“So much of it is a love story about a city that no longer exists. Or simply the end of one act and the beginning of another.”
David Leventi: New York memorializes the city in various moments in time over the span of a decade. Even as the past year has shaken the vitality of New York City, David Leventi’s photography of New York City spotlights its nature as a living organism, forever adapting and changing with every passerby. The photographs capture New York’s range: its exteriors and interiors, the calming neutrals of concrete buildings in daytime and the intoxicating neon hues of the night, street views and bird’s eye views, and both its livelihood and at times its scarcity.
RWFA’s online exhibition sources images of Leventi’s that originate in a variety of purposes from his own documentation to commissioned work for design firms and magazines. Born in New York, the selection of works takes us on a journey of Leventi’s relationship with the city and with himself.
The exhibition seeks to preserve the various natures of the city, whether that be the since-closed iconic jazz club Lenox Lounge, 288 Lenox Avenue, Harlem, New York, or the now foreign scenery of a bustling indoor dining experience in Blaue Gans, 139 Duane Street, Tribeca, New York. Approximately ten of the images are of institutions or backdrops that no longer exist or are on coronavirus-caused hiatus such as the Metropolitan Opera. We are reminded what the city used to be, how it remains, and what it will become.
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Live on Artsy, February 1-28