André Kertész

Publication 2011

Edited by Annette & Rudolf Kicken
Co-Editor Ina Schmidt-Runke
Published by Kicken Berlin, Berlin 2011
Essays by Carolin Förster and Wilfried Wiegand
30 pages with 27 illustrations


From the introduction: "It bordered on audacity. In early 1974 a young man in his mid twenties from Aachen, Germany approached a leading dealer of art photography, Harold Jones, with an offer: to provide European representation for the noted American LIGHT Gallery. None other than André Kertész was responsible. At the time, the Hungarian photographer Kertész was riding the swell of his rediscovery as a pioneer of photography’s avant-garde, which had started with exhibitions in 1963 at the Bibliothèque Nationale in Paris and 1964 at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Rudolf Kicken, a newly minted gallery owner from from the Visual Studies Workshop in Rochester, NY, had made a pilgrimage to New York City to hear Kertész give a talk. Kertész’s character, which combined melancholy with a certain twinkle in the eye, soon drew Kicken into its wake; from now on he wanted to exhibit him. The retrospective of André Kertész documented in this catalogue thus closes a circle for Rudolf Kicken after thirty-five years of gallery practice."
Published on the occasion of the exhibition André Kertész at Kicken Berlin, 2011.