The Alvin Baltrop Trust
Viewed individually and as a body of work, Alvin Baltrop’s photographs convey an idiosyncratic hybrid of Classicism and Film Noir. Baltrop’s ability to record spontaneous action as images with an aesthetic refinement transforms ‘street photography’ into a probing form of social introspection. With the use of blinding highlights and dark shadows, his photographs depict the familiar as curious, luring abstractions.
Baltrop’s work was rarely exhibited during his lifetime. It was however the cover story of the February 2008 issue of ARTFORUM, and is included in the collection of the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Watermill Art Center, the Bronx Museum, and the Contemporary Art Museum of Houston. Selected exhibitions include: Perspectives 179-Alvin Baltrop: Dreams Into Glass, Contemporary Art Museum of Houston, (2012), Looking Back/The Fifth White Columns Annual, White Columns, New York, NY (2010); Alvin Baltrop: Color Photographs 1971-1991, Famous Accountants, Brooklyn, New York (2010); Mixed Use, Manhattan: Photography and Related Practices 1970s to the Present, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid, Spain (2010); and Darkside II – Photographic Power and Violence, Disease, and Death Photographed, Fotomuseum Winterthur, Switzerland (2009).
The Alvin Baltrop Trust is represented by Third Streaming.
exhibitions: _Alvin Baltrop: Photographs 1965–2003_