Friday, August 28, 2009

Philly photography

Paul McGuirk from Streets of Philadelphia: Photography 1970-1985

Streets of Philadelphia: Photography 1970-1985

September 10 – November 21, 2009

James B. Abbott, Robert Asman, Gary Lee Boas, Randl Bye, Don Camp, Jack Carnell, Paul Cava, Harvey Finkle, David Graham, Tom Gralish, Nancy Hellebrand, Charles Isaacs, Julie Jensen Bryan, George Krause, Paul McGuirk, Ray Metzker, William Owens, Stephen Perloff, Thomas Porett, Rosemary Ranck, Paul Runyon, Stephen Shore, Jack Tinney & William Earle Williams

The Print Center presents Streets of Philadelphia: Photography 1970-1985, the first overview of street photography made in Philadelphia during an era which was critical in forging the city’s contemporary identity. Capturing an era that began with jubilant preparations for the Bicentennial and ended with the tragic MOVE bombing, the show reveals the city at a time that is distinctly different than today. The exhibition brings together the work of over twenty widely celebrated photographers and features many excellent works that have not been shown publicly in nearly thirty years. The more than fifty images displayed in Streets of Philadelphia: Photography 1970-1985 create a diverse and complicated portrait of the city.

The Print Center
1614 Latimer Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
www.printcenter.org

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

PhotoNOLA

The 2009 PhotoNOLA Website is now live. http://photonola.org

About PhotoNOLA:
PhotoNOLA is an annual celebration of photography in New Orleans, coordinated by the New Orleans Photo Alliance in partnership with galleries, museums and photographers citywide. December 2009 marks the fourth annual festival. Most of the scheduled events will take place from Dec 3-13, with broad ranging photography exhibitions on display throughout the month of December.

PhotoNOLA festivities will begin with a series of French Quarter openings on Dec 3. We are thrilled to be hosting our first Slideluck Potshow on Friday, Dec 4 at Studio 527. Saturday Dec 5 will be filled with educational offerings, art openings and an after party at The Big Top.

The PhotoGALA Benefit Party & Auction on Thursday, Dec. 10 at the New Orleans Museum of Art is not to be missed. An Education Day on Dec 11 will feature a Blurb Self-Publishing seminar followed by a Mary Virginia Swanson lecture, and will wrap with a slideshow presentation by Lauren Greenfield, sponsored by Canon. Portfolio Reviews with a national cast of curators, editors and gallerists will take place December 12 & 13. The Saturday evening PhotoWALK featuring review participants will offer the public a peek at 60 rising photographers from across the nation.

Exhibitions will feature work by Susan Burnstine, Debbie Fleming Caffery, William Greiner, David Halliday, Louviere + Vanessa, Robert Polidori, Jonathan Traviesa, Alvaro Villela, POYi’s “Visions of Excellence,” Sarah Wilson and many others. Gallery talks, art openings, workshops, book signings, lectures and panel discussions are also included in the lineup.

Please join us to celebrate the art of photography, New Orleans style!

Portfolio Review registration will open on Sept 1, 2009 at 10am Central Time.

New Orleans Photo Alliance
1111 St. Mary St.
NOLA 70130

New Gallery Hours:
Fri 3-6, Sat & Sun 12-4
or by appointment

photoalliance@gmail.com
http://neworleansphotoalliance.org
http://neworleansphotoalliance.blogspot.com
http://photonola.org
http://www.myspace.com/neworleansphotoalliance

Monday, August 24, 2009

What to do in Santa Fe on Friday 8/28

I am really looking forward to the following shows in Santa Fe on Friday 8/28.

First being the all female show "Reverie & Rhapsody" at Verve, featuring Susan kae Grant, Beth Moon, and Susan Burnstine. The show opens at 5pm and is sure to be a hit. Check the Verve site for details on gallery talks.

Then, wander over to Photo-eye for the show "Empty Spaces" by Eric Cousineau and Barbara A Diener. This show also opens from 5pm to 7pm.

When you've had enough of crowded spaces and beautiful photography, head over to The Cowgirl Hall of Fame. I'll be there with Jonathan Blaustein, David Ondrik and Melanie McWhorter. Rumor has it that Melanie is buying drinks. Woohoo!!!

...db

David DiMichele, Chris Anthony, Lara Jo Regan at Randall Scott


David DiMichele
Pseudodocumentation
Chris Anthony
Stages
September 10th-October 17th
also
Introducing in the Project Room
Lara Jo Regan
Artist's Reception
September 10th 6pm-9pm

Randall Scott Gallery
111 Front Street #204
Brooklyn, NY 11201
212-796-2190
212-796-2192 (fax)
DUMBO

www.randallscottgallery.com

info@randallscottgallery.com
Hours:
11am-6pm Wed-Sat
DUMBO First Thursdays 11am-8:30pm

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Edward Ranney at the Albuquerque Museum

In 1978, Ed Ranney began working collaboratively with Charles Ross to photograph the creation of Ross’ earthwork sculpture, Star Axis. Ranney annually photographs Star Axis, a celestial observatory near Las Vegas, New Mexico. Standing eleven stories high and measuring 1/10th of a mile across, this sculpture places viewers inside the trajectory of the earth’s axis. Both Ranney and Ross will talk about their years of collaboration around the project.

The talk takes place on Sunday, August 30 at 1pm at The Albuquerque Museum

The talk is part of the show The Shape of Time: Photographs of Star Axis by Edward Ranney, 1979 – 2009 and it runs from June 28 - September 20, 2009

More details here

About the show:
Edward Ranney has photographed the growth of the earth-sculpture Star Axis since 1979, when Charles Ross began excavation of the southern edge of Chupinas Mesa, near Las Vegas, New Mexico, for the construction of the site’s eleven story Star Tunnel. The large-format photographs Ranney has taken each year since then reveal a major site growing out of its own rubble. For Ranney, with his extensive experience photographing pre-Columbian sites of ancient America, this process might be described as a kind of visual archaeology in reverse. Inherent in a project spanning a generation are visual observations of the power of a specific site as it grows and changes over time, as well as a poetic sense of the changing shape of time itself. Here photographic documentation speaks not only of architectural construction, but also of process and duration, intuition and aspiration, and a shared desire to understand cosmic phenomena on a human scale.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Hey Lucie!

7th Annual LUCIE AWARDS
Celebrate LEGENDARY PHOTOGRAPHERS at
Prestigious LINCOLN CENTER

Photographers to be feted on Monday, October 19, 2009, 6:00 p.m.
Alice Tully Hall


Los Angeles, Calif. (August 20, 2009) - The 7th annual Lucie Awards will be presented at Lincoln Center's newly renovated Alice Tully Hall, on Monday, October 19, 2009 at 6:00 p.m. Honorees and top winners from the 2009 IPA competition will be recognized. The Lucie Awards, produced by the Lucie Foundation, (a non-profit, charitable foundation), honor the achievements of the world's finest photographers, discover emerging talent through the International Photography Awards and promote the appreciation of photography worldwide. Tickets go on sale Friday, August 21 at http://www.lincolncenter.org/

Some of the masters being recognized will include Fazal Sheikh (Humanitarian Award), Gilles Peress (Achievement in Photojournalism), Jean Paul Goude (Achievement in Fashion), and Marvin Newman (Achievement in Sports). The W. Eugene Smith Fund, celebrating their 30th Year of Grant-Giving will be presented with the Spotlight Award. Each year, Honorees are nominated by the 55 member Advisory Board.

Past honorees include: Larry Clark, Elliott Erwitt, Kenro Izu, Albert Watson, Melvin Sokolsky, Herman Leonard, Steve McCurry, Mary Ellen Mark, Sebastiao Salgado, Bert Stern, James Nachtwey, Douglas Kirkland, Sarah Moon, Susan Meiselas, Patrick Demarchelier, Erwin Olaf, Harry Benson, David Bailey, Neil Leifer, Peter Lindbergh and the late Gordon Parks, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Philip Jones Griffith, William Claxton and Cornell Capa.

The Lucies will also recognize those in the creative community who are integral in crafting an image in the following categories: Print Advertising Campaign of the Year, Fashion Layout of the Year, Photography Magazine of the Year, Book Publisher of the Year, Exhibition/Curator of the Year and Picture Editor of the Year. The IPA competition will announce its top winners from the 2009 competition and distribute $20,000 in cash prizes across the top three awards. IPA prizes include $10,000 for the International Photographer of the Year Award provided by AtEdge, $5,000 prize to the Discovery of the Year Award, and $5,000 to the Deeper Perspective Photographer of the Year, provided by Blurb.

The Lucie Awards official media partner is PDN and Photo Plus International. LaCie, the leading provider of integrated storage solutions, color monitors and accessories, sponsors this year's Lucie Awards. Additional support is provided by, AtEDGE, Blurb, Duggal, Hance Partners, and Splashlight Studios.

Tickets for the Lucie Awards go on sale on Friday, August 21, at http://www.lincolncenter.org/

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Some Polaroid type films set to come back

The Impossible Project and the Urban Outfitters Clothing store are set to sell Polaroid Type 779 film and Polaroid cameras starting Friday August 21.

The Impossible Project and Harman Technology (owners of Ilford Photo and makers of b&w film and paper) are working on instant film for the SX-70 camera, the 600 camera, and in 8x10"size.

Very cool indeed. Hopefully it will sell well.

More here
http://bit.ly/ANMVV

Monday, August 17, 2009

Group Show #6 Fathers and Sons now Online!


Fraction's newest group show Fathers and Sons curated by Aline Smithson is now online.
Aline did a wonderful job curating this show that takes a look at a different kind of family photography. You may know her from her photography, or from her wonderful blog Lenscratch, which is probably one of the most updated and positive blogs out there. I have spent a lot of time with the show over the past couple of weeks putting it together for online viewing and I must say it has become better and better the more I have looked at it.

The show includes work by:

Blake Andrews
Timothy Archibald
Dennis Chamberlin
Todd Deutsch
Shawn Gust
Warren Harold
Tom Leininger
Shawn Records
Peter Tonningsen
Tread
Byron Wolfe

New Dutch Landscape at Aperture



APERTURE GALLERY PRESENTS:
Nature as Artifice: New Dutch Landscape in Photography and Video Art

Opening Reception: Thursday, September 10, 6:00–8:00 pm
Exhibition on View: September 10–October 15, 2009

In keeping with the golden age of Dutch landscape painting four hundred years ago, a new visual statement on the landscape has emerged from the Netherlands. Expressed through the modern mediums of photography and video art, this new imagining of the Dutch landscape is urbanized and altered, depicting the Netherlands as the most artificial country in the world.

Coinciding with the 400th anniversary of the arrival of Henry Hudson to New York Harbor aboard the Dutch vessel Halve Maen, Aperture Gallery is pleased to present the New York debut of Nature as Artifice: New Dutch Landscape in Photography and Video Art, curated by Maartje van den Heuvel, a major survey of new work by contemporary Dutch artists who, over the past twenty years, have taken contemporary Holland as their point of departure.

The exhibition features the work of Hans Aarsman, Wout Berger, Henze Boekhout, Driessens & Verstappen, Marnix Goossens, Arnoud Holleman, Gert Jan Kocken, Jannes Linders, Cary Markerink & Theo Baart, Hans van der Meer, Gábor Ösz, Bas Princen, Xavier Ribas, Gerco de Ruijter, Frank van der Salm, Hans Werlemann, and Edwin Zwakman.

Nature as Artifice originally opened in June 2008 at the Kröller-Müller Museum in Otterlo, the Netherlands, and later traveled to the Neue Pinakothek in Munich, Germany. The exhibition opened at George Eastman House in Rochester, New York—its first venue in the United States—on June 13, 2009, and will remain on view there through August 16, 2009.

Related Programming:

On Saturday, September 12, from 1:00–4:00pm, Aperture will host a symposium at the School of Visual Arts’s new Visual Arts Gallery in New York City. Artists Jannes Linders, Frank van der Salm, and Edwin Zwakman, will present their work, followed by a panel discussion led by writer Tracy Metz and featuring curator van den Heuvel and Alison Nordstrom, of the George Eastman House, discussing the significance and implications of the art works exhibited. This will be followed by a question and answer session with the audience, and a reception open to the public where attendees can mingle with the artists and panelists.

On Tuesday, September 15, 6:30 pm, Artist’s Talk with Hans Aarsman at Aperture Gallery. In this lecture, Aarsman examines the myriad questions involved in taking photographs for purposes as varied as advertising, documentation, and personal mementos.

WHEN AND WHERE:
Exhibition on View:
September 10-October 15, 2009
Monday—Saturday, 10:00 a.m.—6:00 p.m.

Aperture Gallery
547 West 27th Street, 4th floor
(between 10th and 11th Avenue)
New York, New York
(212) 505-5555

Symposium:
Saturday, September 12, 1:00—4:00 p.m.
Visual Arts Gallery
333 West 23rd Street
New York, New York

Artist’s Talk with Hans Aarsman:
Tuesday, September 15, 6:30 pm
Aperture Gallery
547 West 27th Street
New York, New York

Saturday, August 15, 2009

REVERIE & RHAPSODY at Verve Gallery


REVERIE & RHAPSODY
Susan Burnstine • Susan kae Grant • Beth Moon

Opening Reception: Friday, August 28, 2009, 5-7pm
Exhibit is on view through Saturday, November 7, 2009

Gallery Talk with Beth Moon and Susan Burnstine,
Friday, August 28, 3-4pm

Gallery Talk with Susan kae Grant and Sarah Alexander,
Saturday, August 29, 2-4pm

Verve Gallery of Photography is pleased to present Reverie & Rhapsody, an exhibition exploring dreams, memory and time, and the rhythm of contemplation and mystery that is held within all three. The three-person exhibition includes Verve gallery artists Susan Burnstine, Susan kae Grant and Beth Moon. The Opening Reception is held on Friday, August 28, 2009 from 5-7pm. There will be a Gallery Talk with Photographers Beth Moon and Susan Burnstine on Friday, August 28 from 3-5pm, and with Photographer Susan kae Grant and Composer Sarah Alexander on Saturday, August 29 from 2-4pm. The exhibition is on view through Saturday, November 7, 2009.

Center for Fine Art Photography "Portraits"


Two Mollys on Blue © Sarah Small

Portraits
Deadline August 18, 2009

Center for Fine Art Photography

Theme:
A visual representation that portrays the likeness of a person, animal, place or thing.

Eligibility:
The exhibition is open to photographers world wide, both amateur and professional. The Center for Fine Art Photography invites photographers working in all mediums, styles and schools of thought to participate in its exhibitions. Experimental and mixed techniques are welcome.

Juror: Mary Ellen Mark
Mary Ellen Mark is a photographer known for her photojournalism, portraiture, and advertising photography. She has had 17 collections of her work published and has exhibited at galleries and museums worldwide. She has received numerous accolades, including three fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship. Additionally, Mark was awarded the Photographer of the Year Award from the Friends of Photography, three Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Awards, Matrix Award for outstanding woman in the field of film/photography, World Press Award for Outstanding Body of Work Throughout the Years, Victor Hasselblad Cover Award, and numerous other prestigious awards.


Design a book

©Philippe McClelland

For those of you looking for something different to do besides constantly taking photographs, Talenthouse is holding a contest to design a book for renowned photographer Philippe McClelland. I didn't read the fine print very carefully so I don't know if there is anything beyond bragging rights as a prize.

"One of the leading icons in photography, Philippe McClelland, has created captivating images of celebrities such as Denzel Washington and James Brown and has worked with Virgin, Levi's, CBS, Sony and others. His work has established his name firmly in the entertainment and fashion industries.

Philippe is currently developing a book of photographs from his illustrious career and is extending an invitation to your readers to submit concepts for a unique layout and design.

This is all made possible by Talenthouse (www.talenthouse.com), a new platform that gives artists the ability to create, collaborate and liberate. Photography industry innovators have developed unique 'Creative Invites' for their community all housed under Talenthouse."

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Debbie Fleming Caffery documentary


ANTHROPY ARTS is proud to announce its third installment in The Photographers Series with a DVD featuring Debbie Fleming Caffery, who has been documenting the Louisiana sugar cane harvest, the plight of prostitutes in Mexican brothels, and more recently the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. The documentary travels with her through the mud of the sugar cane mills, to the devastated homes of New Orleans’s Ninth Ward, and to the South of France for the Les Rencontres Arles Photography Festival. In the Photo Commentary, she divulges the stories behind some of her most touching and poignant images. Plus, the Bonus Feature provides further insights to her creative process.

"Debbie's personality and pictures merge to become one wonderful entity."
Elisabeth Biondi - New Yorker Magazine

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

"Emerging" at Fine Art Base


a fine art base group show
at Sunset Center's Marjorie Evans Gallery

emerging

friday 14.aug.09 5-8p


Marjorie Evans Gallery @ Sunset Center
Carmel-by-the-Sea CA 93923
San Carlos at 9th Ave

The fine art base group exhibition, emerging, is on display through August at Sunset Center’s Marjorie Evans Gallery. This exhibition features the work of artists dlwilkinson, Emily Brown, Tracy Parker, and Marilet Pretorius. They will show photo-based art, paper cutting, painting, and printmaking.

The artists exhibited are all part of the fine art base subsidized studio rentals program, supported in part by the Monterey County Board of Supervisors. This exhibit is your opportunity to see new perspectives on the traditional arts and to be inspired by fresh artistic talent thriving in California’s Central Coast. Executive Director of fine art base, Elizabeth O’Malley invites you to, “Come meet us and check out great new talent"

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

David Taylor at the Palace of the Governors

Guggenheim Photography Fellow David Taylor

On “Western Exposure and the Frontier”

A “Through the Lens” lecture

Santa Fe (July 30, 2009) – David Taylor, whose photographic work along the U.S./Mexico border is supported by a 2008 fellowship from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, will deliver the next Through the Lens: Creating Santa Fe lecture at 6pm on Friday, Aug. 14, in the New Mexico History Museum Auditorium, 113 Lincoln Ave.

The event is free and open to the public.

Taylor
’s lecture, “Western Exposure: Photographs and the Frontier,” will explore his work along the border in conjunction with the Through the Lens exhibit, which charts the development of the City Different through the eyes of many photographers over the decades.

Taylor is an Associate Professor at New Mexico State University , where he teaches photography. His photographs, installations and artist’s books have been exhibited nationally. Taylor ’s work can be found in the collections of the Museum of Contemporary Photography , the Washington State Arts Commission, the El Paso Museum of Art and Fidelity Investments. For more on Taylor and his work, go to www.dtaylorphoto.com.

Through the Lens: Creating Santa Fe, on view at the Palace of the Governors through Oct. 25, was curated by photographer and educator Krista Elrick and Palace of the Governors Curator of Photography Mary Anne Redding. The exhibition, lecture series, and publication of the book, Through the Lens: Creating Santa Fe, are sponsored by the Scanlan Family Foundation, Verve Gallery of Photography, New Mexico Council on Photography, New Mexico Humanities Council, Visual Arts Gallery at the Santa Fe Community College, Photography Department/Marion Center for Photographic Arts at the College of Santa Fe, Scheinbaum & Russek LTD., Santa Fe 400th Anniversary Partnership, Santa Fe Art Foundation, Andrew Smith Gallery, Museum of New Mexico Foundation, Palace Guard, Phyllis and Edward Gladden Endowment Fund, and the Women’s Board of the Museum of New Mexico.


For information on the exhibition, contact Mary Anne Redding at 476-5026.

Media contact:

Kate Nelson

(505) 476-1141

(505) 554-5722 (cell)

Kate.nelson@state.nm.us

Saturday, August 8, 2009

XTO IMAGE AWARDS- Call for Entries


Calling all photographers and illustrators inspired by the human form to submit their work.

Prizes include: $2000 for the Grand Prize Winner and $1000 for the Runner-Up; Exhibit in Los Angeles for the top two winners of each category. More prizes to be announced by the end of August.
Enter before September 1, 2009 and receive a 20% discount.

CONGRATULATIONS TO THE 2009 WINNERS:
Grand Prize Photography- Winkler + Noah
Runner-Up Photography- Dominic Rouse
Grand Prize Illustration- Tansy Myer
Runner-Up Illustration- Jeff Wack

Facing West: Fashion Photography in the Land of Celluloid




Newsletter | Issue 13 - August 7, 2009

In This Issue:

LUCIE FOUNDATION PRESENTS INSTALLMENT NO. 2 OF PRO'JEKT LA SUMMER SERIES AT SPACE 15TWENTY ON AUGUST 13TH.
PUBLIC NOMINATIONS OPEN ON AUGUST 10TH THROUGH SEPTEMBER 20TH FOR LUCIE SUPPORT CATEGORY AWARDS.
LUCIE FOUNDATION TO LAUNCH NEW MENTOR AND SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAMS.
INTERNATIONAL PHOTOGRAPHY AWARDS COMPETITION UPDATE.


LUCIE FOUNDATION PRESENTS INSTALLMENT NO. 2 OF PRO'JEKT LA SUMMER SERIES AT SPACE 15TWENTY ON AUGUST 13TH.

Installment number two of The Lucie Foundation's Pro'jekt LA Summer Series showcases curated photographs by Jessie Cowan. Feauturing Los Angeles-based photographers Geoff Moore, Jennifer Rocholl and Tasya van Ree exploring the theme Facing West: Fashion Photography in the Land of Celluloid, all perfectly situated in the outdoor courtyard of Space15Twenty. More artists will be announced in the coming days!

Don't miss this sunset-sweet opportunity to be inspired, make new friends in the photo community, shop, listen to fantastic music provided by DJ TNT and learn more about the Lucie Foundation and our programs.

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Annie's Fuzzy Financial Picture

Annie Leibovitz's financial problems are once again fodder for the arts community and are featured in this NY Times article. I don't really care about it but I do find it kind of fascinating. I suppose that is why the Times has written the article.

Michael P Smith Grant for Documentary Photography

For Immediate Release
Contact: Lori Waselchuk
225-907-6695
MPSFund@neworleansphotoalliance.org.

Jeff L. Rosenheim of the Metropolitan Museum of Art will be Inaugural Juror for the Michael P. Smith Grant for Documentary Photography

New Orleans, LA (August 6, 2009) – The New Orleans Photo Alliance (NOPA) is proud to announce that Jeff L. Rosenheim, Curator in the Department of Photographs at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York NY, will be the inaugural juror of the Michael P. Smith Fund for Documentary Photography (MPS Fund). This fund, established by NOPA to honor the legendary New Orleans photographer Michael P. Smith, will award one $5,000 grant annually to a Gulf Coast photographer whose work combines artistic excellence and a sustained commitment to a long-term cultural documentary project.

The New Orleans Photo Alliance will award one $5000 grant annually to a photographer residing in the Gulf Coast states of Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida. Both emerging and established photographers living in Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, or Florida are eligible to apply to the MPS Fund. The subject matter for the proposed project, however, is not limited to the Gulf Coast region. NOPA will accept grant applications through September 1, 2009 and will announce the winner during this year’s PhotoNOLA festival in December 2009. For submission guidelines and to download an application form, visit the Michael P. Smith Fund’s website at http://www.neworleansphotoalliance.org/grants/MPS_Fund/index.php.

Rosenheim is a leading figure in the world of photography and the preeminent authority on Walker Evans. Rosenheim was responsible for bringing to the Metropolitan the complete archives of Walker Evans and Diane Arbus. He has lectured extensively in the U.S. and abroad and continues to be an influential advocate for photography as a significant art medium.

The New Orleans Photo Alliance is a diverse group of photographers who joined forces in 2006 to create unity and opportunity for photographers in the Gulf South. NOPA is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization that currently includes more than 300 members from across Louisiana and the United States. Since its inception, NOPA has sponsored photographic exhibitions, workshops and educational programs. It also coordinates PhotoNOLA, the annual photography festival held each December at venues throughout New Orleans.

To learn more about the New Orleans Photo Alliance, please visit our website at www.neworleansphotoalliance.org. For additional information about the Michael P. Smith Fund, please contact Lori Waselchuk at 225-907-6695 or go to www.neworleansphotoalliance.org/grants/MPS_Fund/index.php.

New Orleans Photo Alliance
1111 St. Mary Street
New Orleans, LA 70130
Gallery Hours: Fri 3-6, Sat & Sun 12-4
New Mexico Museum of Art

Landscape Reconsidered: Land Art Photography

from the Lannan Foundation

Landmine, 2005, Sarah Pickering

Santa Fe, NM (August 5, 2009)The work of nine artists will be featured in Manmade: Notions of Landscape from the Lannan Collection. Landscape is often thought of as a pristine wilderness, uninhabited and unmarred by human presence, despite the fact that for many decades now landscape has in practice been represented as incontrovertibly interconnected with mankind and the land itself has been the very material of artmaking.

Manmade: Notions of Landscape from the Lannan Collection, an exhibition primarily of land art photography including two significant installations, one by James Turrell and the other by Robert Smithson. The exhibition will be on display at the New Mexico Museum of Art October 9, 2009, through January 10, 2010.

One of the threads that runs through the Santa Fe-based Lannan Foundation collection is an exploration of man and the landscape—not landscape in its most literal sense, but landscape as a construction of meanings and relationships that are always morphing, growing, decaying, and exploding. These various facets of landscape include the natural, the cultural, the social, and the political. Everywhere human presence, for good or bad, is evident and our relationship to our environment is always under negotiation.

The Lannan Foundation works related to landscape are never of the sort that is a celebration purely of a sublime or pristine nature; rather they are of the terrain inscribed with all manner of human interaction, including manmade creations meant to guide our way through the oceans, earthworks, human-aided natural disaster, and the theatre of war.

“For over 20 years, Lannan Foundation has supported the creation and maintenance of important land art projects such as James Turrell’s Roden Crater, Robert Smithson’s Spiral Jetty, Michael Heizer’s City Complex, and Walter de Maria’s Lightning Fields,” states Lannan Foundation Program Director for Art Christie Mazuera Davis. “Our collection, which numbers over 800 works of art, features a significant amount of photography, much of which focuses on the land or manmade environments. While the Foundation has not established a specific criterion to collect landscape-oriented artwork, it is this medium that has perhaps best captured the many-faceted relationship between man and the environment in recent decades.”

The photo-based works that will be on view in Manmade: Notions of Landscape from the Lannan Collection includes post-Katrina photographs of a ravaged landscape by Debbie Fleming Caffery; images of the meeting of land and sea that have been witness to historic moments by Thomas Joshua Cooper; a typological grid of lighthouse photographs by Olafur Eliasson; the confessional water images of Roni Horn; nighttime photographs of wars acted out in the desert by An-My Le; “portraits” of explosions in the landscape by Sarah Pickering; and photographs of the contemporary industrial landscape by Victoria Sambunaris.

Two well-known Earthwork artists are also represented in the exhibition. The Lannan Collection has rich holdings of James Turrell’s work, including hand-worked aerial views of Roden Crater, an extinct volcano outside of Flagstaff, Arizona, that the artist has been “sculpting” into a monumental earthwork since 1979. Also on view in the New Mexico Museum of Art’s galleries will be Robert Smithson’s 1969 sculptural masterwork Map of Broken Glass (Atlantis), an example both of his early work with earth and glass or mirrors and of his reconsideration of the nature of sculpture.

“This is the museum’s first exhibition of works from the Lannan Foundation collection,” states Curator of Contemporary Art Laura Addison. “There is a tremendous consistency of vision between the Lannan Foundation’s collecting interests and their broader mission. The works in Manmade may take landscape tradition as its point of departure, but there is nothing ordinary about the artists’ approach to their subject matter. These are not simply pretty pictures of the environment. There is a strong sense of purpose that underlies the photographs, in keeping with the Lannan Foundation’s ethos of social responsibility and critical engagement. Each of the artists in Manmade single-mindedly pursues a particular question or problem with respect to the man/land relationship or in terms of art historical paradigms from Minimalism to New Topographics. In some instances that pursuit will take an artist to the ends of the earth, literally.”

For more information about the exhibition, related events, and images visit our Media Center at http://media.museumofnewmexico.org/ and log in with your own user name and password to download text and high-res images.

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Taj Forer on 20x200

Taj Forer has just release two of his images on 20x200.


To live with you alone, Red Boiling Springs, Tennessee



Boots and raincoats, San Diego, California


His book of photographs titled Threefold Sun with an essay by Carol Mavor on Rudolf Steiner's philosophical movement is still available.


View some of Taj's photos in the group show, The Un-Natural Nature of Food, in the July 2009 issue of Fraction.