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Wall Street Journal Review: LIGHT OF MODERNITY IN BUENOS AIRES (1929 - 1954)

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, December 6, 2011
Updated: Thursday, January 2, 2014

DATE: December 6, 2011


At the Nailya Alexander Gallery
Exhibition Through January 11, 2012


Image
Grete Stern "Dream 31," 1949 Gelatin silver print,
printed in 1991 Stamped, titled and dated on verso
11 1/2 x 9 3/4 inches Copyright Grete Stern, Courtesy
Nailya Alexander Gallery
 
The work of six Argentinian photographers trace the history of the nation's photography to its roots. The modern emergence of Argentinian photography came with the arrival of European artists. Foundations were formed and progress began to be steadily marked between 1930 - 1950's. This exhibition brings the work of six pioneering Argentinian photographers together in a 42 print exhibition.

Works by Annemarie Heinrich (Germany, 1912 – Argentina, 2005), Grete Stern (Germany 1904 - Argentina, 1999), Horacio Coppola (Argentina, 1906), Anatole Saderman (Russia, 1904 - Argentina, 1993), Juan Di Sandro (Italy, 1898 - Argentina, 1988), and Sameer Makarius (Egypt, 1924-Argentina, 2009) included. The diversity of the artists who would call Argentina home was far reaching, their visual styles equally varied, and contributions impactful on future developments on the media within the country.

The work of Annemarie Heinrich is theatrical, cinemagraphic, and reminiscent of the elegance of the entertainment industry. Multiple exposures are playful, surreal, and dramatic. Known for their work and impact on the local photography and photo montage is the artistic duo Horacio Coppola and Grete Stern. Anatole Saderman's botanical studies are calculated examinations of the natural world- work of this period was included in a text Wonders of Our Indigenous Plants. The direct approaches of Juan Di Sandro, photojournalistic, and Sameer Makaris "subjective documentalism, round out the show. Together this cross section of Argentinian innovators allow us to look back at the influences that founded modern Argentinian photography.

Wall Street Journal Review

For more information, images, and an essay by
Valeria González please visit Nailya Alexander Gallery


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