Friday, February 14, 2014

“Peter Sorel Photographs: Hollywood to Chicago" Opens February 20 at HILTON | ASMUS Contemporary (Chicago,IL)


Exhibit to Showcase Sorel’s Diverse Aesthetic Through Forty Years of Photography

Sorel Will Also Present a New Series of Photos of Lake Michigan in “Homage to Mark Rothko,”
at the Union League Club of Chicago, March 6 

CHICAGO –A selection of photographs by artist Peter Sorel, tracing his life from Hollywood to Chicago, will be on display Feb. 20 – April 12 at Hilton | Asmus Contemporary, 716 N. Wells. More than 30 photographs will showcase the breadth of Sorel’s career, and highlight his range of aesthetic moods and influences through images of movement and form. The photographs on display will include classic portraits, surreal nudes, abstracted landscapes and psychedelic images of architecture. In addition, Sorel will debut “Lake/Sky: An Homage to Mark Rothko,” a series of photographs of Lake Michigan, shot from his Streeterville balcony between 2011-2014,  at the private Union League Club of Chicago, beginning March 6.

Born in Hungary, Sorel has been an avid photographer since the age of 13.  Immigrating to the United States in 1959, he became one of the film industry’s most sought after photographers, documenting movies sets and creating stunning poster images for more than 120 films, including “Easy Rider,” “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest,” “Close Encounters of the Third Kind,” “The Blues Brothers,” “Dune,”  “L.A. Confidential,” “Frida,” “Twilight,” “Se7en,” and “Life of Pi.” In addition to his work in cinema, Sorel made photographs for himself throughout his career, moving to Chicago in 2008 to focus more deeply on his personal artistic endeavors. The show at Hilton | Asmus Contemporary will feature previously unseen portraits of Orson Welles, Annette Bening, Clint Eastwood and more, as well as images taken by Sorel in tribute to his great photographic predecessors Bill Brandt, Edward Weston, Man Ray and Henri Cartier-Bresson, among others.

“I am fascinated by all kinds of photographic expression,” said Sorel. “Though I have made a career shooting images for the cinema, I am happy to further explore my passion for photography by exhibiting a variety of work in both of these venues in Chicago.”

Sorel’s work has been featured in solo exhibitions in Hungary, Poland and Germany and in group shows in the United States, Havana, Paris and Prague.

Peter Sorel Photographs: Hollywood to Chicago” will be on display Feb. 20 – April 12 at Hilton | Asmus Contemporary, 716 N. Wells Street in the River North gallery district.  An opening reception with the artist will be Feb. 20 from 5 – 9 p.m.  Gallery hours are Tuesday – Saturday, 12 – 6 p.m. For more information visit

Homage to Mark Rothko” will be on display March 1- 31 at the Union League Club of Chicago, 65 West Jackson Boulevard.  An opening reception, available to interested media, will be March 6 from 5:30 – 7:00 p.m. The exhibition is open to members only, though media may also view it by scheduling an appointment. Contact Mia DiMeo for more information at Non-members may also view this exhibition by appointment only; please contact Curator Elizabeth Whiting (312.435.5942 or

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