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Marvin E. Newman, Art Edition No. 226–300 ‘42nd Street, 1983’

Edition of 75
Pigment print on Platine Archival Fibre Rag paper, 18 x 12 in. on 20 x 15 in. paper, hardcover in slipcase, 12 x 17.3 in., 236 pages
US$ 1,500
Edition: English
Availability: In Stock
A stately Art Edition presenting the first major career retrospective of Marvin E. Newman, with some 170 featured images as well as signed photographic print 42nd Street, 1983, a scene of intense urban drama.

Art Edition (225–300), with the print 42nd Street (1983), each numbered and signed by Marvin E. Newman

American Beauty

The undiscovered New York photographer Marvin E. Newman

In 1952, after studying photography at Chicago’s Institute of Design, native New Yorker Marvin E. Newman returned to his hometown. Like many artists before, he set about chronicling the city. Unlike his predecessors, Newman chose color photography as the preeminent medium for capturing the people, landmarks, chaos, and energy of the self-proclaimed Greatest City in the World, commenting, “We see in color, so black and white is technically a handicap for representing the world.”

Today, Newman’s vivid images are lauded by the likes of Eastman House, MoMA, and the International Center of Photography, but remain largely undiscovered beyond a prestigious collector and gallery circle. In this stately Art Edition, TASCHEN presents the photographer’s first-ever career monograph, featuring some 170 pictures from the late 1940s through to the early 1980s, and accompanied by the signed photographic print 42nd Street, 1983.

This image of 42nd Street was taken some 30 years after Newman’s earlier Times Square series and revisits the area with a sense of menace and sleaze, perfectly encapsulated in the movie Taxi Driver, which had came out a few years previously. Major technical developments in camera and film since the 1950s allow Newman to infuse his content with even greater drama. He makes use of signage to enhance the stagelike setting of the street further, pervading the scene with sinister irony with the featured movie title Make Them Die Slowly. Newman himself is positioned here very much as the voyeur, caught in the act by the yuppie group cruising by in a Rolls-Royce who, in turn, photograph the photographer from the backseat.

The signed Art Edition volume includes other vivid tableaux across New York, as well as top shots from Newman’s sports photography portfolio for the likes of Life, Look, and Sports Illustrated, and images from the Midwest; Chicago; a vintage 1950s circus; a legalized brothel in Reno, Nevada; Las Vegas; Alaska; and the West Coast. With a new essay by critic and scholar Lyle Rexer, this first chronological retrospective offers due recognition to an outstanding talent and a tribute to New York in all its thrilling, chaotic, and stately glory.

Art Edition (225–300), with the print 42nd Street (1983), each numbered and signed by Marvin E. Newman.

Also available as three additional Art Editions of 75 copies each, with alternative signed prints, and as a signed Collector's Edition (No. 301–1,000).
The artist

Marvin E. Newman (b. 1927) was one of the first recipients of a Master of Science degree in Photography at Chicago’s Institute of Design. A native New Yorker, he shot sports for Life, Look, and Sports Illustrated. His work has been lauded by the likes of Eastman House, MoMA, and the International Center of Photography (ICP).

The editor

Reuel Golden is the former editor of the British Journal of Photography and the Photography editor at TASCHEN. His TASCHEN titles include: Mick Rock: The Rise of David Bowie, both London and New York Portrait of a City books, Andy Warhol. Polaroids, The Rolling Stones, Her Majesty, Football in the 1970s, the National Geographic editions, and The David Bailey SUMO.

The author

Lyle Rexer is a New York–based writer, curator, and art critic. He is a contributor to Photograph magazine, and has written for many others including Art in America, Aperture, and Modern Painters. His books include The Edge of Vision: The Rise of Abstraction in Photography and How to Look at Outsider Art. A Rhodes scholar, he serves on the faculty at School of Visual Arts in New York City.

Marvin E. Newman, Art Edition No. 226–300 ‘42nd Street, 1983’
Edition of 75
Pigment print on Platine Archival Fibre Rag paper, 18 x 12 in. on 20 x 15 in. paper, hardcover in slipcase, 12 x 17.3 in., 236 pages
ISBN 978-3-8365-6528-8
Edition: English
Marvin E. Newman, Art Edition No. 226–300 ‘42nd Street, 1983’
Edition of 75
US$ 1,500