Upcoming Exhibition!

Iconic Vignettes opens April 6, 2017

Denise Bibro Fine Art announces its upcoming exhibition, Iconic Vignettes, works by Thurston Belmer and Jack Rosenberg. One may wonder why match these two artists. Yet, on inspection, one can see that, although their works are distinctly different, they often reflect similar schools of thought and reference.

Both artists treasure the iconic images of their forebears and have cultivated their own way to present universal truths, dialogues, and stories. Despite the timelessness of the concepts, each finds a different way to interpret them with a contemporary twist. Their works are multi-layered aesthetically and conceptually. Often referring to iconic images of the Dutch Masters. Several works employ chiaroscuro and light; techniques frequently used by the Masters. In many cases these two contemporary artists depict their subjects in garments like those of the 15th to 17th centuries. Albeit their similarities, these two artists differ in the mood of their art. Whereas Belmer’s work is often muted, mysterious, dark and introspective, Rosenberg’s work is often mischievous, full of double-andante and humor.

Vintage Miami

Three Master Photographers' Vision of Miami 1950's-1970's
February 23 - April 1, 2017
Opens Thursday, March 2, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Denise Bibro Fine Art

Andy Sweet, Flower Girl, Circa 1979

Vintage print, 8" x 8”

Denise Bibro Fine Art, Chelsea, NYC, celebrates this rare opportunity to present works from three influential photographers who documented Miami’s history in the making from the 50’s through the 70’s.

Miami was a very different city before the 1940’s; during WWII, Miami was flooded with thousands of soldiers serving in the war effort. The natural landscape of the ocean and its beaches as we know were present, but the colorful, eccentric, lively and diverse Miami we know today was just a seed. Nevertheless, the word quickly got out, particularly from the soldiers that were housed in the hotels: Miami was a place to visit and enjoy. These photographers archived people, events and phenomena that have facilitated the development of the Miami we know today…. Seductive, warm, exciting, risk taking, and multicultural. Stimulation and growth in Miami was busting and seeing no turning back.

Andy Sweet photographed the mostly-Jewish community that made up Miami Beach. Many Jews came from the Northeast, particularly New York, but most were European immigrants or children of immigrants. Miami became their playground, a place to enjoy one another, share experiences, and enjoy their success and fruits of their labor in a warm place. For many it was a place where they carried on the same traditions they had before the war in Eastern Europe.

Charles Trainor documented important events in Miami, including the Beatles first visit to the United States as they were approaching another level of stardom, having already achieved considerable success in England and in other parts of Europe. His photos of the Beatles included their famous meeting with Muhammad Ali. President Kennedy contacted him to request a copy of a portrait of the President he shot in Miami.

Bunny Yeager was a model and trend setting pin-up photographer. She developed the use of the selfie, way before it was fashionable. Besides photographing herself, she photographed the models she worked with and befriended, including the infamous Betty Page. Some of the most famous of these photos took place in Miami and a theme park in Boca Raton, Florida. Bunny taught her friend Sammy Davis Jr. how to photograph models in 1955, at a time when they couldn’t be seen together in a restaurant. Bunny’s photos were trendsetting for the time. Yeager wrote books on photography, and worked for Playboy and other publications when there were few women who dared to enter the field. Her work was contemporary, seductive, and feminine but classy, in a way her male counterparts seldom achieved.


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