Charles Johnstone

Cibachromes

August 17 – September 28, 2018

Penn South Playground, Manhattan

2008

Cibachrome print

10 x 10 inches

Morrisania Air Rights, Bronx

2008

Cibachrome print

10 x 10 inches

Cherry Clinton Playground, Manhattan

2008

Cibachrome print

10 x 10 inches

Fisher Pool, Queens

2011

Cibachrome print

10 x 10 inches

Crotona Park Pool, Bronx, 2011

Cibachrome print

10 x 10 inches

Highbridge Park Pool, Manhattan

2011

Cibachrome print

10 x 10 inches

Church of God, Manhattan, 2011

Cibachrome print

10 x 10 inches

Zion the House of Faith Church of the Apostolic Faith Inc. for All People, Brooklyn

2011

Cibachrome print

10 x 10 inches

Church of Christ Christian Temple - A Tabernacle of God, Brooklyn

2011

Cibachrome print

10 x 10 inches

Peoples Park, Bronx

2010

Cibachrome print

10 x 10 inches

Pontiac Playground, Bronx

2010

Cibachrome print

10 x 10 inches

Nathan Straus Playground

2010

Cibachrome print

10 x 10 inches

McGuinness Blvd. & Box Street, Greenpoint

2013

Cibachrome print

20 x 20 inches

Press Release

Joseph Bellows Gallery is pleased to announce its upcoming exhibition, Charles Johnstone: Cibachromes. This solo exhibition will feature key selections from Johnstone’s portfolios: Brooklyn Corrugated Iron Fences, Thirty Four Basketball Courts, A Few Empty Pools, Some New York Handball Courts, and New York Storefront Churches printed in the luminous Cibachrome color process.   The exhibition will open August 17thand continue through September 28th, 2018.  An artist's reception will be held on September 15th.

Johnstone’s portfolios and subsequent books imply, as does his objective recording of the subject, a linkage to artists that have preceded him, specifically Edward Ruscha and the photographers of the New Topographic era.  The artist works as a localist, surveying with his camera places within the city he has called home his entire life, steadily making sets, edited collections of urban environments.  

Commenting on his body of work, Some New York Handball Courts, photography critic William Meyers observers, “Given his formula, it is not surprising that Mr. Johnstone’s images put one in mind of Josef Albers’ “Homage to the Square.” And Vince Aletti states in reference to Johnstone’s Thirty Four Basketball Courts, “ They combine a formal rigor, urban scruffiness and a cool neutrality that Ruscha would appreciate.”

Johnstone has had numerous solo exhibitions both in this country and abroad.  This modest survey exhibition marks the artist second solo exhibitions at Joseph Bellows Gallery.  Notable group exhibitions include: Ed Ruscha Books and Co. at both the Museum Brandhorts, Munich Germany and Gagosian Gallery, New York and American Photography from Berenice Abbott to Alec Soth.  His photographs have been featured in Photograph, The New Yorker, and on ArtDaily. 

Running concurrently in the gallery with Charles Johnstone: Cibachromes, will be Summer Selections featuring the photographs of: Lewis Baltz, Thomas Barrow, Judy Fiskin, Roger Minick, Grant Mudford, Stephen A. Scheer, John Schott, Sage Sohier, Jack D. Teemer Jr., Roger Vail, and others.

To request further information or high resolution images please contact Joseph Bellows Gallery at info@josephbellows.com.  Established in 1998, Joseph Bellows Gallery features rotating exhibitions of both historic and contemporary photography, with a special interest in American work from the 20th Century.  More information can be found at www.josephbellows.com