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Artist's Opening Reception: Maroesjka Lavigne at Robert Mann Gallery

Posted By Administration, Sunday, March 30, 2014

Exhibition Dates:  April 3 - May 17, 2014

Opening Reception with the Artist:
Thursday, April 3
6:00 - 8:00 pm

This exhibition, Island, marks Maroesjka Lavigne's first solo show at the gallery.  The young Belgian photographer spent four months driving across Iceland.  There is something straight and direct to her shooting.  An underlying structure holds her frames, which at times can appear flat, even stark, but always they are lined with a sense of awe or uncanny.  The simple moments become magical.  Lavigne brings us a range of images including landscapes, still lives, and portraits, which together weave an overarching vision of place as a whole.  In the time the works were made winter melts into spring, and while snow is almost a constant there works by no means lack color.  In fact, color pops from her frames and adds a bold richness to her scenes.  

Maroesjka Lavigne holds a Master in Photography from the Ghent University.  The Island series has won a LensCulture New & Emerging Photographers Grand Prize, and was shown in the 2012 Photo Academy Awards, and the Unseen Photo Fair in the Netherlands.   Lavigne's work has also been featured in the New York Times Style Magazine, Aesthetica Magazine, and the FOAM Magazine Talent issue.   

For more information on the exhibition, please visit Robert Mann Gallery

Image Information:
Maroesjka Lavigne
Autobus, On the Road, 2012
Courtesy of Robert Mann Gallery

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Wall Street Journal Review: Proof at L. Parker Stephenson

Posted By Administration, Thursday, March 27, 2014
Proof:  The Intersection of Science, Art, and Photography

On view through May 17, 2014

Parker Stephenson fills her little space with big surprises.  The 23 pictures in "Proof" date from 1857 to 2010; they are instances in which photography was used for a scientific purpose, or in which scientific techniques were used for an artistic purpose.  Examples of both cases may be quite attractive.  The straightforward "Forest Plant (Juglandees/nut tree)" by Eugene Charles De Gayffier is a heliogravure print (c. 1867) of a species of flora, part of the great 19th-century project of taxonomy, the effort to identify and characterize the wonders of an expanding world.  Georges Demeny's "Chronophotograph of a Man Jumping" (1896) captures the energetic man six times in one picture to facilitate the study of the physiology of movement.  

There is an albumen print by joseph Woodward, "Proboscis of Zone Fly" (c.1870), taken for the U.S. Surgeon General's Office.  The delicate veins are clearly visible in Arthur Wesley Dow's "Dandelion Leaves," a cyanotype from 1895 - 1910.  The moon and other heavenly bodies show up in several works, early and late.  There are stroboscopic pictures by Bernice Abbott and Harold Edgerton.  "C-622-I, 60x, HN-150, Crystals in Crystallizer" (1960) is an anonymous picture taken for the Union Carbide Chemicals Co.; it looks like a black -and-white work of contemporaneous Abstract Expressionism.  The 2010 image is Raphael Dallaporta's "Murder-Cardiopulmonary," a dye-transfer print of a human heart removed in a forensic autopsy to study a stab wound; its slick heaps of saturated reds, purples and yellows suggest a modernist sculpture.                                                          -William Meyers

For more information on the exhibition, please visit L. Parker Stephenson.

Image Information:
Georges Demeny
Chronophotograph of a Man Jumping, 1896
Courtesy of L. Parker Stephenson 

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Artist's Opening Reception: Karen Knorr at Danzinger Gallery

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Exhibition Dates:  March 27 – May 3, 2014

Artist’s Opening Reception:  Thursday, March 27

6:00 – 8:00 pm


For the gallery’s second exhibition of Karen Knorr’s work, Danzinger gallery will present the artist’s Fables series alongside work from her ongoing India Song


The work is decadent and primal.  Grand spaces, palaces and museums among them, are occupied by exotic and familial animals, which become both sanctified and displaced.  A beautiful tension unfolds in Knorr’s interiors.  Nature and culture are joined so abruptly that we realize something is undone in both this and our own natural state.  The freedom in the work is in its representation, in what it says about the distance between nature and culture.  The images are so lush and enchanting that they cannot be denied our visual indulgence.  Lingering in these works we realize their impossibility and begin to drift in their more than their beauty and but in their layered implications.  The works operate as open-narratives.  Somehow we relate to the mythic nature of them but they are unfamiliar to us.  Without frame we are free to write our own stories.  We may recall famed or personal fables and search for lessons.  We may dream of exotic places.  We may hold still as not to frighten a posing crane or shutter in the face of a leopard.  We may even wonder what this juxtaposition implies of civilization’s state.


For more information on this exhibition, please visit Danzinger Gallery.

Image Information:
The Return of the Hunter. Jaipur Palace. Jaipur.
48 x 60 inch pigment print
Edition 5 of 5*

Courtesy of Danzinger Gallery 

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Top 10 to Watch: Jerome Liebling at Steven Kasher Galelry

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Matter of Life and Death

Exhibition Dates: March 13 - April 19, 2014


Opening Reception: March 13th

 6:00 – 8:00 pm


There is a sublime and special respect that is ordinary, but which I think I sometimes push to heights of importance.   
                       - Jerome Liebling


Jerome Liebling’s images are touching and intimate.  The direct connection made between subject and photographer resonates in his frames and in a flash we are brought into the moment. It is Liebling’s subject’s direct gaze that implicates us, and in the simple every-day occurrences he captured we feel the pulse of life, its truth, its joy and grit.


Liebling grew up in Brooklyn as the son of European immigrants.  During World War II Liebling enlisted to fight in a cause he believed in and went on to serve in the 82nd Airborne.  His wartime experience had a profound affect on him and caused him to develop a staunch anti-war sentiment that endured his entire lifetime.  These experiences are what honed his focus on the daily battles of life itself; often his subjects were the marginalized or overlooked.  


Images themselves are rhythmic and smooth.  Our eyes often catch the subjects directly and when they do they lock we are held.  It is difficult to move out of these frames as the satisfaction of the image entwines us.   In tight portraits we may find ourselves floating through the scenes on coat wings or hat brims, chains or clothing’s folds.  Sometimes the work is a little more spatially inclusive, and we wander unexpectedly between shoulders or tree limbs, through faces in the crowd, or catch a stranger in the decisive moment of a passing glance.  There seems always to be a secret revealed in the works, and though they are of the every day there is something both magical and piercing about them. 


The show includes both early vintage photographs and later large-scale prints in black and white and color, and was curated by his daughter, filmmaker Rachel Liebling.  Spanning six decades, the 75 photographs in the show comprise a retrospective of selected works that explore the themes of youth, maturity, and death. 


Liebling attended the Brooklyn College under the G.I. Bill and studied design with the painter Ad Reinhardt and photography with Walter Rosenblum. In 1948, Liebling joined the Photo League, a socially minded photographers’ cooperative, where, along with Paul Strand, W. Eugene Smith and Aaron Siskind.


Jerome Liebling's photographs are held in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington; and the J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, among many others.

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


The exhibition was named as one of MutualArt’s Top 10 Openings to watch.


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Artist's Reception & Book Signing: Todd Hido at Bruce Silverstein Gallery

Posted By Blog User, Wednesday, March 12, 2014
Excerpts from Silver Meadows
through April 26, 2014

Artist's Opening & Book Signing:
Thursday, March 13
6:00 - 8:00 pm

Even Todd Hido's exhibition title, Excerpts from Silver Meadows, reinforces the sense of scene-setting.  Hido is celebrated for his suburban-scapes, and this new body of work, accompanied by an award-winning monograph with the same title, takes us home.  These works are both personal and fictionalized.  Hido has returned to his hometown street in Ohio to make this work.  The prints themselves are perfectly mysterious and conjure stories with ease.  Perhaps knowing that the place is rooted to the artist's upbringing adds a subconscious layer to the work.  Some scenes bring us back to youth- childhood and adolescence.  Trees, tracks, and shorelines take us to the heroics of childhood- of summer days and hideaways, of dares and downfalls.  A colored light lined motel, little yellow houses, and the back of a woman's neck may remind us of adolescence; there is a tentativeness and a sense of self awareness that may rise up for us and even become palpable.  There is, as always with Hido, a moody aura.  Like memories that elude, the frames are both sharp and soft.  With undulating planes of focus the images ripple as they form and fade.  The image, like the memories unlocked from our minds are knowingly intangible, clear in moments, diffuse in places.  

For more information on the exhibition, please visit Bruce Silverstein Gallery.

Tags:  Bruce Silverstein Gallery  Todd Hido 

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