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Mike Smith Named USA Lowe Fellow

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, December 7, 2011
Updated: Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Selective Process Names Smith Among Fellows


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Initiated in 2005 the USA Lowe Fellowship awards 50 artists with unrestricted funding. A highly selective process with rounds of nominations, applications, and peer reviews whittled down the initial 2 million candidates to 50. Emerging, mid-career, and established artists eligible.

Smith's work focuses attention on the forgotten segment of the American landscape, Southern Appalachia. Documenting the people, the landscape, and daily activity has been the artist's focus since 1981. The frames are strong, bold, and engaging. The life is simple but rough, the people gritty, the landscape tough but rolling.

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Mike Smith's Fellow Profile here

Smith is represented by AIPAD member Lee Marks Fine Art

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2012 Deutsche Börse Photography Prize Shortlist Announced

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, December 7, 2011
Updated: Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Awarding the most significant contributors to photography in the past year


The Photographer's Gallery has announced this years short list for the Deutsche Börse Photography Prize. This year's awarded photographers include Pieter Hugo, Rinko Kawauchi, John Stezaker and Christopher Williams. Work by the four awarded artists to be on exhibition in summer 2012.

The variety of this year's artists is notable. Hugo's shots from Permanent Error are noble and agonizing portraits of scavengers in toxic technology dumps. Kawauchi has been recognized for her recent publication Illuminance which presents fantastic possibilities that elevate the every day. Stezaker's 40-plus year exploration into our relationship to the photographic image plays with juxtaposition, appropriation, and collage. Williams's work is conceptual, turning photography and the photograph onits head with shots of cameras, models, and technical equipment we are encouraged to wonder at the significance of visual content itself.

For more on the artists, prize, and exhibition please visit The Photographers' Gallery

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Lawsuit Between LaChapelle and Rihanna Settled

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, October 26, 2011
Updated: Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Lawsuit Between LaChapelle and Rihanna Settled


Rihanna Settles in Out of Court Decision for Undisclosed Sum


Dispute over copyrighted material had gone on for some time, but has now settled out of court for an undisclosed sum. In settling Rihanna recognized that her "S&M" video did in fact copy the photographic work of fashion and fine art photographer David LaChapelle.

The "composition, total concept, feel, tone, mood, theme, colors, props, settings, decors, wardrobe and lighting" of the video were too much like the work of LaChappelle, and it is true that side by side there are just a few too many parallels to be accidental or independent. While Rihanna's lawyers argued some claims went too far and that plagiarism could not be claimed, including some of the scenes depicting a dominatrix within and without domestic spaces, in the end the devil was in the details. True, due to the subject matter some similarities would naturally exist, but schematic compositional choices- pink and white stripes; costume decisions-frizzy red wigs or in still other scenes with pink latex suits and similar gesture could not be ignored.

For more on this story visit
ArtInfo
Telegraph

Background story inFAB coverage from July

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Maxwell Anderson Named New Director of Dallas Museum of Art

Posted By Administration, Saturday, October 22, 2011
Updated: Tuesday, December 17, 2013
Dr. Maxwell L. Anderson appointed to replace Bonnie Pitman as Director of the Dallas Museum of Art. Mrs. Pitman retired this past June and Dr. Anderson is set to step into his new role in January. Dr. Anderson has been working with the Indianapolis Museum of Art (IMA) for six years and has served in Director roles at the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Art Gallery of Ontario, and Michael C. Carlos Museum of Emory University. Prior to these positions he contributed to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in Curatorial roles and taught in the Department of Art & Archaeology at Princeton University and in the Università di Roma. Dr. Maxwell is a dedicated and progressive director known for increasing patronage and attendance.

Full release can be read at the Dallas Museum of Art's Press Room

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Behind the Curtain: Larry Fink and Celebrity Starletes

Posted By Administration, Thursday, October 20, 2011
Updated: Tuesday, December 17, 2013

The Vanities: Hollywood Parties, 2000 - 2009

New text reveals telling human drama and honest moments


Not a movie-goer or TV enthusiast Larry Fink floats invisible behind the scenes of Hollywood parties. Official Oscar party photographer for Vanity Fair it seems quite unlikely that many captured by the man with the camera are to him fairly unknown. Perhaps an air of honesty is allowed that makes him and the frames unique, honest. Rather than chase or houd, Fink seems to sit and wait. Disappearing from the mind and sight of the guests has allowed him time to capture the person, not the personality. The direct documentary style and iconic black and white images seem to erase time but also heighten drama and enhance dynamism. Emotions are felt rather than judgement passed on the figures mot of us do know so well.

Images made over nine years compiled into text.

For additional coverage of this story visit the LA Times

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