Please join us for the Opening Reception of
DAVE HEATH | In Concert For The Silent Witness
Curated by Michael Schreier
OPENING RECEPTION: THURSDAY, JANUARY 9, 2020, 6-9PM
"DAVE HEATH, In Concert For The Silent Witness"
is dedicated to Dr. James Borcoman
Curator Emeritus, National Gallery of Canada
Exhibition Runs: January 9, 2020 - February 9, 2020
Studio Sixty Six is pleased to be hosting the exhibition “DAVE HEATH | In Concert For The Silent Witness”, a series of colour photographs by one of the greatest street photographers of his time, esteemed American/Canadian photographer, the late Dave Heath.
As a gallery representing both emerging and senior artists, we appreciate this opportunity, given by artist and curator Michael Schreier, to help bring Heath’s turbulent and emotion-filled work before the eyes of an ever-broader public. Heath’s perspective on contemporary life was telling and profound, and we are honoured to play a role in keeping his voice current in art’s ongoing conversation. “DAVE HEATH | In Concert For The Silent Witness” will resonate with the spirit of his seminal work "A Dialogue With Solitude," and the exhibition “Dave Heath, Multitude, Solitude” represented by Keith Davis and the Nelson Atkins Museum, at the National Gallery of Canada in the summer of 2019.
- Gallery Director, Carrie Colton
BIOGRAPHY: DAVE HEATH
Dave Heath (American, 1931–2016) used photography to convey the loneliness and beauty of those around him. Abandoned by his parents at age four, Heath grew up in foster homes and an orphanage. He was fascinated as a child by magazine photographs; a 1947 photo essay by Ralph Crane in Life, “Bad Boy’s Story: An Unhappy Child Learns to Live at Peace with the World,” showed him a way to make photography a mode of self-expression. After serving in the Korean War, he attended the Philadelphia Museum School of Art from 1954 to 1956, then came to Chicago and took night classes with Richard Nickel at the Institute of Design. In 1957–64 he lived in New York, where he worked for commercial photographers and befriended photographers Roy DeCarava, Garry Winogrand, Smith, and Robert Frank, among others. Reaching a pivotal moment in his career, Heath won successive Guggenheim Fellowships in 1963 and 1964. With this assistance he completed "A Dialogue with Solitude" (1965), his most celebrated publication: eighty-two sympathetic photographs of a range of human moments taken between 1952 and 1963. Heath emigrated to Toronto in 1970.
His photographs are represented in the collections of the National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa; Museum of Modern Art, New York; Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago; International Museum of Photography, New York; George Eastman House, Rochester, New York; The Getty, Los Angeles; Nelson-Atkins Museum, Kansas City; Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia; among other institutions.
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