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How Solange Brand and her camera saw the Cultural Revolution, exhibition at Robert Klein Gallery

Posted By AIPAD, Wednesday, August 17, 2016
Updated: Monday, August 15, 2016

Solange Brand was only 19 when she arrived at the French Embassy in Beijing to work as a secretary. It was November 1965. Stopping in Hong Kong on the way, she had bought a Pentax camera and color slides.

Rumblings of the rising Cultural Revolution began the following spring, and Brand recorded what she saw: young members of the Red Guard; masses demonstrating in the streets; propaganda on towering posters and in street theater.

The pictures she snapped are on view in “Solange Brand: China’s Cultural Revolution, 1966” at Robert Klein Gallery at Ars Libri. Later this year, Ars Libri will publish a portfolio of original prints of selected photographs.


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Stephen Wilkes discusses capturing the images exhibited in Day to Night at Robert Klein Gallery

Posted By AIPAD, Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Photographer Stephen Wilkes crafts stunning compositions of landscapes as they transition from day to night, exploring the space-time continuum within a two-dimensional still photograph. Journey with him to iconic locations like the Tournelle Bridge in Paris, El Capitan in Yosemite National Park and a life-giving watering hole in heart of the Serengeti in this tour of his art and process.


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Artist's Opening Reception: Paulette Tavormina at Robert Klein Gallery

Posted By Administration, Thursday, February 6, 2014

Black and Bloom


Exhibition Dates:  February 8 - March 29

Artist's Opening Reception:

Saturday, February 8 


Also exhibiting at Ars Libri

Opening February 7



"Everything seems poised between voluptuousness and rot, at once gorgeous and doomed."  

                                                                                                 - Vince Aletti, The New Yorker



Paulette Tavormina's work walks the line between life and death, coming and going. Her work has a real pulse on organic cycle.  This exhibition showcases old and new works by the artist.  Tavormina draws inspiration from 17th century Old Master still lives and 17th and 18th century botanical drawings; these influences have driven her Natura Morta and Botanical series respectively, and samples of both series will be on view in Black and Bloom.  Tavormina's works are painterly and precise.  Roundly lit crystal clear frames are bold and dramatic.  A black background makes colors feel more rich and full, and a lovely rhythm causes the eye to dance and flow through the scenes.  It is hard to look away from a frame our eyes become so perfectly engaged.


Where Natura Morta embraced traditional aspects of still life painting, Botanical explodes tradition.  Flowers and insects scatter and it is as if we are looking at a traditional arrangement deconstructed.  Still, we find ourselves satisfied.  Our eye is free to wander and flow through the scene and the power to the elements holds.  While not as "classic" as the Natura Morta work Botanical operates on a similar plane, becoming contemporary counterpart in the tradition of the still life.  


Tavormina's photographs are in museum, corporate, and private colletions and have been exhibited in Paris, London, Moscow, Lugano, New York, Los Angeles, Miami, Boston, and Chicago.  


Ars Libri and Robert Klein Gallery:

In June 2012,  Robert Klein Gallery began a long-term collaboration with Ars Libri, the rare and out-of-print bookdealer, to host satellite installations in the South End bookstore.  Exhibits at Ars Libri supplement the gallery shows with additional works and printed material.


For more information on this exhibition, please visit Robert Klein Gallery.


Image information:  

Paulette Tavormina,  Botanical V (Peonies and Wisteria), 2013, Courtesy of robert Klein Gallery

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