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Conversation: Other Rooms with Jo Ann Callis & Lesley A. Martin

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, June 17, 2014
Tuesday, June 17, 2014 
6:30 pm.

At Aperture
547 West 27th St. New York City

Lesley A. Martin, publisher of Aperture's book program will lead a discussion between herself and photographer Jo Ann Callis.  Callis' mid-1970's investigation of the nude body and sexuality shall be the focus of the dialogue.  The event coincides with the release of Callis' new text, Other Rooms.  Callis plays with elements of the every day, such as twine, belts, and tape, and juxtaposes them with the figure; together constructions and overlays elude to narratives that are provocative and seductive, but also tentatively fraught.  They balance between beauty and discomfort.  They are at once pleasurable and disquieting.  Callis' work makes us aware of the almost staple hold the nude and pleasure have in art and she toys with this truth.  

Other Rooms is a comprehensive text that offers a view of Callis's work from the 1970's; it includes Early Color works and a selection of black and white photographs.  Callis is a mainstay of 1970's photography, but she has worked in other media, including painting and sculpture.  Her work has been widely exhibited in such notable institutions as the Museum of Modern Art, New York; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; and a retrospective of her work, Woman Twirling, was presented by the J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles. 

Interviewer, Lesley A. Martin is the publisher of Aperture Foundation's Book program as well as The PhotoBook Review, a biannual newsprint journal dedicated to the conversation surrounding the Photo Book.  She is the co-founder of the Paris Photo-Aperture Foundation Book Award; has edited over eighty books of photography; and has been published in Aperture, FOAM, Lay Flat, and Ojo de Pez, among other publications.

For more information on this discussion, please visit Aperture Foundation.

Tags:  Jo Ann Callis  Lesley A. Martin 

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550 Henry Callahan Photographs Donated to the Vancouver Art Gallery

Posted By Administration, Thursday, June 12, 2014
The Rossy Family Foundation of Montreal donated more than 550 works by photographer Henry Callahan to the Vancouver Art Gallery.  The Gallery will now house the second largest public collection of the artist's work.  Detroit-born Callahan evolved as a photographic hobbyist and eventually, after experiencing the work and presence of Ansel Adams, took the practice up professionally.  He later went on to become an Instructor at the Institute of Design and head of the Photography Department at the ID.  He is known for several styles and bodies of work, among them architectural images rendered in high-contrast and with geometric lines, multiple exposures, and intimate shots from his own private life.

More information on this story in artforum.
Visit Vancouver Art Gallery to learn more about their program and collections.

Work by Harry Callahan is available through aipad Member Galleries Pace/MacGill and Stephen Daiter Gallery, among others.

Tags:  Henry Callahan  Vancouver Art Gallery 

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Roger Mayne Passes Away

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, June 10, 2014
British photographer Roger Mayne passed away on June 7th after suffering a heart attack earlier in the week.  Mayne is most celebrated for his images of West London's working class neighborhoods in the 1950's.  For Mayne photography was a way of connecting with the world and exploring the people around him.  His images have a high-contrast grit that add dynamism and drama to the everyday moments he captured.  The street became like a stage for activity where teddy boys, jiving girls, and even younger kids dashed and played.  These frames revealed and recorded the lifestyle of an era and its disappearance.  The West London neighborhoods he documented existed in a moment of "decaying splendor" as Mayne described it, for the buildings were being slowly raised to make room for high-rise apartments.  The images exist in a dual plane; they became so iconic as to be picked up by Vogue Magazine to illustrate teenage styles, but the neighborhoods were also caught in their final hours.  

Mayne was as well known as a freelance photographer as a fine art photographer; his work appeared routinely in the most prestigious newspapers and magazines of his day, and also exhibited at noteworthy museums.  The Victoria and Albert Museum show held in 1986 revitalized interest in his work, and helped drive acquisitions by institutional and private collections world wide.  Recent museum exhibitions of note include The Art of the '60's at the Tate Britian in 2004; Making History at the Tate Liverpool in 2006, How We Are: Photographing Britain at the Tate Britain in 2007; and Roger Mayne:  Aspects of a Great Photographer at the Victoria Gallery, Bath in 2013.
Roger Mayne is survived by his wife Ann Jellicoe, daughter Katkin, son Tom, and their families.

Information for this article courtesy of Gitterman Gallery; to learn more or view images by the artist, please visit Gitterman Gallery.

Image information:
Roger Mayne, Self Portrait, 1956
Courtesy of Gitterman Gallery

Tags:  Gitterman Gallery  Roger Mayne 

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Exhibition: Post Picasso at Museu Picasso

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, May 21, 2014
Post Picasso:  Contemporary Reactions

Museu Picasso
Barcelona, Spain

through June 29, 2014

This exhibition, now closing into its final month, includes 58 works by 41 artists and is a reflection on how the work of Pablo Picasso continues to impact the global view of art and artists.  Curator Dr. Michael FitzGerald assembled a related exhibition in 2006-2007 at the Whitney Museum of American Art which examined the affect of Picasso on American art.  This exhibition casts a wider net and draws on artists from 12 countries in Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America, and North America.  The exhibition is divided into five sections that reflect the choices of contemporary artists to address particular aspects of PIcasso's oeuvre:  two great masterpieces Guernica and Les Demoiselles d'Avignon; and three phases of his artwork:  Late Work, Surrealism, and the Blue and Rose Periods.  

Images by Cheri Samba from the Democratic Republic of Congo, M. F. Husain and Atul Dodiya from India, Folkert de Jong and Rineke Dijkstra from the Netherlands, Guillermo Kuitca and Constanza Piaggio & RES from Argentina, Vik Muniz from Brazil, and Tina Barney, Jasper Johns, Faith Ringgold and Fred Wilson from the United States, Dia al-Azzawi from Iraq, Bedri Baykam from Turkey, Gavin Jantjes from South Africa, Daniel Boyd from Australia and Ibrahim el-Salahi from Sudan, among others are included. 

For more information on this exhibition, please visit Museu Picasso

Image Information:
The Reception, 1985
©Tina Barney, courtesy Janet Borden, Inc.

Tags:  Janet Bordon  Museu Picasso  Tina Barney 

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Panel Discussion: Tomatsu on the Americans at Aperture

Posted By Administration, Thursday, May 15, 2014
Aperture Galelry & Bookstore, NYC

Tuesday May 20
6:00 pm

Join Leo Rubinfein, Dr. Miwako Tezuka, and Matt Witkovsky for a panel discussion on Shomei Tomatsu's work and his influence on the generation of Japanese photographers in his wake.  Leo Rubinfein was the editor and essayist of Tomatsu's recent publication, Chewing gum and chocolate.  Tomatsu (1930 - 2012) created what some could say is the world's view of portraits of post-war Japan; he was dedicated to documenting as many Japan-based US military bases as possible and focus on the systematic impact of American victory and occupation.

Leo Rubinfien is an artist, writer, and curator.  Dr. Miwako Tezuka is the first Japanese director of Japan Society in its over 100-year long history; she is an internationally recognized curator and expert in modern and contemporary Japanese art.  Matthew S. Witkovsky is Richard and Ellen Sador Char of Photography at the Art Institute of Chicago.

For more information on this event, please visit Aperture Foundation 

Tags:  Aperture Foundation  Shomei Tomatsu 

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