Leonard Sussman Exhibits at German Consulate General
The German Consulate General presents: "Berlin Passages - Photographs of the S- and U-Bahn by Leonard Sussman"
German Consulate General New York, 871 United Nations Plaza (1st Avenue at 49th Street), New York. Exhibition runs September 16 until December 3, Monday through Friday, 9 PM - 5 PM
The exhibition photographs are drawn from thousands taken by the artist from 1998 through 2008. The Berlin transportation project is Sussman's first done almost exclusively in color. He felt this best captured the atmosphere of Berlin’s two distinct subway systems, from the grittiness of stations such as Alexanderplatz in the former East Berlin to the modernity of united Berlin’s new main railway station, Hauptbahnhof.
These multi-faceted works reflect the unique resonance found by the artist in this particular urban transportation system, including its, environment, function, structures, and history - from its passengers to its stations to scales (Waagen - circa 1930), still found in many of its U-Bahn stations. The scales, artifacts still in use though largely unnoticed by most passengers today, remain enduring visual elements of place and time, and these images form a significant subset of this exhibition.
About the artist:
Leonard Sussman (San Francisco, California, 1947) began photographing in 1965, and throughout his very long career has focused primarily on landscapes and urban scenes. In addition to Berlin's subways, which he began photographing in 1998, his major projects include street scenes of Lower Manhattan and urban areas of the Piedmont and Tuscany regions of Italy, and landscapes in the American West, Italy, Provence, and Sardinia. Sussman has had numerous one-person and group exhibits in the United States and Europe. His major published works are: Entre Vents, Racines et Rocs - explorations of Mont Ventoux in Provence, 2009; Sardinia, 2000, and Hills of Home - The Rural Ozarks of Arkansas (etchings and drawings), 1975. He earned a BA in Art from the University of California, Berkeley (1968) and an MFA from Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY (1977). He is Deputy Chair and Professor of Art at Baruch College of the City University of New York.
(Text from http://www.germany.info, edited by J D Sallen)