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A Cultural Compass
For the World Traveler
A Cultural Compass
For the World Traveler

Vivian Maier: Unseen Work

A 1954 self-portrait by Vivian Maier.

Until Sept 29
281 Park Ave S, New York, NY 10011, United States

In 2007, an amateur historian and flea-market enthusiast named John Maloof purchased the contents of a storage locker—sight unseen—at auction. It contained approximately 150,000 prints, negatives, transparencies, and rolls of undeveloped film. This stash was the work of a professional nanny who was obsessed with photography but who chose to show her pictures to no one. Her name was Vivian Maier, and after Maloof’s astounding discovery of her oeuvre she was soon acclaimed as an important 20th-century artist. Fotografiska New York is the first institution in the United States to present a major retrospective of Maier’s work. Offering a complex portrait of this enigmatic figure, who died in 2009, the exhibition includes more than 200 photographic prints, Super 8 footage, and sound recordings. —Tracy Doyle

Photo: © Estate of Vivian Maier/courtesy of Maloof Collection and Howard Greenberg Gallery, NY

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