Mott Avenue

Roy DeCarava American

Not on view

DeCarava emerged in the 1950s as one of the most important visual artists in New York. Celebrated for his poignant photographs of daily life in Harlem, DeCarava here turns his attention to the subterranean environment of a subway station in Far Rockaway, Queens. Two glowing lamps and their shadows loom over a haphazard accumulation of signs, a telephone booth, and advertisements. As in the jazz music of John Coltrane that DeCarava so admired, the power of this scene lies in the charged tension between control and chaos.

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