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Remembering a Friend: Ray K. Metzker Dies at 83

Posted By Blog User, Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Ray K. Metzker was a man of reinvention.  His varying series and projects through his nearly 60-year career strove to investigate new angles, techniques, and approaches.  He employed composites, multiple exposure, superimposition, juxtaposition, and solarization, among other alternative techniques.  Critics and collectors were known to remark that new works didn't feel like his when indeed they were.   Metzker attended the Institute of Design in Chicago, and inherited an avant-garde approach to the media.  AIPAD member Laurence Miller Gallery had mounted an exhibition, ONE AND ONLY: Unique photographs and works on paper, to mark the artist's 83rd birthday; the artist passed while it was on view.  ONE AND ONLY is an apt name for the exhibition and, in light of the artist's passing, is only now more poignant.  Included works are all unique, and were drawn from the artist's oeuvre from 1957 onward.    


An article of remembrance was published in the New York Times with remarks from Laurence Miller.  Read that story here.


To learn more about the ONE AND ONLY exhibition on view through October 25, please visit Laurence Miller Gallery.


Image Information:

Ray K. Metzker, Philadelphia, 2007

Copyright the Estate of Ray K. Metzker Courtesy Laurence Miller Gallery


Tags:  Laurence Miller Gallery  Ray K. Metzker 

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Exhibition: Christopher Williams: The Production Line of Happiness

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Christopher Williams: The Production Line of Happiness


Through November 2, 2014


Christopher Williams: The Production Line of Happiness—the first retrospective ever mounted of Christopher Williams (American, b. 1956)—spans the impressive 35-year career of one of the most influential cinephilic artists working in photography. Williams studied at the California Institute of the Arts in the mid to late 1970s under the first wave of West Coast Conceptual artists, including John Baldessari, Douglas Huebler, and Michael Asher, only to become his generation’s leading Conceptualist and art professor; he is currently professor of photography at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf. Deeply invested in the histories of photography and film, architecture and design, Williams has produced a concise oeuvre that furthers a critique of late capitalist society in which images typically function as agents of spectacle.  (MoMa Press)

Read more & preview this exhibition onlie at MoMA

 New York Times Review of this exhibition by Roberta Smith:

This meticulously considered and assembled survey of one of the deepest thinkers of the Pictures Generation is as beautiful as it is demanding. No aspect of photography — as art, craft, science or commerce — or of exhibition-making has been left unturned, yielding a show that is a big, brainy work of art unto itself. (Smith)

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Frost on the Buds: Chinese Art Market

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, October 7, 2014

The New York Times reported that the Chinese Art Market is budding but uncertain.  Auction results prove a hunger for art and an interest in serious and high-ticket acquisitions, but follow-through on purchases have been as problematic as authentication.  An article by David Barboza, Graham Bowley, and Amanda Coxadditional (Reporting by Jo Creaven McGinty) came out on Oct. 28, 2014 in regards to this evolving story. 

“The market is in a very dubious stage,” said Alexander Zacke, an expert in Asian art who runs Auctionata, an international online auction house. “No one will take results in mainland China very seriously.”

Indeed, even as the art world marvels at China’s booming market, a six-month review by The New York Times found that many of the sales — transactions reported to have produced as much as a third of the country’s auction revenue in recent years — did not actually take place.

Just as problematic, the market is flooded with forgeries, often mass-produced, and has become a breeding ground for corruption, as business executives curry favor with officials by bribing them with art.

Read the full story in the New York Times.


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Banner Year for the Tate

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, September 23, 2014

The Tate's annual report came back strong for 2013/2014, with notable accomplishments in outreach and following.  The Tate reported a record number of loans made to outside institutions.  Patronage and connectivity with followers remained strong; the Tate is the most visited gallery and has the most twitter-followers of any public Museum in Europe.  With renovated spaces having opened in November 2013, the Tate has been able to capitalize on its own collection, making it more available to view, thereby enriching the experience for visitors.  


Watch for developments through a new partnership with India, and further advancement resulting from existing alliances with Latin America, Australia, the Asia Pacific region, Middle East, and Africa.



For more information on this story, please visit, or read the full report at the Tate's website.

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ICP Announces an Ambitious Program on Climate Change

Posted By Blog User, Friday, September 19, 2014

ICP TALKS:  Climate Change


As the world heats up so does the dialogue, and this fall the ICP makes a stand on climate change with an impressive series ICP TALKS.  Programming will include exhibitions, panel discussions, lectures, and screenings related to climate change.  The ICP opened their fall season with an exhibition of work by Sebastião Salgado, Genesis.   In Genesis Salgado brings us images of Arctic circles, lush rainforests, barren deserts, as well as images of flora, fauna, and communities living in harmony with nature.  All of his works represent untouched landscapes.  These images are primordial and serene, but steadily disappearing.  The work is double-edged, for while Salgado's frames offer us rays of hope that virgin places yet exist, we know much of the natural world has been so imposed on by mankind that it is unrecognizable.  These fragile places must be protected while there is still time.


ICP TALKS runs parallel with Climate Week NYC and with the UN Climate Summit happening this September; related programing for ICP Talks: Climate Change will continue through mid-December.  Note repeating events, including Green Mondays- lectures in the galleries with scientists, activists, and photographers, as well as Friday-evening gallery walk-throughs with climate scientists who will offer regional context to Salgado's images.  The scope and stand of this initiative is not only poignant, it promises to be truly significant.  


For a full list of programming, please visit ICP Talks' event page.



Sebastião Salgado: Genesis   

Exhibition runs September 19 - January 11, 2015

Preview the works and learn more about the project here.


Genesis, a Call to Arms with Sebastião Salgado
Salgado will host a discussion to kick-off the ICP Talks: Climate Change and offer an account of the eight-year journey across the globe that made Genesis series possible. 
Saturday, September 20, 2014

More information here.


Tags:  ICP  International Center for Photography  Sebastião Salgado 

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