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Michael Eastman, Deco Stairwell #2, Havana, 2014 ©Michael Eastman/Courtesy of Edwynn Houk Gallery, New York.

NEW YORK, NY.- Edwynn Houk Gallery announces their inaugural solo exhibition of recent works by Michael Eastman (American, b. 1947). The exhibition opened on Thursday 19 February and runs through Saturday 4 April 2015. 

The selection of large-scale architectural photographs on view were taken during Eastman’s extensive travels throughout Cuba, Europe, Asia and the United States. The exhibition explores the artist’s distinctive use of color and pictorial structure to illuminate disparate cultures and time periods. 

In contrast, works made in Rome, Paris, and Milan are like time-capsules of information which signal the grandeur of European culture. Unlike the Cuban photographs, Eastman utilizes a soft and sensual palette that focuses on classicism and permanence of the architectural spaces. These compositions feature rich materials, trompe-l'œil paintings, long hallways, and plush, perfectly maintained rococo furnishings, highlighting the timelessness and prominence and wealth of these cultures. 

Eastman’s photographic career began in the late 1960’s, when black & white photography was almost exclusively used for fine art photography. His style was greatly influenced by The Daybooks of Edward Weston and practicing Ansel Adams’ zone system. Self-taught and intrigued by surface, patina, and geometric precision, Eastman’s formative photographs were black and white pictures of abstract patterns he sought out within complex urban environments. But by 1982, once Eastman saw the pioneering color photography of William Eggleston and Stephen Shore, he began to use a large format camera and color film, exploring a new realm of expression in color. 

Michael Eastman was born in 1947 in St. Louis, Missouri, and studied at the University of Wisconsin. He is the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts grant, the National Addy Award and a Paris Photo BMW Prize Finalist. His work is in numerous private and public collections, including the Art Institute of Chicago in Chicago, the High Museum of Art in Atlanta, the International Center of Photography, NY, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and the Saint Louis Art Museum. His publications include Havana (Prestel, 2011), Vanishing America (Rizzoli, 2008), and Horses (Knopf, 2003), which is now in its fifth edition. He currently lives and works in St. Louis, Missouri.

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Michael Eastman, Portrait, Havana, 2010 ©Michael Eastman/Courtesy of Edwynn Houk Gallery, New York.

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Michael Eastman, Two Chairs with TV #2, Havana, 2002 ©Michael Eastman/Courtesy of Edwynn Houk Gallery, New York.

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Michael Eastman, Woman in Doorway , Havana, 1999 ©Michael Eastman/Courtesy of Edwynn Houk Gallery, New York.

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Michael Eastman, Bare Bulb, Havana, 2010 ©Michael Eastman/Courtesy of Edwynn Houk Gallery, New York. 

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Michael Eastman, Prado Façade, Havana, 2014 ©Michael Eastman/Courtesy of Edwynn Houk Gallery, New York.

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Michael Eastman, Hollywood Theater, Havana, 2010 ©Michael Eastman/Courtesy of Edwynn Houk Gallery, New York. 

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Michael Eastman, Moorish Façade, Havana, 2010 ©Michael Eastman/Courtesy of Edwynn Houk Gallery, New York.

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Michael Eastman, Isabella's Two Chairs, Havana, 2000 ©Michael Eastman/Courtesy of Edwynn Houk Gallery, New York.

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Michael Eastman, Green Interior, Havana, 2002 ©Michael Eastman/Courtesy of Edwynn Houk Gallery, New York.

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Michael Eastman, Two Red Couches, Paris, 2010 ©Michael Eastman/Courtesy of Edwynn Houk Gallery, New York.

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Michael Eastman, Piazza, Venice, 2008 ©Michael Eastman/Courtesy of Edwynn Houk Gallery, New York.

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Michael Eastman, Portici Stairwell, 2010 ©Michael Eastman/Courtesy of Edwynn Houk Gallery, New York.

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Michael Eastman, Mirror Grid, Milan, 2008 ©Michael Eastman/Courtesy of Edwynn Houk Gallery, New York.

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Michael Eastman, Globe, Paris, 2010 ©Michael Eastman/Courtesy of Edwynn Houk Gallery, New York.

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Michael Eastman, Palazzo Reale Reflections, Milan #2, 2008 ©Michael Eastman/Courtesy of Edwynn Houk Gallery, New York.

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Michael Eastman, Gehry #2, Seattle, 2011 ©Michael Eastman/Courtesy of Edwynn Houk Gallery, New York.

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Michael Eastman, Golden Escalator, Tokyo, 2012 ©Michael Eastman/Courtesy of Edwynn Houk Gallery, New York.

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Michael Eastman, Saarinen Arch Interior, St. Louis, 2014 ©Michael Eastman/Courtesy of Edwynn Houk Gallery, New York.