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Sarah Anne Johnson: Mid-Career Survey at CAM

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, January 28, 2015



Free First Friday & Public Opening

Friday, February 6

6:00 - 10:00



This mid- career survey of Sarah Anne Johnson, titled WONDERLAND, bring together five major bodies of work by the artist.   This exhibition was curated by Steven Matijcio of the Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati, and is the first time such an exhibition has been organized for the artist.  Johnson’s work is celebrated for being both playful and provocative.  The exhibition will include photographs, as well as installations and performance.


Johnson . . . pointedly bridges the real and the imagined; factual and fictive; lived and desired.  She works from a bravely personal perspective that reflects her growing concerns for the world, combined with the pursuit of a utopian place that remains tantalizingly out of reach. At every step Johnson attempts to nudge reality closer to her ideals, supplementing quixotic photographs with humble dioramas, Sculpey figurines, painterly interludes, handcrafted doll-houses, and a dizzying array of modifications performed upon the photograph itself.          - CAM



Learn more about this exhibition at CAM (Contemporary Arts Museum, Raleigh)



Related Events:

Conversation with the Artist & Curator

Saturday, February 7

11:00 am


Performance:  Dancing with the Doctor

Thursday & Friday, March 19 & 20 at 7:00 pm

Saturday, March 21 at 11:00 am



Sarah Anne Johnson is represented by aipad members:

Julie Saul Gallery,  New York

Stephen Bulger Gallery, Toronto


Tags:  CAM  Contemporary Arts Museum Raleigh  Julie Saul Gallery  Raleigh  Sarah Anne Johnson  Stephen Bulger Gallery 

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Reflections on 'Flashbacks and Forecasts' from Carol Vogel

Posted By Administration, Saturday, January 24, 2015

Flashbacks and Forecasts in the World of Art from Carol Vogel recounts creative if not cunning stories from the past, recaps currents in the art-world, and looks forward.  One thing we may be left to wonder is if the market is stratifying. 


Mega-Museums and Super-galleries are pushing out and up.  Like beacons they have become more available and inclusive, sharing their visions and exposing their holdings with ever-broader audiences.  The only way to go, after all, is up.  The risk is fatigue from the side of the artist, who is asked to produce at ever-faster rates, and perhaps too the public, at least as far as the art fair scene goes.  How much can one visually consume and retain let alone spend year after year?


This is being counter-balanced, however, by the new and the nimble- the smaller museums, and one could argue, the same of smaller or more regional galleries (if they are not swallowed up by the more mighty).  Both can move with swift response, as they lack layers of bureaucracy and red-tape.  They still can play on a world stage through virtual-viewing, something the article does not touch on, and is plagued by its own complications.  Yes, the message could risk being diffuse with so many voices, but it is refreshing to think more can enter the game from creation to appreciation.  One would hope all of this means more ears not only more voices. 


Whatever we may take or ask after reading Vogel’s premonitions we must admit: its an interesting time to be in the market.


Read Flashbacks and Forecasts by Carol Vogel in the New York Times.

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The Dark Room: MOPA Presents Alex Prager

Posted By Administration, Friday, January 23, 2015

Thursday, January 29, 2015

 6:30 pm


For the latest installment of The Darkroom, MOPA shall host the Los Angeles-based photographer and filmmaker, Alex Prager, for a screening of her short films, including Despair (2010) and her most recent piece, Face in the Crowd (2013).  Prager’s imagery is noted for its recollections of Hollywood classics and female archetypes, its saturated colors, and its melodrama.  


MOPA’s Darkroom initiative is an “experimental forum comprised of artist performances, lectures, and film screenings. This provocative series provides an exploratory environment and immersive experience in the photographic arts.”  The evening will include a quartet performance conducted by award-winning composer, Ali Helnwein, who has scored Prager’s films. 


For more information on the event, please visit MOPA.


Image Information:  

Alex Prager, Despair Film Still #4  (2010)

Courtesy of the Artist, M+B Gallery, Los Angeles and Lehmann Maupin Gallery, New York and Hong Kong            



Tags:  Alex Prager  M+B Gallery  MOPA  Museum of Photographic Arts 

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Angus Fraser Wins the Photographers’ Gallery Bar Tur Photobook Award 2014

Posted By Administration, Thursday, December 18, 2014


Angus Fraser (b. 1975, UK) wins the Bar Tur Photobook Award 2014 in its inaugural year. The annual award offers an emerging photographer a publishing deal to the value of £20,000 and the opportunity to work with The Photographers’ Gallery and Trolley Books over the course of a year to produce their first book in 2015. The winner was announced at a special ceremony in The Photographers’ Gallery this evening, Monday 8 December 2014.
Fraser won for his documentary project Santa Muerte which follows members of the Mexican cult of the same name. Meaning Holy Death in Spanish, Santa Muerte is a female folk saint whose origins are thought to be traced back to Aztec rituals mixed with Catholic beliefs and practices. Although denounced by the country’s Catholic Church as devil worshipping, the cult has enjoyed an increase in popularity over the last decade especially in crime-ridden communities and among marginalised individuals.


Brett Rogers, OBE, Director, The Photographers’ Gallery said: "This new award reflects the importance of the photobook as a creative platform for photographers over the past decade. As well as being democratic and accessible, the photobook has also become highly collectable and valuable." 

      - Photographers' Gallery Press Release. 


More information on this story here.

Tags:  Angus Fraser  Bar Tur Photobook Award  Photographers’ Gallery 

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Photographer of the Stars, Phil Stern, Dies at 95

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Photographer of the stars, including Hollywood Icons, and major lifestyle magazines died earlier this week.  He is remembered in this story by Holly Stuart Hughes of Photo District News:


Phil Stern, who for over 50 years photographed Hollywood's top stars including Marilyn Monroe, Humphrey Bogart, Judy Garland and John Wayne for Life, Look and other magazines, died December 13 in Los Angeles. He was 95. His licensing agent, Geoff Katz, confirmed his death to the Los Angeles Times and other publications. He had for several years suffered from emphysema and congestive heart failure, and had been living at the Veterans Home of California.


Stern's best known images were of casual, behind the scenes moments with Hollywood stars, including  a bespectacled James Dean relaxing with his feet up, Marilyn Monroe backstage with comedian Jack Benny and Marlon Brando on the set of Guys and Dolls. In a 2004 interview with PDN, Stern said, "'I have a recurring dream that one day I get to the pearly gates and Saint Peter is with a group of people waiting to welcome me and that group of people is Wayne, Sinatra etc., and as I approach they all greet me in unison with 'You son of a bitch.'"


But Stern was able to capture images of stars in private moments because he earned their trust. He photographed John Wayne at his daughter's wedding, for instance, and Humphrey Bogart on a see-saw with his son. "Someone who knows the scene might say I was part of the gang in that I was acceptable to them, but that's the extent of it. I was not on their A-list, but from time to time I'd be invited," Stern told PDN. "Technically I was one of them for an hour and a half."


Holly Stuart Hughes, Photo District News



Read the full story here.

Read the Huffington Post remembrance here.


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