Charles A. Hartman Fine Art is excited to present Paris in my time, work culled from several extended trips that Mark Steinmetz made to Paris over a twenty-five year period. Paris was where his mother was born and raised, giving the artist a special connection to, and familiarity with, the city. In the streets, parks, and along the Seine, Steinmetz plays with the conventions of the Paris photographic tradition, from Atget to Kertész. The work is classical, but with a modern feel that both updates the tradition and follows the path Steinmetz has set in his other equally compelling bodies of work. Like all of his images, they embrace the space between artist and subject with a curiosity that is empathetic, enigmatic and intriguingly beautiful.
Mark Steinmetz lives in Athens, Georgia. His work has been shown widely at museums and galleries in the United States and in Europe. He has taught at Harvard, Yale and Sarah Lawrence College, and is the recipient of a prestigious Guggenheim Fellowship. His work is in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Museum of Modern Art, The Whitney Museum of American Art, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art and The Art Institute of Chicago, amongst numerous others. This is the gallery’s fourth solo exhibition of Mark Steinmetz’s work.