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Review: Martin Weinstein Gallery in the Star Tribune

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, December 23, 2014

The Fashion Show

 

through January 17, 2014 

 

 

The exhibition is a poignant contextualization; it inspires reflection of our own favorite related imagery.  We experience these images and the visual banter between all the photographers of the genre.  Women were as much part of shaping fashion photography as men.  What we ask, as we look at so many well-chosen examples, is- how do they employ their attunement with their subjects? We are tempted to pickup on an understated but perceptible sense of empowerment and self-awareness.  These women feel both cunning and natural.  They also feel cast as more idol than object.   

  

 

Excerpt of the story by Mary Abbe:

 

“The Fashion Show,” organized by Weinstein Gallery in Minneapolis, corrects [neglect] with 40 images by a dozen prominent female photographers whose work spans more than 75 years.

 

Gazing at their lush and beguiling photos, it’s tempting to look for psychological or stylistic differences between the sexes. 

 

Not necessarily, insisted Weinstein director Leslie Hammons, who gathered the pictures from galleries and artists’ archives around the country. After scrutinizing portfolios and careers of innumerable artists, including many she didn’t have room to exhibit, she cautioned against generalizations based on sexual stereotyping. Female photographers influenced their male counterparts, and vice versa, Hammons said. Photographing models in motion, taking them from studio to street, introducing film noir theatrics, or psychedelia, or humor — such innovations moved too quickly for anyone to claim exclusive ownership.

 

“The point is just to shine a light on this aspect of fashion photography — on women photographers working in the field,” Leslie Hammons, Director

 

 

Read the full review by Mary Abbe in the Star Tribune

 

View the works online at Martin Weinstein Gallery

 

 

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Star Tribune Review: The Fashion Show at Martin Weinstein Gallery

Posted By Blog User, Monday, December 15, 2014

The Fashion Show

 

through January 17, 2015 

 

 

The point is just to shine a light on this aspect of fashion photography — on women photographers working in the field.         

   - Leslie Hammons, Director 

 

 

Gazing at their lush and beguiling photos, it’s tempting to look for psychological or stylistic differences between the sexes. Surely the women’s work is more sensitive to female gestures or temperament, more attuned to women’s moods or movement. Don’t male photographers more often push a story line, or impose expectations on the models and the clothes they wear?

 

Not necessarily, insisted Weinstein director Leslie Hammons, who gathered the pictures from galleries and artists’ archives around the country. After scrutinizing portfolios and careers of innumerable artists, including many she didn’t have room to exhibit, she cautioned against generalizations based on sexual stereotyping. Female photographers influenced their male counterparts, and vice versa, Hammons said. Photographing models in motion, taking them from studio to street, introducing film noir theatrics, or psychedelia, or humor — such innovations moved too quickly for anyone to claim exclusive ownership.                             

  - Mary Abbe, Star Tribune

 

To read the full review by Mary Abbe, please visit the Star Tribune

To learn more about the exhibition, please visit Martin Weinstein Gallery

 

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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

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