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Rick Wester Fine Art is Moving

Posted By Administration, Thursday, April 18, 2013
Updated: Thursday, December 19, 2013

Opening at their new location May 2


Rick Wester Fine Art (RWFA) is moving from 511 West 26th Street to 526 West 26th Street (Suite 417). Gallery Owner and Director Rick Wester has been in the field of photographic art and promotion for over 30 years. Founded in 2004 RWFA began as an art services company specializing in artist representation, consulting, secondary market sales, and appraisals, but has grown to include exhibition programing.

After the Threshold
Sandi Haber Fifield

Exhibition Dates: May 2 - June 15, 2013

The new space will open with an exhibition of work by Sandi Haber Fifield, After the Threshold. Haber Fifield's work emerges over time. Through collections and groupings of images a whole is formed from disparate moments. We find that formal connections often guide selections and unify fragmented glimpses, so color, shape, light, theme and sentiment not only guide the groupings but also become important to our experience with the whole work. The images become metaphors for our own lives and memories, each of which is an assemblage of a series of passing moments.

For more information on the gallery, new location, and debuting exhibition, please visit Rick Wester Fine Art

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Artist's Reception: Emmet Gowin & Richard Benson at Jackson Fine Art

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, April 17, 2013
Updated: Thursday, December 19, 2013

EMMET GOWIN:Photographs
RICHARD BENSON:North South East West

EXHIBITION DATES: April 19 - July 27, 2013

OPENING RECEPTION WITH THE ARTISTS:
Friday, April 19th
6:00 - 8:00 pm


 


Emmet Gowin and Richard Benson are both artists and educators who have for years influenced the medium and its future. An unmistakable truth lies in both artists works and their legacy has been passed through them to a new generation of photographers.

Gowin has enjoyed a 50 year career in photography. A student himself of an earlier photography icon, Harry Callahan, Gowin's work is both powerful and touching. Weather intimate imagery of his family, his wife and muse Edith, or arial views of the landscape affected by the hand of man we experience a sense of closeness to the subject. The work envelops, fascinates with an innate sense of knowing. Perhaps this truth is due to the fact that for Gowin the images he takes are more than portraits of his subjects or views of the world around him they are in fact reflections on his own identity, for as Gowin has said " . . .whatever picture an artist makes, it is in part a picture of himself . . ." (Jackson). 

The quality of Gowin's prints is clean and clear, carefully crafted to balance between between dynamism and stability. We find an easy and playful parallel between two boys and a pair of turkeys inBarry, Dwayne and Turkeys, Danville, Virginia, 1970, a seductive rhythm in the twisted arms ofNancy, Danville, Virginia, 1969, and the powerful hold of allure in the eyes of his favorite subject, muse, and wifeEdith, Danville, Virginia 1967. The immediacy of these works remains after all these years, and wearegripped by the moment.

Benson too is known for his dedication to the American landscape and the quality of this prints. While early works were silver or platinum Benson moved with developing technology and adapted the digital process to his own particular approach to image making. His photographs are printed using an ink jet printer designed to print a single image in layers. The first layer is the entire picture printed lighter. The second layer is a repeat of the first with all neutral values removed. For the third and final layer, all color is removed and only the neutral values are printed. The resulting print is vivvid, and for Benson these seductive prints capture "the way the world feels" (Jackson). The prints are careful not to be over saturated, but theydohold an almost magical depth, a crystal clarity to light, and an overall richness to hue. The quality becomes so dimensional that it seems to be tactile and envelops us with ease, so we can easily walk the dirt and gravel path to the old white barn inGaspe Peninsula, 2006, feel the heat of the day wane as the breeze rustles the branches at the water's edge inVermont, 2007, and hear the gulls call and waves crash inMiddletown, Road Island, 2006

For more information on these exhibitions, please visit Jackson Fine Art

Reference:Jackson Fine Art Press Release

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Artist's Reception & Book Signing: Miles Aldridge at Steven Kasher Galelry

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, April 17, 2013
Updated: Thursday, December 19, 2013

I Only Want You to Love Me

Exhibition Dates: May 8 - June 8, 2013

Opening Reception & Signing:
Wednesday, May 8
6:00 - 8:00 pm


Something is not quite right with Mies Aldrige's women and the exhibition title I Only Want You to Love Me is a perfect description for the sentiment within the work. This exhibition marks the second featured show for Aldridge with Stephen Kasher Gallery; it is a retrospective, and will open in tandem with a show of the same title at the Somerset House in London. I Only Want You to Love Me is super saturated with color but full of darkness. What Aldridge has composed are meticulously crafted spaces where otherwise polished women come apart at the seams. Frames almost saccharine with color poke at stereotypical female roles, fashion, and the commodification of our culture. An artist of the subconscious and of fashion these works are pinnacle, for we see both the bright shinny packages of these types and the gaping hole that has become their existence. They have finally become aware of the degrading nature of their own vanity, their own perfection. Aldridge catches all the drama of their decline. In Home Works #7, 2008 a wife knifes a birthday cake; in A Family Portrait # 14, 2011 a daughter offers a bite of food at fork's end to her withdrawn mother without reaction; and in The Rooms #2, 2011 an elegantly dressed gambler has fallen to the floor chips, cards, and a fallen drink surround her. While firmly postmodern the work finds roots in Pop imagery and the Kodachrome palate of 1950's Hollywood.

For more information please visit Steven Kasher Gallery

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Artist's Reception: Amanda Means at Joseph Bellows Gallery

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, April 16, 2013
Updated: Thursday, December 19, 2013

Glass & Light

Exhibition Dates: April 20 - June 1, 2013

Artist's Reception:
April 20
6:00 - 8:00 pm


A now native New Yorker, Amanda Means was raised in a small farming community in Upstate New York. She has remained fascinated with capturing the environment- both natural and human built. This exhibition draws from several bodies of work, including images from her Leaves,Color Polaroid Light Bulbs,Black & White Light Bulbs, and Water Glasses series. Beyond clear parallels to scale and handling, particularly between the leaves and bulbs, is an uncanny sense of fascination that infects us and runs like a thread through the images. Repetition with variation helps give pulse to the work and also asks us to find the uniqueness in similar, even identical mass produced objects.

We may at first be sceptical of these simplistic subjects, but we discover that there is a hum to the work. We feel a real charge in the bulbs, a surge of energy, and even power. We experience opposing senses of serenity and unease in water glasses; we see the effects of passing time and may wonder what space of it caused the glasses to sweat, bubble, become empty, or scratched. The originating series that inspired these continued explorations-Leaves- are intricate, rhythmic, and expansive. Means treats her subjects with directness and weight, so that each item- man or nature made is rendered not only fascinating as a sample, but iconic as a form.

For more information on this exhibition please visit Joseph Bellows Gallery

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aipad Recap: Art in America's Top 10

Posted By Administration, Monday, April 15, 2013
Updated: Thursday, December 19, 2013
Now that the fair is over, we have the chance to sift through our own experience to see what it is we indeed remember from the show- what images remain in our minds and which of the 82 exhibiting member galleries proved notable.

For Art in America highlights included the enlarged negative prints of British photographer Damion Berger at Lisa Sette Gallery; the sensual nudes of Mona Kuhn at Jackson Fine Art (Atlanta); photos documenting no longer extant collages by Grete Stern at GalerĂ­a Vasari; and a seated nude with a parrot on her shoulder by Alec Soth at Martin Weinstein Gallery (Minneapolis).

Other Favorites included:
Bryce Wolkowitz Gallery, New York
M=B Gallery, Los Angeles
PDNB, Dallas
Paul M. Hertzmann, Inc., San Francisco
Robert Klein Gallery, Boston
Bonni Benrubi Gallery, Inc., New York


Full list of favorites and complete article at Art in America

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