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IT’S A GODLIS WORLD

David Godlis
April 18 - May 9, 2019

The exhibition explores David’s early work as a photographer in New York in the mid 70’s and early 80’s.

The show begins with David’s most famous work, which documents the New York punk scene centered around the infamous CBGB’s. The exhibition then expands out beyond the Lower East Side and onto the streets of New York. David’s street photographs–many of which have never been exhibited before–offer a beautiful and poignant slice of New York life in the 1970’s. Working in black and white the artist’s compositional instincts transform the ordinary into the exceptional.

In a multimedia installation David talks us through his most iconic work which captures the emergence of the Punk scene in the Lower East Side. The audio commentary gives the viewer a unique insight into the photographs and the cast of characters that created this enduring and highly influential culture moment.

The show continues with multimedia displays of street photography along with larger format wheatpaste murals and installation works along with prints on paper.

Born in New York City in 1951, David Godlis picked up his first camera, a Pentax Spotmatic, in 1970, and has been shooting photographs non-stop ever since.

After moving back to New York City with his Leica camera in 1976, Godlis stumbled into the burgeoning punk scene at CBGB’s on the Bowery. And after seeing Brassai’s photographs of Paris in the 1930‘s he began to photograph that scene, with long handheld exposures under the Bowery streetlights.

His grainy black & white images documented CBGB’s and the Bowery from 1976-1979. This extensive body of work has been published and exhibited worldwide and was published in the hugely successful book, History is Made at Night.

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