build a style of his own that could bring the viewer joy. The way he interacted with subjects always seemed to point to the most fascinating part of each human or collection of people, for he had a way of leaving the onlooker feeling a sense of bliss and awe toward life as a whole.

© Elliot Erwitt / Magnum Photos

This exhibition is a retrospective of the work of Erwitt held at La Sucrière, located in Lyon, France. The work encompassed here does a great job of showing viewers the diverse subject matter that Elliot Erwitt encountered. His camera gave him the agency to take part in some of the most pivotal points in history. He was able to document The Kitchen Debate between USSR leaders and those of the USA. He had the opportunity to travel the globe and promote the allure of certain places. Evidenced by his work on an advertisement for French Tourism, where he deployed his whimsical style to encompass many of the intriguing draws to France, he was often commissioned to bring out the best in certain countries. By having an overwhelming amount of people dressed in an assortment of cultural attire as two mates enjoy an evening together in an illustrious Victorian-style room, he was able to fit so much about the draw of France within one singular image. Only the great mind of Erwitt could have conceived of this well-thought-out, slightly overwhelming, and overtly comical scene. This type of image aligns with the many other images that he has made that always leave the viewer with a smile.

© Elliot Erwitt / Magnum Photos

One of the most famous sets of images Erwitt released into the world was a collection of photographs where he focused on dogs. Yes, that is right, dogs. The loveable “man’s best friend” was one of Erwitt’s greatest subjects of inspiration. He always brought forth his keen eye for the playful in every image, with his focus on canines as no exception. He was able to be incredibly observant of these furry friends as they interacted with their beloved owners and created images at the precise moment where undeniable comedic charm could be evoked. Erwitt would catch dogs in instances where the viewer would question what they see, and in the end, laugh as they realize the absurdity of the situation.

© Elliot Erwitt / Magnum Photos

Erwitt was able to engage with the everyday human experience in a way that felt connected to the world at large. He would make images all across the globe and catch people in a light that was most fitting to reveal the positivity that life has to offer. No matter where Erwitt went he could engage with humanity in a way that brought forth a light-hearted approach to experiencing the world. In one specific image, we see Erwitt studying people lounging along the beach. He deploys a great understanding of compositional strategies, such as leading lines, and clicks the shutter at the absolute appropriate instance, honing in on the relaxed nature of his subjects. The only person who reveals their face amidst a line of sunbathers is one woman who is soaking up the sun with a soft grin on her face. This points to Erwitt’s attention to the goodness of life, and the simple yet blissful moments we encounter. The world is full of moments of happiness and joy, and there is no escaping those realities when observing the imagery of Elliot Erwitt.

© Elliot Erwitt / Magnum Photos

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Cindy Sherman, Untitled #654, 2023. Gelatin silver print and chromogenic color print© Cindy Sherman. Courtesy the artist and Hauser & Wirth.

Written by Max Wiener

Photo Edited by Kit Matthews

Chances are when you see a Cindy Sherman piece, you’ll recognize it as hers. Her voice, an angelic creative cheer rising above the masses, continuously proves to be one of the most important in both the current zeitgeist and her generation as a whole. Her unique perspective allows her work to evoke a stirring emotional response. In her new series with New York’s Hauser & Wirth, Sherman- she presents a stunning display of artistic mastery rivaled only by the greats. Her return to SoHo is prodigious,and she created her iconic Untitled Film Stills there in the 1970’s. All in all, the thirty new pieces on Hauser & Wirth’s walls prove that Sherman’s finest work is created below Houston Street.

Cindy Sherman, Untitled #632, 2010/2023. Gelatin silver print and chromogenic color print© Cindy Sherman. Courtesy the artist and Hauser & Wirth.

Sherman’s creative process for her newest series is widely captivating. With digital manipulation, she creates different characters, with opposing, entirely unique personas. Splicing in fragments of her own face, Sherman places bits of herself in each piece- directly correlating them with her belief systems. Doing so was a clear-cut choice by Sherman, aimed at highlighting the “malleability of the self.” Or rather, the idea that we all bend and mold to our different societal norms and surroundings. One may consider chameleons to best understand this concept… However, this small inflection makes the series not only a beautiful display of artistic talent, but an individualistic, widely accessible social commentary.

Cindy Sherman, Untitled #659, 2023. Gelatin silver print and chromogenic color print© Cindy Sherman. Courtesy the artist and Hauser & Wirth.

Each face is seemingly distinctive- there is no familiar bond except Sherman’s facial fragments. Using her nose, ears, lips, and other facial features, each was digitally fragmented to reconstruct a new face. It appears that plastic surgery meets fine art- but this is where Sherman’s true artistic ability shines. Each new face we familiarize ourself relays an entirely different story. Perhaps each character portrays a different emotion or theme, as we parse through them for self-discovery. The pieces seem to have an “uncanny valley” element - the idea that we’re looking at something perhaps subhuman.Their eyes don’t look directly at us, but , rather, we are motivated to peer into them.

Cindy Sherman, Untitled #629, 2010/2023. Gelatin silver print and chromogenic color print© Cindy Sherman. Courtesy the artist and Hauser & Wirth.

Even if Sherman had specifics in mind with each piece, she gives us the freedom to place ourselves within each image. If anyone were to continue to do this, it would be Cindy Sherman. Without her voice and creative integrity, the art world would suffer and remain stagnant. Let us continue to revel in her mastery, viewing it as the fountain of youth and affordance of new opportunities.

Cindy Sherman, Untitled #650, 2023. Gelatin silver print and chromogenic color print© Cindy Sherman. Courtesy the artist and Hauser & Wirth.

Sherman’s work will be on display at Hauser & Wirth until March 16th, 2024.