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Back in Business: Bruce Silverstein Gallery Reopens after Hurricane Sandy

Posted By Administration, Thursday, November 29, 2012
Updated: Friday, January 3, 2014

Special reopening celebration:
Thursday, November 29, 2012
6:00 - 8:00 pm


After suffering, as so many did, the effects of Hurricane Sandy Bruce Silverstein gallery is up and running again. They have rebuilt the gallery space and have officially reopened.

Max Neumann Exhibition Continues
through December 22, 2012

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Artist's Reception: Paulette Tavormina at Robert Mann Gallery

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, November 27, 2012
Updated: Friday, January 3, 2014
Artist's reception:
Thursday, January 17

Exhibition Dates: January 17 - March 9, 2013

 


With the same level of quality, detail, and intension that the Old Master painters invested into their still-life canvases so too does their contemporary counterpart Paulette Tavormina toil over her images. A true collector of small things from dishes and glassware to dried flowers, insects, fabrics, shells and the like each image speaks to Tavormina of place and moment. These carefully collected fragments are drawn together and worked into "sets" where just the right combination of elements can take up to a week to arrange. Slowly, the images of Tavormina come together. With careful attention to every detail the resulting images achieve visual perfection- a roundness of light, a rich liquidity of shadow, and a rhythm to the compositions that keps our eyes dancing. The resulting frames are as ripe with visual satisfaction as historic referent, direct and general.

Some images speak to season- the Strawberries to spring, Red Cherries and Plums, after .GG. to summer, Pears with a subtle inclusion of a nut in the foreground to fall, and the Lemons and Pomegranates, after J.V.H.to winter. The titles of some works are easy clues to their referents;

Tavormina did draw influence from artists like Francisco de Zurbaran, Adriaen Coorte and Giovanna Garzoni to name a few. Beyond the lush blooms and succulent frutes are little moments of tension- grapes or apples hanging from twine, citrus peels dangling, and most alarming, fish leaping from their bowls. Tavormina's visual abundance seduces and satiates- some of the displays are orhavebeen enjoyed.Fish Bone, after P.C is a prime example of the remains of a small even solitary feast. These images speak most deeply to the vanitas nature at the very core of the genrenature mort, dead life. Earlier works nod to this in the series title,Natura Morta. Tavormina's work adds to the visual history of the genre; beauty and purpose tangle in her lush frames.


For more information on the artist and her work, please visit Robert Mann Gallery

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Book Release:Repose by Charlotte Dumas

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, November 27, 2012
Updated: Friday, January 3, 2014

Available at Julie Saul Gallery

 

Animal photographer Charlotte Dumas works to reveal the many varieties of relationships between man and animal. The images are more than nobel portraits of animals, they are revealing vignettes that work to lift the curtain on relationships many of us think little about. The frames are ever intimate and approachable. We weigh our own emotions against those of her subjects, we sympathise, and are quite often called to remember the captivity we, as humans impose on fellow creatures.

For Dumas a common theme has been horses. Though replaced by the automobile decades ago these majestic creatures still serve as workers, racers, and even for some, pets. A poignant project that related to another chapter in the story between human and horse is a recent series Anima that feature the Old Guard- the burial horses of the Arlington National Cemetery. Dogs too have proved recurring; their relationship to humans is also multifaceted. Dumas has photographed the strays of Palermo and New York City in Heart-Shaped Hole (2008) and Heart of a Dog (2009). In 2011 Dumas narrowed in on a special story. She sought out the 15 remaining dogs that assisted FEMA agents in the aftermath of 9/11 at the World Trade Center and at the Pentagon. Now scattered around the states the dogs photographed in the resulting body of work,Retrieved, were crucial to the search and rescue effort of FEMA agents.

Other notable projects include the wolves of Norway and Sweden and tigers kept in the confinement of zoos, parks, and sanctuaries. With these works the ethics of freedom and captivity, survival, safety, and preservation of the species all come into play.

To learn more about the artist, her work, and new text, please visit Julie Saul Gallery

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TEXAS-BAUHAUS at PDNB Gallery

Posted By Administration, Sunday, November 25, 2012
Updated: Friday, January 3, 2014

The Bauhaus connection with Texas

Exhibition Dates: January 5, 2013

Gallery Talk with Jack & Beverly Wilgus
Thursday, December 6, 2012 6-8pm


About the Gallery Talk:


Jack and Beverly Wilgus both have strong backgrounds in
photography education and the history of the German Bauhaus.

They will discuss the photographic program at the Bauhaus and its influence on their personal work and teaching philosophy.

About the Exhibition:

 

When the Bauhaus in Germany closed in 1933 two of their leading figures, László Moholy-Nagy and his assistant, György Kepes, found new homes in, of all places, Denton, Texas. Their mark on the culture of Denton is noted in the current show at PDNB Gallery. Moholy-Nagy and Kepes took up where they had left off- teaching. Both held visiting artists positions in the early to mid 1940's in Denton.

With an emphasis on light, the quality of materials, and economy of form, line, and design the pair made a lasting impression. For Bauhaus photography, and certainly for this exhibition, it is the quality of light that resonates with the most power in the works of pupils like Carlotta Corpron, Ida Lansky and Barbara Maples.

Through Ms. Corpron, who had studied under Moholy-Nagy, Lansky and Maples learned and adopted the Bauhaus principles into their work. These and other students of the movement are included in the exhibition. On the whole the show transports us to a time when Bauhaus ruled. Many of the qualities seen and celebrated in Chicago's Institute of Design can be found here in the works of Texans. Works are playful and surreal, highly contrasted, strongly balanced, and graphically satisfying. There is an inherent rhythm and reason to works, even when fluid or chaotic an underlying structure seems to hold things in place.

For more information on the exhibition, please visit PDNB Gallery

Review in Dalas News

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Popular Culture: Andrea Meislin Gallery's Michal Chelbin in GQ

Posted By Administration, Sunday, November 25, 2012
Updated: Friday, January 3, 2014

Sailboats and Swans

Exhibition through December 22, 2012


The Israeli photographer Michal Chelbin has spent the past three years in Russian and Ukrainian prisions- seven to be exact. There she, with the help of her husband, photographed inmates. From youths to elderly, special facilities for boys and others for mothers with children the dingy yet vibrant frames are seductive and crippling. The prisions that Chelbin chose are not what we in the states would first imagine when we hear the word penitentiary, or prison, or even jail. Rather than individual barred cells they are open halls with rows of beds, decoratively colored walls of paint or ornate paper, tables with cloths and flowers. There is ever a clue of institutionalization- be it a uniform, a tattoo, or the common space shared that gives away what offen seems an angelic face. Some of the inmates do indeed look stereotypically "criminal," but most seem like someone we would pass on the street with a smile. We find as we look deeper and longer at the work and the empty eyes who's gaze holds us with tight grip that the decorative and communal actually undermine hope. There emerges a sense that GQ's Justin O'Neill describes well as an "unattainable nirvana."

Images remain on view at Meislin gallery and a newly released text is also available for purchase.

GQ article.

Andrea Meislin Gallery

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