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Focusing on an Icon: Weegee at Steven Kasher Gallery

Posted By Administration, Friday, December 30, 2011
Updated: Thursday, January 2, 2014
DATE: December 30, 2011

Naked City
in coordination with MoCA & ICP exhibitions

Exhibition Dates:
January 12 – February 25, 2012


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Weegee, Self Portrait, ca. 1945, Courtesy
of Steven Kasher Gallery
 
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Accident, ca. 1940, Courtesy of Steven Kasher Gallery
 
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Transvestite in a Police Van, 1941, Courtesy of
Steven Kasher Gallery.
 
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Victory Parade, ca. 1945, Courtesy of
Steven Kasher Gallery.
 
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Tenement Penthouse, May 23, 1941,
Courtesy of Steven Kasher Gallery
 
Naked City is being held in coordination with two other Weegee exhibitions: Weegee: Hollywood at MoCA and Murder is My Business at the ICP. This is an exceptional time to engage the artist's oeuvre. Steven Kasher Gallery presents 125 prints from the artists favorite subjects, including song and dance, drink, party, spectacle, circus, love and sex, crime and disaster, celebrity and citizen, and the self.

All of our primal urges, hidden truths, and secret fascinations are revealed in Weegee's work. The honest and direct tone is striking and immediate. Our curiosity is satisfied completely and purely. Artist and viewer gaze with sincerity- never up or down regardless the subject or circumstance. Dated yet timeless, candid yet encouraged, basic yet invested with layer- Weegee's work continues to hold power. Exhibitions are not to miss, especially the broad-reaching display at Steven Kasher Gallery, which beyond silver prints offers viewers audio and film elements.

For more information or to preview the exhibition please visit Steven Kasher Gallery


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Artists' Reception: Philippe Caladre & Jason Langer at Esther Woerdenhoff Gallery

Posted By Administration, Friday, December 30, 2011
Updated: Thursday, January 2, 2014
DATE: December 30, 2011

Exhibition Dates: January 10 – February 8, 2012


Artists' Reception: January 11, 2012
6:00 – 9:00 pm

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Philippe Calandre, Fiction Factory 1, Courtesy of Esther Woerdehoff Gallery
 
Philippe Caladre and Jason Langer pair well with reflective tones. Melancholic invented history balances against an alluring film noir sentiment.

After having traveling the world by ship for 16 years Philippe Caladare began his career as a photographer. For health reasons he returned to land and began his life as a photographer. In videography and photography Caladare's work has the humor of film noir. His last series Ghost Station took interest in portraits of abandoned service stations. The new series, Fiction Factories borrows from real and imagined. Cement factories are borrowed from and recreated. The game between real and imagined is pushed and the monstrous industrial giants begin to act as monuments to imagined histories.

Jason Langer, seemingly quiet and largely patient, continues to construct a body of work of marked coherence. Interested in photography from a young age, Langer studied at the University of Oregon and gained influence from Arthur Tress and Michael Kenna Langer. Langeur brings us into a nocturnal world. We pass through darkness to discover forgotten time and romantic plane. Subtle surrealism, seductive ambiance, alluring scenes entice our curiosity.

For more on the exhibition pleases visit Galerie Esther Woerdehoff


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Artists' Reception & Book Signing: Bertien van Manen at Yancey Richardson Gallery

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, December 27, 2011
Updated: Thursday, January 2, 2014

DATE: December 27, 2011

 

Let's sit down before we go

Exhibition Dates
January 5 – February 11, 2012


Opening Reception and Book Signing
Thursday, January 5
6:00-8:00pm

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Bertien Van Manen, Pjotr and his family, Apanas,
Siberia, from the series Let's sit down before we go,
1993, Courtesy of Yancey Richardson Galelry
 
The exhibition and signing focus on Bertien van Manen's latest work and third monograph, Let's sit down before we go, that compiles images of Uzbekistan, Siberia, Ukraine, Georgia, Moldova, Moscow and Tartarstan since 1990. The work is poignant and revealing, delicate, intimate views into the lives of everyday Russians. For most of us this is a new look at a people projected with such strength, power, and rigidity during the Communist regime. Bertien is celebrated for her ability to connect to and humanize her subjects, for the trust she is able to achieve and reveal to us. We too feel a connection to her subjects, we have the sense of knowing and of invitation. When gazing on her frames we see as an insider, a friend, a confidant and engage the subjects directly. The hours she spent with each subject is evident. We do not see an iron wall or state produced propaganda, rather everyday people. We see youth at leisure and gatherings of families and friends. We see the little moments that show rich cultural history and often realities of the "other Russians-" the anonymous, the poor, the ordinary; it is these works that have greatest affect on our memory and conscience.

For more on the exhibition, please visit Yancey Richardson Gallery

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Artists' Reception: Matthew Porter at M+B Gallery

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, December 27, 2011
Updated: Thursday, January 2, 2014
DATE: December 27, 2011

Pale Subtropical Light

Exhibition Dates
January 7 - February 11, 2012


Opening Reception with the Artist
Saturday, January 7
6:00 - 8:00 pm

Works relating to six of the artist's subjects are woven together in an exhibition that looks back onto the substantial career and sources of inspiration for Matthew Porter. With images that capture the career and legacy of Hollywood icon, Jane Fonda, California's mid-century architecture, and historical locations, and the artist's use of mash-up and collage.

The range of material, subject, and approach brought together speak to the artist's diversity, some fascinations or pogniant moments do come to the surface. The interest in the the westward pull, with some reference to the 1978 essay, "Eureka!" by John Gegory Dunne that "[tracked] the attitudes of New York City literati toward [the] decision to move to Los Angeles in 1964 and [the] unfounded accusations that [Dunne] traded the cultural capital of opinions for the cultural capital of images." Light, mirage, hallucination are used to describe Los Angeles and as we consider the Jane Fonda, architectural, and collage work considering the "Eureka!" essay seems an appropriate frame. The resonance, weight, and even theatrics of of history also come to light in works of historical locations including the Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument in Montana.

Porter earned a BA in 1998 from Bard College and went onto earn his MFA from Bard-ICP in 2006. Recent notable exhibitions include a solo show at Invisible Exports in New York, inclusion in the International Center of Photography's Perspectives 2010.


This exhibition is part of the ongoing Getty initiative, Pacific Standard Time.

For more on this exhibition please visit M+B Gallery

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New Yorker Review: Mario Algaze at Throckmorton Fine Art

Posted By Administration, Thursday, December 22, 2011
Updated: Thursday, January 2, 2014
DATE: December 22, 2011

Looking back on 40 years of work

through January 7, 2012


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Mario Algaze "Los arétes que le faltan a la luna.....",
Sancti Spiritus, Cuba 1999-2000 Gelatin silver print
16 x 20 in., Courtesy of Throckmorton Fine Art
 
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Mario Algaze "La sombra del Ciclista", Bogotá, Colombia
2000 Gelatin silver print 20 x 24 in., Courtesy of Throckmorton Fine Art
 
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Mario Algaze "La Catedral Primada de Santa Fé de
Bogotá", Colombia 2006 Gelatin silver print 16 x 20 in.,
Courtesy of Throckmorton Fine Art
 
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Mario Algaze "Espejo barroco", Otavalo, Ecuador
1988 Gelatin silver print 16 x 20 in., Courtesy of
Throckmorton Fine Art
 
Cuban-born Mario Algaze's work is truly elegant. The formally structured compositions and powerful sense of light lends well to his black and white prints. The works are timeless and approach reminiscent of Atget, Bravo, and Kertesz. We are at first surprised when our eyes wander to the print's dates. Many works are from the 80's, 90's, and present but have a reflexive quality. The eye of Algaze is romantic, grand, classic, even noble. We find ourselves delighted at the artist's ability to elevate our time to another plane. We feel a power of perspective as though the lens of time were lengthened and we were looking from a further point back onto these captured moments. This survey exhibition of 35 prints draws images from Latin America and the Caribbean in landscapes, cityscapes, and still-lifes.

Truly exceptional images.

For more on the exhibition, book, and portfolio please visit Throckmorton Fine Art

New Yorker Review


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