Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Wolfgang Tillmans in New York...

In the September 10th issue New Yorker Magazine Emily Witt profiles Wolfgang Tillmans’s life and art, highlighting his ability to question existing values and hierarchies with his work for over three decades. 

In a corner of Panorama Bar, the upstairs venue of the Berlin night club Berghain, there is a large, unlit photograph of the back of a throat—one of three photos by the German artist Wolfgang Tillmans that hang on the walls. Berghain is a techno club known as much for its code of etiquette as for its sound system. Photography is forbidden. Cell-phone-camera lenses are covered with stickers when patrons enter. Doormen are strict about whom they let in, with apparent biases against conspicuous displays of wealth. The party starts at 11:59 on Saturday night and continues until Monday morning; it’s common to stay for twelve hours, or twenty. There is no V.I.P. area. The bathrooms are ungendered, the atmosphere is sexually open, and the ethos is queer. Ravers make pilgrimages to Berghain from all over the world. Some call it “church.”
When the club’s owners approached Tillmans to acquire one of his pictures, in 2004, its patrons were mostly gay men, and he chose “Nackt” (“Nude”), a photo of a woman exposing her vulva. In 2009, as Berghain’s reputation grew and its clientele became more heterosexual, he replaced the photo with “Philip, Close Up III,” which shows a man exposing his anus. Six years later, he hung the throat instead, describing it as “kind of like where all the joy comes in, in different ways and forms.”

You can read the full New Yorker piece HERE.

Opening next Thursday, September 13th from 6 to 8 PM at The David Zwirner West 19th Street gallery NYC, Wolfgang Tillmans: How likely is it that only I am right in this matter? The show presents new and recent work, marking the artist’s third solo show with David Zwirner.

You can catch Tillmans in conversation with Paul Holdengräber, kicking off the 2018 season of LIVE from the NYPL, tomorrow, September 5 at 7 PM. The talk will be live streamed on the library’s website HERE

"I love that art is ‘useless’ and that it has no ‘purpose’. That makes art so incredibly powerful. And so, I don’t think one should turn to artists instantly and ask, “What are they saying?” I think, really, every private person should take part in democracy, because if you don’t, others choose for you."
Wolfgang Tillmans, New York Times

Pictured: Wolfgang Tillmans. Photography by Collier Schorr for The New Yorker. 

Schorr shoots Tillmans

Monday, September 3, 2018

SELF PUBLISH BE HAPPY presents Photobook: RESET. 3 days in Berlin to reinvent the photobook

Curated by Bruno Ceschel and hosted by C/O Berlin from 28-30 September 2018, the first Photobook: RESET event will be an immersive programme of workshops imagined and organized to re-imagine the future of publishing.
Thirty photography and publishing industry professionals, artists and writers, as well as thirty members of the public will participate in rotating research workshops led by six international experts. These will bring together insights from different fields of research, in order to open up inspiring perspectives and unexpected connections.
Over the past 10 years, the self-publishing revolution’s DIY ethos has re-energized a conservative and backward-thinking publishing industry. The creative input of a new generation of authors and makers has democratized the world of the photobook, proving both the medium’s strength its capacity for experimentation and artistic expression. Today, our resilient community is faced with new challenges, and after the excitement of the photobook boom, we need to rethink where we are to better understand our own limitations, blind spots and scarce resources. Challenged with unsustainable business models, threatened by the competitive digital distribution of digital content – not to mentionand a general homogenization and banalization of content - the photobook world is in crisis, both economically and existentially. In our current social, political and technological landscape, the medium’s very raison d’etre is under threat. 
So what it is next for photobooks? What new forms should the photobook take? How can we harness the power of technology to assist artists and thinkers in making provocative and necessary experiments in publishing? What role should the book have in promoting social and political change in the era of Trump and populism? Is our close-knit community of like-minded people it’s own limit? Who is the photobook for? Is the photobook as we know it even an effective form of communication? Photobook: RESET aims to inspire radical thinking around the form and content of the photobook. As the name suggests, the project wants to prompt a reset and provide an environment in which to consider new possibilities, ideas and opportunities outside of the usual parameters. 

You can read more on the Photobook: RESET website HERE.

Sunday, September 2, 2018

Photobook Workshop in Aarhus Denmark, during Photobook Week 4 - 7 October

Photobook Week Aarhus celebrates its 5th edition from 4-7 October 2018.

Since 2014, the Photobook Week Aarhus has been engaged with the photobook in all its facets and has presented a festival programme of international standing. For its 5th anniversary, Photobook Week Aarhus is showing works by renowned artists and promotes established and emerging talents, publishers, curators, printers and booksellers.

During the festival I will be presenting a 2 day workshop, focussed on the photobook, it's conception, structure, editing, sequencing, production and distribution.

The Festival says this:

New Zealander Harvey Benge works from Auckland and Paris. He has been a full-time camera artist since 1993, when his first photobook Four Parts Religion, Six Parts Sin was published. Benge is well known for his many photo books which have been published in Britain, Germany, France, Italy and Japan. His principal publisher is UK’s Dewi Lewis, who has worked with Benge for 20 years. Harvey Benge’s bookworks are conceptual in nature and deal with the complexities of life and the nature of seeing and understanding. His photographs are mostly urban and generally strange. His work is mysterious; nothing is solid. The pictures capture contrasts and conflicts which leave you wondering what has just happened and what might happen next. Benge’s bookworks have been exhibited a Kunsthalle Düsseldorf; Antwerp Foto Museum, Belgium; Foam Fotografiemuseum, Amsterdam; Photographers Gallery, London; and Palais de Tokyo, Paris. His books have twice been finalists in the Prix du Livre at the Rencontres d’Arles, France. Harvey Benge is also known for the workshops he has conducted, working with photographers such as Lewis Baltz, Antoine d’Agata, Paul Graham, Rineke Dijkstra, John Gossage, Alec Soth, Roger Ballen.

The workshop “The objective of my workshops is to unpack strategies for the development of a complete and balanced lens-based art practice. In effect an investigation into the process that I employ and has lead me to the production of sixty or more photo books over the last thirty years. Benge will show participants how he has conceptualised, structured and produced several of his key bookworks. Further, participants will be asked to participate in a “live” editing and sequencing session of a new bookwork of his scheduled for publication in 2020. Participants will need to bring to the workshop work-prints of current photographs which can then be reviewed and evaluated within the group. This will involve discussion as to the rigour and relevance of the works’ conceptual underpinning followed by a hard look at possible edits and sequencing leading to photobook production”.

Harvey Benge’s workshops are interactive, inspiring and good fun. Harvey will cover a spectrum of issues that affect all photographers – finding one’s own voice, idea generation, self evaluation of work, what makes a good picture, development of picture series. Emphasis will be on the photobook where strategies for editing and sequencing will be discussed with practical examples. Participants’ own work will be reviewed both in terms of how the pictures work and the ways the photographs can be carried forward to a finished photobook. 

You can read more about Photobook Week Aarhus HERE together with a link to book your place at my workshop. Hope to see you in Aarhus! 

Sunday, August 26, 2018

NY ART BOOK FAIR - September 21-23, 2018

Printed Matter presents the thirteenth annual NY Art Book Fair, from September 21-23, 2018, at MoMA PS1. The NY Art Book Fair (NYABF) is the leading international gathering for the distribution of artists’ books, celebrating the full breadth of the art publishing community.

Free and open to the public, the event draws more than 35,000 individuals including book lovers, collectors, artists, and art world professionals each year. In 2018, the NYABF will host 365 exhibitors from around the world featuring a wide variety of works – from zines and artists’ books to antiquarian books and contemporary art editions. The NYABF offers countless opportunities to attend free programs including artist-led discussions, performances, interactive workshops, and curated exhibitions.

See a full list of exhibitors participating in the 2018 NY Art Book Fair HERE


The Classroom
Celebrating its tenth year! The Classroom provides space for informal lectures, readings, screenings and other activities by artists, writers, designers and publishers. The program highlights exciting new releases at the Fair and fosters dialogue around important themes for contemporary art publishing and the broader community. Participants include: Ann Butler, Johanna Drucker, Lia Gangitano, Nontsikelelo Mutiti, Tammy Nguyen, Jeanine Tang, Lynne Tillman, Ruth van Beek, and Martha Wilson, among many others. Organized by David Senior, Head of the Library and Archives, SFMOMA.

See the full Classroom schedule 
Contemporary Artists’ Books Conference (CABC)
This year the Conference relocates to the newly opened Book Culture space at 26-09 Jackson Ave, just a few blocks away. Join us on Friday and Saturday for lively debate on hot topics and emerging practices.
Planned session topics include queer and trans perspectives in artist publishing, migration and diasporic community-based publishing, vernacular photography with poetry and prose, the history and influence ofAvalanche magazine, and the relationship of comics and graphic novels to artists’ books and the fine arts.
See the full CABC schedule here
Friendly Fire
A component of the NYABF since its inception in 2006, Friendly Fire features presses and artists' collectives that practice different forms of cultural, social and political activism. This year's participants include 8-Ball Community, Allied Productions, Inc, Interference Archive, Justseeds Artists' Cooperative, True Laurels, and Visual AIDS among others. Curated by Printed Matter’s Executive Director Max Schumann.

See the full Friendly Fire list here
Shannon Michael Cane Award
The Shannon Michael Cane Award is granted to four first-time NYABF exhibitors (artists, artists' book publishers, or collectives) in the early stages of their career. The inaugural year winners are backbone booksIan Giles,MonoRhetorikand Sming Sming Books.
Courtyard Stage
The Courtyard Stage has a ten year history of showcasing emerging talent alongside legendary artists and will host performances from musicians and sound artists to poets and performance artists running throughout the fair weekend. This year's programs are presented by Blank FormsPrinted Matter, Inc.Heavy Trip, and Pioneer Works.
A History of Zines!
Printed Matter proudly presents a wide-reaching historical exhibition of zine publishing across the 20th century and onward, beginning with science-fiction and underground horror publications of the 1920s, and concluding with new works created on occasion of this year’s NYABF. A History of Zines! gathers more than 400 self-published works and related archival materials, spanning genres and offering an unmediated view into various subcultures and grassroots activism, including LGBTQ, punk, hip-hop, the Mimeo Revolution, photography, skateboarding, the Beats, and feminism. A selection of zines will be available for browsing.
A History of Zines! is dedicated to the memory and legacy of Shannon Michael Cane, a beloved member of the Printed Matter staff who played an indelible role in developing the NY and LA Art Book Fairs during his time as Curator of Fairs & Editions.
Curated by 8-Ball Community and Johan Kugelberg/Boo-Hooray

3 Dot Zine will create an immersive interactive reading room featuring an installation of The Free Black Women’s Library, an interactive Black Feminist mobile trading library and interactive biblio installation that features a collection of 1000 books written by Black women. The Yellow Jackets Collective and 3 Dot Zine are tabling new zines and printed matter sourced from a diverse group of artists and zine makers around the country. Khari Johnson Ricks will share zines and prints from his ongoing printmaking practice. Amoss Eff’s wearable hand printed textiles collection, Warefamos, will be available within a special display created for 'Welcome, A Space'. Following in the tradition of the 3 Dot Zine’s Brown Paper Zine & Small Press Fair for Black and PoC Artists, this environment and all artists and collectives who will take part in setting the intentions and possibilities of this space are of color. Zines from Margot Terc, Cósmica, Discipline Press and more will also be available.
Alden Projects™ presents Richard McGuire: Art for the Streets New York 1979-82, a special exhibition and book launch, featuring Richard McGuire’s original “Ixnae Nix” street drawings. Described by Glenn O’Brien as “cryto-mystical” in his review of the New York/New Wave show at P.S.1, Queens in 1981, McGuire returns again in 2018 with vintage, spray-painted works depicting his “Ixnae Nix” shadow character surrounded by enigmatic texts drawn in crayon. Also present: McGuire’s distinctive original art for posters for the influential post-punk band Liquid Liquid, of which he was a founding member. McGuire’s ephemeral art is accompanied by black-and-white photographs of the downtown streetscapes where they originally appeared. Published by Alden Projects™ with an introduction by Luc Sante and an interview by Todd Alden, the book is also available in a deluxe edition of 100, containing unique art by Richard McGuire.
Gagosian participates with a special project space conceived in collaboration with choreographer William Forsythe, exploring visual and notational approaches to dance and movement.

Forsythe is a radical innovator in choreography and dance who has redefined the very syntax and praxis of his field. In the course of his singular career spanning five decades, he has developed an extensive repertoire of groundbreaking ballet choreographies and experimental, non-proscenium-based dance-theater works, as well as an open-access digital platform for dance analysis, notation, and improvisation. He has also been working for more than twenty years on installations, film works, and discrete, interactive sculptures that he calls "choreographic objects”, which are the subject of a survey exhibition at the ICA Boston this fall. 

At the NYABF, printed materials and videos by Forsythe will be featured alongside selected Gagosian publications, as well as additional books and ephemera that reveal Forsythe’s wide-ranging influences and interests including Chris Burden, Katharina Grosse, Richard Serra, Cy Twombly, and Rachel Whiteread. 
Martos Gallery presents an exhibition of works and notebooks by Dan Asher. Asher passed away in 2010 and left behind studios filled with paintings, sculpture, video, and works on paper. In March 2018, Martos Gallery had its first solo exhibition with The Estate of Dan Asher which presented an array of work and included a zine made in collaboration with RATSTAR Press. The zine presented a selection of pages from hundreds of Asher’s notebooks. Asher's borderline hoarding is reflected in his obsessive compulsive production of thousands of works, including notes, mind maps, phone numbers, doodles, and ideas; his thoughts, scribbled down like quick-fire, spill over the edges of the pages, and for this special presentation at NYABF, they spill onto the walls.
onestar press and Three Star Books are pleased to present new limited edition artists’ book editions by AA Bronson, Gabriel Kuri, Ebecho Muslimova and a new fiberglass tray edition from Rirkrit Tiravanija. Daniel Gordon will be featured by onestar press this year, taking his digital and analog works to a new level with a dedicated exhibition project presented alongside his new CAMERA ARTIST portfolio projects.
Karma will present two new screenprint portfolios by artists Shio Kusaka and Nicolas Party.
Marian Goodman Gallery will present a special selection of new print editions, objects and books by their artists, including Leonor Antunes, Christian Boltanski, Ettore Spalletti, and Danh Vo.
Press Press will release their newest publication, Sentiments: Expressions of Cultural Passage, a compilation of conversations, artist projects, and writings exploring cultural passage, immigrant identity, and notions of sanctuary, with an interactive exhibition and series of programs in MoMA PS1's courtyard project space. The space will feature artworks produced by Sentiments contributors and display Press Press’s Manifesto for Sanctuary-Building and Sanctuary-Keeping, a collaboratively-built manifesto Press Press has created with immigrants and immigrant-adjacent people through workshops in Baltimore, New York City, and Chicago that highlights various visions of sanctuary and proposes strategies for creating and protecting those visions. Visitors can attend a number of programs hosted by the group, including Readings on Sanctuary in the project space, where contributors will declare their manifesto and more, and a panel conversation with the project’s editor, Kimi Hanauer, and co-organizers, Valentina Cabezas, Bomin Jeon, and Bilphena Yahwon, as part of The Classroom.
We the News is a series of story circles with Black immigrants and first-generation Black Americans that are documented in zines and distributed publicly through a newsstand. The project is by Lizania Cruz, with support from The Laundromat Project in collaboration with BAJI.
Werkplaats Typografie is taking shelter in the basement, seeking comfort amongst glowing gilded conduits and generously thick brick walls. How are you dealing with the temperatures in PS1? Do you need a break? A hot chocolate? A blanket perhaps? Did you know that warm air rises to the ceiling? We read somewhere that if one is feeling cold, one should put their ceiling fan on its lowest setting, in clockwise direction, to push the hot air back to the floor where one can feel it. Boiler rooms are not usually known to be the most suitable spaces for simmering down, nevertheless we’d love to warmly welcome you to come down to our Boiling Room for Hot Reading, where you will be provided with some freshly forged (pre)texts and plenty other excellent reasons to chill.
The Werkplaats Typografie (WT), part of the ArtEZ University of the Arts, is a modeling agency, a part-time air quality management venture and a full time metal workshop located in Arnhem, the Netherlands.
Printed Matter presents new limited-edition artworks by Laylah Ali, Ryan Gander, and Eileen Quinlan. Fundraising editions support Printed Matter’s year-round work of providing resources to artists and championing the artists' book medium through programs including NY and LA Art Book Fair.

Saturday, August 25, 2018 - the only photo resource you will ever need

I've probably mentioned before on my blog. Have just checked out their site and I feel they deserve another mention. Subdivided into four categories - artists, exhibitions, events and institutions, the depth of material in remarkable. Currently there are detailed listings for 48,163 artists, 3,130 exhibitions, 1,043 events and 16,203 institutions. What's more there is no arm twisting to pay big $ to enter this that or the other contest. 

You can go to HERE, where apart from what I've mentioned above there is the option to sign up for their regular mailings, either daily or weekly. Do it, a treat awaits! 

Friday, August 24, 2018

PARIS PHOTO aperture foundation Photobook Awards - the shortlist jury

Here is the shortlist Jury for the aperture foundation PARIS PHOTO PhotoBook Awards:
Lucy Gallun, Associate Curator, Department of Photography at MoMA
Kristen Lubben, Executive Director of Magnum Foundation 
Yasufumi Nakamori, Curator
Christoph Wiesner, Artistic Director of Paris Photo
Lesley A. Martin, Creative Director of Aperture Foundation

You can read more about the jury HERE.

This year's selected shortlist will be exhibited around the world and be featured in the fall 2018 edition of The PhotoBook Review, issue 015 (published by Aperture Foundation), to be released at Paris Photo, 8-11 November.  The winner of the First PhotoBook Award will also receive a $10,000 prize. 

Final weeks to submit! And for those who have submitted, thank you! We appreciate your contribution to the evolving narrative of photography.

Call closes September 14, 2018, 5:00 p.m. EST 
Books must arrive at Aperture Foundation by September 14 to be considered.

Thursday, August 23, 2018

Photographers whose work I like - No33/ Tash Hopkins

I came across Tash Hopkins Western Springs portrait series because Tash was one of a small number of nominees for the Urbanautica Institute's People in Communities award. It's clear why Tash's portraits were noticed and nominated, they have a clear-eyed authenticity, each with an intangible something that takes the images out of the ordinary. 

Tash says this: The Western Springs Project is a long term and ongoing study of youth at High School in New Zealand. Looking beyond common media perceptions of teenagers, I want to show the individuality and depth of an often stereotyped section of society. I photographed this series on a large format camera using film because it slows the creation of an image and allows a more measured study of the person I'm photographing. 

You can check out more of Tash Hopkins work on her website HERE and go to the Urbanautica Institute HERE.

Here are the photographs: