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Artist's Talk & Exhibition: Lalla A. Essaydi at the San Diego Museum of Art

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Artist’s Talk:  Lalla A. Essaydi

Saturday, March 28, 2015

10:30 am



Moroccan-born, New York-based artist Lalla Essaydi’s photographs are alluring and defiant.  They reference nineteenth-century Orientalist paintings, yet work to deconstruct stereotypes and sexualized representations.  Essaydi’s work, on view at the Museum, explores issues surrounding the role of women in Arab culture and their representation in the western European artistic tradition.


Essaydi will discuss her imagery and the techniques behind her work.



Lalla Essaydi:  Photographs

March 28 - August 04, 2015


The related exhibition, Lalla Essaydi: Photographs, includes ten works from three different series, and presents images in traditional and unique ways.  Viewers can experience these transportative large-scale works alone and in an array of contexts.  One group of images will be shown in the gallery dedicated to contemporary art, while others will be shown in the context of the Museum's Permanent Collection: alongside examples of historic Middle Eastern tile work and calligraphy; with related European paintings; and as part of the discourse of Modern art.


Text modified from SDMA Press Release.     


Learn more about the Artist's Talk or Exhibition at the San Diego Museum of Art.

Tags:  Edwynn Houk Gallery  Lalla A. Essaydi  Lalla Essaydi  San Diego Museum of Art 

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Exhibition: Human Rights Human Wrongs at the Photographers' Gallery

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, March 17, 2015

 on view through April 6, 2015


HUMAN RIGHTS HUMAN WRONGS [was] Curated by Mark Sealy, [and] takes the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights as a historical, philosophical and curatorial starting point to focus an enquiry into photojournalistic practice and its impact on humanitarian objectives.  [The Exhibition] features more than 300 original press prints, drawn from the prestigious Black Star Collection of twentieth century photoreportage. It explores what role such images play in helping us understand the case for human rights, and further addresses the legacy of how photographs have historically functioned in raising awareness of international conflict.


Spanning a time frame from 1945 until the early 90s, the exhibition examines the major political upheavals, conflicts, wars and struggles against racism and colonization that became especially urgent following World War II. . .  [and] includes images of the Civil Rights Movement in the US, independence movements in Africa, Middle Eastern and South American uprisings, the Vietnam War and key social unrest and protests in Europe. - Photographers' Gallery Press Release



Read the full releases and preview exhibition images at the Photographers' Gallery.


Tags:  Human Rights Human Wrongs  Photographers' Gallery 

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Exhibition: Impressionist to Modernist at The Frick

Posted By Blog User, Tuesday, March 10, 2015


Impressionist to Modernist: 

Masterworks of Early Photography


through April 19, 2015 


Impressionist to Modernist: Masterworks of Early Photography captures . . . a pivotal time in the history of the development of the medium.  The exhibition surveys works executed from the 1880’s  to the 1930’s and illustrates the progression of photography from the painterly, Impressionistic work of the Pictorialist movement, through the 20th century rise of “straight” photography—a Modernist approach that advocated photographs aim to be nothing more than direct representation of the world.


Rare, hand-crafted-vintage prints made through a variety of processes illustrate some of the artistic choices open to the late-19th and early-20th century photographer, and chart the shift to prominence of the classic black and white (gelatin silver) print, which came to dominate photography in the 20th century.


The exhibition is organized around the galvanic personality of Alfred Stieglitz and his circle.  Stieglitz gained international acclaim as a champion for photography and Modern Art.  Works by major members of Stieglitz’s circle, including Gertrude Käsebier, Clarence White, Edward Steichen, and Paul Strand are included in the this exhibition.   – Text adapted from the Frick Press Release.


Read the full Release at The Frick.

Tags:  aipadRecommedned  Frick  Impressionist to Modernist 

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Exhibition: Josephine Sacabo at NOMA

Posted By Administration, Saturday, March 7, 2015


Josephine Sacabo:  Salutations

Through April 5 at New Orleans Museum of Art

In Salutations, Sacabo combines collaged and distorted photographic images with a wet collodion on metal process that dates back to the 19th century to create a world that is barely recognizable as such, hovering like a memory or a dream in the space between the concrete and the ineffable. Throughout the work, half-materialized visions of certain elements appear and reappear—an apple, a bird, a window, the female form—as if to suggest some kind of narrative is buried under the layers of fractured representation. But the project as a whole resists any linear reading, and instead concerns itself with establishing an enigmatic set of conditions—loss, solitude, melancholy, nostalgia, etc.—that create a space for interpretation. In other words, rather than tell any particular story, these works set the stage for a number of potential stories that hinge upon these broader concepts. In balancing on the threshold between the real and the surreal, these images favor the poetic over the prosaic and the symbolic over the literal.


Learn more about the exhibition at NOMA.


Contact aipad Dealers representing Sacabo's work for further information on the artist or to acquire :  A Gallery for Fine Photography, New Orleans; Catherine Edelman Gallery, Chicago; or Verve Gallery, Santa Fe.


Image Information:

Josephine Sacabo

Mardi Gras Sun

©Josephine Sacabo/Courtesy A Gallery for Fine Photography, New Orleans 

Tags:  A Gallery for Fine Photography  Catherine Edelman Gallery  Josephine Sacabo  Verve Gallery 

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Demystifying Attendance Numbers in British Galleries

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, February 24, 2015

A recent article by Mark Hudson recaps the current art climate in the UK; he examines trends behind attendance figures, which overall have been on the upswing. Hudson reveals institutional successes and challenges, and also reflects on some reasons why, though the numbers are up, more interest has been generated by international visitors than national ones.  Excerpts below:


The expansion in attendance is being driven by foreign visitors, and while attendance for major museums – including the British Museum, Science Museum, Natural History Museum and Victoria and Albert Museum – is on the up, our two greatest art galleries, the National and Tate, are shedding domestic visitors at an alarming rate. Visits to these galleries have dropped by an astonishing 20 per cent.


Interpretations of the current figures make a clear distinction between museums and art galleries. Museums, long considered great cathedrals of dullness, have done a fantastic job at rebranding themselves as family-friendly, digital button-pushing fun palaces. London’s museums offer exhibits with cross-generational wow factor: mummies at the British Museum, rockets at the Science Museum, dinosaurs at the Natural History Museum. In contrast, galleries devoted solely to art may appear a bit serious and a bit specialist, certainly to families who haven’t yet bought the line that art is both the new religion and the new rock’n’roll. 


If for all our supposed new love of art there is still something fundamentally philistine at the heart of the British character, it isn’t the gallery’s responsibility to change that. If after 191 years of its existence there are still factors of class, culture and education that mean that large sections of the British population will never visit the National Gallery, or any of our other major galleries, it’s up to the Government, the education system and society at large to address that situation, not the galleries themselves.     - Segments of an article by Mark Hudson of the Telegraph


Read the full article by Hudson in the Telegraph.





Tags:  Mark Hudson  Telegraph 

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