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Exhibition: Private Collections Exposed at the CPA

Posted By Blog User, Tuesday, May 13, 2014
Private Collections Exposed
Presented by the Center for Photographic Art

Through June 21, 2014

Robin Venuti of the Center for Photographic Art Carmel (CPA), CA has drawn from the private collections of six local collectors.  Bringing private collections to the public sphere provides a window into the perspective of each included collector.  This practice of exposing private collections has been seen a little more frequently in the recent past and stirs excitement as well as perhaps inspiration.  These special exhibitions are more than a peek into the mind of a collector; they celebrate those who have been dedicated to the act of collecting and give tangible visual guidance for new or beginning collectors.  

Venuti shares the story of the first time she experienced the sensation of taking in a private collection; it belonged to Alfred Stieglitz and was at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in 1978.  Certainly the expansive collection was inspiring.  The Monterey Peninsula is also home to a number of dedicated collectors each of whom's collections reveal a different take on the media, its history, development, movements and personal inclinations.  Works were drawn from the collections of Lisa deFaria, Mary Jeanne Vincent and Richard Gadd, Betty and Jim Kasson, David Ligare and Gary Smith, Cara Weston, and Huntington Witherill and exhibiting works span from the historic and traditional, to the edge of contemporary creation.  Each contributing collector was asked to include works they feel most passionate about, so there promises to be a potency to the exhibited images.  Works by Dick Arent, Morley Baer, Ruth Bernhard, William Clift, Brad Cole, Judy Dater, Michael Kenna, Ed Martin, Richard Misrach, Martha Pearson, Ken Rosenthal, Eugene Smith, Michael Smith, Paul Strand, Arthur Tress, Jerry Uelsmann, Brett Weston, Cole Weston, Edward Weston, Kim Weston, Marion PostWolcott, and Don Worth among others to be included in the home-town tribute to the region's collectors. 

Related Event:  

Collector's Panel at the Carmel Woman's Club
Saturday, June 14 at 3:00 pm.
Discussion with Richard Gadd, Director of the Weston Gallery & Denise B. Bethel, Sotheby's moderated by Robin Venuti

For more information on this exhibition, please visit CPA.


Tags:  Center for Photographic Art  CPA  Weston Gallery 

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Exhibition: Photo Eye at MFA Boston

Posted By Blog User, Tuesday, May 13, 2014
Photo Eye:  Avant-Garde Photography in Europe

March 15 - July 6, 2014

Innovation and experimentation transformed 20th-century photography.

Photographers working in Europe during the period between the two World Wars made images that remain some of the most memorable to the media's history even to this day.  The artists of the time worked with a dedication to bringing a modern style to the work.  The influences of Cubism, Constructivism, Dadaism, and Surrealism as well as new social conditions- technology, urbanization, and cinema, all had their role to play in the forming of the new visual language. This exhibition charts the shifts through such noteworthy artists as Constantin Brancusi, Ilse Bing, Andre Kertesz, Man Ray, Laszlo Maholy-Nagy, and Joseph Sudek and draws from new acquisitions and select loans.

For more information on this exhibition, please visit MFA Boston

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Screening & Q&A with the Filmmaker: Stefani Elkort Twyford at MFAH

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, April 30, 2014
Screening of the film An American Mirror by Stefani Twyford
Museum of Fine Arts Houston

Question & Answer session with the filmmaker follow the screening

Sunday, May 18, 2014 
5:00 - 6:30 pm

This newly released documentary on the life and work of Martin Elkort was completed by the artists's daughter, Stefani Twyford.  The film covers the famed street photographer's life including his childhood during the Great Depression, his struggle with polio, his time serving in the second World War, his education and professional development with the New York Photo League and beyond. The film is richly illustrated with stills, reflections on his career and process, as well as commentary by noted photography historians Anne Wilkes Tucker and Catherine Evans.

More information on the event at MFAH.


Related Event:  Exhibition of photographs by Martin Elkort at Catherine Couturier Gallery

Martin Elkort:  Optimism and Innocence

Exhibition Dates: May 3 - May 31, 2014

Opening Reception:
Saturday, May 3
6:00 - 8:00 pm

Image Information:
Martin Elkort
Girl in Beret, Lower East Side, NEw York City
c. 1951
Courtesy of Catherine Couturier Gallery

Tags:  Jackson Fine Art  Martin Elkort 

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Exhibition: Regeneration at the Photographers' Gallery

Posted By Administration, Thursday, April 24, 2014
Regeneration

May 2 - July 6, 2014

This survey exhibition covers work made by six artists pushing the boundaries of the photographic media; all take interest in the physical properties of photography and the photographic print.  John Stezaker, Julie Cockburn, Tom Butler, Gerald Slota, Holly Roberts, and Virginia Echeverria all experiment with photography and are part of what drives the frontier of the medium.  Stezaker's work has a surreal edge and the artist is known to use collage and appropriation from existing found imagery, including from postcards, film stills, and publicity photographs.  Cockburn embellishes her work; she is known to collage as does Stezaker, but also to embroider prints with brightly colored thread to emphasize or mask the image she plays with.  The result of the labor-intensive and meticulous process she employs is a challenge of the archetype of the prints she works with.  Butler too uses appropriation and manipulation.  His works are soft and elegant but playful and elaborately engaging.  Sota sees images as having an active surface.  His aesthetic cues comes from his notebooks, which are scratched, torn, and reworked; imagery is assembled, disassembled, and reassembled.  Roberts' works are mythological invented landscapes which ask us to examine ourselves and our own humanity; she embellishes her images and makes creations that are layered and surprising.   Echeverria's images have a surreal and other-worldly or dreamlike quality.  She plays with geometry and abstraction but keeps elements grounded enough in reality for us to float into her elaborate creations. 

For more information on this exhibition, please visit The Photographer's Galelry 

Tags:  Photographers' Gallery 

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Guggenheim Fellowship Awarded to Matthew Pillsbury

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, April 22, 2014
Matthew Pillsbury was awarded the 2014 John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship for Creative Arts-Photography, US and Canada Competition.  Pillsbury was born and raised in France but now lives in New York City.  He received his B.A. in fine art from Yale University in 1995 and an M.F.A. from the School of Visual Arts, New York in 2004.  Pillsbury has focused on creating long-exposure black-and-white photographs using only the available light at the scene he is capturing.  Much of his work deals with the increasing role of technology in our lives.  Initially focused on private use of televisions and computers, he has become more interested with how our daily activities are increasingly mediated through the use of cell phones.  An avid user himself, Pillsbury encourages us to question what we are giving up in exchange for his immediate access to information.  His work has been exhibited internationally and is widely held in private and museum collections.

For more information on his work, please visit aipad member galleries Bonni Benrubi or Jackson Fine Art.

Image Information:
Ombriere, Vieux Port de Marseille, Saturday September 14, 2013
Courtesy of Bonni Benrubi Gallery     

Tags:  Bonni Benrubi Gallery  Jackson Fine Art  Matthew Pillsbury 

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