Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Two exhibitions exploring Chicago’s past and present Michael Wolf: The Transparent City Barbara Crane: Private Views

Chicago takes over NYC @ The Aperture Foundation. Do not miss the combined exhibit of these two extremely talented photographers Barbara Crane and Michael Wolf , giving us a true feel and view of the Windy City.

There is several events around the exhibit so let me give you some pointers so, you can take advantage of it all.

1.November 10, 2009-Michael Wolf: Artist's Talk and Book Signing
Tuesday, November 10, 6:30 pm

2. November 11, 2009-Barbara Crane and Barbara Hitchcock
in Conversation + Booksigning
Wednesday, November 11, 6:30 pm

3. November 12, 2009-Opening Reception:
Thursday, November 12, 6—8:00 pm

4. Right now!- A very Limited Edition of only 2 Barbara Crane prints per image available for sale now!

Unframed - Edition #1 is $400.00 Framed $475.00
Unframed - Edition #2 is $500.00 Framed $575.00

See below some samples of a selection of images for sale . Remember the edition is of only two! Very exclusive. I had seen them in person and they are quite stunning and printed with top high quality. The print size is 8 x 10 inches and they seemed bigger because the images are very strong and their color richness. Again only 2 of each only...you snooze ...you loose!

For additional info please contact Kellie McLaughlin , Director of Prints @ Aperture Foundation. kmclaughlin@aperture.org

All Photos below by Barbara Crane and Courtesy of Aperture Foundation

Barbara Crane
Untitled, 1980-1984

Aperture Gallery

Two exhibitions exploring Chicago’s past and present

Michael Wolf: The Transparent City
Barbara Crane: Private Views
Opening Reception:
Thursday, November 12, 6:00–8:00 pm

Exhibitions on view:
November 7, 2009 – January 21, 2010
Aperture Gallery is pleased to present two simultaneous exhibitions exploring the city of Chicago from different vantage points and periods in history. While Michael Wolf’s large-scale color photographs of downtown Chicago’s buildings and their inhabitants examine public versus private space in the context of 21st-century urban life, Barbara Crane’s intimate Polaroids from the 1980s hone in on private human gestures performed in public at Chicago’s summer festivals. Both bodies of work reveal private moments that were intended to go unnoticed, each eliciting very different visceral responses from the viewer while evoking the voyeurism that permeates our culture today.

Michael Wolf: The Transparent City
Chicago, like many of the world’s great urban centers, has recently undergone a surge in new construction, grafting a new layer of architectural experimentation onto those of past eras. Bringing his unique perspective on changing urban environments to a city renowned for its architecture, Michael Wolf chose to photograph Chicago’s central downtown area, focusing specifically on issues of voyeurism and the contemporary urban landscape in flux. His first body of work to address an American city, Michael Wolf: The Transparent City opened at the Museum of Contemporary Photography, Columbia College Chicago (MoCP), in November 2008. The show at Aperture marks the second U.S. venue for the exhibition. The work, which is accompanied by a book of the same title copublished by Aperture and MoCP last fall, was created as part of the Chicago-based U.S. Equities Realty Artist-in-Residence Program, in collaboration with MoCP.

Whereas Wolf’s prior series concentrated on the “architecture of density,” this most recent work invites the viewer to examine the transparency and fluidity of the new American cityscape. Juxtaposing humanizing details within the surrounding geometry of the urban landscape, fragments of everyday life—digitally distorted and hyper-enlarged—are snatched surreptitiously via telephoto lenses. Think Edward Hopper meets Blade Runner. In Michael Wolf: The Transparent City, Wolf’s work resonates with all the formalism of the constructed, architectural work for which he is known, and emphasizes his ongoing engagement with the idea of how modern life unfolds within the framework of the ever-growing contemporary city.
Michael Wolf
The Transparent City

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Michael Wolf (born in Munich, 1954) grew up in the United States. Wolf attended UC Berkeley, and later studied with Otto Steinert at the University of Essen in Germany. Two previous books—Sitting in China (2002) and Hong Kong: front door/back door (2005)—feature his much-acclaimed photographs of China. Wolf lives and works in Hong Kong and Paris.

Barbara Crane
: Private Views
In the early 1980s, photographer Barbara Crane embarked on a photographic project shot during Chicago’s various summer festivals. Armed with a Super Speed Graphic camera and Polaroid film, Crane waded in close to the revelers and focused on capturing the details of clothing and hairstyles, but most importantly, gesture. The images are tightly cropped and terrifically alive, viscerally bringing us into the crush of people eating, drinking, and enjoying the crowd dynamic—an incredible inventory of private gestures performed in public spaces.

The collective effect of the images in Barbara Crane: Private Views is mesmerizing and intensely compelling, creating a palpable sensuality from image to image—an astonishing document, not of a particular event or personality, but of something far less tangible: the public expression of euphoria. Barbara Crane: Private Views is a celebration of the classic 1980s Polaroid snapshot with an experimental flair; Crane’s mixture of natural light and flash combined with her use of Polaroid film highlights the primary colors of ’80s fashion, which still feels hip and contemporary today.

An accompanying book of the same title was published by Aperture in the spring 2009.

Barbara Crane
Private Views
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Barbara Crane (born in Chicago, 1928) is a celebrated American photographer known for her extraordinary commitment to experimentation and innovation, especially in exploring the themes of the human form and the urban landscape. Crane studied art history at Mills College, completing her BA at New York University in 1950. She returned to Chicago and enrolled in the Institute of Design’s graduate photography program, studying with luminaries including Aaron Siskind. Her work has been the subject of six retrospective surveys and more than seventy-six one-person exhibitions. Crane is professor emeritus of photography at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She is represented by Stephen Daiter Gallery, Chicago; Higher Pictures, New York; and Galerie Françoise Paviot, Paris.

A retrospective exhibition entitled Barbara Crane: Challenging Vision is on view at the Chicago Cultural Center from October 10, 2009–January 10, 2010.

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Michael Wolf: The Transparent City, curated by Natasha Egan, is made possible by the generous support of the U.S. Equities Realty Artist-in-Residence program. The monograph Michael Wolf: The Transparent City, co-published by MoCP, Chicago, was supported by U.S. Equities Realty, the Elizabeth F. Cheney Foundation, Kay and Matthew Bucksbaum, and Furthermore: a program of the J.M. Kaplan Fund. Wolf banner image courtesy U.S. Equities Reality, Chicago.

Barbara Crane: Private Views is made possible by Fujifilm, Lightside Photographic Services, and LTI Photographic Services. The monograph Private Views was published in association with Stephen Daiter Gallery, Chicago, and was made possible by the generous support of the Land Fund of the Polaroid Foundation, Polaroid Corporation. Crane banner image © the artist /courtesy Stephan Daiter Gallery, Chicago/ Higher Pictures, New York.

1 comment:

ruben said...

View photos from the show opening night here: