In the Museums: Not-to-miss photography exhibits

Posted in EXHIBITS/SHOWS, Other on March 11, 2015 by voxphotographs
Abraham Lincoln, November 8, 1863, platinum print by Alexander Gardner. 70 rare photographs on view at the Chrysler Museum of Art through July 5.

Abraham Lincoln, November 8, 1863, platinum print by Alexander Gardner. 70 rare photographs on view at the Chrysler Museum of Art through July 5.

VIRGINIA:

Chrysler Museum of Art:  Shooting Lincoln – Photography and the Sixteenth President, through July 5.

 

NEW YORK:

Museum of Modern ArtModern Photographs from the Thomas Walther Collection, 1909-1949 through April 19

MOMAModern Photographs from the Thomas Walther Collection, 1909-1949 through April 19

Seconds before Landing, from the series I Photograph Myself during a Parachute Jump, 1931©Willi Ruge (1882-1961). At MOMA in the Modern Photographs from the Thomas Walther Collection, 1909-1949

Seconds before Landing, from the series I Photograph Myself during a Parachute Jump, 1931©Willi Ruge (1882-1961). At MOMA in the Modern Photographs from the Thomas Walther Collection, 1909-1949 – through April 19.

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GEORGIA:

High MuseumGordon Parks: Segregation Story opens November 15 – June 7

Untitled, Alabama, 1956©The Gordon Parks Foundation. All Rights Reserved. At High Museum through June 7.

 

NEW MEXICO:

New Mexico History MuseumPoetics of Light: Pinhole Photography – through March 29

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MISSOURI

The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art - American Soldier: Photographs of servicemen and women, January 23 –  June 21

Soldier Birkholz: 353 Days in Iraq, 205  Days in Afghanistan, 2004©Suzanne Opton. All Rights Reserved. At The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art opening January 23 - June 21.

Soldier Birkholz: 353 Days in Iraq, 205 Days in Afghanistan, 2004©Suzanne Opton. All Rights Reserved. At The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art opening January 23 – June 21.

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Coming up! All at your fingertips right now…

Posted in EXHIBITS/SHOWS, New England, NYC, Other on March 11, 2015 by voxphotographs
Arcadia (Gracia series©Ysabel Lemay. Opens at Catherine Edelman Gallery April 10.

Arcadia (Gracia series)©Ysabel Lemay. Opens at Catherine Edelman Gallery April 10.

ILLINOIS:

Catherine Edelman Gallery: Ysabel Lemay: Wonders, April 10 – July 3.

 

NEW YORK CITY:

Yancey Richardson: Jitka Hanzlova: One to One, through May 2.

Taka Ishii GalleryShozo Kitadai: Forms of Experiment & Imagination, through June 27.

 

VERMONT:

Shelburne Museum: Kodachrome Memory, American Pictures 1972-1990, Photographs by Nathan Benn, through May 25.

Lorien Farm, New Haven, 1973©Nathan Benn. Kodachrome Memory at the Shelburne Museum through May 25.

Lorien Farm, New Haven, 1973©Nathan Benn. Kodachrome Memory at the Shelburne Museum through May 25.

 

CALIFORNIA:

San Francisco Botanical Garden: JoSon: Fotanicals – The Secret Language of Flowers, through April 30.

Morning glory©joSon. At the San Francisco Botanical Garden: Fotanicals, through April 30.

Morning glory©joSon. At the San Francisco Botanical Garden: Fotanicals, through April 30.

Photo Festivals – everywhere!

Posted in EXHIBITS/SHOWS, NYC, Other on March 11, 2015 by voxphotographs

Photography festivals are all the rage and I’m glad. They really help spotlight exceptional photographs and practitioners all over the world. PHOTOGRAPH mag discusses 5 Festivals around the world, and and six Art Fairs in NYC, all taking place in early March except the amazing AIPAD set for April 16-10 and AIPAD, now in its 35th year just gets bigger and better every year. Can you imagine what it looked like 35 years ago, or even 20 years ago, when photographs were still the underdog in the art world?

Here’s a link to Phyllis Levine’s Eye on the Scene column in PHOTOGRAPH about the Photography Festivals – check it out:

https://www.photographmag.com/columns?type=2

March and April in Maine – inspiration locations

Posted in EXHIBITS/SHOWS, Maine on March 9, 2015 by voxphotographs
Polka Dot Parasol©Dave Wade. At Addison Woolley through March 28.

Polka Dot Parasol©Dave Wade. At Addison Woolley through March 28.

Addison Woolley - Works by Addison Woolley artists, through March 28.

DM Witman at Unity Center for the Performing Arts, through April 18.

DM Witman at Unity Center for the Performing Arts, through April 18.

Unity College Center for the Performing ArtsDeanna Witman: Supercluster Arion and Other Phenomena, through April 18.

 PhoPa GallerySalt, Silver & Sun: Historic Processes by Photographers Today, through April 18.

Maple ©Susan Davens. Sixteen contemporary Maine-based artists included in Salt, Silver & Sun, at PhoPa through April 18.

Maple Samaras, Toned Cyanotype ©Susan Davens. Sixteen contemporary Maine-based artists included in Salt, Silver & Sun, at PhoPa through April 18.

University of Maine Museum of Art, BangorDan Estabrook: King & Clown, through March 21

University of New England, PortlandA Gateless Garden, including photographs by Kerry Michaels, through April 12.

Photographs by Kerry Michaels at University of New England Gallery, Portland, through  . Opening January 20 with reception at 5 p.m.

Photographs by Kerry Michaels at University of New England Gallery, Portland, through April 12 . Opening January 20 with reception at 5 p.m.

Maine Museum of Photographic Arts - Diary of a River – Solargraphs of the Kennebec River by Johanna Moore, through May 22, in Portland.

River Road, Madison 99 Days, 2014©Johanna Moore. At The Glickman Family Library Gallery, USM, Portland, through May 22.

River Road, Madison 99 Days, 2014©Johanna Moore. At The Glickman Family Library Gallery, USM, Portland, through May 22.

Colby College Museum of Artcurrents/7: Elizabeth Atterbury. January 27 – May 10 in Waterville.

March – around the country

Posted in EXHIBITS/SHOWS, New England, NYC, Other on February 24, 2015 by voxphotographs

These winter months promise some terrific photography shows around the country at galleries near and far…here are a few – soon to be updated!

NEW JERSEY:

Princeton University Art MuseumThe City Lost and Found, opening February 21, through June 7.

Bruce Davidson, Untitled from East 100th Street, 1966-68. ©Bruce Davidson / Magnum Photos. Courtesy Howard Greenberg Gallery. The City Lost and Found - At Princeton University Art Museum through June 7.

Bruce Davidson, Untitled from East 100th Street, 1966-68. ©Bruce Davidson / Magnum Photos. Courtesy Howard Greenberg Gallery. The City Lost and Found – At Princeton University Art Museum through June 7.

 

MASSACHUSETTS:

Pucker GalleryTony King: Along the Way, February 21 – March 29

INDIANA:

Pictura GalleryDavid Magnussen: Purity, February 6 to March 28

From the series, Purity©David Magnusson. Opening February 6 - March 28 at Pictura Gallery.

From the series, Purity©David Magnusson. Opening February 6 – March 28 at Pictura Gallery.

 

At the museums: Winter, 2015

Posted in EXHIBITS/SHOWS, New England, NYC, Other on January 10, 2015 by voxphotographs

 

Untitled, Alabama, 1956©The Gordon Parks Foundation. All Rights Reserved. At High Museum through June 7.

Untitled, Alabama, 1956©The Gordon Parks Foundation. All Rights Reserved. At High Museum through June 7.

 

NEW YORK:

Museum of Modern ArtModern Photographs from the Thomas Walther Collection, 1909-1949 through April 19

MOMAModern Photographs from the Thomas Walther Collection, 1909-1949 through April 19

Seconds before Landing, from the series I Photograph Myself during a Parachute Jump, 1931©Willi Ruge (1882-1961). At MOMA in the Modern Photographs from the Thomas Walther Collection, 1909-1949

Seconds before Landing, from the series I Photograph Myself during a Parachute Jump, 1931©Willi Ruge (1882-1961). At MOMA in the Modern Photographs from the Thomas Walther Collection, 1909-1949 – through April 19.

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GEORGIA:

High MuseumGordon Parks: Segregation Story opens November 15 – June 7

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CALIFORNIA:

Contemporary Jewish MuseumArnold Newman: Masterclass – October 23 – February 1

Los Angeles Museum of ArtLarry Sultan: Here and Home, through March 22

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MASSACHUSETTS:

Museum of Fine Arts, BostonTruth and Beauty: Pictorialist Photography – through February 22

©Larry Sultan. All Rights Reserved. At Los  Angeles Museum of  Art through March 22, 2015

©Larry Sultan. All Rights Reserved. At Los Angeles Museum of Art through March 22, 2015

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NEW MEXICO:

New Mexico History MuseumPoetics of Light: Pinhole Photography – through March 29

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MISSOURI

The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art - American Soldier: Photographs of servicemen and women, January 23 –  June 21

Soldier Birkholz: 353 Days in Iraq, 205  Days in Afghanistan, 2004©Suzanne Opton. All Rights Reserved. At The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art opening January 23 - June 21.

Soldier Birkholz: 353 Days in Iraq, 205 Days in Afghanistan, 2004©Suzanne Opton. All Rights Reserved. At The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art opening January 23 – June 21.

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Paul Strand – he pushed photography into a new realm

Posted in EXHIBITS/SHOWS, Exhibits/Shows, Other, REVIEWS on January 5, 2015 by voxphotographs

I can’t believe I was lucky enough to be in Philadelphia over Christmas and catch up with the 250-image exhibition Paul Strand: Master of Modern Photography at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, which ended January 4. Sometimes you win.

Paul Strand: Master of Modern Photography - at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, through January 4, 1915. I'm at the exhibit and viewing one of Strand's most iconic images, Wall Street, New York, 1915.  This is a vintage 1915 platinum print and worth the trip in itself.

Paul Strand: Master of Modern Photography – at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, ended January 4, 1915. I’m viewing one of Strand’s most iconic images, Wall Street, New York, 1915. This is a vintage 1915 platinum print and worth the trip in itself.

Strand studied photography first with Lewis Hine. Then, after a visit with Alfred Stieglitz at Stieglitz’ NYC gallery, Strand became impassioned about his own voice through photography. But most importantly for every contemporary photographer, Paul Strand took the pictures that make you what you are today.

Again, this is why every serious contemporary photographer should be a student of photo history. Paul Strand was the first to take photographs that had nothing to do with the aesthetics of painting. He was the one who first photographed a picket fence, a still life of pottery and fruit, a street person. It’s difficult for us to imagine these “firsts” in photography – the first image taken from above (Alvin Langdon Coburn), the first radically-angled photograph of a building (Rodchenko). When Stieglitz featured Strand’s work in an issue of Camerawork, the world of soft-focus “art” photography imploded. Strand’s images focused on the relevance of everyday life, the humanity he viewed through the lens, not the pictoral.

White Fence©Paul Strand. All Rights Reserved.

White Fence©Paul Strand. All Rights Reserved.

Back to the exhibit – comprised of 250 images selected from the Museum’s archive of approximately 4,000 prints. It was a terrific overview and a once-in-a-lifetime exhibit for the viewer. But it did confirm that his early works are the game-changers for me, while later series of work, based on his travels to different countries and villages, as well as many long-exposure images of the natural world, are less important to the story of photography.

Strand’s extraordinary portraits could easily be a complete exhibit in themselves, and the exhibit includes many made with his 8×10 view camera, also on view. His early portraits of his wife, Rebecca, remind us of Stieglitz’ portraits of O’Keeffe, and that’s not surprising seeing as the photographers spent a lot of time together.

Young Boy, Gondeville, Charente, France, 1951©Paul Strand. All Rights Reserved.

Young Boy, Gondeville, Charente, France, 1951©Paul Strand. All Rights Reserved.

An image that really struck me was the tiny Workers’ Bicycles below. It is perfect. But when I saw it enlarged (maybe 16×20?) as a print in the gift shop, it had lost everything important. The intimate size of the image in the exhibit transformed the content into a magical viewing experience that the enlargement completely negated. It was an interesting lesson to see once again: sizing images for presentation plays a major role in the image’s success.

Workers' Bicycles, The Po, Luzzara©Paul Strand. All Rights Reserved.

Workers’ Bicycles, The Po, Luzzara©Paul Strand. All Rights Reserved.

 

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This is the size of the original Workers’ Bicycles in the exhibit.

The Philadelphia Museum of Art Strand exhibit taught me much and for photographers, studying Strand’s work should be an ongoing education. Knowing the works of the pioneers of the medium is the first step to any artist finding his/her own unique vision. It prevents the artist from thinking they have invented the wheel, so to speak.

Strand's 8x10 view camera, on exhibit at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, through January 4, 2015.

Strand’s 8×10 view camera, on exhibit at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, through January 4, 2015.

There’s an extensive catalog for the exhibit. If you didn’t get there in person and you want to see what the life work of a master looks like, make the investment for sure.

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