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01/12/2021 - 22/01/2022

Mid - Late C20th - Photography


Modern Art is pleased to announce a solo exhibition of work by Alvin Baltrop (1948−2004) at its Bury Street gallery.

Alvin Baltrop was born in the Bronx, New York, in 1948, and he lived and worked in New York City for almost all of his life. He began shooting photographs as a teenager on the city’s streets, including scenes from the now famous gay bar, the Stonewall Inn, during the 1960s.

Modern Art is proud to be able to exhibit a group of Baltrop’s photographs taken at the piers. Small in scale, usually between ten and thirty centimetres in length, Baltrop’s images are largely black and white, interspersed with a few colour prints. The subjects of these photographs are sometimes the cavernous, dilapidated warehouse structures themselves, seemingly empty of people and life. But more often Baltrops’s camera fixes on figures — mostly men — engaged, unselfconsciously, in action of various kinds: sunbathers luxuriating on the wooden docks, couples embracing at a distance.


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