David Leventi

David Leventi

July 8 - October 7, 2012

New York artist David Leventi captures the interiors of world-famous opera houses and theatres in these stunning large-scale photographs. Architecturally meticulous, this body of work serves to historically document these national and cultural landmarks, which includes the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow, the Palais Garnier in Paris and The Met in New York.

Photographed systematically from the spot at center stage where a performer would stand, the artist freezes for eternity the instant before a performance takes place. Viewers are invited to pore over details, to feel the potential energy in a space where it is all just about to happen. The actual performance is just a part of the overall awe-inspiring experience of going to the theatre, where one's experience is enhanced by the space itself. Though at first glance these photographs appear to be scientific and categorical, it is the details included in these images that make them portraits of spaces with remarkable depth and history.

Image: David Leventi, Palais Garnier, Paris, France (detail), fujicolour crystal archive print mounted to dibond, 6/10, 40" x 50", 2009.  Courtesy of Bau-Xi Photo.