Opening tomorrow at the Ransom Center: “Arnold Newman: Masterclass”

"Arnold Newman: Masterclass" opens tomorrow and runs through May 12 at the Harry Ransom Center.

The Harry Ransom Center’s newest exhibition Arnold Newman: Masterclass opens tomorrow and runs through May 12.

 

This exhibition explores the career of photographer Arnold Newman (1918–2006), who created iconic portraits of some of the most influential innovators, celebrities, and cultural figures of the twentieth century. Newman’s archive resides at the Ransom Center.

 

A bold modernist with a superb sense of compositional geometry, Newman is known for a crisp, spare style that situates his subjects in their personal surroundings rather than in a photographer’s studio. Marlene Dietrich, Harry Truman, John F. Kennedy, Arthur Miller, Salvador Dalí, and Pablo Picasso are only a few of his celebrated sitters. Featuring more than 200 of these well-known masterworks, Arnold Newman: Masterclass also includes rarely seen work prints and contact sheets.

 

The first major exhibition of the photographer’s work since his death, Arnold Newman: Masterclass showcases the entire range of Newman’s photography, featuring many prints for the first time.

 

The exhibition can be seen in the Ransom Center Galleries on Tuesdays through Fridays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., with extended Thursday hours until 7 p.m. On Saturdays and Sundays the galleries are open from noon to 5 p.m. The galleries are closed on Mondays. Admission is free, but donations are welcome.

 

Also, join the Ransom Center for “Face to Face,” the opening celebration for the exhibition on Friday, February 15. Get a first look at the exhibition, enter a drawing for an Arnold Newman-inspired prize package, and enjoy refreshments from Austin Wine Merchant, Dripping Springs Vodka, and The Cupcake Bar. Guests will also have the opportunity to pose in one of Newman’s iconic portraits in an analog photo booth created by the Lomography Gallery Store and to view screenings of Arnold Newman interviews and film clips in the theater.

 

Become a member now to receive complimentary admission and valet parking at “Face to Face.” If you are not yet a member, you may order individual tickets for $20 (valet parking not included). Join or order tickets online or by calling 512-232-3669.

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