Albert Maysles on Paper

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By Stephanie Murg Comment

(Albert Maysles).jpgLegendary filmmaker Albert Maysles, fresh off his stint playing Santa Claus in Kate Spade‘s holiday ads, has an exhibition of photographs and “cinemagraphs” at New York’s Steven Kasher Gallery. The show, which runs through March 15th, is accompanied by A Maysles Scrapbook, a lushly produced monograph from Steidl that draws upon a recently discovered cache of original film negatives, hours of outtake film, numerous still photographs, production notes, and personal and business letters.

The exhibition includes vintage black-and-white prints from the 1950s as well as large-scale, limited-edition cinemagraphs reproduced from the original footage of Grey Gardens, Gimme Shelter, Salesman, and other films that Maysles made with his late brother, David. We think that the jaunty example above, featuring “Little” Edie Beale clad in one of her “revolutionary costumes” and dancing to the Virginia Military Institute March, is just the thing to get you through a tough Wednesday. Maysles recorded the image 33 years ago this Sunday.

As for the latest Maysles brothers film, be sure to check out The Gates, the documentary they made with Antonio Ferrera and Matthew Prinzing chronicling Christo and Jean-Claude‘s public art project, which took more than two decades to realize. The film is now playing on HBO.