The place: Bonni Benrubi Gallery
The space: For more than 25 years, Bonni Benrubi has been filling her three-room gallery on the 13th floor of the Fuller Building with the work of contemporary and vintage photography masters like Andreas Feininger, Louis Stettner, Linda McCartney, and even Leonard Nimoy. As a commercial gallery, the dealers also assist burgeoning and veteran collectors.
The artist: Abelardo Morell spent most of his childhood in the Upper West Side after his family fled Cuba after the Bay of Pigs invasion. Discovering photography while attending Bowdoin College, he didn’t get his first big break until nearly 25 years later when he met Bonni Benrubi, who helped play matchmaker with the MoMA.
The show: Continuing his love affair with the millennia-old camera obscura, Morell’s new exhibition Rock, Paper, Scissors includes 15 large-scale prints of naturally surrealist photographs. Taken from a specially designed periscope-equipped tent, they blend well-known subjects like the Golden Gate Bridge with the refracted landscape surrounding the lens, adding a unique earthy texture. The exhibition also includes a series of cut-out compositions and photograms, made without a camera.
41 East 57th St., 13th Floor, 212-888-6007, bonnibenrubi.com
(Photo: by Abelardo Morell, courtesy of Bonni Benrubi Gallery)