Now through June 30, the Arts Abroad Program at The School of Visual Arts in New York City is presenting “Art Brewer: Surf Evolution,” an exhibition of the the legendary surf photographer’s work, curated by Malcolm Lightner and Michelle Mercurio. The exhibition highlights more than 150 images that Brewer shot from the mid-1960s through the present, and includes work he has never previously shown. With pieces ranging from portraits of surf legends to picturesque landscapes and waterscapes, the show highlights Brewer’s diverse output. Brewer, whose photographs have shown worldwide and have appeared in over 35 surf magazines, is often described as “the court painter” for the world’s surfing elite. Brewer is known for mastering the technical and physical challenges involved in surf photography and still managing to take high quality images, which some have described as “portals to a vastly improved universe.” —Erica Siciliano
Rory Russell in Morocco 1983. Says Brewer: “This was part of a road trip that started in Portugal heading deep into Morocco in a self-contained Portuguese rental car that wasn’t supposed to leave Portugal. One month became two when the ABC wide world of sports crew showed up with Margo Oberg and football player Russ Francis to surf with Rory and Bruce Valluzzi for the world.”
Barry Kanaiaupuni, Honolua Bay, Maui, 1971.