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Review: Street Life at Keith De Lellis Gallery

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, July 29, 2014
Street Life:  A group exhibition of vintage street photography

Through August 8, 2014

This exhibition draws from the work of eight photographers:  Donald Blumberg, Mario Carrieri, Ugo Zovetti, Beuford Smith, Marvine E. Newman, Simpson Kalisher, Jan Lukas, and Anthony Barboza.  Keith De Lellis's summer show touches on a familiar even popular summer theme- street photography, and this selection of vintage works from the 60's and early 70's is a fun and gritty reflection of the era.  Drawn from work by lesser-known or at least lesser-exposed artists, none of the images carry preconceived baggage.  Viewers are able to see the work and the theme with fresh eyes.  Besides subject matter, a graphic dynamism unites the images- angles, perspective, and even motion-blur reoccurs working to unite imagery and to heighten the sensations in each frame.  Some subjects are light and merely reflect the style of the day- take Lucas's Untitled from 1964 for example, which features a table of the latest in lady's eye-ware.  Other works touch on race and class issues- Smith's Kill Whitey is arguably the most potent; it depicts a building graffitied with the same words and a tenant leaning out an upper window with an american flag waving in the breeze.  It is heavy, charged, but eerily calm.  Another work directly references the day's social inequities:  Lukas's Washington Square's focal point is a trio portrait painting of Kennedy, an African american youth, and the ghost of Lincoln over their shoulders.  This work shows tensions and trials of the era in a tenuous but in more idyllic light.  Cityscapes, cars, couples, children, businessmen, workmen, and others all become character-actors that help pull us into these animated street scenes.

For more information on this exhibition, please visit Keith De Lellis Gallery

New Yorker Review

Image Information:
Marvin E. Newman, Young Man Waiting For Bus, Chicago, 1951
Gelatin Silver Print, Courtesy of Keith De Lellis Gallery
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Review: Eclectic at Gitterman Gallery

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, July 23, 2014
On view through August 1, 2014

Tom Gitterman's summer show Eclectic is aptly named.  Through 45 works by over two dozen artists Gitterman brings us a body of fragments.  Each image belongs to a greater whole, and many works carry the sense of their greater context as much as they leave it behind.  Though fragmented, we can't help but want to draw connections between disparate images.  Some works are easy to ally- several chemical abstractions by Cordier, Chargesheimer, and Catherineau connect with immediacy and set the stage for more links to be established.  We discover a desire to connect more works together though formal qualities, theme, or content.  Gitterman's grouping of images, even online, helps to influence these connections.  Untitled by Charles Wong, Avenue NYC by Joseph Szabo, and Elevateur de Grains by Willy Kessels speak to each other structurally- they have strong upward moving vertical lines and fast-holding anchor-points.  The figure, the landscape, the solitary moment and the street-scene are reappear as staging themes that surface and connect images.  Street-scenes, surreal images, and some over-arching dual themes found in portraits lift the most weight as far as content goes.

Wall Street Journal Review 

Visit this exhibition online at Gitterman Gallery

Image Information:
Adam Bartos, Paris, 1992
Copyright Adam Bartos, Courtesy Gitterman Gallery

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Review: Sze Tsung Leong at Yossi Milo Gallery

Posted By Administration, Thursday, July 17, 2014
Sze Tsung Leong Horizons exhibition in Photograph Magazine

Sze Tsung Leong's Horizon's exhibition marks the Mexican-born, British-American artist's forth show at Yossi Milo Gallery.  Anyone self-described this way must be a child of the world.  Indeed Leong has a way of defining and unifying place.  He sets the horizon line of all views- landscapes and cityscapes- in the lower third of our field of sight.  This plane is kept constant through all the images, and when on exhibition our eye floats from image to image as though there were no frame.  Places don't only touch they begin to overlay and even confuse as we find harmonizing elements like shapes or tones in the works that make our eye's transition even more seamless.  Triangles, for example, form a pattern when Meoto Iwa, Futami; Dashur; and Salar de Uyuni I are seen side by side (follow Yossi Milo Gallery link below to view).  Cityscapes too begin to look alike- a series of rooftops and alleyways blend one into the next.  Even man and nature can stand in for each other- bathing figures in Sangam II, Allahabad begin to look like the buildings in Canale della Giudecca I, Venezia, as both figure and structure can be reduced to dots of color on a neutral horizon.  

While places seem to co-mingle and elude any sense of singularity, we will find that if we do stop to enjoy one frame it is a clean and direct description.  It is rooted and it is precise.  Having experiencing the work as a group of images we can never forget that each belongs in one way to the other, and we begin to feel the work functioning on another level.  It represents interconnectivity and reminds man, as Jordan G. Teicher says, that people ". . . have as much power to shape the landscape as nature itself," but man as an individual is also seen as miniscule.  Another of Leong's images of a man "stooped over the banks of the Ganges," poignantly suggests that man can be easily "lost in the foggy expanse" of nature (Teicher).

For more information on this artist and his work, please visit Yossi Milo Gallery
Review in Photograph Magazine by Jordan G. Teicher here.

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Review: About a Woman at Nailya Alexander Gallery

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, July 15, 2014
About a Woman

Through July 25, 2014

Nailya Alexander Gallery's summer show, About a Woman, has received attention from the Wall Street Journal and l'Oeil de la Photographie.

The exhibition features work by nearly 20 artists and casts the female figure in an array of roles.  Each of these works could stand alone, and satisfy any craving for drama and intrigue, but together they become a reflection on the captivating nature of a female protagonist.  She appears in works by masters and unknown artists alike.  One early print, circa 1910, by an unknown artist overlays the female profile with the moon.  Our female lead goes onto appear both directly in flesh and as referent.  Cirenaica Moreira gives us the dress-form of a figure with only a dainty outreached arm and delicate hand to represent her.  Other scenes turn equally murky and surreal.  Alexey Titarenko's Untitled (Two Dresses) blurs and shifts becoming unsettling, haunted even, but it harmonizes interestingly with Ann Rhoney's Silk Dress Coming where the woman walking away from us seems to stride with more grounding and self-assurance than she would otherwise appear to have possessed.  A selection of photomontage scenes engage play, invention, the aesthetics of design, and even the female as decorative element. And, since no good summer show with this depth would overlook a little supernatural danger- the female lead in Grete Stern's Dream 28 is frightened by a tortoise-headed monster.

Read the Wall Street Journal Review.

Read l'Oeil de la Photographie Review.

Visit the show online at Nailya Alexander Gallery.

Image Information:  Heather Evans Smith, Junk of the Heart, 2013 
Courtesy of Nailya Alexander Gallery

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Refresh: Swedish Photography Gallery Changes Name

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, July 8, 2014
AIPAD Member Gallery Swedish Photography has announced a name change to Grundemark Nilsson Gallery.  This fall they will announce a new location opening, so meantime Grundemark Nilsson Gallery invites patrons to visit their showroom in the Kopenickerstrasse 126, 10179 Berlin. 

Grundemark Nilsson Gallery is dedicated to exposing classic as well as contemporary photography by Swedish artists.  An annual catalogue is produced each year which highlights the 5-6 exhibitions from the season.  The gallery's mission is to give international platform to Swedish artists; their diverse portfolio gives particular focus to the new generation of contemporary photo-based artists and also works to solidify the careers of more renowned masters, including Christer Stromholm, Dawid or Tuija Lindstrom.  The gallery also engages in a broad-scope of activities, including international art fairs, book releases, panel discussions, and artists talks.  

For more information on Grudemark Nilsson Gallery or its program, please visit Grundemark Nilsson Galelry

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