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At Bruce Silverstein, Paul Outerbridge's early self-portrait predicts the secret radicalism of his later ads

Posted By AIPAD, Monday, August 15, 2016

The photos by Paul Outerbridge that I know best are theNorman Rockwell-ish ones that he shot for color magazine ads in the 1930s and ‘40s. But the other day I fell in love with this radical 1927 self-portrait in black and white, now on view in his solo show at Bruce Silverstein gallery in New York. 

 

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Review - Songs and the Sky: An Exhibition of Art and Music at Bruce Silverstein Gallery

Posted By AIPAD, Monday, June 13, 2016

Silverstein is showing material by five distinguished photographers, each body of work with its own musical accompaniment. There are 11 pictures of clouds by Alfred Stieglitz in the first gallery, most from his “Equivalents” series of the 1920s; two speakers mounted above the entrance to the gallery are playing Ernest Bloch’s “Poems of the Sea” (1922).

 

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Review: Brea Souders at Bruce Silverstein Gallery

Posted By Administration, Thursday, July 31, 2014
Last Call:  Exhibition Extended through August 15, 2014

The work of Brea Souders is playful and fragmented, and records as much it conjures.  Images from Souders first solo show at the gallery present as visual puzzles to be unlocked.  Each is different, and each will come together differently for different viewers.  Souders uses a variety of visual styles to make her work.  Some are montage-like; others feel like geometric paper cut-outs.  Some feel more loose and painterly, while others are more direct.  However they appear they are always playful and surprising.  Its as if each work is so concise that when realized it was done free from needing to inherently "belong" aesthetically to any other work.  They do belong.  They do unite, and each reveals as a potent piece of personal memory, collective past, art history reference, and linguistic exploration.  Souders questions these topics to produce, as she says, works that function like memory.  


". . . certain slices come forward, and they intertwine with a lot of smaller sensory memories tied to color, light or shape.  An entire day can be remembered as the way that the light caught someone's hair, the particular pattern on a guitar strap, the shape of the moon that night, and so on"  (Silverstein Press Release).



For more information on this exhibition and the work of Brea Souders please visit Bruce Silverstein Gallery.
Silverstein Press Release  

New Yorker Review

Image Information:
Brea Souders, Under Water
Courtesy of Bruce Silverstein Gallery 

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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.

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