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Danziger Gallery in the New York Times Lens Blog

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, May 28, 2014
Mark Cohen 

through June 20, 2014

The work of Mark Cohen is direct and intense; through often fragmented frames we are brought to the artist's stomping-grounds, his hometown Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania.  The artist lived and worked for most of his life in this small working-town and there developed his own style of street photography.  Images are taken at close-range with a wide-angle lens.  To allow a bit more distance, and perhaps avoid confrontation with his subjects, Cohen shot his frames with arms extended, rather than carefully composed through the viewfinder.  This manner of shooting helped to refine his personal style and adds an interesting perspective to the work.  We see Cohen's world in pieces- waste-lines, belly-buttons, knees, the tops of heads without bodies, or bodies without heads.  While this could and often does heighten tension it also sharpens our perspective and adds an anonymity that renders many of the frames specific and universal.  Our eye wanders the tight frames and forms and pushes through negative space to take in the background; it is this space that often fills in the remaining narrative.  There is often something gritty and unkept to Cohen's space, and in truth to Wilkes-Barre, this speaks to condition of place and reinforces his uneasy pictures.

Read more about the work in the New York Times Lens Blog

Additional coverage in the New York Times Magazine and Collector Daily

To view works online or for additional information on Cohen and his work, please visit Danziger Gallery

Image Information:  Mark Cohen, Youth Crouching, 1974
Courtesy of Danziger Gallery

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Throckmorton Fine Art in Wall Street International

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, May 27, 2014
Homage: Lucien Clergue 

through July 12, 2014

This selection of prints gives generous attention to the French photographer Lucien Clergue's most noted subject, the female nude torso.  The exhibition features about 30 images by the artist who is known equally well for his work as a filmmaker, educator, and author.  Clergue's prints, mostly silver prints in this show, are sumptuous and smooth.  Light and its play on the body was signature to his style and remains as seductive as it is memorable, and Throckmorton does well to include a classic Zebra Nude where the sun's rays peek through blinds to mark and ripple over two torsos.  Water is another recurring theme in this exhibition, and while Nude of the Sea, Camargue, or Out of Vagueness, Camargue highlight the figure it is offset, even celebrated, by the rippling water that surrounds them.  Other frames feature only the shimmery surface of the water and these are as alluring if not more mysterious than the frames that include a figure.  There remains something fleshy about even Clergue's still-life frames, and it may be his sensitivity to light and form that renders his work so enticing. 

Clergue was the first photographer to be elected to the Academie des Beaux-Artes and has been awarded both the Order of Merit and the Order of the Legion of Honor.  His work has been widely exhibited and collected; he is the author of 75 books and was the first photographer to present a theses of prints only, no written text supplemented his work, he wrote only with light.

Full coverage of the Wall Street International story available at Throckmorton Fine Art

Image Information:
Lucien Clergue, Nude at Point Lobos, 1980
Courtesy of Throckmorton Fine Art

Tags:  Lucien Clergue  Throckmorton Fine Art 

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Nikkei National Geographic Photo Prize Winner to Exhibit at Steven Kasher Gallery

Posted By Administration, Thursday, May 22, 2014
Takehito Miyatake

Exhibition Dates:  May 28 - June 7, 2014

Opening Reception with the Artist:
Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Takaehito Miyatake's work follows the rich tradition of Japanese naturalist art and visually celebrates the connections between land, water, and sky.  His works frame of what he calls the "Light of Japan," and inner almost spiritual beauty of the natural world emanates from his works.  He began photographing in the years he worked with a steel machine company Noritz located along the Kii Peninsula.  He worked in those years with a 4x5 camera and it was in the inlets of Kii on the island of Honshu that Miyatake first fell into his process of making.  He has become best known for his work of the Sakurajima volcano, one of the world's most active; the searing light of the lava, its power, and energy fascinated him.  

One look at the works and we see what Miyatake means by the Light of Japan.  In his images a magical energy glows from cascading waterfalls, bubbles and explodes from volcanoes, floats on the air on the wings of insects or flows in the ocean current on jellyfish tentacles.  Nothing short of spectacular, these moments reveal a living breathing world, a world that seems super-charged and new.  They stir a sense of wonder and inspire us to see everything with fresh eyes. 

Nikkei is the National Geographic affiliate in Japan, and this is the second annual Nikkei contest.  Miyatake's work was awarded first prize for 2014.  The artist was born in Osaka, Japan in 1966.  He graduated from Tokyo Polytechnic University and has been greatly influenced by legendary Japanese landscape photographer Yoshikazu Shirakawa.  His work has been exhibited throughout Japan, and published in five photo books.

For more information on this exhibition, please visit Steven Kasher Gallery.

Image information:  Takehito Miyatake, Taisho Lava, Stars, and Volcanic Eruption from Armura Village, Sakuraijma, Japan, 2013
Courtesy of Steven Kasher Gallery.

About this image:  The Showa craters is the most active volcano in Sakurajima, and cannot usally be seen unless some of the cinders soar to great heights.  This eruption was so large that it set a record in atmospheric vibration.

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Review: Martin Weinstein Gallery in the Star Tribune

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, May 21, 2014
Alec Soth: Until Now

through May 31, 2014

This mini-retrospective in the internationally-acclaimed artist Alec Soth's home state is a fitting recap of his work to date:  35 photographs from his oeuvre from 1998 to date have been included.  This exhibition draws on samples from his early and still signature work, Sleeping by the Mississippi, as well as following projects: Niagra, Dog Days of Bogota, Fashion Magazine:  Paris/Minnesota, Last Days of W., Broken Manuel, and Siren.  The gallery previewed one work of Lake Calhoun, from an ongoing series taken this past winter; the image was also featured in the New York Times magazine.

Though he has achieved international attention, Soth remains dedicated to his place of origin.  Rather than uprooting for larger art-centers Soth has maintained and continues to work from his studio in St. Paul.  A number of works in this exhibition give a nod to the northern climate and to the winterscape that blankets Minnesota for much of the year.  Snow itself becomes a personage in frames that like all his work seeks the quiet moments in life.  Often worn, weathered, or downtrodden towns, stories, or people that are his subjects never appear without hope or integrity.  Soth's are the images we can neither deny nor avoid.  They represent the belly of truth; they are beautiful and fragile, potent and tentative.  His Walker retrospective of 2010 was more sweeping, it framed works that were of darker and more psychological tone; this selection is not only more balanced but allows us to experience the silver lining of life with much greater frequency.  

For more information on this exhibition, please visit Martin Weinstein Gallery.

Review in the Star Tribune.

Image Information:  Jane, Paris (2007) Courtesy of Martin Weinstein Gallery

Tags:  Alec Soth  Martin Weinstein Gallery 

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Review: Scheinbaum & Russek in ARTnews

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, May 20, 2014
On View

through March 31, 2014

This exhibition is a sampling of predominantly vintage works by some of photography's greats, including Henri Cartier-Bresson, Manuel Alvarez Bravo, Edward Weston, Minor White, and Eugene Atget among others.  All but one of the 20 or so works in the exhibition are black and white and small-scale.  The power of these images to hold us in a day when the monumental color print reigns king among makers is striking.  In comparison to more contemporary works these images are gripping and intimate: they are lyrical and poetic, and well-framed for the dramatic.  A certain attention was knowingly paid to the subject.  We sense the moment was waited for and while post-production manipulation has always been possible there is a purity to the frames that feels fresh.  Memorable inclusions are a portrait of Frida Kahlo by Alvarez Bravo,  Nude Armpit by Walter Chappell, feet by Aaron Siskind, and Thistle by Paul Caponigro.

Full review in ARTnews.

View the exhibition online at Scheinbaum & Russek.

Image Information:  Henri Cartier-Bresson Seville, Spain, 1933
Courtesy of Scheinbaum & Russek

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