Monday, October 31, 2011

New York City museum limits visitors in bathtub-like artwork

New York City museum limits visitors in bathtub-like artwork

Sunday, October 30, 2011

International Center of Photography to present Sudden Impact: Photography on the Printed Page

International Center of Photography to present Sudden Impact: Photography on the Printed Page

Branches of the Louvre and Guggenheim at Abu Dhabi island hit by more delays

Branches of the Louvre and Guggenheim at Abu Dhabi island hit by more delays

Art Toronto 2011: Canada's only Modern and Contemporary international art fair

Art Toronto 2011: Canada's only Modern and Contemporary international art fair

Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery hosts The Black List: Portraits by Timothy Greenfield-Sanders

Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery hosts The Black List: Portraits by Timothy Greenfield-Sanders

The Pace Gallery presents Hiroshi Sugimoto's "Surface of the Third Order"

The Pace Gallery presents Hiroshi Sugimoto's "Surface of the Third Order"

Lisa Ross @ Asya Geisberg Gallery- 10/27-12/17/11

Lisa Ross-
Rooftop, 2011. Archival pigment print on cotton paper, 40" x 60".
Courtesy of the artist and Asya Geisberg Gallery

Lisa Ross 
White Stone, 2011. Archival pigment print on cotton paper, 28" x 42".
Courtesy of the artist and Asya Geisberg Gallery

This is the very first Asya Geisberg Gallery Photography Solo Show as part of the gallery program and might say, it is off to a very good start. Go and see it!

Asya Geisberg Gallery is pleased to present After Night, an exhibition of photographs by New York based artist Lisa Ross. For ten years, Lisa Ross has documented the ritual objects and burial sites of the Uyghurs of Western China. In her enigmatic new series After Night, she has revisited Xinjiang, and captured another aftermath -- the commonplace ritual of sleep. The photographs in this series isolate meager beds, with a few blankets or pillows, within the vast and arid desert landscape. As in her earlier work, no human is allowed into the picture frame, and we are left to decipher what or where, and even whom, the photograph suggests.

In Ross’s past images, twigs laced and knotted with scraps of brightly colored cloth suggested an ancient art installation. Similarly, in After Night, the viewer at first imagines that some trickster has placed the beds expressly for our visual delectation. In fact, the beds are captured exactly where they are, left by an unseen farmer tending his harvest. The artistry is at once incidental - as the beds are actually a nightly shelter - and purposefully expressive. The actual daily existence is left a mystery,and the harsh daylight in Ross’s exposures reveals only the simple materiality of the beds, the intricate bedspreads, and the lunar landscape oftheir surroundings. Recontextualized as found objets-d’art and elevated into aesthetic stillness, the beds have a visual urgency that transcends our mind’s desire to dismiss the domestic.

In giving us these glimpses of a land 12,000 miles away, Ross is an unlikely anthropologist. She
thwarts knowledge with an infinite incomprehension, as these unforgiving and unfamiliar images force a distance, exaggerated by the absence of specific markers of place and time. How can we possibly imagine the day-to-dayness that follows night? Sometimes, a pair of beds breaks the eerie loneliness within this series. So spare, desolate, and startling in composition, Ross’s photographs are remnants and suggestions of otherworldliness.

Each new series based on the Uyghurs reinvigorates our imagination, even as Ross’s images remain
unpopulated. Like Scheherazade, Ross spins her tales with no end in sight. In After Night, we crave not just to know where she has travelled and what she has seen, but to discover the place that exists only in her photographs, knowing that if we arrived in that same spot, her tales would go up in thin air, just as Scheherazade’s.

Lisa Ross lives and works in New York. Ross received an MFA from Columbia University and a BA from Sarah Lawrence. Ross has had solo exhibitions at Kashya Hildebrand, Zurich, Daneyal Mahmood Gallery, and Nelson Hancock Gallery, and group exhibitions at Bellwether, Murray Guy, and the Bronx Museum of Art. Her work has received multiple reviews in the New Yorker, the New York Times, and New York Magazine. In 2012, Ross will have solo exhibitions at the Rubin Museum of Art, NY, and U.C. Berkeley.

October 27 - December 17, 2011
Artist Talk: Saturday November 12, 1 PM

Catalogue now available.
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Ruben Natal San Miguel@ La Lettre de la Photographie Weekend Portfolios

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NY : The Concrete Jungle : Ruben Natal-San Miguel

In December 2002, right after surviving The World Trade Center attacks, I decided to move to a quieter, lower rise scale neighborhood, leaving the ’’Prada’’ comfort of the Central Park West area to the so considered ’’Nada’’ of West Harlem. Being a trained Architect immediately, felt in love with its historic architecture, scale, sense of community and more than anything, its rich and vibrant street culture that motivated me to become a photographer.
Over the last 9 years mostly during the summer months and traveling by bicycle, camera in hand, I had been documenting with photographs how Harlem in search of what is like to live in NYC areas that, till most recently and for many prior decades, had been ignored by the government and most of society.
The main focus of my 10 Year Project called NY: The Concrete Jungle has been mostly in Harlem, which has become the ultimate symbol of forced gentrification and urban renewal. For many decades private corporations and the government ignored this Manhattan NYC area. Only liquor and cigarettes sponsors will advertise in the area encouraging use and addiction. This is not the Sex and The City of Manhattan that most people clamor and aim for. I had been able to find, not only a vibrant and colorful vision of that other Manhattan but, also a happy, endearing and very meaningful life lesson of what is like when the human spirit and communities make the best of others may considered to be so little.
Ruben Natal-San Miguel

A very nice feature of my work!

Marilyn Minter @ Salon 94 10/28-12/4/11

Marilyn Minter

 Marilyn Minter keeps on wowing the world  with her great artworks, this time with Babies as the theme. Go and see it! 
Marilyn Minter
Salon 94 Bowery
243 Bowery, (212) 979-0001
Oct. 28-Dec. 4
After 30 years of exhibiting her work, Ms. Minter's inclusion in the 2006 Whitney Biennial catapulted her to the top of the art world—a testament to the unpredictable nature of any artist's career path. For her third show at Salon 94, set in the gallery's Bowery location, she presents five large-scale paintings based on composites crafted from negative scans of her photographs. The central work is "Mercury" (2011), a 10 foot-tall painting depicting a baby behind a plate of glass, smeared with silver pigment. Ms. Minter further explores the motif of babies bathing in silver with "Play Pen" (2011), a video projected on a first-floor gallery wall.
The artist says: "[The babies] represent a blank slate for the human condition—a beginning, and the clearest articulation of the 'human condition,' unaltered. With adult models you've a lot more control, but the babies were doing things on their own that I would never have even thought of. I just let them loose and shot them playing."

Nan Goldin Scopophilia-10/29-12/23/11 @ Matthew Marks Gallery

Nan Goldin

Nan Goldin

Nan Goldin's documentation of her own life and those of her friends has long pursued intimacy at all costs, in the process inaugurating a confessional genre of photography that has influenced a generation of artists. For her eighth solo show at Matthew Marks, Ms. Goldin will stage a 25-minute installation of slides, commissioned by the Louvre Museum in 2010, which offers a new perspective on the voyeuristic nature of art-viewing. She was allowed unusual access to shoot within the museum, and has selected more than 400 photographs, juxtaposing details of iconic works by artists such as Delacroix and Ingres with selections from her archive featuring a cast of characters, including family and friends, familiar to fans of her work. A soundtrack with narration provided by the artist accompanies the slides. A great show! Nan Goldin is back! Go and see it!

Nan Goldin


October 29 - December 23, 2011 522 W 22 Street, New York, NY 10011 Opening: Friday, October 28th, 6:00 to 8:00 P.M.

Press Release
Matthew Marks is pleased to announce Nan Goldin: Scopophilia, the next exhibition in his gallery at 522 West 22nd Street. This will be the artist’s first exhibition in New York since 2007 and includes the U.S. debut of Scopophilia, a new 25-minute-long slide installation commissioned last year by the Louvre Museum.
Scopophilia, which consists of over 400 photographs culled from Goldin’s career, pairs her own autobiographical images with new photographs of paintings and sculpture from the Louvre’s collection. Organized around themes of love and desire, Scopophilia, which means “the love of looking,” reflects on Goldin’s intensely personal photographs, as well as the unique permission given to the artist to photograph freely throughout the Louvre Museum. Of this project, Goldin explains, “Desire awoken by images is the project’s true starting point. It is about the idea of taking a picture of a sculpture or a painting in an attempt to bring it to life.”

Nan Goldin’s work has been the subject of two major touring museum retrospectives, one organized in 1996 by the Whitney Museum of American Art, and another, in 2001, by the Centre Georges Pompidou. Goldin was admitted to the French Legion of Honor in 2006 and received the Hasselblad Foundation International Award in 2007. Last year 
Nan Goldin: Berlin Work, Photographs 1984-2009 was seen at the Berlinische Gallery in Berlin. Goldin’s seminal work, the slide installation called The Ballad of Sexual Dependency, is currently on view at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis through October 16.
Scopophilia, will be the artist’s eighth exhibition at Matthew Marks Gallery since 1992.

Nan Goldin: 
Scopophilia, will be on view at the Matthew Marks Gallery, 522 West 22nd Street (between 10th and 11th Avenues), from October 28 through December 23. Gallery hours: Tuesday through Saturday, 11:00 A.M. to 6:00 P.M.

For additional information, please contact Jeffrey Peabody at (212) 243-0200, or email

Thursday, October 27, 2011

2011 PDN PhotoPlus Expo- Friday Night Bash + Benefit for Japan Relief 10/28/11

''Duo'' 2007, Harlem, NYC.


Ruben Natal-San Miguel

Hope to see you tomorrow evening, October 28. 2011. I donated  a 11 x 14 AP of''Duo'' 2007, Harlem NYC . A great benefit  Japan Relief bash in NYC's , The High Line! Place your bids and take home the boys by helping a great cause!

Friday Night Bash + Benefit for Japan Relief
The PhotoPlus annual Bash will host a special fundraising event on Friday evening, October 28th, to benefit the victims of the Japan earthquake and tsunami.  The benefit will take place at the Highline Stages located at 440 West 15th Street (between 9th / 10th Ave.) in New York City, from 8:00 p.m. to 11 p.m.

To help raise funds for the Red Cross, fifty of the world's most respected photographers will donate an original print as part of a silent auction that will take place throughout the evening.  Benefit attendees will have an opportunity to bid on original, signed images from a broad range of world renowned photographers including Harry Benson, Susan Meiselas, Douglas Kirkland, Ryszard Horowitz, and John Isaac, to name a few.

To learn more about the PhotoPlus Bash + Benefit for Japan, read
 Press Release. 

Join PhotoPlus and WPPI for a picture perfect evening of photography, friendship and fun! Savor a variety of appetizers prepared by one of New York’s most talented chefs, catch a live performance by Tyburn Saints, and enjoy the spinning sounds by DJ Cresce.

Friday, October 28th, 8:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.
Highline Stages, 440 W. 15th Street, New York, NY 10011
Tickets: $35 in advance; or $50 at the door

Click here to update your registration and purchase your ticket to the Bash + Benefit for Japan.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Your Picture on the Wall: Building a Career in Fine Art Photography

Ruben Natal- San Miguel  is one of the speakers of this great panel at PDN Photo Expo Plus 2011 @ The Javitz Center. 

Hope to see you there!

Sat, Oct 29, 2011 - 1:30 PM to 3:30 PM
Your Picture on the Wall: Building a Career in Fine Art Photography

Type: NEW!
Track: The Art of Photography
Skill Level: Beginner to Intermediate
Show Description
How do photographers at any age find collectors for their work? Are there valid approaches in addition to the gallery route? These panelists are or have worked with the whole range of artists and collectors over their careers and have been involved with programs specially geared for emerging talents. They will offer advice and show examples of success stories.

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Sunday Oct 23, 2011- Two great talks! Sponsored by EN FOCO during the Lucie Awards.

Time check your ego at the door , shut up and listen!

As part of the Lucie Foundation Awards Celebration, the En Foco foundation organized  two great talks tomorrow evening Sunday, October 23, 2011 and if you want to lean more about great Contemporary Photography you better reserve your seat and be there!

Afterall... when you get a chance to hear Eli Reed with Jaime Permuth followed by Dawoud Bey in conversation with LaToya Ruby Frazier?

Enough said!  

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Vivian Maier, Photographer - The Very First New York Exhibition

Vivian Maier ( self portrait)

Vivian Maier

Vivian Maier

Vivian Maier
Vivian Maier

Last Monday, I was so  fortunate to be part of  a breakfast and private tour along with Gabrielle Larew, the Director of the Doma Gallery in Charlotte, North Carolina, Photographer Magdalene Sole and its Vivian's Maier exhibition curator, Mr. John A. Bennette at the Hearst Tower.

 At The Hearst Foundation now on display till January 31, 2011, has  a quite wonderful and the very first NY exhibition of the recently discovered talented photographer, Vivian Maier.

Vivian Maier, Photographer on display until January 31, 2012 is quite wonderful and the very first NY exhibition of the recently discovered talented photographer, Vivian Maier.

Her great photography , mostly of a street photography theme was created throughout her whole life while she worked as a nanny, in a very similar manner of how current photographer Zoe Strauss started doing photography.

The exhibition is just  exquisite, a joy for any fine art photography lover like us truly. John A Bennette its curator, elusive and seldom seen, did not missed a single detail putting this show together  down to the beautiful metal plaques for the photo titles...just so fabulous!

The exhibition starts with a video presentation created by Tom Palazzola suggested byJohn with the help of Jeffery Goldstein and Anne Zakaras of Vivian Maier Prints Inc.. The film of her history and  her work  includes unseen film shorts made by Vivian .There are sixty photographs 20 vintage taken in new York between 1950-54.  The contemporary black and white  photographs (editions of 15 only) are silver gelatin printed by master printer  Ron Gordon with Sandra Steinbrecher. The prints matted and framed in a very classic and striking manner. There is also on display several  cameras and archival material used by Vivian.

Accompanying the exhibition there is a very nice catalog ( which I loved taking home) of the exhibition images and inventory.

The setting for this exhibition is quite fitting for showcasing Vivian Maier work, right in the middle of the city, where the hustle and bustle were the main theme of her photography works but, also in such a perfect and secluded private time capsule that the Hearst Foundation has created for exhibiting true gems of art.

I strongly recommend you to try to see this exhibition (by appointment only). If not possible , Steven Kasher Gallery in Chelsea and Howard Greenberg Gallery will have subsequent exhibitions of her work this December. Vivian was very prolific so, this is just a slight crack of an open door. More to come.

Lastly, thank you John! No matter how hard my week turned out to be, I can always look back and remember what a  great start, you gave me Monday.

 Gabrielle Larew, Ruben Natal-San Miguel

 Gabrielle Larew, Magdalene Sole and Ruben Natal-San Miguel

 Rube Natal-San Miguel and Gabrielle Larew

 Gabrielle Larew, Magdalene Sole and Ruben Natal-San Miguel