John Kayser – UNSEEN at the Gallery

from Friday 2 October till Sunday 4 October

Friday 2 October – Sunday 4 October, 2020
Opening hours: daily 12 – 18 hrs.

Presenting a program of undiscovered photography talent and unseen works of well-known photographers, 27 galleries from Amsterdam initiated a weekend of photography. Supported by Unseen, this is a physical answer to digital fairs. All galleries can be visited on the spot throughout the city.

The work of John Kayser (1922-2007, USA) is unique in that it was made in secret. A lifetimes oeuvre, like so much of the avant-garde teetering at societies fringes was almost lost for eternity. After his death in 2007 his work was discovered within his discarded belongings by a collector who saw in them salvageable treasures and entrusted them to various galleries, a responsibility now passed in part to Galerie Gerhard Hofland. This world he left, intercepted as it almost plummeted into non-existence is saturated with a taut sense of trepidation and voyeurism. Within lies a captivating erotic universe with inescapable draw, but its clandestine origins leave us questioning our welcome, and their mysterious origins.

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John Kayser, Untitled, ref: 3-263, 12,8 x 8,8 cm, Original Kodak C-print photograph.

John Kayser, Untitled, ref: 7-28, 20,1 x 25,2 cm, Gelatin Silver Print.

John Kayser, Untitled, ref: 3-699, 12,6 x 8,8 cm, Original Kodak C-print photograph.

John Kayser, Untitled, ref: 3-263, 12,8 x 8,8 cm, Original Kodak C-print photograph.

John Kayser, Untitled, ref: 7-28, 20,1 x 25,2 cm, Gelatin Silver Print.

John Kayser, Untitled, ref: 3-699, 12,6 x 8,8 cm, Original Kodak C-print photograph.

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John Kayser CV

Born in North Dakota in 1922 and died in Los Angeles in 2007.
Lived and worked in Los Angeles, California.

Education/residency

1952
Allied Art School, Glendale, Californië (VS)

1948-1954
Art Center, Los Angeles, Californië (VS)

Solo exhibitions

2019
John Kayser – Photographs and Films, Ampersand Gallery, Portland (VS)

2016
Sitting, The Journal Gallery, New York (VS)
Women, FARAGO, Los Angeles (VS)

2015
Direct Contact, Galerie Christian Berst, New York (VS)
Rose, Ampersand Gallery, Portland (VS)
John Kayser: SITTING – Part I, Delmes & Zander, Cologne (DE)
John Kayser: SITTING – Part II, Delmes & Zander, Berlin (DE)

Group exhibitions

2015
Works in Series – Horst Ademeit, Adelhyd van Bender, William Crawford, John Kayser, Type 42,  Delmes & Zander (DE)

Publications

2017
Purple Magazine – John Kayser, Purple 25yrs Anniv. issue 28

2016
Ravelin Magazine – Gazing at the Voyeur, John Kayser at the Journal
New York Observer – How a Photographer’s Secret, Kinky Obsession Wound Up In a Hip Williamsburg Gallery
Paper Magazine – Women on Top | Print Issue
Wall Street Journal Magazine – John Kayser Exhibition Opens in LA
AnOther Magazine – Examining the Strange Sensuality of John Kayser’s Erotica
Huffington Post – The Mystery of John K. and His Trove of Erotic Photographs

2015

Brut Force – Joyful Voyeur: John Kayser’s Playful Intimate Photography
Musee Magazine – John Kayser: Direct Contact at Christian Berst
Need Supply Co. Blog – John Kayser: Direct Contact
Revista Wilco – Desnudos en los años 50 de la mano de John K.

2014
GQ Italia – Nude, vintage e sedute dovunque: le ragazze di John K
art Das Kunstmagazin – John K. – Köln: Hommage an einen unbekannten Künstler

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