Picturing New York: The Art of Yvonne Jacquette and Rudy Burckhardt

1960s: Days of Rage

“… Over the course of his career he figured out a way to make the city’s architecture fit the human scale he favored. Faced with the same choice, [Rudy] Burckhardt’s wife of 40 years, the painter Yvonne Jacquette, opted to focus on the city’s skyscrapers. Opening Friday, ‘Picturing New York: The Art of Yvonne Jacquette and Rudy Burckhardt’ displays photographs by Burckhardt, who died at 85 in 1999, alongside paintings by Ms. Jacquette, 20 years his junior, who is still working. Burckhardt’s black-and-white photographs approach the city from several angles, descending from rooftops to street level and even into the subways. Ms. Jacquette’s paintings peer down into the canyons between high-rises. This pair of shows does not establish either artist as an unjustly overlooked talent, but it reveals the competing visions of the city behind a romantic and creative partnership. … A large percentage of the Burckhardt photographs on view…

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