WILLIAM MORTENSEN (1897 - 1965)

 

THE WORKS OF WILLIAM MORTENSEN WILL BE FEATURED AT SCOPE ART FAIR NEW YORK

MARCH 2 - 5 2017 AT THE METROPOLITAIN PAVILLION

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The works of WILLIAM MORTENSEN were also featured at the 25th annual OUTSIDER ART FAIR and at Morbid Anatomy Museum

in the exhibition "OPUS HYPNAGOGIA" in Brooklyn NY October 2015.

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William Mortensen was also featured in a one person exhibition at

STEPHEN ROMANO GALLERY BROOKLYN NY OCTOBER 15 - NOVEMBER 30, 2014 .

read the review by Claire Voon in Hyperallergic

http://hyperallergic.com/157037/william-mortensen/

 

"The Initiation of a Young Witch" c. 1924 sold.

 

"William Mortensen: American Grotesque" At Stephen Romano Gallery October 15 - November 30 2014

"The Old Hag" c. 1924

 

"The Incubus" c. 1924

 

"The Incubus II" c. 1924

 

Untitled c. 1924

 

"fear" c. 1926

 

"L'Amour" c. 1930

 

William Mortensen at the 25th Outsider Art Fair in New York 2017 Stephen Romano Gallery's booth.

William Mortensen at the 25th Outsider Art Fair in New York 2017 Stephen Romano Gallery's booth.

Jerry Saltz' instagram on William Mortensen at the 25th Outsider Art Fair in New York 2017 Stephen Romano Gallery's booth.

 

 

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Witches and Peasants by Eve Khan

 

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William Mortensen's 20th Century Photos Are

Some Of The Most Beautifully Terrifying Images Ever Made

 

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"A Pictorial Compendium of Witchcraft" July 2014
"Monsters and Madonnas" August 2014

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William Mortensen was featured in the exhibition "Manipulated Photography before Photoshop" At the Metropolitan Museum of Art New York until January 27 2013 and the National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C. February 17 - May 5, 2013, Museum of Fine Arts Houston, June 2 - August 25th.

William Mortensen was featured in the exhibition "Secession Secession" organized by Colby Bird at the Fitzroy Gallery in New York in May 2013

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William Mortensen
Untitled c 1926 - 1927
from the series "A Pictorial Compendium of Witchcraft"

 

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William Mortensen
The Mark of the Borgia, ca. 1930

 

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William Mortensen
Chained Nude With Monk c 1926 - 1927
from the series "A Pictorial Compendium of Witchcraft"

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William Mortensen
Nude with Demonc 1926 - 1927
from the series "A Pictorial Compendium of Witchcraft"

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William Mortensen (1897 - 1965) was an American Photographer, primarily known for his Hollywood portraits in the 1920s-1940s in the pictorialist style.

Mortensen began his photographic career taking portraits of Hollywood actors and film stills. In 1931, Mortensen moved to the artist community of Laguna Beach, CA where he opened a studio and the William Mortensen School of Photography.

He preferred the pictorialism style of manipulating photographs to produce romanticist painting-like effects. The style brought him criticism from straight phtographers of the modern realist movement and, in particular, he carried on a prolonged written debate with Ansel Adams.

His arguments defending romanticism photography led him to be "ostracized from most authoritative canons of photographic history.In an essay, Larry Lytle wrote "Due to his approach both technically and philosophically in opposition to straight or purist adherents - he is amongst the most problematic figures in photography in the twentieth-century... historians and critics have described his images as "...anecdotal, highly sentimental, mildly erotic hand-colored prints...", "...bowdlerized versions of garage calendar pin-ups and sadomasochist entertainments...", "...contrived set-ups and sappy facial expressions...", and finally he was described by Ansel Adams as alternately the "Devil", and "the anti-Christ.

Recent years have brought praise for Mortensen's development of manipulation techniques and a renewed interest in his work

He wrote nine books about technique in photography in conjunction with George Dunham.

Mortensen was awarded the Hood medal from the Royal Photographic Society in 1949.

PULSE ART FAIR NYC 2013
Mortensen, Oddfellows Angels, Kris Kuksi, Cellarius at METRO SHOW NEW YORK Jan 2013.

 

William Mortensen, METRO SHOW NEW YORK Jan 2014. sold

Charles Dellschau, William Mortensen, METRO SHOW NEW YORK Jan 2014.

 

 

"William Mortensen: American Grotesque" At Stephen Romano Gallery October 15 - November 30 2014

 

William Mortensen The Command To Look

PDF version only

A Pictorial Compendium of Witchcraft

WILLAIM MORTENSEN 1897 - 1965

published by Stephen Romano Gallery 2014

 

 

 

Monsters and Madonnas a book of methods

WILLIAM MORTENSEN