Dave Heath’s photographs conjure feelings of alienation and a desire for human connection. Multitude, Solitude, on view at the Amon Carter Museum of Art, highlights Heath’s work from the 1950s and 60s, a period of self-discovery and innovation for the artist. “His sensitive explorations of loss, pain, love and hope reveal Heath to be one of the most original photographers of those decades,” writes the museum in the press release.
The exhibition is the first comprehensive survey of Heath’s early work. Abandoned by his parents, from age four to 16 Heath lived in Philadelphia foster homes. The turmoil of Heath’s childhood shaped him as well as his artistic vision. Almost entirely self-taught, Heath channeled his feelings of abandonment into a body of work that underscores the importance and difficulties of human contact and interaction.
Multitude, Solitude: The Photographs of Dave Heath
Amon Carter Museum of American Art
Through September 16, 2018
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