Madison Avenue Reflection (with Self), Paul Stuart Shop
Gelatin silver print
10 x 10 inches
Signed, titled, and dated in pencil mount verso
Donated by Evan Mirapaul
Bruce Cratsley’s (1944-1998) black and white photographs have an uncanny ability to evoke the delicacy and ephemerality of life through their play of light and shadow. His work echoes the formal and conceptual qualities of many of the seminal artists he admired, such as Eugène Atget, Diane Arbus, W. Eugene Smith, and his teacher, Lisette Model. In this image of reflections in a shop window, including his own, we can see Cratsley’s gift at photographing figures and ordinary objects with both the quickness of a casual snapshot and the deftness of a talented and thoughtful artist. Many of Cratsley’s images from the 1980s and 90s are tinged with his experiences living and working with AIDS, yet as the critic Holland Carter wrote in 1996, “there is something dreamlike about all of this work...the combination of elegance and evanescence that results is his signature.” Cratsley exhibited his work at numerous New York galleries, including Howard Greenberg, Laurence Miller Gallery, Witkin Gallery, Yancy Richardson, and Sarah Morthland.
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