Rudy Burckhardt (American, 1914–1999) was a photographer, painter, and filmmaker. Born in Basel, Switzerland, Burckhardt traveled to London in the early 1930s, where he began to photograph city life. He captured images of obscure building facades and quiet streets, attempting to depict the true character of London, rather than the overexposed monuments and tourist attractions. In 1935, Burckhardt moved to the United States, where he had homes in both New York and in Searsmont, Maine. Having become a close friend of the writer and art critic Edwin Denby, Burckhardt joined the circles of elite New York artists and intellectuals. While Burckhardt traveled extensively and photographed an array of cities and towns throughout Europe and countries as diverse as Peru, Haiti, and Morocco, he is perhaps best known for his iconic photographs of New York City. His images of pedestrians, advertisements, landmarks, and buildings were featured in a 2009 exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. Burckhardt’s work has been exhibited in museums and galleries around the world, such as the Kunstmuseum in Basel, Switzerland, the Centre Pompidou in Paris, the Museum of Modern Art and the Tibor de Nagy Gallery in New York. He is the subject of a 2003 documentary film, Man in the Woods: The Art of Rudy Burckhardt, directed by Vivien Bittencourt and Vincent Katz.

Timeline

1914
Born in Basel, Switzerland
1999
Died in Searsmont, ME, USA

Exhibitions

2014
The Image Gallery Revisited, Howard Greenberg Gallery, New York, NY
2013
Rudy Burckhardt. New York/Maine, Museum der Moderne, Salzburg, Austria (solo exhibition)
Figure Ground, ILLE Arts, Amagansett, NY
Interior: Curated by Barry Rosen, Tibor de Nagy Gallery, New York, NY
2011
Tibor de Nagy Painters & Poets, Tibor de Nagy Gallery, New York, NY
2010
Tibor de Nagy Gallery, New York, NY (solo exhibition)
Portraits of Poets 1910-2010, Poetry Society of America National Arts Club, NY
2009
Trees, DC Moore Gallery, NY
2007
New York Moments from 1940 to 1975, Gilles Peyroulet & Cie, Paris, France (solo exhibition)
Contemporary Landscape, Lemberg Gallery, Ferndale, MI
2006
New York Paintings, Tibor de Nagy Gallery, New York, NY (solo exhibition)
Subterranean Monuments: Burckhardt, Johnson, Hujar, The Frances, Lehman Loeb Art Center, Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, NY
2005
Basel Art Museum, Basel, Switzerland (solo exhibition)
2004
Tibor de Nagy Gallery, New York, NY (solo exhibition)
2003
Tibor de Nagy Gallery, New York, NY (solo exhibition)
Rudy Burckhardt’s Maine, The New York Studio School, New York, NY (solo exhibition)
2002
An Afternoon in Astoria, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY (solo exhibition)
Rudy Burckhardt’s Maine, Colby College Museum of Art, Waterville, ME (solo exhibition)
2000
Selected Photographs 1940-1999, Tibor de Nagy Gallery, New York, NY (solo exhibition)
A View of Astoria, P.S. 1 Contemporary Art Center, Long Island City, NY (solo exhibition)
Rudy Burckhardt and Friends: New York Artists of the 1950s and 60, Grey Art Gallery, New York, NY (solo exhibition)
Rudy Burckhardt’s Books and Diaries, The Swiss Institute, New York, NY (solo exhibition)
Rudy Burckhardt and Friends: New York Artists of the 1950s and 60, Grey Art Gallery, New York University, New York, NY (solo exhibition)
1999
Maine Photographs, Tibor de Nagy Gallery, New York, NY (solo exhibition)
1998
Rudy Burckhardt, IVAM Institute Valencia d’Art Modern, Valencia, Spain
Boulevard Transportation, Tibor de Nagy Gallery, New York, NY (solo exhibition)
Recent Paintings, Tibor de Nagy Gallery, New York, NY (solo exhibition)
1997
Boulevard Transportation, Tibor de Nagy Gallery, New York, NY (solo exhibition)
Recent Paintings, Tibor de Nagy Gallery, New York, NY (solo exhibition)
1996
Rudy Burckhardt, Sharon Horvath, Helen Miranda Wilson, Tibor de Nagy Gallery, New York, NY
Rudy Burckhardt, Sharon Horvath, Helen Miranda Wilson, Tibor de Nagy Gallery, New York, NY
1995
Maine Paintings, Tibor de Nagy Gallery, New York, NY (solo exhibition)
Reynolds Gallery, Richmond, VA (solo exhibition)
A Photo Retrospective, Tibor de Nagy Gallery, New York, NY (solo exhibition)
Reynolds Gallery, Richmond, VA (solo exhibition)
1993
Mostly Maine, Tibor de Nagy Gallery, New York, NY
Mostly Maine, Tibor de Nagy Gallery, New York, NY
1990
Blue Mountain Gallery, New York, NY (solo exhibition)

Literature

2003
Lopate, Phillip and Katz, Vincent, Rudy Burckhardt. Harry N. Abrams, Incorporated, New York, NY.
Ashbery, John and Storr, Robert. Rudy Burckhardt, New York Photographs. Tibor de Nagy, New York, NY.
2002
Meister, Sarah Hermanson. An Afternoon in Astoria by Rudy Burckhardt. The Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY.
1998
Katz, Vincent and Storr, Robert, Rudy Burckhardt. IVAM Institute Valencia d’Art Modern, Valencia, Spain.
1996
Burckhardt, Rudy and Katz, Vincent. Boulevard Transportation. Tibor de Nagy Editions, New York, NY.
1994
York.Burckhardt, Rudy and Pettet, Simon. Talking Pictures, The Photography of Rudy Burckhardt. Zoland Books, Inc., Cambridge, MA.
1990
Burckhardt, Rudy and Katz, Vincent, New York Hello!. Ommation Press, Cosmos Press, Chicago, IL.
1989
Pettet, Simon, Conversations with Rudy Burckhardt About Everything. Vehicle Editions, Anabel Levitt, New York, NY.
1979
Burckhardt, Rudy (edited by Kenward Elmslie). Mobile Homes. Z Press, Calais, VT.
1956
Burckhardt, Rudy and Denby, Edwin, Mediterranean Cities. George Wittenborn, Inc., New York, NY.