Assembly and Bruce Silverstein Gallery present Frank Paulin’s “Masterworks,” a collection of some of the most iconic early work from the artist’s archive. “Masterworks” features photographs predominantly captured in the 1950s on the streets of New York City. Many of these early images by Paulin were featured in a 1957 solo exhibition at Helen Gee’s pioneering gallery and café, Limelight. Paulin’s work earned him great praise despite photography’s then uninitiated position in the fine art world. Prominent publications including The New York Times and The Village Voice praised Paulin’s ‘humor and compassion’ as well as his uncanny ability to perceive irony and record what they referred to as ‘poetic accidents.’ Paulin was a freelance fashion illustrator by day, but took to the streets in his free time to document subjects from all walks of life set against the stunning visual framework of advertisements, neon signs, and reflective store windows. This collection of well-known work recalls a distinct moment in American history, a moment captured with a passionate vision that keeps us looking.

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Rediscovered in his eighth decade, Frank Paulin (b. 1926) is renowned for uniquely documenting fleeting human moments of humor and poetry, often against the backdrop of gritty urban scenes. His iconic work is in numerous collections including the MoMA, the Whitney Museum of American Art, and Yale University Art Gallery.

Other prominent collections include: American Art Museum, Washington D.C.; Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore, MD; Boca Raton Museum of Art, Boca Raton, FL; Carnegie Museums, Pittsburg, PA; Center for Creative Photography, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ; Chrysler Museum of Art, Norfolk, VA; Cincinnati Art Museum, Cincinnati, OH; City of New York; Facades of the Court Houses (25) of all Five Boroughs, New York, NY; City of New York, Official Portraits (150) of the Sitting Judges of the Court System (Supreme, Surrogate and Appellate), New York, NY; Colby College Museum of Art, Waterville, ME; Columbus Museum of Art, Columbus, OH; Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington D.C.; Crocker Museum of Art, Sacramento, CA; Faulconer Gallery at Grinnell College, Grinnell, IA; Figge Art Museum, Davenport, IA; Fort Wayne Museum of Art, Fort Wayne, IN; Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center at Vassar College, Arlington, NY; Haggerty Museum of Art at Marquette University, Milwaukee, WI; Harn Museum of Art at University of Florida, Gainesville, FL; Harry Ransom Center at University Of Texas, Austin, TX; Hood Museum of Art at Dartmouth, Hanover, NH; Hungarian Museum of Photography, Kecskemet, Hungary; Hunter Museum of American Art, Chattanooga, TN; Iris & B. Gerald Cantor Center for Visual Arts at Stanford University, Stanford, CA; Johnson Museum of Art at Cornell University, Ithaca, NY; Kresge Art Museum, Lansing, MI; Lowe Art Museum, Coral Gables, FL; Marlboro College, Marlboro, VT; Mead Art Museum, Amherst, MA; Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee, WI; Montclair Art Museum, Montclair, NJ; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX; Museum of the City of New York, New York City; Orlando Museum of Art, Orlando, FL; Palmer Museum of Art at Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA; Patricia and Philip Frost Art Museum, Florida International University, Miami, FL; Picker Art Gallery, Colgate University, Hamilton, NY; Smithsonian National Museum of American Art, Washington, DC; Spencer Museum of Art at university of Kansas, Lawrence, KS; Toledo Museum of Art, Toledo, OH; Tufts University Art Gallery, Medford, MA; Williams College Museum of Art, Williamstown, MA.

Paulin’s work is represented by Bruce Silverstein Gallery. Established in 2001, the Bruce Silverstein Gallery’s principal focus is the representation of an international roster of contemporary artists as well as established artists of great influence.

Established in 2001, the Bruce Silverstein Gallery’s principal focus is the representation of an international roster of contemporary artists as well as established artists of great influence. The gallery is committed to discovering, examining, and contextualizing known and unknown artworks by modern masters as well as innovative artists of today. The gallery strives to provide a venue for dialogue across all art forms, while specializing in modern and contemporary photography.