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New Yorker Reveiw: Denis Darzacq at Laurence Miller Gallery

Posted By Administration, Friday, May 25, 2012
Updated: Monday, January 6, 2014

Act: Meditations on the Disabled Body

Through June 15

Darzacq is noted for capturing people using their bodies to express freedom in space, but this new series, Act allows for deeper layers of liberation. Act- Meditations on the Disabled Body was a collaborative effort between photographer and subject, and the subjects are each special individuals. Each of the participants is an adult with a mental of physical difference, each lives with conditions like Down's Syndrome or cerebral palsy. For an artist who has allowed for moments of liberation from the normal constrictive confines of life this series opens the bounds of true liberation as it allows us a glimpse into the mind, the spirit, the soul of each of his subjects.

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Artist's Reception: Rita Bernstein at John Cleary Gallery

Posted By Administration, Thursday, May 24, 2012
Updated: Monday, January 6, 2014

Out of Place

Exhibition Dates:
June 2 - September 1, 2012

Opening with the Artist:
Saturday, June 2
6:00 - 8:00 pm

The Out of Place work by Rita Bernstein is elegant, moody and above all poetic. Everything about the series is intimate. A self proclaimed "reluctant traveler" Bernstein works mainly in places she knows- her home in Philadelphia, her family's summer cottage in Pennsylvania, or their grounds- and with people she is close to. The small size of the pieces heightens their intimate feel- we are enveloped into the spaces, wrapped by the light or entangled by the darkness. Each jewel of an image causes pause and reflection on the dramas of life. Bernstein frequently depicts youthful figures; the intent is not so much to explore childhood as it is to consider the human psyche itself. Youths being less seasoned, skeptical, or reserved engage many of the same life dramas as adults. The difference is the true rawness of their sentiment, their action.

This lean toward youth is fresh, the handling of the work though, engages a sense of longing. The prints themselves are special- hand applied silver emulsion on Japanese gampi paper, and some further worked with beeswax and oil paint. Though we do not know the youths we identify with them directly. The litteral surface of the works sparks a nostalgia for memory. We find our own histories entangled with the pattern of theirs, and recall ourselves at the water's edge as a child in summer, like the bathers at Lake Swim or the young girls at play at Sliding Pond.Jordan and Ingrid may remind us of our first crush in, and Virginia and Ann of an intimate discussion with our parent.

Bernstein is right to focus on the drama within and between the youthful figures- it is potent yet forgiving. We feel a different drama in works like Transgression and The Last Time as the less youthful figures embody a certain heaviness or even, we wonder, regret. As adults we struggle with the same entrapments, but our past informs us, and at times work against us to hold us back.

For more information on this exhibition please visit John Cleary Gallery

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Artist's Reception: Ellen Carey at Joseph Bellows Gallery

Posted By Administration, Friday, May 18, 2012
Updated: Monday, January 6, 2014

Photography Degree Zero

Exhibition Dates: June 2 - July 14, 2012

Artist's Reception:
Saturday, June 2
5:00 - 8:00 pm

 The internationally acclaimed photo-based artist Ellen Carey will present her work for the first time in California at the Joseph Bellows Gallery. Carey is both experimental and innovative; she has managed to push the limits of the photographic media as she has engaged its early history. Abstraction and Minimalism seem to literally oppose the idea and creation of any lens-based work, but Carey's practice and development of the polaroid "pull" in 1996 proved possible a new genre and approach to photographic image-making. The visual qualities and concerns of her work claim lineage to the established 20th century movements of Abstract Expressionism, Minimalism and Conceptual art. This said, the work fits eerily well with the earliest description of photography- drawing with light.

Gestural, painterly, rhythmic frames are saturated with rich thick color particular to the large 20 x 24 in. Polaroid. The unique prints are particularly rare as only five cameras used to create the work exist.

For more information on the artist, her work, and the exhibition
please visit Joseph Bellows Gallery

Related Event:
at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery
Buffalo, NY

Through July 8, 2012

Exhibition provides survey of the Avant Garde cultural climate in Buffalo in the 1970's; the creative web between the visual arts, new media, literature, and music is mapped. Buffalo was one of the critical "geographical pockets" that cultivated postmodern and contemporary movements. Early works by Ellen Carey included in the exhibition.

For more information, please visit Albright Knox Art Gallery

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Reception & Book Signing: Lawrence Schiller at Steven Kasher Gallery

Posted By Administration, Friday, May 11, 2012
Updated: Monday, January 6, 2014

Marilyn & Me

Exhibition Dates: May 31 - June 30, 2012

Reception & Book Signing:
May 31
6:00 - 8:00 pm

Iconic Marilyn Monroe images by Schiller will be included in the artist's first solo show in the United States and feature ore than 50 works of the legendary star. Exhibition coincides with Schiller's 11th publication and includes vintage prints and original contact sheets with the artist's and Monroe's notations.

The dialogue between photographer and model before a shoot are now historic- true and almost chilling:"You're already famous, now you're going to make me famous" said Schiller. Monroe's replied with with "Don't be so cocky, photographers can be easily replaced" (press release). These words set the stage for the intersection that occurs in the works. Beyond the behind the scenes view Shiller gives us of an American legend is the story of two lives and two careers- Monroe just before her fall and Schiller on his way up.

The series offers many frames that depict the familiar sex symbol, but more resonant and powerful than her charms is the woman behind the image. Schiller succeeds in bringing the real Marilyn to light. The stage is set, the image of the woman who died tragically in her youth stirs in an almost haunting way as we look onto frames from Something's Gotta Give. We are taken back, and we see Marilyn as we remember her- vibrant and seductive, playful but aware of herself- her image. She giggles at the pool's edge, goes for a evening dip, and dons an oversized robe. Then Schiller offers more. In frames of her with Director George Cukor or with her Acting Coach Paula Strasberg we see Marilyn trying to find character and solidify her image on screen. In a few shots with friends at her 36th birthday, her last birthday, we feel a strange tension and in somber frames of Joe DiMaggio on the day of Marilyn's funeral a sense of loss.

For more information on the exhibition, publication, and related events please visit Steven Kasher Gallery

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Lecture: Stella de Sá Rego at Throckmorton Fine Art

Posted By Administration, Friday, May 11, 2012
Updated: Monday, January 6, 2014

In coordination with the Exhibition
April 19th - June 9th, 2012

Photo-Historian authored forward for text associated with the exhibition.
Lecture: May 12th, at 3pm

The aptly named exhibition features the work of Hugo Brehme and weaves in a few works by contemporaries in Mexico at the time. Images by Paul Strand, Gordon Abbott, Anton Bruehl, Laura Gilpin, Manuel Álvarez Bravo, Edward Weston, and Tina Modotti round out the exhibition and give weight to the style of Brehme.

Works from the 1920's and 1930's are rich and revealing. Brehme is known for his Pictoralist style, and even when Modernism became the way of seeing he remained true to his approach. His silver prints are rich and elegant; his hand-painted works devine. There is a painterly quality to the work both in handling and in framing. Intent is strong and clear careful attention to the way an image is composed. Everything is precisely constructed, wonderfully balanced, rhythmic. There is a flow to the frames and we stay locked in looking. The precision and attention given by the artist works for the viewer to denote a sense of honor. The figures, the landscapes, and the ancient monuments Brehme photographed are handled with so much attention that they become seen as more than important, but iconic.

Brehme's career was long and his dedication rendered him a leading character in the reformulation of Mexican nationalism. He is often called the "grandfather" of Mexican photography and a defining factor of Mexico and Mexicans.

For more information on the exhibition or the text please visit Throckmorton Fine Art

Book available: Timeless Mexico: Photographs by Hugo Brehme,
(Foreward by Stella de Sa Rego): $60.00

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