Sunday, April 29, 2012

Buchmann Galerie opens exhibition by Zaha Hadid coinciding with Gallery Weekend in Berlin

Buchmann Galerie opens exhibition by Zaha Hadid coinciding with Gallery Weekend in Berlin

Saturday, April 28, 2012

New, large-scale works by Cindy Sherman on view at Metro Pictures in New York

New, large-scale works by Cindy Sherman on view at Metro Pictures in New York

Art Institute of Chicago acquires "Harlem U.S.A." photo series by Dawoud Bey

Art Institute of Chicago acquires "Harlem U.S.A." photo series by Dawoud Bey

Monday, April 23, 2012

7. Know These 100 People

7. Know These 100 People

1. Reject the Market. Embrace the Market.

1. Reject the Market. Embrace the Market.

Photographers from seventy-six countries in competition for Prix Pictet

Photographers from seventy-six countries in competition for Prix Pictet

Making History: A fresh look at international Contemporary photography

Making History: A fresh look at international Contemporary photography

Photo exhibition Site/109 gallery in lower Manhattan captures Warhol as young artist

Photo exhibition Site/109 gallery in lower Manhattan captures Warhol as young artist

Sotheby's to offer close to 300 works from The Prestigious Gunter Sachs Collection

Sotheby's to offer close to 300 works from The Prestigious Gunter Sachs Collection

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Rebecca Morgan '' Cabin Fever'' @ Asya Geisberg Gallery

Rebecca MorganThe Smoker, 2012. Graphite and oil on panel, 26" x 22", $3,000.
Courtesy of the artist and Asya Geisberg Gallery




A very good show , with a great theme,  amazing  drawings, works on paper and paintings by Rebecca Morgan.
Go and see it! I think her work is very collectable and the time for it is now!
Congratulations Rebecca!

Asya Geisberg Gallery is pleased to present Rebecca Morgan: "Cabin Fever", an exhibition of paintings and drawings. Morgan creates a collection of characters and types, a cross between Brueghel's stylized peasants, R. Crumb's winking harlots, "Deliverance", and the inbred mutants of many a horror flick. Morgan takes her background in rural Appalachia as the point of origin for her personae - as they become uncultured tourists, or especially in her self-portraits, expatriate interlopers ambivalently negotiating their depiction. Morgan's more exotic rednecks inhabit a rural America where people exist intimately and potently with the wilderness, a relationship which urbanites can only smirk at and envy. Nature is either wistfully idyllic - the idyl found in a margarine ad - or the scene of demonically perverse debauchery. Morgan's style fluctuates between hyper-detailed naturalism, reminiscent of Dutch painters such as Memling and Van Eyck, and cartoonish caricature, which pushes the imagery to a ridiculous, repulsive, even absurd dimension. Jagged teeth, furry brows, corpulent bodies symbolic of sloth and over-indulgence, and a general air of dirty unkemptness all exploit the demonization of the Appalachian. Internal traits come to the surface, and while Morgan exorcizes her country folk's demons, ridicule mixes with pride and defiant celebration. In her alternately tender and aggressive depictions of herself, she bares all - a metaphoric exposure of her former rural character, or to prod the viewer to question their own position. Morgan reveres Frans Hals' paintings of happy peasants and Adrien Brouwer's fighting, laughing, and drunk lower classes. Similarly, Morgan's symbolic language and character types recall Dutch parables, which were meant to both entertain and teach a lesson to the middle- and upper-class patrons of such works. Morgan plays an intricate game of back-and-forth accusations: she panders to the same stereotypes that she herself contends with, and in a modern twist, acknowledges that she is laughing at the subject, the viewer, and our contemporary conflict of pining for a pre-cultural back-to-the-land utopia while sipping our Starbucks.


 Rebecca Morgan is originally from Pennsylvania, and currently lives and works in Brooklyn. Morgan received a BA from Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania, and an MFA from Pratt Institute, NY. Morgan's solo exhibition "Where I Have Lived and What I Lived For" opened in 2010 at Gasser Grunert Gallery, and she has been included in exhibitions at Richard Heller Gallery, Montclair State University, and the Art Los Angeles Contemporary Fair. This will be the artist's first exhibition with the gallery.

www.asyageisberggallery.com

The Common Guild presents Scotland's first solo exhibition by Wolfgang Tillmans since 1995

The Common Guild presents Scotland's first solo exhibition by Wolfgang Tillmans since 1995

Extensive selection of impressive photographic portraits by Anton Corbijn at Camera Work

Extensive selection of impressive photographic portraits by Anton Corbijn at Camera Work

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Cesar Lechowick @ SVA Gallery Booth during the Affordable Art Fair.

''Cleopatra''
Cesar Lechowick

The work of Cesar Lechowick is my most  favorite highlight of the Affordable Art Fair  which at most cases, lacks good fine art photography. This photograph ''Cleopatra '' is my most favorite of the whole fair . Kudos to Dan Halm, SVA curator for putting together such a great artist ensemble of 10 year anniversary of SVA showing @ The Affordable Art Fair. It  showcases the works  of  Amy Elkins , Amy Stein and Cesar Lechowick as part of the great SVA discoveries. Sorry but the rest of the photography of the AFF ( well, it is mostly commercial and poster style) might be for others with a less discerning and connoisseur eye.  
http://cesarlechowick.com

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Tim Hetherington @ Yossi Milo Gallery 4/12-5/19/12


Yossi Milo Gallery will present an exhibition of photographs and video of the late Tim Hetherington. The exhibition will consist of photographs taken in Liberia and Afghanistan, as well as two films by the Oscar-nominated filmmaker. The exhibition will open on Thursday, April 12, and will be on view through Saturday, May 19, with an opening reception on Thursday, April 12, from 6:00 to 8:00 PM.

http://www.yossimilo.com/exhibitions/2012-04-tim-hetherington/

245 Tenth Avenue (between 24th & 25th St.)

Miss you Tim.

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Alex Prager – “Compulsion” (LA, NY, London)Coming up soon in New York (April 5), Los Angeles (April 7) , and London (April 12), Alex Prager’s show Compulsion will be opening in all three cities, one after another in rapid succession. Yancey Richardson Gallery (NY), M+B (LA), and Michael Hoppen Contemporary (LDN)

Alex Prager



Coming up soon in New York (April 5), Los Angeles (April 7) , and London (April 12), Alex Prager’sshow Compulsion will be opening in all three cities, one after another in rapid succession. Yancey Richardson Gallery (NY), M+B (LA), and Michael Hoppen Contemporary (LDN), will all be hosting a selection of color photographs inspired by the work of Weegee and Enrique Metinidesand films such as Metropolis and Un Chien Andalou. Also on display will be the LA-based artist’s new short film, La Petite Mort, with accompanying film stills.
Check out a trailer for the short film after the jump…




ALEX PRAGER
COMPULSION
April 7 - May 12, 2012

Artist's Opening Reception
Saturday, April 7 from 6-8 PM



M+B
612 North Almont Drive
Los Angeles, California 90069
310 550 0050


M+B is pleased to present Compulsion, an exhibition of new work by contemporary artist Alex Prager. The exhibition will feature a selection of color photographs from the series, as well as the artist’s new short film, La Petite Mort, with accompanying film stills. The exhibition will be shown simultaneously in Los Angeles, New York and London. Compulsion runs from April 7 through May 12, 2012, with an opening reception for the artist on Saturday, April 7 from 6 to 8 pm.
MoMA curator Roxana Marcoci has described Prager’s work as “intentionally loaded,” saying “it reminds me of silent movies — there is something pregnant, about to happen, a mix of desire and angst.” Prager’s new work furthers her exploration of subversive narratives through the construction of “scenes” inspired by media tragedies and paired with emotive close-ups of eyes. The eyes, whether interpreted as belonging to the viewer or the subject, operate as a mode of investigation — an aid to decoding the scenes and implicating the viewer by provoking an emotional response.
Inspired by the photography of Weegee and Enrique Metinides and films such as Metropolis and Un Chien AndalouCompulsion confirms Prager’s vivid cinematic aesthetic.  Unlike her previous work, however, the protagonists now remain anonymous and distant. Prager’s new series investigates the complexity of observation within a society inundated by compulsive spectators, as well as the recurrent discourse in photography—that “meaning” is often derived from a multiplicity of gazes.
In addition to provocative juxtapositions, Prager manipulates the scenes through her choice of cropping, continually interrogating the truth content within photography — a trope as old as the medium itself.  As artist John Baldessari has noted: “For most of us photography stands for the truth, but a good artist can make a harder truth by manipulating forms . . . It fascinates me how [one] can manipulate the truth so easily by the way [you] juxtapose opposites or crop the image or take it out of context.” Prager’s altered and manufactured scenes, in conjunction with the evocative eyes remove the images from their original context and allow them to acquire new associations.
In her new short film, La Petite Mort, starring French actress Judith Godrèche, Prager navigates the mysteries of death through a woman experiencing the boundaries of her body and those of this world. Prager’s La Petite Mort (which literally translates to “the little death,” but is a common French expression for an orgasm) declares that “the act of dying and the act of transcendent love are two experiences cut from the same cloth — the former a grand exit, and the latter a slow escape. Indeed, many of the world’s greatest poets have long considered a passionate interlude as man’s closest moment to seeing god.” The film features music by composer Ali Helnwein and Director of Photography Matthew Libatique (Black SwanIron ManRequiem for a Dream).
Born in 1979, Alex Prager is a self-taught photographer who lives in Los Angeles, California. Featured in MoMA’s New Photography 2010, Prager’s work has been exhibited at institutions worldwide. Additionally, her photographs are in the permanent collection of several major museums, including the Museum of Modern Art (New York), the Whitney Museum of American Art (New York), the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and the Moderna Museet (Stockholm). Her work has been featured in publications such as The New York Times MagazineVogueW Magazine and Art in America.
For further information, please contact Shannon Richardson at 310 550 0050, shannon@mbart.com, or visit our website www.mbart.com.

Photographer Herb Ritt's extensive career examined in Getty Museum exhibition

Photographer Herb Ritt's extensive career examined in Getty Museum exhibition