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Deutsche Börse Photography Prize 2013: Shortlist Announced

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, November 28, 2012
Updated: Monday, December 16, 2013

Mishka Henner, Chris Killip, Cristina De Middel and the artist duo Adam Broomberg & Oliver Chanarin

The Deutsche Börse Photography Prize is awarded anualy to a living photographer for a specific body of work in exhibition or publication format. The award, open to artists of any nationality, is given to one artist who has significantly contributed to photography in Eruope between October 2011 and September 2012. The four named artists, Mishka Henner, Chris Killip, Cristina De Middel and the artist duo Adam Broomberg & Oliver Chanarin, are all strong candidates; their work will exhibit at the Photogarphers' Gallery in May 2012 and the winner will be announced.

The photographic duo, Adam Broomberg and Oliver Chanarin were nominated for their publication War Primer 2. The screenshots and low-res images grabbed from the internet focused on the "War on Terror;" their text is a contemporary answer to the original War Primer (1955) published by Bertolt Brecht where WWII newspaper clippings were paired with short poems that sought to demystify press images. Then and now the War Primers have offered critique on conflict photographs and their dissemination.

Mishka Henner also engages themes of public domain. Nominated for his Fotografia Festival Internazionale di Roma exhibition, No Man's Land, the work uses and critiques with the same lense- a car-mounted camera. Henner explores the margins of urban and rural Europe through images made through Google Street View. Locations sex workers frequent became the locus of his interest. Through identification of sites suggested in online forums Henner identifies and visits the local and shoots his images using car-mounted cameras; the lines of voyeurism privacy and online information gathering all blur in his work.

Hitting a more documentary tone is the work of Chris Killip. The Brittish photograher was nominated for his exhibition What Happened Great Britian 1970- 1990 at Le Bal, Paris. The studied series of black and white prints is stark and grave and chronicles the deterioration of the industrial force of Britain and its working class communities of north England. Killip lifts the veil on socio-political realities through his resonant work- it is no wonder the images are so powerful; Killip immersed himself in the lives of his subjects and personal stories pour from the frames.

Turning a bit more toward the invented, the publication The Afronauts of Cristina De Middle is a play between myth and truth. In self serious yet impossible frames the story of the Zambia's space program plays out. After Zambia gained its independence in 1964 a move was made to initiate a space program. The aim was to send the first African Astronauts to Mars, and the dream led by Edward Makuka Nkoloso, the sole member of the National Academy of Science, Space Research and Philosophy, was born; almost as quickly, it was cancled. The story has become a playful part of the nation's history, and for De Middle the focus of work. Through constructed color images, sequenced drawings, and reproductions of letters we see emerge the fictional portrait of a national dream.

For more on the Deutsche Börse Photography Prize please visit the Photographers' Gallery

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National Endowment for the Arts Chairman Steps Down

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, November 21, 2012
Updated: Monday, December 16, 2013

Rocco Landesman Announced He will Retire

The former Broadway producer, Rocco Landsman announced Tuesday, Nov. 20th that he will step down from his post as NEA Chairman at the end of this year. Mr. Landsman has served as chair since 2009 and his departure is not likely to be much regretted by the arts community. In February of 2011 Mr. Landsman publicly questioned if there was an overabundance of nonprofit arts organizations. Though he may have made a point- we may not indeed need "three administrators for every artist" (Patricia Cohen, NYT Arts Beat Blog) the sentiment was neither welcomed nor expected from a NEA Chairman.

Mr. Landesman leaves the post satisfied with his goal of serving one term and content to have "accomplish[ed] more than [he] ever thought possible;" Landesman mentined the NEA's partnership with Walter Reed National Military Medical center and a more influential agency research office as top successes of his term (Cohen). Joan Shigekawa, Senior Deputy Chairman will step up as acting lead to replace Landesman in the interrum until the nomination and confirmation process for the new chair is complete.

NYT Arts Beat Blog by Patricia Cohen with link to 2011 article covering Landesman's questioning of the size of arts administration.

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Anthony Bannon of George Eastman House Leaves for New Role at Buffalo State College

Posted By Administration, Sunday, November 11, 2012
Updated: Monday, December 16, 2013

Bannon's announcement of retirement last year allowed a number of institutions time to offer the celebrated George Eastman House Director new positions. Bannon accepted a post at Buffalo State College.

Lured from retirement Bannon will take a dual role at Buffalo State- he will work on community service and volunteerism with the college president and will lead the Burchfield-Penny Art Center as Executive Director. Bannon had served as Director of the Center for 11 years in the mid 80's - mid 90's. He will search for and groom the Center's next Director.

Bannon will be missed at George Eastman House; with 16 years of dedication to the institution, Bannon is the longest-serving Director. Notable accomplishments are many, but perhaps some of the most relevant were the leadership he inspired related to digital photographic media and image sharing. In the 90's when digital was new and perhaps seemed trite or fleeting, Bannon "pushed hard;" George Eastman House is also a leader in social media with an award-winning track redord. As one of the first few to join flickr the institution now has an astonishing 200,000 images available for view online through the site. Bannon's foresight will be missed by the George Eastman House but certainly be of beneficial growth to Buffalo State College.


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MoMA and Columbia Business School Map Abstraction

Posted By Administration, Monday, October 29, 2012
Updated: Monday, December 16, 2013

Foreshadowing of MoMA's Inventing Abstraction, 1910-1925

& Mapping a Movement- in today's terms.

Leah Dickerman and Masha Chlenova, Curator and Assistant Curator, of MoMA teamed up with Paul Ingram, Professor at Columbia Business School, to build a virtual and interactive map of the artistic relationships around the Abstract movement. An identifying feature of Abstraction was its vastness- its reaching beyond visual arts to encompass performing arts- theater, dance, and music as well as linguistic arts- poetry and spoken word. This mass of a cultural movement had seen no match since the Renaissance.

What Dickerman and Ingram's teams produced is a web of connections between artists. Beginning with an Excel spreadsheet connections like we would see today in Facebook or LinkedIn began to grow. The social media model was in some respects the intent of the mapping, or at least its frame. Conversations regarding who-knew-who and how were what built the visual web.

The resulting web is a spidering of lines between artists. Major figures become evident, with the most pinnacle figures having the most connections. The web does more than show, it tells. It is interactive, and users of it will be able to click on artists and connections to reveal information about creative leaders and their alliances. As Ingram explains to his MBA's it is the "quality of "'between-ness'" in the network—being on multiple paths between others—[that] is associated with creativity" (ArtNews).

Learn more in ArtNews ,which continues with a look back at earlier art-mapping models, their history, and relevance.

Forthcoming MoMA Exhibition:
Inventing Abstraction, 1910 - 1925
December 23 - April 15, 2012

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Posted By Administration, Friday, October 26, 2012
Updated: Monday, December 16, 2013

An online resource of Museum publications

Earlier this month The Metropolitan Museum of Art launched MetPublications, a major online resource that offers unparalleled in-depth access to the Museum's renowned print and online publications. The online resource is free and available to the public. It covers publications on art, art history, archaeology, conservation, and collecting.

"MetPublications presents a rich and fascinating record of the last five decades of Met scholarship," said Thomas P. Campbell, Director and CEO of the Metropolitan Museum. "I am particularly pleased that this new portal allows us to share the Met's publications with a global audience. It will extend the reach of our past, current, and future publications, and give new life to out-of-print volumes."

The project is substantial and growing- the museum hopes to expand and could eventually offer access to nearly all books, Bulletins, and Journals published by the Metropolitan Museum since its founding in 1870.
Readers may also locate works of art from the Met's collections that are included within MetPublications and access the most recent information about these works in the Collections section of the Museum's website.

MetPublications project has been made possible by Hunt & Betsy Lawrence.


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