The Heckscher Museum of Art’s collection spans 500 years with particular emphasis on art of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. American landscape painting and work by Long Island artists, past and present, are particular strengths, as is American and European modernism.
Initially trained in music and a published composer, Joe Constantino first became interested in photography while traveling in Europe. His earliest work was sports photography and many of his images were published in national magazines. Turning to nature and fine art photography, Constantino has devoted his attention to black and white work since the early 1970s. He is especially interested in exploring the possibilities offered by infrared photography. Using sensitive film, Constantino captures a dreamlike view beyond normal vision. In these works, reversals in light and dark contrasts and heightened detail are offset by coarse grain that blurs edges and reduces sharpness, creating images that often appear surrealist.
This view focuses on the arches seen in the Great Hall of the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
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