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  • André Kertész, The Vert-Galant Under the Snow, 1935, black-and-white photograph, 24 1/2 x 19 3/4".

    André Kertesz

    National Gallery of Art
    Sixth Street and Constitution Avenue, NW
    February 6–May 15

    Curated by Sarah Greenough

    André Kertész (1894–1985), the Hungarian-born photographer who made his best work in Paris in the ’20s and ’30s and had a resurgence in New York in the ’70s, was the master of a unique kind of lyrical Surrealism. His famous Melancholic Tulip, 1939, and Satiric Dancer, 1926, exemplify his knack for intensifying everyday subject matter, as do his autobiographical color Polaroids taken shortly before his death. Kertész’s work has not been shown much since a full-bore exhibition at the Art Institute of Chicago twenty years ago, so this retrospective of more than one hundred prints from 1912 to 1984 (with an emphasis on the autobiographical) will be a welcome sight.

    Travels to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, June 12–Sept. 5.