Intimate Visions will include a wide selection of Edmund Teske’s work from his early years under the stylistic influence of Walker Evans, Man Ray and Edward Steichen as well as his duotone solarizations, a technique he invented.
Edmund Teske (1911-1996), a contemporary of Stieglitz, Abbott, Strand, and Moholy-Nagy, was inspired by his early training at Taliesin with Frank Lloyd Wright in the 1930’s. Teske distinguised himself by his experimental alchemy in the darkroom as much as by his visual acuity behind the lens. He was part of the active arts scene in Los Angeles in the 1940’s and 1950’s and was a major influence on two generations of artists. The subject of a comprehensive retrospective at the J. Paul Getty Museum in 2004, his photographs are included in the collections of the J. Paul Getty Museum, The Museum of Modern Art, The Art Institute of Chicago, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, among others. Intimate Visions is Teske’s first New York exhibition.