'Sheila and Arnie'
Barry Singer Gallery, Petaluma, CA
1931 - 2016
'Sheila and Arnie'
gelatin silver print, mounted, signed, titled, dated, and extensively annotated in pencil, on the reverse, 1959
image: 7 ¼ by 9 ¾ in. (18.4 by 24.8 cm.)
Please note the colors in the online catalogue illustration may vary depending on screen settings. This photograph is in generally excellent condition. Under close examination there is very faint age-appropriate silvering. The mount is soiled on the front and reverse. The mount corners are rounded and there is an abrasion near the upper right mount corner. The reverse is annotated and initialed in pencil by the photographer on the reverse as follows: 'Grace Mayer's annotation- referring to original print Steichen requested later exchanged w/ Szarkowski for latter printing from 1962 master printing for ADWS.' The following are written by Grace Meyer, Personal Assistant to Edward Steichen at the Museum of Modern Art (1959-61), on the reverse: '7 Arts Coffee Gallery NYC / David Heath 1959' and 'Original print.' The following are written in an unidentified hand on the reverse: '8104 [circled]'; 'ADWS 25'; 'LP104.3'; and 'DH006' (twice). This print is accompanied by a Barry Singer Gallery label.
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John Szarkowski, Mirrors and Windows: American Photography Since 1960 (New York: The Museum of Modern Art, New York, 1978), p. 38
"One of the great photographers, although still relatively unknown beyond the photographic intelligencia, is Dave Heath. Perhaps no one better mines deeper into the human condition than Heath. Maybe because of his own self-isolation, Heath can relate to and points his camera towards the frailty of personal relationships. The viewer is forced to bring his/her own interpretation to this picture. Did Arnie just try to kiss her and she laughs in his face? Or did he just tell her a joke? We don’t know but Heath gives us a stage for observation. That’s what he has always done best through his work." - Barry Singer
Barry Singer Gallery specializes in vintage prints by Photo League and other photographers of the human condition.