Sunday, April 23, 2017

Irving Penn: Centennial at The Met, NYC

 
Irving Penn - Rockette NYC 1951

Opening Monday of next week and running until July 30, The Metropolitan Museum of Art presents a major retrospective of the photographs of Irving Penn. The show marks the centennial of the artist's birth. Over the course of his nearly 70-year career, Irving Penn (1917–2009) mastered a pared-down aesthetic of studio photography that is distinguished for its meticulous attention to composition, nuance, detail, and printmaking. Irving Penn: Centennial, opening April 24, 2017, will be the most comprehensive exhibition of the great American photographer's work to date and will include both masterpieces and hitherto unknown prints from all his major series.

Long celebrated for more than six decades of influential work at Vogue magazine, Penn was first and foremost a fashion photographer. His early photographs of couture are masterpieces that established a new standard for photographic renderings of style at mid-century, and he continued to record the cycles of fashions year after year in exquisite images characterized by striking shapes and formal brilliance. His rigorous modern compositions, minimal backgrounds, and diffused lighting were innovative and immensely influential. Yet Penn's photographs of fashion are merely the most salient of his specialties. He was a peerless portraitist, whose perceptions extended beyond the human face and figure to take in more complete codes of demeanor, adornment, and artifact. He was also blessed with an acute graphic intelligence and a sculptor's sensitivity to volumes in light, talents that served his superb nude studies and life-long explorations of still life.

There is more on The Met site HERE.

Irving Penn - Sword Swallower NY, 1951

There is a stunning 376 page catalogue to support the show: The definitive book on the work of a virtuosic and revered American photographer Irving Penn (1917-2009) was among the most esteemed and influential photographers of the 20th century. Over the course of a nearly seventy-year career, he mastered a pared-down aesthetic of studio photography that is distinguished for its meticulous attention to composition, nuance, and detail. This indispensable book features one of the largest selections of Penn's photographs ever compiled, including famous and beloved images as well as works that have never been published. Celebrating the centennial of Penn's birth, this lavish volume spans the entirety of his groundbreaking career.
Avaialble now on bookdepository at 29% off.

Friday, April 21, 2017

Julian Barnes - Keeping an Eye Open, Essays on Art





Man Booker Prize winner Julian Barnes in his 2015 work Keeping an Eye Open, Essays on Art offers some profound observations on the reading and understanding of art.

I particularly liked the essay - So Does It Become Art? - where Barnes observed: What counts is the surviving object and our living response to it. The tests are simple: does it interest the eye, excite the brain, spur the mind to reflection and move the heart; further, is an apparent level of skill involved? Much current fashionable art bothers only the eye and briefly the brain, but fails to engage the mind and heart. It may, to use the old dichotomy, be beautiful, but it is rarely true to any significant depth... One of the constant pleasures of art is its ability to come at us from an unexpected angle and stop us short in wonder.

Such simple truths, so easy to embrace yet so often left at the door to the studio.

In the New York Times review of Keeping an Eye Open they say: Gustave Flaubert — the subject of Julian Barnes’s magical novel-biography-meditation, “Flaubert’s Parrot” — argued that great paintings required no words of explanation. But as Mr. Barnes writes in “Keeping an Eye Open,” an illuminating new collection of essays on art, “we remain incorrigibly verbal creatures who love to explain things” — “put us in front of a picture and we chatter, each in our different way.”  You can read the full review HERE.


Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Kassel Dummy Award - the short list





The Fotobookfestival Kassel together with its cooperation partner Verlag Kettler again has invited all photographers to present their as-yet unpublished photobooks to an international public and eminent experts. In 2017 the best 49 books has been shortlisted by a shortlist-jury and will be exhibited at international photo events, amongst others, in Istanbul, Moscow, Rome, Madrid, Dublin, Aarhus, Sofia, Zagreb and Lodz. From these 49 titles, 3 winners will be chosen by an international jury at the ISTANBUL PHOTOBOOK FESTIVAL on 28 April. The winner of the First Prize will be produced and published by our cooperation partner Verlag Kettler, Germany. Second and Third Prize is a book production voucher given by our partner k-books, who specializes in high-quality book productions in small quantities.

Here is the 2017 shortlist!
      • Felix Adler (Germany) »Paule«
      • Hugo Alcol (Spain) »Archipiélago«
      • Monique Atherton (USA) »First Avenue«
      • Özgür Atlagan (Turkey) »shovel-eye«
      • Marina Berio (USA) »The space in the mind in the body in the space«
      • Stephan Bögel (Germany) »Scenic Utah«
      • Haishu Chen (China) »Zona Rossa«
      • Kenji Chiga (Japan) »bird,night,and then?«
      • Kenji Chiga (Japan) »happn?«
      • Ivan Clemente (Spain) »H«
      • Jose Luis Cuevas (Mexico) »Observaciones sobre la resistencia de los cuerpos«
      • Collettivo DAV (Italy) »Tara, il fiume dei miracoli«
      • Sigrid Ehemann (Germany) »Bruno Is a Celebrity«
      • Vika Eksta (Latvia) »Dievs Daba  Darbs«
      • Keiji Fujimoto (Japan) »Forget-me-not«
      • Andi Galdi Vinko (Hungary) »Paradisco«
      • Mario C. Girela (Spain) »The Roots and the Ruins«
      • Elodie Grethen (France) »Tokyo Stories«
      • Tom Griggs & Paul Kwiatkowski (USA) »Ghost Guessed«
      • Ilyas Hajji (Russia) »Anti/terror«
      • Miki Hasegawa (Japan) »Internal Notebook«
      • Maki Hayashida (Japan) »The Odyssey«
      • Tomota Ikawa (Japan) »Yureru«
      • Zeynep Kayan (Turkey) »untitled«
      • Alex Kemman (The Netherlands) »Whispers of War«
      • Ludmila Ketslakh (USA) »Uncertainty of Being«
      • Blair Kitchener (New Zealand) »Duplex City«
      • David Klammer (Germany) »Good Morning Auroville«
      • Eva Krampen Kosloski (Italy) »3 Agosto 1944«
      • Olga Kravets, Maria Morina, Oksana Yushko (Russia) »Grozny: Nine Cities«
      • Karsten Kronas (Germany) »Searching for Mr. X«
      • Ikuru Kuwajima (Japan/Russia) »I, Oblomov«
      • Rony Maltz (Brazil) »Riocities«
      • Giulia Mangione (Italy) »The Happy Show«
      • Alix Marie (France) »Bleu«
      • Kazuhiko Matsumura (Japan) »Guru Guru  ~My Transmigration~«
      • Mark McGuinness (Ireland) »Dreaming of Figure Eights«
      • Anne Müchler & Nico Schmitz (Germany) »Encounter — Truth Construction«
      • Antonio Perez Rio (Spain) »Louvre – Art Guide for Cyborgs«
      • Torsten Schumann (Germany) »Off Keel«
      • Francesca Romana Semerano (Italy) »Tessuti Toniù«
      • Luca Spano (Italy) »Looking for the North«
      • Malgorzata Stankiewicz (Poland) »cry of an echo«
      • Nicole Strasser (Germany) »Ans Meer!«
      • Mayumi Suzuki (Japan) »The Restoration Will«
      • Hiro Tanaka (Japan) »Chicharron«
      • Ishan Tankha (India) »A Peal of Spring Thunder«
      • Karan Vaid (India) »The Indian Dog Show«
      • Hannes Wiedemann (Germany) »Grinders«

    Friday, April 14, 2017

    Larry Sultan - Here and Home at SF MOMA

     
    Larry Sultan. Canal District, San Rafael, 2006

    Opening today and running until July 23 this major retrospective examines the work and career of Larry Sultan (American, 1946–2009) an internationally renowned photographer with deep ties to the SF Bay Area as both an artist and an educator. Sultan’s often intensely personal images — many drawn from his own family’s history — blend documentary and staged elements in their explorations of storytelling, family, and domesticity.
    Larry Sultan: Here and Home explores the artist’s 35-year career through more than 200 photographs, a billboard created with conceptual artist and frequent collaborator Mike Mandel, a film, and Study Hall — a room offering a unique glimpse into Sultan’s exploratory process. Works on view include Sultan’s early collaborative projects of the 1970s, made with Mandel, as well as his later work including Pictures from Home (1983–92), The Valley (1997–2003), and Homeland (2006–09).
    You can see more on the SF MOMA website HERE.

    Larry Sultan, from the series Pictures From Home, 1984

    Larry Sultan, from the series Pictures From Home, 1984

    Coinciding with the SF MOMA show MACK BOOKS have reissued and updated Larry Sultan's seminal 1992 bookwork Pictures From Home.

    MACK says this: What drives me to continue this work is difficult to name. It has more to do with love than with sociology. With being a subject in the drama rather than a witness. And in the odd and jumbled process of working, everything shifts: the boundaries blur, my distance slips, the arrogance and illusion of immunity falters. I wake up in the middle of the night, stunned and anguished. These are my parents. From that simple fact, everything follows.’ – Larry Sultan
    First published in 1992 to wide critical acclaim, Pictures From Home is Larry Sultan’s pendant to his parents. Sultan returned home to Southern California periodically in the 1980s and the decade-long sequence moves between registers, combining contemporary photographs with film stills from home movies, fragments of conversation, Sultan’s own writings and other memorabilia. The result is a narrative collage in which the boundary between the documentary and the staged becomes increasingly ambiguous. Simultaneously the distance usually maintained between the photographer and his subjects also slips in an exchange of dialogue and emotion that is unique to this work.
    Significantly increasing the page count of the original book, this MACK design of Pictures From Home clarifies the multiplicity of voices – both textual and pictorial – in order to afford a fresh perspective of this seminal body of work. Emphasizing the cinematic motion of the family’s home videos, the Super-8 film stills have been newly digitized and magnified, with select scenes running full-bleed across double-page spreads. Meanwhile, Sultan’s photographs of his parents as they go about their daily lives – against the quintessential backdrop of the Reagan-era American dream – are supplemented with previously unpublished images. Most significantly, the book honours Sultan as the oft-hailed ‘King of Colour Photography’.
    You can read more on the MACK BOOKS website HERE.

    Larry Sultan - Pictures From Home


    Friday, April 7, 2017

    Wolfgang Tillmans – 'What Art Does in Me is Beyond Words'

     
      
    London's Tate Modern, apart from being one of the most significant public galleries anywhere, produce a series of short YouTube videos that support and amplify their various activities. I was drawn to a recent production - Wolfgang Tillmans – 'What Art Does in Me is Beyond Words'.

    Tate says this: We spend the day with artist Wolfgang Tillmans in his Berlin studio as he prepares for his Tate Modern exhibition.
    German-born, international in outlook and exhibited around the world, Wolfgang Tillmans spent many years in the UK and is currently based in Berlin. In 2000, he was the first photographer and first non-British artist to receive the Turner Prize.
    Alongside portraiture, landscape and intimate still lifes, Tillmans pushes the boundaries of the photographic form in abstract artworks that range from the sculptural to the immersive.

    Running for just over 6 minutes the video is well worth a look. You can do so HERE. And can go to the Tate Modern site HERE.








    Monday, April 3, 2017

    Harvey Benge - showing at galerie Spree, Paris, until April 15



    If you're in Paris in the next week or so and want to head up to Montmartre, I have a show, as part of the Mois de la photo - off, at galerie Spree at 11 rue la vieuvile.
    Rétrospective de la dernière décennie du travail d'Harvey Benge. Artiste photographe néo zélandais. Il voyage et pose son appareil photo dans de nombreux pays. Benge s’intéresse aux paysages sociaux des villes et compose ainsi des natures mortes urbaines. Harvey Benge est un artiste internationalement reconnu. Ses pièces figurent dans de nombreuses collections privées et publiques.
    The galerie has this to say - Rétrospective de la dernière décennie du travail d'Harvey Benge. Artiste photographe néo zélandais. Il voyage et pose son appareil photo dans de nombreux pays. Benge s’intéresse aux paysages sociaux des villes et compose ainsi des natures mortes urbaines. Harvey Benge est un artiste internationalement reconnu.Ses pièces figurent dans de nombreuses collections privées et publiques.
    Rétrospective de la dernière décennie du travail d'Harvey Benge. Artiste photographe néo zélandais. Il voyage et pose son appareil photo dans de nombreux pays. Benge s’intéresse aux paysages sociaux des villes et compose ainsi des natures mortes urbaines. Harvey Benge est un artiste internationalement reconnu. Ses pièces figurent dans de nombreuses collections privées et publiques.


    étrospective de la dernière décennie du travail d'Harvey Benge. Artiste photographe néo zélandais. Il voyage et pose son appareil photo dans de nombreux pays. Benge s’intéresse aux paysages sociaux des villes et compose ainsi des natures mortes urbaines. Harvey Benge est un artiste internationalement reconnu. Ses pièces figurent dans de nombreuses collections privées et publiques.
    Rétrospective de la dernière décennie du travail d'Harvey Benge. Artiste photographe néo zélandais. Il voyage et pose son appareil photo dans de nombreux pays. Benge s’intéresse aux paysages sociaux des villes et compose ainsi des natures mortes urbaines. Harvey Benge est un artiste internationalement reconnu. Ses pièces figurent dans de nombreuses collections privées et publiques.
    Rétrospective de la dernière décennie du travail d'Harvey Benge. Artiste photographe néo zélandais. Il voyage et pose son appareil photo dans de nombreux pays. Benge s’intéresse aux paysages sociaux des villes et compose ainsi des natures mortes urbaines. Harvey Benge est un artiste internationalement reconnu. Ses pièces figurent dans de nombreuses collections privées et publiques.

    Saturday, April 1, 2017

    ARLES 2017, the BJP reports


     
    It’s the biggest, most prestigious photography festival in the world and it’s back – Les Rencontres de la Photographie in Arles opens on 03 July and closes on 24 September. It’s the 48th edition of the festival, which has seen seismic changes in the last few years – the departure of its long-standing director Francois Hebel after the 2014 edition, and the arrival of his replacement, Sam Stourdze, the backing of the influential LUMA Foundation, and the Cosmos-Arles book fair. This history and reputation mean Arles is able to pull in the big names, which this year means including solo shows by Joel Meyerowitz, Michael Wolf, Gideon Mendel, Masahisa Fukase, Alex Majoli and Roger Ballen; plus an exhibition on Surrealism organised by Le Centre Pompidou and including works by Hans Bellmer, Erwin Wurm and Rene Magritte. Arles also uses its might to showcase lesser-known names and regions, however, and one of the themes running through the 2017 edition is Latina!, a celebration of work from South America in four separate shows.

    You can read more from British Journal of Photography HERE. And you can go to ARLES 2017 - Les Rencontre de la Photographie site HERE.

    From the Asylum of the Birds series, 2013 © Roger Ballen

    Friday, March 31, 2017

    Tender Mint a new photobook by Lynn Alleva Lilley

     

    Lynn Alleva Lilley is an American photographer who in 2011 moved with her family to Amman, Jordan. Over three years she photographed Western women who married Jordanians of Palestinian descent, a private zoo, Syrian and Iraqi refugees, bird migration routes, artists, and landscapes. Themes of displacement, entrapment, and adaptation are reflected in the work. The result a profound and moving bookwork - Tender Mint.

    Tender Mint is scheduled to be published by The Eriskay Connection, Breda, Netherlands in May 2017 pending a successful fundraising campaign.

    Lynn says this about the work: I had never lived in the Middle East before so when I moved with my family to Amman I knew I wanted to explore this unfamiliar world and ultimately to make a book. Yet there was concern both on an external level as the war in Syria had just started and a personal one as my father was ill back home in the US.
    Ultimately, over one million refugees from Syria fled to Jordan joining those who fled the Iraq war.  This violence and tension in the North put tremendous pressure on the country, yet it remained stable. 
    For three years I photographed confined places, landscapes, animals and people including Syrian and Iraqi refugees and Jordanians. I was struck by the paradox of beautiful places located in military zones such as a bird observatory located near the border with Israel, the village of Hemma in the north from which you can see Israel and Syria, and Bethany Beyond the Jordan.  
    The loss of my father in the US brought an urgency to the work. I wondered how those living through war and catastrophic loss were coping, maybe hoping to connect and come to some form of understanding and acceptance of grief. The more I saw and photographed, the more worlds within worlds opened up which, strangely, led to an epiphany in a zoo.  I was able to go deeper and look beyond the obvious entrapment of the animals and into strange, beautiful worlds of animals and their environment. I feel that many of the images have an other-wordly, fairytale-like quality to them.
    It is interesting now to look at the images and see unexpected relationships among them that, together, make a book.

    Book production is expensive. To fund the project Lynn has launched a Kickstarter fundraiser, it's worth checking out HERE - there is more about Tender Mint and if you're moved by the images show your support.






    The Photography Show - AIPAD at Pier 94 NYC this weekend

     

    The Photography Show, presented by AIPAD, will be held March 30–April 2, 2017 at Pier 94 for the first time. The newly expanded Show, organized by the Association of International Photography Art Dealers, will present exceptional photography from early masters, modern luminaries, and emerging and established contemporary artists from more than 115 of the world's leading fine art galleries. An opening night vernissage will be held on March 29.
    The Photography Show will feature galleries from around the world, including the U.S., Europe, Asia, Canada, Mexico, the Middle East, and South America. With four new sections – Salon, Gallery, Positions, and Discovery – the Show will offer work from both AIPAD members and new exhibitors, as well as younger galleries, and book dealers and publishers.

    You can go to The Photography Show website HERE.

    Friday, March 24, 2017

    Elton John and David Furnish talk with Christie's Head of Photographs Darius Himes

     

    ‘A photograph brings me so much joy, they’re beautiful objects,’ says Sir Elton John, discussing a remarkable collection of 25 works by some of the world’s greatest photographers, to be offered at Christie’s in New York on 6 April 2017. Proceeds from the sale of these works will benefit the Elton John AIDS Foundation (EJAF), an international non-profit organisation founded by the celebrated recording artist 25 years ago with the mission of ending the AIDS epidemic.
    Commemorating the foundation’s 25th year, this special auction holds great personal significance for the Oscar and Grammy Award-winning star. ‘It’s my 70th birthday, and the 50th anniversary of my songwriting partnership with Bernie Taupin,’ he explains.

    Artists and estates that have donated to the auction include Henri Cartier-Bresson, Richard Misrach and Cindy Sherman. ‘They’ve been amazingly generous,’ Sir Elton continues, acknowledging the consistent support his foundation has received from the creative industries.
    Filmed in his LA home, this interview offers a glimpse of some of the works in Sir Elton’s own collection, which is hailed as one of the greatest private collections in the world. He reveals it has been largely acquired while on tour and from galleries across the world. ‘You always find something different; that’s what I love about photography,’ he says. The exhibition Radical Eye: Modernist Photography from the Sir Elton John Collection  is on show at Tate Modern in London until 21 May.

    You can watch the video HERE.

    Thursday, March 9, 2017

    Wolfgang Tillmans FREISCHWIMMER 119, 2005 fetches £464,750 at Sotheby's London Cotemporary sale tonight



    In spirited bidding at Sotheby's London tonight Wolfgang Tillmans 2005 color-field work FREISCHWIMMER 119 fetched £464,750 over three times the high estimate of £120,000.

    Any immediate viewers of my blog can watch the auction live HERE.


    Thursday, February 23, 2017

    LA ART BOOK FAIR - opens tonight

     

    Printed Matter presents the fifth annual LA Art Book Fair, from February 23 – 26, 2017, at The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA.

    Join the party tonight,  Thursday, February 23, from 6 to 9 pm, at The Geffen Contemporary for a three-hour opening night preview, with special musical performances by Seth Bogart and Kembra Pfahler & Christian Music from The Voluptuous Horror of Karen Black.. Tickets for the Opening Preview, which cost $10 and include an edition by Mike Mills in collaboration with Experimental Jetset, will be available at the door.

    Free and open to the public, Printed Matter’s LA Art Book Fair is a unique event for artists’ books, art catalogs, monographs, periodicals, and zines presented by over 300 international presses, booksellers, antiquarians, artists, and independent publishers. Printed Matter’s LA Art Book Fair 2016 saw over 35,000 visitors over the course of three and a half days.

    Printed Matter’s LA ART BOOK FAIR is the companion fair to Printed Matter’s NY ART BOOK FAIR, held every fall in New York. In September 2016, over 39,000 artists, book buyers, collectors, dealers, curators, independent publishers, and enthusiasts attended Printed Matter’s NY ART BOOK FAIR.




    Friday, February 17, 2017

    Photo London 2017 - Public Programme Highlights

    Photo London has announced the Public Programme for the third edition of the Fair, which will take place May 18–21, 2017 (Preview May 17) at Somerset House.

    Featuring 87 galleries from 17 countries, Photo London presents new photographers, new work by established Masters and gems from the history of photography. Highlights of the programme include: Taryn Simon (Master of Photography) Photo London selected Taryn Simon as its Master of Photography for 2017 in recognition of her groundbreaking work. Meticulously mining, questioning and upsetting the certainty that the photographic image and the archive assert, Taryn Simon, turns our attention to the margins of systems of power, where control, its disruption, and the contours of their constructedness become visible. At Photo London, Taryn Simon will present Image Atlas, a work created in collaboration with programmer Aaron Swartz, which investigates cultural differences and similarities by indexing top image results for given search terms across local engines throughout the world. Photo London will also highlight Simon’s unique commitment to bookmaking as part of her artistic practice, with a display of Simon’s books—spanning from The Innocents, 2002, through to Paperwork and the Will of Capital, 2016.

     Photo London and Somerset House, in collaboration with Blain|Southern Gallery, presents Thresholds, a new virtual reality (VR) artwork by internationally acclaimed artist Mat Collishaw. Using the latest VR technology, Collishaw will restage Fox Talbot's pioneering 1839 exhibition of photography. With the aid of Collishaw's careful digital reconstructions, this immersive experience will enable visitors to travel back in time to the moment when British scientist William Henry Fox Talbot first presented his photographic prints to the public in Birmingham.

    To mark the 70th anniversary of Magnum Photos, Martin Parr and his fellow photographer David Hurn have curated a selection of works from the collection that Hurn has compiled over six decades through a series of swaps with fellow photographers. Key images from Hurn's distinguished career are juxtaposed with prints from the photographers with whom he has swapped works including Bill Brandt, Bruce Davidson, Sergio Larrain and Diana Markosian.

    The Directors of Photo London have followed up last year's Pavilion commission from Wolfgang Tillmans by inviting the legendary photographer and filmmaker William Klein to develop a new 18-metre mural for the space. Presented in association with HackelBury Fine Art, Klein's commission combines unseen fashion, street and abstract photographs from the 1950s and 60s.

    Isaac Julien is an internationally acclaimed artist and filmmaker. One of the objectives of his practice is to break down the barriers that exist between different artistic disciplines, drawing from and commenting on film, dance, photography, music, theatre, painting and sculpture, and uniting them to construct a powerfully visual narrative. The exhibition he has made for Photo London presents a body of work that revisits his seminal film Looking for Langston (1989), which is regarded as a cinematic landmark in the exploration of desire and the reciprocity of the gaze.

    Juergen Teller will present a special exhibition for Photo London in the Great Arch of Somerset House. Teller has always been adept at navigating the art world and commercial photography, shooting high profile fashion campaigns for brands such as Celine, Louis Vuitton, Marc Jacobs, and Vivienne Westwood. He has published forty-one artist books and exhibition catalogues since 1996, which blur the boundaries between his commissioned and personal work.

    dslcollection will present a multi-dimensional exhibition. Alongside the collection's own virtual reality museum, there will be a seminal video work from the collection created by Chen Chieh Jen, one of the most influential figures in the development of Taiwanese conceptual art. Chieh Jen's video work takes its inspiration from Louis Carpeaux's famous 1905 photograph of a lingchi execution. As a counterpart to the historical references in Chen's video, dslcollection presents the first virtual reality platform for a private art collection.

    You can go to the Photo London website HERE.

    Monday, February 13, 2017

    Wolfgang Tillmans at TATE MODERN


    Wolfgang Tillmans - Tukan, 2010

    Opening Wednesday of this week the 15th and running until June 11, TATE MODERN presents Wolfgang Tillmans' first ever exhibition at the museum.

    The show is a wide-ranging look at Tillmans' influential ground-breaking practice - from intimate still-lifes and portraits, to images that address vital political issues.

    What are we to make of the world in which we find ourselves today? Contemporary artist Wolfgang Tillmans offers plenty of food for thought. This is Wolfgang Tillmans’s first ever exhibition at Tate Modern and brings together works in an exciting variety of media – photographs, of course, but also video, digital slide projections, publications, curatorial projects and recorded music – all staged by the artist in characteristically innovative style. The year 2003 is the exhibition’s point of departure, representing for Tillmans the moment the world changed, with the invasion of Iraq and anti-war demonstrations. The social and political form a rich vein throughout the artist’s work. Alongside portraiture, landscape and intimate still lifes, Tillmans pushes the boundaries of the photographic form in abstract artworks that range from the sculptural to the immersive. German-born, international in outlook and exhibited around the world, Tillmans spent many years in the UK and is currently based in Berlin. In 2000, he was the first photographer and first non-British artist to receive the Turner Prize. Tillmans also takes over the south Tank for ten days (March 3 - 12th) with an immersive new installation featuring his work in music and video, interspersed with live events in which Tillmans and his collaborators will explore the capabilities of the sound system and the acoustic qualities of the space. 

    Wolfgang Tillmans - astro crusto, 2012

    Wolfgang Tillmans - Lampedusa, 2008

    Tuesday, January 31, 2017

    Kassel Photobook Dummy Award 2017



    The Fotobookfestival Kassel together with its partner Verlag Kettler once again invites all photographers to present their as-yet unpublished photobooks to an international public and eminent experts.

    Here is what the Kassel Fotobookfestival has to say:
    In 2017 the best 50 books will be shortlisted by a shortlist-jury and will be exhibited at international photo events, amongst others, in Istanbul, Moscow, Madrid, Dublin, Aarhus and Lodz. From these 50 titles, 3 winners will be chosen by an international jury at the ISTANBUL PHOTOBOOK FESTIVAL on 29 April. The winner of the First Prize will be produced and published by our cooperation partner Verlag Kettler, Germany. Second and Third Prize is a book production voucher given by our partner k-books, who specializes in high-quality book productions in small quantities.
    The members of our international main jury in Istanbul are: Federica Chiocchetti (Photocaptionist.com), Martin Parr (Bristol), Jason Fulford (J+L Books, ), Aron Mörel (Mörel Books, London), Markus Schaden (The PhotobookMuseum, Cologne), Verlag Kettler (N.N., Dortmund) and Dieter Neubert (Kasseler Fotobookfestival, Kassel).
    Who can enter?
    Any photographer from around the world who accepts our entry conditions can participate by registering for the competition and submitting an unpublished work as a book. Registrations will be open until 10 April 2017. All self-published books in small print runs or books published through publishing platforms like blurb can be submitted. Only books already published by a publishing house will not be accepted.

    Guidelines
    We require one copy of a physical printed book of all the entries sent to us by the photographers /authors. Entries can only be registered online. We charge € 34 per entry and book. There is no limit to the number of entries per person. If you would like your book to be returned to you, then we will require a further postage and handling charge during the registration process. Payments can only be made online via our Paypal account during the registration process. Dummies that make the shortlist will be shown during different photo events as announced. Because some of these events take place at the same time, we request two copies of all shortlisted dummies. This second copy must arrive at our Kassel office 10 days after the shortlist has been announced.

    For up-to-date information you can subscribe to the email-newsletter.
    Read the ENTRY CONDITIONS
    Register HERE


    Sunday, January 29, 2017

    Pieter Hugo at Yossi Milo NYC


    Pieter Hugo - from the series 1994

    Yossi Milo Gallery is currently showing an exhibition of South African artist Pieter Hugo, images from his most recent body of work, 1994. The show opened January 26 and will run until March 11.

    This is Pieter Hugo’s fifth exhibition at Yossi Milo gallery and features color photographs taken of children born in Rwanda and South Africa after the year 1994, the year of the Rwandan genocides and of the end of Apartheid in South Africa. Wearing often fanciful clothes and posed in nature, each child symbolizes the budding hope of a life unladen by active oppression, yet is rooted inextricably in the landscape into which they were born.

    Describing the project, Hugo states: I happened to start the work in Rwanda but I’ve been thinking about the year 1994 in relation to both countries over a period of 10 or 20 years. I noticed how the kids, particularly in South Africa, don’t carry the same historical baggage as their parents. I find their engagement with the world to be very refreshing in that they are not burdened by the past, but at the same time you witness them growing up with these liberation narratives that are in some ways fabrications. It’s like you know something they don’t know about the potential failure or shortcomings of these narratives…Most of the images were taken in villages around Rwanda and South Africa. There’s a thin line between nature being seen as idyllic and as a place where terrible things happen – permeated by genocide, a constantly contested space. Seen as a metaphor, it’s as if the further you leave the city and its systems of control, the more primal things become. At times the children appear conservative, existing in an orderly world; at other times there’s something feral about them, as in Lord of the Flies, a place devoid of rules. This is most noticeable in the Rwanda images where clothes donated from Europe, with particular cultural significations, are transposed into a completely different context. 

    You can read more on the Yossi Milo website HERE .
    Yossi Milo Gallery - 245 Tenth Avenue (between 24th & 25th St.) New York, NY 10001

    Pieter Hugo - from the series 1994

    Saturday, January 28, 2017

    Centre Pompidou, Paris, turns 40 with a free weekend - February 4 and 5



    Centre Pompidou or Beaubourg as it's know in Paris turns 40 this year and to celebrate the museum is offering a free weekend February 4 and 5.
    Apart from an array of special events and performances there is the opportunity to see the amazing Cy Twombly show which runs until April 24.
    Organized around three major cycles – Nine Discourses on Commodus (1963), Fifty Days at Iliam (1978) and Coronation of Sesostris (2000) – this retrospective covers the artist’s entire career in a chronological circuit of some 140 paintings, sculptures, drawings and photographs, providing a clear picture of an extraordinarily rich body of work which is both intellectual and sensual. The selection includes many of Twombly’s iconic works, several of them never previously exhibited in France.

    You can go to the Centre Pompidou website HERE.

    Monday, January 23, 2017

    The Power of Art - Jane Hirshfield writes...

     

    In the course of talking to photographer and friend Lynn Alleva Lilley about her upcoming book Tender Mint, Lynn mentioned her use of a poem by Jane Hirshfield. I was reminded that I have Hirshfield's wonderful book Ten Windows - How Great Poems Transform the World. Poetry and photography share many attributes, most notably their ability to say something quite profound and moving from something so simple.

    Hirshfield writes: Why ask art into a life at all, if not to be transformed and enlarged by its presence and mysterious means? Some hunger for "more" is in us - more range, more depth, more feeling, more associative freedom, more beauty. More perplexity and more friction of interest. More prismatic grief and un-stunted delight, more longing, more darkness. More saturation and permeability in knowing our own existence as also the existence of others. More capacity to be astonished. Art adds to the sum of the lives we would have, were it possible to live without it. And by changing selves, one by one, art changes the outer world that selves create and share. 

    Although Jane Hirshfield in Ten Windows Investigates the power of poetry to move and change us, her writing is also about how art, how photography works.

    Jane Hirshfield's Ten Windows is a must in any artist's library. Here's a link to Amazon.

    Jane Hirshfield is the author of eight books of poetry, including The Beauty; Come, Thief; After; and Given Sugar, Given Salt. She has edited and cotranslated four books presenting the work of poets from the past and is the author of two major collections of essays, Nine Gates: Entering the Mind of Poetry and Ten Windows: How Great Poems Transform the World. Her books have been finalists for the National Book Critics Circle Award and England’s T. S. Eliot Prize; they have been named best books of the year by The Washington Post, San Francisco Chronicle, Amazon, and Financial Times; and they have won the California Book Award, the Poetry Center Book Award, and the Donald Hall–Jane Kenyon Prize in American Poetry. Hirshfield has received fellowships from the Guggenheim and Rockefeller foundations, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Academy of American Poets. Her poems appear in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, The Times Literary Supplement, Poetry, The New Republic, and eight editions of The Best American Poetry. A resident of Northern California since 1974, she is a current chancellor of the Academy of American Poets.

    Friday, January 20, 2017

    Diane Arbus - in the beginning at SF MoMA


    Woman with white gloves and pocket book, NYC 1956

    diane arbus: in the beginning considers the first seven years of the photographer’s career, from 1956 to 1962. A lifelong New Yorker, Arbus found the city and its citizens an endlessly rich subject for her art. Working in Times Square, the Lower East Side, and Coney Island, she made some of the most powerful portraits of the twentieth century, training her lens on the pedestrians and performers she encountered there. This exhibition highlights her early and enduring interest in the subject matter that would come to define her as an artist. It also reveals the artist’s evolution from a 35mm format to the now instantly recognizable and widely imitated look of the square format she adopted in 1962. Bringing together over 100 photographs from this formative period, many on display for the first time, diane arbus: in the beginning offers fresh insights into the distinctive vision of this iconic American photographer.

    This is a wonderfully intimate and highly personal show. Small prints depicting small anarchies, a way of looking that Arbus made all her own.

    The exhibition opens at San Francisco MoMA this Saturday January 21st and runs until April 30. This exhibition was organized by The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.

    Fire Eater at a carnival, Palisades Park, NJ, 1957

    Lady on a bus, NYC, 1957

    Thursday, January 19, 2017

    Marian Goodman, Paris - opens bookstore in rue du Temple


    Marian Goodman Bookshop - Paris
     
    Next Tuesday January 24, New York’s Marian Goodman Gallery will open a second Paris space which will house exhibitions and a bookstore. Located at 66 rue du Temple in the city’s Marais district the new space significantly expands Goodman’s Paris presence. The bookstore at the new address will offer a selection of books, exhibition catalogues, printed matter and artist's editions. The store is situated almost opposite the dealer’s other gallery at 79 rue du Temple. The original gallery is inside the Hôtel de Montmor, a 17th-century hotel particulier. It has occupied that space since 1999.

    The other Parisian gallery bookshop that is always worth a visit is the Yvon Lambert Booshop. The bookshop opened in 2001 and is managed by Bruno who has excellent taste. They present a selection of art books, exhibition catalogues, artists books, rare and out of print books, limited edition prints, posters, DVDs, CDs, t-shirts and art objects. Well worth a visit at 108 rue Vieille du Temple in the Marais. You can check out their website HERE. Although the Yvon Lambert Gallery closed a couple of years ago the bookstore is a reminder of the importance of M. Lambert in the International art scene.



    Last but not least is the Pompidou Center bookstore. With around 10,000 titles and no less than 300 art magazines and reviews Flammarion is one of the best bookstores for modern art, architecture and design plus an incredible selection of photobooks.