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On the Edge: Sarah Moon's Mysterious Odyssey at Howard Greenberg Gallery

Sarah Moon, Fashion 11, Yohji Yamamoto, 1996. Color pigment transfer print, 22 x 28 1/4 inches, edition, #1/5

Sarah Moon's "On the Edge" exhibition at Howard Greenberg Gallery beckons us to witness a journey marked by the artist's profound commitment to capturing the essence of the moment. In Moon's own words, "All along, I tried to avoid the anecdote, looking for an echo between what I see and what I feel." This sentiment encapsulates the very core of her artistic philosophy, emphasizing the search for that elusive visual point of no return. 

Moon's revelation that "minimalism means more and more to me whatever I photograph" becomes evident in the exhibition, where over four decades of her work are displayed. Her photographs, showcased at the gallery, reflect a deliberate attempt to strip away the non-essential, to crop the subject out of its context and present it in that fleeting second—the limit of time where light is grasped before it vanishes.

Top: Sarah Moon, La Funambule, 2003. Gelatin silver print; printed 2023. 50 x 60 cm, edition #4/20

Left: Sarah Moon, Amaryllis, 2012. Archival pigment print, 59 x 78 5/8 inches, edition #1/5

Right: Sarah Moon, Sveta pour “Hussein Chalayan,” 2000. Color pigment transfer print, 56 x 72 cm, edition #11/15

"As Sarah and I began to work together over 30 years ago," shared Howard Greenberg, the gallery's founder, "we've presented exhibitions and film showings, and produced two of her artist books." This longstanding collaboration is a testament to the enduring partnership that has allowed Moon's unique style and artistry to flourish. Greenberg continues, "In Europe, coming on the heels of her triumphant 2020 exhibition at the Musee d’Art Moderne in Paris, she has achieved world-class status as one of the greats, a living legend." Moon's return to the American gallery scene after 12 years is eagerly anticipated, promising to further demonstrate the evolution of her unparalleled creativity. 

The exhibition is a testament to Moon's mastery in reducing the narrative to its purest form, transcending the constraints of time and context. With each photograph, viewers are invited to join Moon on the edge of that attempt, where the interplay between what is seen and felt creates an echo that resonates throughout her remarkable career. In embracing minimalism, Moon's work becomes a powerful force, reminding us that within the confines of each frame lies a world waiting to be explored—one that exists on the edge of timeless beauty and fleeting moments.

Sarah Moon's mesmerizing photography takes center stage at the Howard Greenberg Gallery from February 17 to April 6, 2024. Titled "On the Edge," the exhibition promises a journey through more than four decades of Moon's dreamlike creations.

With an opening reception on February 17, Moon herself will grace the event, providing a rare opportunity for attendees to delve into the mind behind the lens. Moon's portfolio, curated by the artist, showcases over 30 photographs spanning from the late 1980s to 2022. The captivating collection encompasses legendary fashion images and transports viewers to landscapes ranging from Coney Island to the enchanting vistas of Tuscany.

Sarah Moon, En roue libre, 2001. Gelatin silver print, 19 5/8 x 23 1/2 inches, edition #4/20

Sarah Moon, Hommage à Bonnard, 1997. Color pigment transfer print, 22 x 28 1/4 inches, edition #6/15

Sarah Moon, Léchappée belle, 2021. Gelatin silver print, 15 5/8 x 19 5/8 inches, edition #2/20

Sarah Moon, Papillon by Christian Dior, 2022. Platinum print, 60 x 50 cm, edition #1/15



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