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ADAA President Makes the Case for Galleries and the Dealers Who Run Them

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, November 12, 2013
Updated: Monday, December 16, 2013
In an article by Dorsey Waxter published in October's Art+Auction Dorsey Waxter, President of the Art Dealers Association of America makes the case for Galleries. While international art fairs pop up and entice us as destination events and art e-commerce sites stream distractions through e-mail campaigns to inspire seemingly casual and anonymous point and click viewing Waxter contends that the hub of real excitement happens in the Galleries. These are the institutions who dedicate their space and time to promoting artists and cultivating their careers and following. The gallery doors are the portals to experience- to viewing, dialogue, engagement, to a visual community of exchange.

Galleries hold a crucial role in helping artists stake claim for their work. As advocates, Dealers not only work for known artists, but for emerging artists and even take up the cause of lost or overlooked talent. Whatever their niche, Galleries, unlike Museums or websites, are staffed by approachable resident experts who know the works intimately and the artist personally. In the history of art Galleries have often proved to be valuable archives, recording and holding important information on artist's work. This gives them an important position that ties together the excitement of discovery, shared with the public through exhibitions, and legacy, as the history they help generate for artists through exhibitions and cultivated patronage are recorded, built, and shared.

For more information on this story, please visit Blouin ArtInfo

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Fashion Photogrpaher, Deborah Turbevill Deies at 81

Posted By Administration, Saturday, October 26, 2013
Updated: Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Deborah Turbeville, who almost single-handedly turned fashion photography from a clean, well-lighted thing into something dark, brooding and suffused with sensual strangeness, died on Thursday in Manhattan.

Though images like Ms. Turbeville's — which might include pale, haunted-eyed models in derelict buildings — are practically de rigueur in fashion photography today, they were almost beyond contemplation when she began her work in the early 1970s. She was the only woman, and the only American, in the triumvirate (the others were Helmut Newton and Guy Bourdin) that by wide critical consensus changed fashion photography from sedate to shocking.

Ms. Turbeville, who began her career editing fashion magazines, became famous, Women's Wear Daily wrote in 2009, "for transforming fashion photography into avant-garde art" — a distinction all the more striking in that she was almost completely self-taught.

Her photographs appeared in magazines like Vogue, Harper's Bazaar and Mirabella; in newspapers including The New York Times; in advertisements for clients like Ralph Lauren, Bruno Magli, Nike, Macy's and Bloomingdale's; in exhibitions worldwide; and in books, including "Unseen Versailles" (1981), a collection of her photos of the hidden, dusty spaces underpinning Louis XIV's grand palace.

Her death, at St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Center, was from lung cancer, her agent, Marek Milewicz, said.

Full story in the New York Times

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Silver Lining for Detroit

Posted By Administration, Thursday, October 17, 2013
Updated: Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Foreshadowing an Art Renaissance

The x-motor giant has been in the news a lot lately. Stories have ranged widely and have included their declaration of bankruptcy; fleeing human and soaring abandoned canine populations; mile expanses of abandoned facilities, factories, and homes; and suggestions that the city should empty its art coffers to plug the gaping hole of municipal debt. Among all of this grim and grey news there must be silver linings- somewhere, however small.

In a recent article in Artspace, Collector Gary Wasserman on Why Detroit is the Newest Laboratory for the Avant-Garde, we see a glimmer of hope for the fallen giant- cheap rent, where else can "an artist or musician acquire a 3,000-square-foot house with yard for $500" (Corbett). And in another article in MutualArt in September we saw news that the DeVos Institute of Arts Management at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. pledged a total of $1.2 in free consultancy services over the next 18 months. Rebuilding can start with this- artists, the base of the creative pyramid, and with support moving up the scaffolding in the upper management levels. These realities and movements are newly sewn seeds and could lead to real ground-up change. 

There are other layers to Detroit's past and present that are important to remember- Detroit has bridged racial rifts with its creative output before. The Motown Sound was a unique blend of soul music with pop influence that appealed interracially, so the history of art movements emerging from the area are remembered. The city also still has a good root structure of art patronage. So, the city's foundation remains and opportunity can almost be found amidst distress. Though Detroit will have to start from scratch, stories like these make us keenly aware of the potential for renaissance.

Artspace, Rachel Corbett


Related Links & Stories:
CBS News: 60 Minutes report Detroit on the edge by Bob Simon 

In Detroit, a Case of Selling Art and Selling Out by Roberta Smith

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Photography Books Stand Out

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, October 9, 2013
Updated: Wednesday, November 6, 2013

More than half of the falls best new books are Photography-based

Among Artspac's list of 8 mentioned texts 5 were photo-based: Aperture Foundation's view of Mars, Andy Warhol's Queens, Richard Corman's Madonna, Cindy Sherman's Untitled Horrors, and Sophie Calle's Ghosts all made the list. Though photography arguably translates well into text; this weighted attention must also signify that the media itself is of great interest to cultural consumers. 

For the full story and reviews on these texts, please visit Artspace

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Malcom Daniel to sucucceed Anne Wilkes Tucker as Curator of Photography at Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

Posted By Administration, Friday, September 27, 2013
Updated: Wednesday, November 6, 2013
Anne Wilkes Tucker, the Founding Director of the Photography Department will retire in June of 2015. 

"Over more than three decades, Anne Tucker's passion for photography consistently produced path-breaking exhibitions and publications that placed the medium at the center of cultural discourse and made the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, a leader in the field," Gary Tinterow, Director of the Musum of Fine Arts, Houston, said. "Many of these exhibitions, most recently WAR/PHOTOGRAPHY: Images of Armed Conflict and Its Aftermath, redefined their subjects or articulated them to an American audience for the first time. Her acquisition of more than 29,000 works, many of them the result of long-standing relationships with contemporary photographers, vaulted our collection to preeminence. The legacy cannot be overstated. As Anne anticipated retirement, she and I both agreed that Malcolm Daniel was the ideal successor to build on her achievements, bringing singular expertise in the early chapters of photography and a proven record of scholarship, intellectual rigor and fresh perspectives on both historical material and contemporary art."

Senior curator of photography at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Malcolm Daniel, will become the photography curator of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. Daniel received his B.A. from Trinity College, Hartford, in art history and studio art in 1978; his M.A. in Modern art from Princeton University in 1987; and his Ph.D. from Princeton in 1991. He will start his new position as Curator in Charge of the Department of Photography and Curator of Special Projects at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, on December 9, working alongside Tucker until her retirement, in June 2015.

For more information on this story, please visit MFAHouston

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