Carriage Barn Arts Center Lecture: Andre Kertész: An Artist’s Life

On February 5 at 7 p.m. the Carriage Barn Arts Center located in Waverly Park in New Cannan is hosting a lecture entitled “André Kertész: An Artist’s Life.” The talk will be given by Robert Gurbo, the Curator of the André and Elizabeth Kertész Foundation in New York, and the Juror of the 35th Annual Photography Show at the Carriage Barn Arts Center. There is a pre lecture reception at 6:30 pm.

Homing Ship, Central Park, New York, 1944 by Andre Kerteasz
Homing Ship, Central Park, New York, 1944 by Andre Kerteasz

André Kertész (1894-1985) is an undisputed master of photography. Widely seen as the father of photojournalism and street photography, he created much of the visual vocabulary of the medium that is still in use today. From his pioneering work in Hungary (1912 -1925), through his influential work during Paris’s artistic heyday (1925- 1936), right up to his final days in New York (1936 -1985), his photographs display an ability to infuse personal narrative and design into a documentary style that was uniquely his own. In a body of work that spans much of the 20th century, Kertész created deceptively simple images of everyday life that also reflected his own state of mind and questioned his very existence and relationship to the world around him

Long-time curator Robert Gurbo worked with Kertész over the last 7 years his life and has spent the last 37 years combing through his archive. He has contributed numerous essays to catalogues and magazines; is the author of three books on Andre Kertész and co-author of Andre Kertész, the catalog that accompanied the 2005 National Gallery retrospective. In a talk that offers an intimate and personal look, Gurbo interweaves the artist’s work, self-portraits into the timeline of Kertész’s complicated life story. His talk offers his unique and personal perspective of the life and work of a man he claims to have been obsessed with since he was 16 years old.

Gurbo juried The 35th Annual Photography Show: History and Process, which includes the work of 75 contemporary photographers as well as a display of vintage cameras and early photographs, such as daguerreotypes and tintypes.

A $10 fee for members; $15 for non-members includes a reception at 6:30pm, followed by the lecture/discussion at 7pm. To register for the lecture please go to or contact 203.972.1895.

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