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Art Shay

American, 1922-2018

Art Shay is a great photographer. His work over the past 50 years has artfully captured the beauty, humor and pathos of America. Studs Terkel says, “Art Shay is one of the best photojournalists I know. I’ve been a fan of his work since the early 1950s - before the launch of Playboy magazine.” Hugh Hefner says, “Algren, Terkel, Royko, they gave us a voice. Art Shay gave us a face.” Tony Fitzpatrick, Chicago artist says, “Art Shay is America’s Cartier-Bresson.” Tom Dyja, author of The Third Coast: When Chicago Built the American Dream says, “Art Shay in many ways is to American photography what Nelson Algren was to American writing: that rare and absolutely necessary citizen who’s blessed with a cold eye, a clear head and a warm heart. What is it about Chicago that keeps giving us men like this?” Russell Banks, novelist says, “The best images of Simone de Beauvoir and her times have been passed down to us by Henri Cartier-Bresson, Gisele Freund, Robert Doisneau, Georges Brassai and in America, the Chicago-based Art Shay, all world-class photographers.” Christophe Loviny, art editor, Paris says, “Art Shay is the best photo-journalist Chicago ever produced.” Arthur Siegel, photographer; IIT Institute of Design President says, “I have one of Art Shay’s pictures over my desk. It reminds me every morning of my Chicago roots. Arts photos, like me, have the Chicago accent, which may be to say he’s telling you the truth. I think it takes a realist to see the humor in things. I know it takes a realist to see the depths of tragedy. Shay’s work is so real it feels like a Madison Street guy tapping me on the forearm,” says David Mamet.

(Biography provided by Gallery Victor Armendariz)
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Artist:Art Shay
Eyeball Freak, Circus Side Show Curiosity, Silver Gelatin Print, Framed, 1952
By Art Shay
Located in Chicago, IL
“Art Shay’s photography shakes you up, sets you down gently, pats you on the head and then kicks you in the ass.” Roger Ebert “[Shay’s work] ranks with some of the greats of the 20...
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1950s Contemporary Art Shay

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Silver Gelatin

Three to Four Ages of Women - Black and White Street Photography by Art Shay
By Art Shay
Located in Chicago, IL
Art Shay's true love was street photography. It is evidently clear in this shot entitled "The Three, Maybe Four, Ages of Women" with the young mannequin bride, the middle aged women...
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1960s Contemporary Art Shay

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Archival Pigment

Blues Great Howlin' Wolf, Chicago 1966, Framed Black and White Photo by Art Shay
By Art Shay
Located in Chicago, IL
Howlin' Wolf was one of blues music's all-time greats, known for his electric guitar-based style. Photographed here in 1966 by Art Shay, this black and white image is signed on the ...
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1960s Contemporary Art Shay

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Silver Gelatin

Blues Guitarist, Buddy Guy, 1966, Playing Guitar, Framed Photograph by Art Shay
By Art Shay
Located in Chicago, IL
Considered one of the greatest guitarists of all time, this black and white photograph of Buddy Guy was taken by Art Shay in 1966. In 2016, Buddy Guy chose this photo for his 80th b...
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1960s Contemporary Art Shay

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Archival Pigment

Deerfield Protestors, 1963, Activists at Rally at Dusk, Silver Gelatin Print
By Art Shay
Located in Chicago, IL
Residents of Deerfield, IL learned a housing developer planned to sell homes in the village to black and white buyers. Many residents opposed integration and sought reasons to halt t...
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1960s Contemporary Art Shay

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Silver Gelatin

Woman in Sheer Dress, Silver Gelatin Black & White Photograph by Art Shay
By Art Shay
Located in Chicago, IL
At what appears to be a costume party, this beautiful woman, draped in a sheer tunic, must have been the center of attention. Dressed as Aphrodite, she clearly commands those aroun...
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1960s Contemporary Art Shay

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Silver Gelatin

Simone de Beauvoir
By Art Shay
Located in Fairlawn, OH
Simone de Beauvoir Silver gelatin print on photographic paper, 1950 Signed in ink recto, Signed in pencil verso Note: "He formed a close friendship with the writer Nelson Algren whi...
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1950s Modern Art Shay

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Silver Gelatin

The Rat Pack on Stage Performing in Las Vegas, 1961, Black and White Photo
By Art Shay
Located in Chicago, IL
The Rat Pack, performing at the Sands Hotel in Las Vegas in the 1960s was captured by Art Shay in this iconic photograph. It is signed on the front in the lower right hand corner as...
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1960s Contemporary Art Shay

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Silver Gelatin

Twins, Lovejoy AKA Brooklyn, Illinois, for Ebony Magazine, 1952, Silver Gelatin
By Art Shay
Located in Chicago, IL
Art Shay photographed the community of Brooklyn, IL for Ebony Magazine, 1952. These photographs are the result of that experience. Brooklyn (popularly known as Lovejoy), is a vill...
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Art Shay

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Silver Gelatin

Muhammad Ali TKO Punch vs Alex Miteff, Louisville 1961, Black & White Photo
By Art Shay
Located in Chicago, IL
A photograph taken for Sports Illustrated in 1961, this scene shows the amazing prowess of the great Muhammad Ali. Shay has caught the action at the moment of the knock out. The ph...
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Art Shay

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Silver Gelatin

Marlon Brando, Libertyville, Illinois, 1950 - Silver Gelatin Print
By Art Shay
Located in Chicago, IL
On assignment for Life Magazine in 1950, Art Shay photographed Marlon Brando at his family farm in Libertyville, Illinois, just north of Chicago. Looking straight into Art's lens, B...
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1950s Contemporary Art Shay

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Silver Gelatin

Brooklyn, Illinois, Twins, 1952 - For Ebony Magazine in Lovejoy AKA Brooklyn, IL
By Art Shay
Located in Chicago, IL
Art Shay photographed the community of Brooklyn, IL for Ebony Magazine, 1952. These photographs are the result of that experience. Brooklyn (popularly known as Lovejoy), is a vill...
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Art Shay

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Silver Gelatin

Card Players, Two Gentleman on a Park Bench circa 1953, Black & White Photograph
By Art Shay
Located in Chicago, IL
Art Shay carried his camera with him where ever he went. He captured everyday moments such as these two older gentlemen having a friendly game of cards on a park bench. This artwor...
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1950s Contemporary Art Shay

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Silver Gelatin

Frank Sinatra, "The Rat Pack", Las Vegas
By Art Shay
Located in Santa Monica, CA
For over 70 years, Art Shay has documented his life, combining his gifts of storytelling, humor and empathy. Born in 1922, he grew up in the Bronx and then served as a navigator in ...
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1960s Art Shay

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Silver Gelatin

Marlon Brando Kissing Dog, Libertyville, IL 1950 - Large Format Black & White
By Art Shay
Located in Chicago, IL
This is a large scale black and white photo of Marlon Brando as a young man at his family farm with his dog. In 1951 Life Magazine asked Art Shay to photograph Marlon Brando at his ...
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1950s Contemporary Art Shay

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Archival Pigment

Ernie Banks, 1967, Chicago Cubs, Black and White Photograph, Signed, Framed
By Art Shay
Located in Chicago, IL
Ernie Banks, Mr. Cub, was one of the most beloved players throughout his illustrious career with the Chicago Cubs from 1953 until 1971. Here he was captured in action - running to f...
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Art Shay

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Archival Pigment

Fallen Starr, 1966, Vince Lombardi Bawling Out Bart Starr, Green Bay Packers
By Art Shay
Located in Chicago, IL
“Art Shay’s photography shakes you up, sets you down gently, pats you on the head and then kicks you in the ass.” Roger Ebert “[Shay’s work] ranks with some of the greats of the 20...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Art Shay

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Archival Pigment

Ron Santo, 1967 - Black and White Baseball Photograph by Art Shay
By Art Shay
Located in Chicago, IL
Ron Santo, the third baseman for the Chicago Cubs for 14 out of his 15 year career, is pictured here in this quintessential 1967 black and white photograph. It is signed by Art Shay...
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Art Shay

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Archival Pigment

Lombardi Huddle, Green Bay Packer Coach Vince Lombardi 1966 by Art Shay
By Art Shay
Located in Chicago, IL
Famed Green Bay Packer coach Vince Lombardi photographed at Lambeau Field in 1966 by Art Shay. The angle of this shot is particularly interesting. Art was definitely up close and p...
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Art Shay

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Silver Gelatin

Old Town's Boss Coffee Shop, Chicago 1970, Color Photograph, Signed & Framed
By Art Shay
Located in Chicago, IL
Art Shay's love of street photography is evident in this shot from 1970, taken in Chicago's Old Town neighborhood. Art Shay Old Town's Boss Coffee Shop, 1970 archival pigment print ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Art Shay

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Archival Pigment

Mafia Boss Tony "Big Tuna" Accardo in Front of Big Lion, Chicago 1959
By Art Shay
Located in Chicago, IL
“Art Shay’s photography shakes you up, sets you down gently, pats you on the head and then kicks you in the ass.” Roger Ebert “[Shay’s work] ranks with some of the greats of the 20...
Category

1950s Contemporary Art Shay

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Silver Gelatin

Vegas, Hotel Signs, Homage to Mondrian, Color Street Photography by Art Shay
By Art Shay
Located in Chicago, IL
Art Shay's love of Street Photography is evident is this photograph simply titled "Vegas". A plethora of restaurant and hotel signs pay homage to Mondrian. These colorful signs cov...
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Art Shay

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Archival Pigment

Maxwell Street 5am, Chicago circa 1957, Black and White Photograph by Art Shay
By Art Shay
Located in Chicago, IL
Phenomenal detail captures Chicago's legendary Maxwell Street at an unusually vacant 5am hour. Art Shay Maxwell Street, 5:00am, 1957 silver gelatin print 20h x 16w in 50.80h x 40.64...
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1950s Contemporary Art Shay

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Silver Gelatin

Nakedly Patriotic, 1970, Peaceful Gathering, Nude Female, Archival Pigment Print
By Art Shay
Located in Chicago, IL
A large outdoor gathering is the setting of this amazing photo by Art Shay. "Nakedly Patriotic" is just that - the nude female in the foreground looks toward the raised American Fla...
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1960s Contemporary Art Shay

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Archival Pigment

Lovejoy AKA Brooklyn, Illinois, Sisters for Ebony Magazine, 1952, by Art Shay
By Art Shay
Located in Chicago, IL
Art Shay Brooklyn: Sisters, 1952 silver gelatin print 24.25 x 20.25 framed ASY103 Art Shay photographed the community of Brooklyn, IL for Ebony Magazine, 1952. These photographs ar...
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Art Shay

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Silver Gelatin

Car Reflection, 1958, Black and White Photograph Appeared in LIFE Magazine
By Art Shay
Located in Chicago, IL
Art Shay carried his camera with him where ever he went. He captured everyday moments and some not so everyday like this car. It's reflection in a shop window gives the appearance ...
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1950s Contemporary Art Shay

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Silver Gelatin

Young Pool Shark, Chicago 1949
By Art Shay
Located in Chicago, IL
“Art Shay’s photography shakes you up, sets you down gently, pats you on the head and then kicks you in the ass.” Roger Ebert “[Shay’s work] ranks with some of the greats of the 20...
Category

1960s Contemporary Art Shay

Materials

Silver Gelatin

The Nixons on LaSalle Street, Chicago, 1968, Color Photograph, Signed on Back
By Art Shay
Located in Chicago, IL
Richard Nixon, with his hands in the air waving his iconic "V" for victory, is shown here on the campaign trail during the 1968 presidential election. The photograph was taken on C...
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1960s Contemporary Art Shay

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Archival Pigment

Two Leopards Spotted, Chicago 1974, Brookfield Zoo, Signed and Framed.
By Art Shay
Located in Chicago, IL
Street photography was a passion of Art's and it shows in this delightful shot taken at Brookfield Zoo in 1974. The photograph is signed on the bottom right hand corner. It is matt...
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1970s Contemporary Art Shay

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Silver Gelatin

Boxing Great, Rocky Graciano in Locker Room After Fight, 1948
By Art Shay
Located in Chicago, IL
Rocky Graziano was an American professional boxer who held the World Middleweight title. Graziano is considered one of the greatest knockout artists in boxing history, often displayi...
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1940s Contemporary Art Shay

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Archival Pigment

Lovejoy AKA Brooklyn, Illinois, Crossing the Street, for Ebony Magazine, 1952
By Art Shay
Located in Chicago, IL
Art Shay Brooklyn: Crossing the Street, 1952 silver gelatin print 24.25 x 20.25 framed ASY095 Art Shay photographed the community of Brooklyn, IL for Ebony Magazine, 1952. These ph...
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Art Shay

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Silver Gelatin

Dean Martin and Frank Sinatra, Las Vegas, 1961, The Rat Pack
By Art Shay
Located in Chicago, IL
Two of the famed Rat Pack are shown here is this playful photograph by Art Shay. Dean Martin carries Frank Sinatra across the stage while the other members enjoy the antics in this ...
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1960s Contemporary Art Shay

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Silver Gelatin

Killers For Hire, JFK, South Dakota 1960, Black and White Photograph by Art Shay
By Art Shay
Located in Chicago, IL
This photograph features John F Kennedy sitting on the back of a convertible with US Representative George McGovern in what at first glance appears to be a parade route in South Dako...
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1960s Contemporary Art Shay

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Silver Gelatin

Jessica Lange at her Minnesota Cottage, 1976, Black and White Photograph, Framed
By Art Shay
Located in Chicago, IL
A vibrant young Jessica Lang shows off her Scottie in this relaxed portrait of the rising star at her cottage retreat in Minnesota in 1976. Art Shay Jessica Lange at her MN Cottage,...
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1970s Contemporary Art Shay

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Silver Gelatin

Farm Wives at Play- Illinois State Fair, Springfield, 1972
By Art Shay
Located in Saint Louis, MO
Farm Wives at Play- Illinois State Fair, Springfield, 1972, 1972, printed 1975 Chromogenic print 11 x 14 inches (27.9 x 35.6 cm) Edition 5
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Late 20th Century Contemporary Art Shay

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Photographic Paper, C Print

Maxwell Street Dog, Black & White Street Photography, Chicago, 1953 by Art Shay
By Art Shay
Located in Chicago, IL
Art Shay's love of Street Photography is evident is this 1953 photograph entitled "Maxwell Street Dog". A Chicago tradition running for about 100 years, the Maxwell Street Market wa...
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Art Shay

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Silver Gelatin

The Man With the Golden Arm, 1949, Nelson Algren as the Dealer, Silver Gelatin
By Art Shay
Located in Chicago, IL
In the novel "The Man with the Golden Arm" by Nelson Algren, the main character is a card shark. Here Art has taken a twist on that title by showing Algren as the dealer in one of A...
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1940s Contemporary Art Shay

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Silver Leaf

Caitlyn Bruce Jenner, Montreal Olympics, 1976, Black and White Photograph Framed
By Art Shay
Located in Chicago, IL
This iconic photo of Bruce Jenner (aka Caitlyn Jenner) is at the moment of his decathlon win at the 1976 Montreal Olympics. The photographer, Art Shay, signed this photo in his mid ...
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1970s Contemporary Art Shay

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Silver Gelatin

Lovejoy AKA Brooklyn, Illinois, Borthers, for Ebony Magazine, 1952 by Art Shay
By Art Shay
Located in Chicago, IL
Art Shay Brooklyn: Brothers, 1952 silver gelatin print 24.25 x 20.25 framed ASY104 Art Shay photographed the community of Brooklyn, IL for Ebony Magazine, 1952. These photographs a...
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Art Shay

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Silver Gelatin

Gale Sayers #40, 1966 - Color Photograph by Art Shay for Sports Illustrated
By Art Shay
Located in Chicago, IL
“Art Shay’s photography shakes you up, sets you down gently, pats you on the head and then kicks you in the ass.” Roger Ebert “[Shay’s work] ranks with some of the greats of the 20...
Category

1960s Contemporary Art Shay

Materials

Archival Pigment

Kid Boxing, 1952, Black and White Photograph by Art Shay, Signed and Framed
By Art Shay
Located in Chicago, IL
Street Photography was a true love of Art Shay's and is completely evident in this black and white shot from 1952 of a young shirtless boy sparing with an unseen opponent. Art Shay ...
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20th Century Contemporary Art Shay

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Archival Pigment

Tracks to War, New Jersey, 1943
By Art Shay
Located in Chicago, IL
“Art Shay’s photography shakes you up, sets you down gently, pats you on the head and then kicks you in the ass.” Roger Ebert “[Shay’s work] ranks with some of the greats of the 20...
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Mid-20th Century Contemporary Art Shay

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Silver Gelatin

Observant Father, 1949, Chicago, Vintage Silver Gelatin Print
By Art Shay
Located in Chicago, IL
Street photography was Art's true passion. He never went anywhere without his camera so he could capture moments like this one - a priest on a Chicago street "observing" one of his ...
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1940s Contemporary Art Shay

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Silver Gelatin

Green Bay Packer Bart Starr vs Detroit Lions Roger Brown, 1962 (vintage)
By Art Shay
Located in Chicago, IL
This vintage silver gelatin print from Art Shay shows a football game between the Green Bay Packers and the Detroit Lions. Famed GB quarterback No. 15, Bart Starr is carrying the ba...
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Art Shay

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Silver Gelatin

A Farm Grandma Waiting for Kids, 1951
By Art Shay
Located in Chicago, IL
“Art Shay’s photography shakes you up, sets you down gently, pats you on the head and then kicks you in the ass.” Roger Ebert “[Shay’s work] ranks with some of the greats of the 20...
Category

1950s Contemporary Art Shay

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Archival Pigment

Martin Luther King Speaking at Soldier Field, Chicago 1966
By Art Shay
Located in Chicago, IL
“Art Shay’s photography shakes you up, sets you down gently, pats you on the head and then kicks you in the ass.” Roger Ebert “[Shay’s work] ranks with some of the greats of the 20...
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Art Shay

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Archival Pigment

Building of the St. Louis Gateway Arch, 1963, Silver Gelatin Print
By Art Shay
Located in Chicago, IL
Standing 630 feet above the Mississippi River is St. Louis’ most iconic landmark: the Gateway Arch. The tallest national monument in America, it is a legendary engineering triumph, d...
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Art Shay

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Silver Gelatin

Liz Taylor Smelling Smell-O-Vision, Chicago, 1960
By Art Shay
Located in Chicago, IL
The Scent of Mystery was a 1960 movie with a new gimmick. “Smell-o-Vision” made the miracle possible with a machine that would release scents such as fresh-baked bread, perfume and ...
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1950s Contemporary Art Shay

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Silver Gelatin

Smiling Ray Kroc, 1965, McDonald's First Franchise in Des Plaines, IL, Framed
By Art Shay
Located in Chicago, IL
Ten years after the first franchised McDonald's was opened in Des Plaines, Illinois, Ray Kroc is shown here in 1965, enjoying a burger in front of that same restaurant. Art Shay cap...
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1960s Contemporary Art Shay

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Silver Gelatin

Seurat's A La Grande Jatte with Marcel Marceau, Chicago, 1958
By Art Shay
Located in Chicago, IL
This 1958 photograph by Art Shay shows Marcel Marceau in front of George Seurat's famed painting "Sunday Afternoon" at the Art Institute of Chicago. Art Shay A La Grande Jatte, 1958...
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1970s Contemporary Art Shay

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Silver Gelatin

Andy Griffith on Train in Nashville, 1961
By Art Shay
Located in Chicago, IL
Famed Mayberry Sheriff Andy Taylor, (AKA, Andy Griffith) is show here in uniform enjoying a train ride. The photograph was taken by Art Shay in Nashville, where Griffith was an aspi...
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Art Shay

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Silver Gelatin

Safari Bath, 1955
By Art Shay
Located in Chicago, IL
“Art Shay’s photography shakes you up, sets you down gently, pats you on the head and then kicks you in the ass.” Roger Ebert “[Shay’s work] ranks with some of the greats of the 20...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Art Shay

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Archival Pigment

James Baldwin, Deerfield, IL 1959, Deerfield Integration Rally
By Art Shay
Located in Chicago, IL
“Art Shay’s photography shakes you up, sets you down gently, pats you on the head and then kicks you in the ass.” Roger Ebert “[Shay’s work] ranks with some of the greats of the 20...
Category

1950s Contemporary Art Shay

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Archival Pigment

Titter, 1950 vintage photograph
By Art Shay
Located in Chicago, IL
“Art Shay’s photography shakes you up, sets you down gently, pats you on the head and then kicks you in the ass.” Roger Ebert “[Shay’s work] ranks with some of the greats of the 20...
Category

1940s Contemporary Art Shay

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Silver Gelatin

Big Jack
By Art Shay
Located in Saint Louis, MO
Big Jack, 1950, 1950 Silver gelatin print 20 x 16 inches (50.8 x 40.6 cm)
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Mid-20th Century Art Shay

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Silver Gelatin

Iowa Gothic
By Art Shay
Located in Saint Louis, MO
Iowa Gothic, 1958 Silver gelatin print
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Mid-20th Century Art Shay

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Silver Gelatin

North American
By Art Shay
Located in Saint Louis, MO
North American, 1951 Silver gelatin print Framed Dimensions: 20 1/4 x 16 1/4 inches (51.4 x 41.3 cm)
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Mid-20th Century Art Shay

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Silver Gelatin

Spanish Steps
By Art Shay
Located in Saint Louis, MO
Spanish Steps, 1955 Silver gelatin print 14 x 11 inches (35.6 x 27.9 cm)
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Mid-20th Century Art Shay

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Silver Gelatin

Art Shay art for sale on 1stDibs

Find a wide variety of authentic Shay Art available for sale on 1stDibs. You can also browse by medium to find art by Art Shay in pigment print, archival pigment print, silver gelatin print and more. Much of the original work by this artist or collective was created during the 20th Century and is mostly associated with the Contemporary style. Not every interior allows for large Art Shay art, so small editions measuring 7 inches across are available. Customers who are interested in this artist might also find the work of Leonard Freed, Keith Carter b.1948 and , Michael Massaia. Art Shay art prices can differ depending upon medium, time period and other attributes. On 1stDibs, the price for these items starts at $1,800 and tops out at $7,500, while the average work can sell for $3,000.

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