Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Budapest: Nude photo exhibition by Kondor and Török

Pajta Galéria and Kondor Stúdió will organize a collaborative photo exhibition entitled "Blue and Black: the Nude" starting late July, featuring pictures of internationally acclaimed photo artists László Kondor & László Török, organizers tell Budapest Business Journal.

©Laszlo Kondor and Torok Laszlo all rights reserved

Morning in the Studio (1984) by László Kondor.
The exhibition features side by side displays of the artists’ widely diverse treatment of the human form.

The exhibit includes 80 images spanning from 1973 to 2015. The photos are selected from Törökʼs and Kondorʼs extensive archives, revisited with an eye for what the collections have in common rather than how they are different. They contrast and compare their long fascination with the human form.

"The pair discovered some surprising similarities between their works, but, like a slant rhyme, there is a close but not always exact correspondence of the meanings," the organizers say.

The women in Törökʼs photos are washed in sky-blue (his trademark), set in visually challenging constructions. Many of the images were created with and in tribute to others at the heart of a photographic community centered on him and Pajta Galéria in Salföld.

Architecturally stylized

Kondorʼs black and white photographs were taken during his time in America running a successful commercial studio in Chicago. They are stark and architecturally stylized a crystallization of form, according to the organisers. This is the first exhibition of this work in Hungary.

Kondor is better known for his work as a witness to world events ranging from the Vietnam War, with its anti-war violence on American streets, and the political halls of Chicago’s iconic Mayor Richard J. Daley (1902 – 1976). 

The exhibition will run from July 27-October 15 at Kossuth Lajos u. 31 in Salföld (166 km southwest of Budapest, on the northern shore of Lake Balaton). The gallery is open for visitors on Saturdays and Sundays between 11 a.m.- 2 p.m., and by other times at appointment.

Saturday, June 29, 2019

UK: Cindy Sherman

 Do not miss Cindy Sherman's first UK retrospective at the National Portrait Gallery in London

This major new retrospective will explore the development of Sherman’s work from the mid-1970s to the present day, and will feature around 150 works from international public and private collections, as well as new work never before displayed in a public gallery.

Focusing on the artist’s manipulation of her own appearance and her deployment of material derived from a range of cultural sources, including film, advertising and fashion, the exhibition will explore the tension between façade and identity.

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© Cindy Sherman. Courtesy of Metro Pictures, New York.

Friday, June 14, 2019

Germany: Natalie Christensen The Deconstructed Self

Galerie Minimal - Gallery for Minimalism
Mittenwalder Str. 57, 10961
Berlin, Germany
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Vernissage Events: Saturday, August 3, 2019
5pm – 6pm Artist talk
6pm – 10pm Official Vernissage

Sunday, August 4, 2019
Photo Walk with Natalie Christensen
3pm – 5:30pm

Throughout the Exhibition – Guided Tours of The Deconstructed Self
Friday, August 8, 6pm – 10pm
Friday, August 23, 6pm – 10pm
Friday, September 6, 6pm – 10pm
Friday, September 20, 6pm – 10pm

Friday, October 4, 2019: 6pm-10pm Finissage

Galerie Minimal, Berlin is proud to present a solo exhibition by photographer Natalie Christensen.

Speaking on The Deconstructed Self, Christensen states: “In 2014 I moved from the state of Kentucky to Santa Fe, New Mexico leaving my lifelong home and my 25-year career as a psychotherapist behind. While it was an exciting moment it was also a time of questioning and reflection.

Like many artists who have come to New Mexico, I was immediately drawn to the distinctive Southwestern light. The beauty of the natural environment is evident to most people; however, my interest was to explore the more banal peripheral landscapes that often go unnoticed by the casual observer. I began by photographing color fields and geometric shapes. I was interested in the way light and shadow could spark complex narratives, and I quickly became aware that these isolated moments in the suburban landscape were rich with metaphor. Closed and open doors, empty parking lots and forgotten swimming pools drew me to a scene; yet it was my reactions to these objects and spaces that elicited interpretation and projection.

As a psychotherapist, I learned the art of asking the question – in many ways these photographs are an extension of that work. The symbols and spaces in my images are an invitation to explore a rich world that is concealed from consciousness.  And the scenes are an enticement to contemplate narratives that have no remarkable life or history yet tap into something deeply familiar to our experience; often disturbing, sometimes amusing…unquestionably present.”

About Natalie Christensen: The Los Angeles Center for Digital Art named Natalie Christensen as one of “Ten Photographers to Watch”. Christensen’s photography has been exhibited in London, Dusseldorf, New York and Los Angeles. The Royal Photographic Society in the United Kingdom has presented her artwork and a lecture by the artist. As one of five invited photographers for “The National 2018: Best of Contemporary Photography” at the Fort Wayne Museum of Art, her work was bestowed the purchase prize and thereby added to the museum’s permanent collection. Collaborative site-specific projects have been put forth by Iconic Standard Vision Billboard, Los Angeles; El Rey Court, Santa Fe; University of New Mexico, Albuquerque and Peckham Levels, London.

About Galerie Minimal: Florian Wassily Kazimirski and Fabian Willi Simon have created a place in the heart of Berlin Kreuzberg where people can deal with the topic of minimalism both artistically and philosophically. In addition to regular art exhibitions, various presentations and courses, such as mindfulness workshops and photo walks, are part of the concept. "Minimalism is zeitgeist for us. Considering the challenges of our time, it is a holistic and sustainable approach to be happy with oneself and one's environment in unison. Our art is the visualization of this idea, which we want to make accessible to the people." --Florian Wassily Kazimirski

Thursday, May 9, 2019

Paris: Erwin Olaf Palm Springs

Do not miss "Erwin Olaf Palm Springs" at Galerie Rabouan Moussion in Paris, France May 18 to July 27, 2019

To mark the forty years of Erwin Olaf’s career, Galerie  Rabouan  Moussion  is  presenting  a  French  exclusive  of  his  latest  series:  Palm  Springs. This  exhibition  of  photographs  and  videos  also  celebrates  fifteen  years  of  collaboration between   the   Dutch   photographer   and   the   Paris gallery.

PALM SPRINGS CONCLUSION OF A TRIPTYCHFollowing  Berlin  (2012)  and  Shanghai  (2017),  Palm Springs concludes his triptych on changing cities.  Berlin  was  produced  at  a  time  when  dark  clouds  were  heaping  up  over  Europe  with  the  questioning of freedom of expression, democracy and  the  transmission  of  power  from  the  older  generation to the younger.In Shanghai, a hypermodern Chinese metropolis, Olaf  examines  what  happens  to  an  individual  in  the midst of 24 million people.With Palm Springs it is climate change that is at the heart of his thinking; his treatment is reminiscent of America in the 1960s.

“There are many thorns in Olaf’s California – and people  show  less  optimism  than  in  his  previous  series. Palm Springs could be the third part of a trilogy  or  the  third  series  with  a  new  tone  that  is  now Olaf’s. It is becoming increasingly clear that Erwin Olaf is no longer playing (if, that is, he ever really  was).  Berlin,  Shanghai,  Palm  Springs... all  poisoned  in  various  ways,  all  betraying  their  promise, leaving only profits – and losses.” Francis Hodgson

“Palm Springs (2018) is at once a progression (this is the first time I have photographed landscapes) and a step back. I returned to the 1960s. I love the mid-century details in Palm Springs and the stories they evoke. I had studied Gordon Park’s photos, a very different way of seeing America than that of  Norman  Rockwell.  What  interested  me  was  the  stylized  documentary.  I  wanted  to  introduce  the real world a little more. I loved all the details of  the  places  we  photographed,  for  example  a  yellowed  lawn  because  it  was  very  hot  and  dry.  My  team  was  preparing  to  spray  it  green,  but  I  preferred to leave it as it was because it was the reality of our time, where the climate is changing, while we stay in our closed communities. Reality is  creeping  into  the  paradise  we’re  desperately  trying to maintain. As a story emerged during the work and selection of photos, I began to consider this as a parable about the distribution of wealth, so  unjust  and  so  unsustainable  in  the  long  run,  between the different classes of our society.”  Erwin Olaf

“What I’d like to see in my photographs is a perfect world  with  a  crack  inside.  My  job’s  to  first  make the image attractive enough to make people want to  look  at  the  story  I  tell  them,  and  then  to  give  them a slap in the face.”  Erwin Olaf

It is no coincidence that it was with the Erwin Olaf exhibition, Waiting, that the gallery celebrated the opening  of  its  new  space  on  rue  Pastourelle  in  Paris  in  2015.  This  baptism  is  a  testimony  to  a  collaboration  going  back  almost  15  years  to  his  first exhibitionParadise, Mature and Separation, the title of his three emblematic series. Erwin Olaf has lived and worked in Amsterdam since the early ’80s.  He  was  discovered  by  the  international  art  scene with his series Chessmen, which won him first prize in the Young European Photographer contest in 1988.Since  then  he  has  explored  the  social  issues  and  taboos  of  our  society  on  issues  of  gender,  sensuality,  despair  and  grace.  After  his  major  solo  exhibition  Emotions  at  La  Sucrière  de  Lyon  in  2013,  the  2016  annual  nocturnal  arts  festival  Nuit  Blanche  marked  a  new  stage  in  the  artist’s  refined, singular career, with the realization of a site-specific work projected on the facades of the Hôtel de Ville de Paris (Paris City Hall), That Nuit Blanche allowed him to establish his reputation in France.In 2017 the gallery presented the images produced for band Indochine’s album 13, a series inspired by Henry Darger.

11, rue Pastourelle75003 Paris

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Wednesday, April 3, 2019

London: “Street photography: Shooting around London” A workshop by Giacomo Brunelli

Dates: 5-6-7 April 2019
Location: London
Description: Workshop designed for amateurs and professionals who want to improve their photographic vision and build a portfolio. Digital or Analog photography welcome.

-Introduction to photography
-How to start a photographic project
-Shooting Central London
-Learn how to frame and shoot strangers
-Review of the shooting
-Editing your work
-How visual storytelling can be used to develop a concept
-How to edit and sequence to reveal a narrative
-How to publish a book
-Find the right publisher for your work
-How to approach commercial galleries, editors and magazines
-Sell your work to collectors.

Friday 5th April: 3pm - 7pm
Saturday 6th April: 10am - 6pm
Sunday 7th April: 10am - 6pm

Fee: £275
Info and booking

The workshop will be held between Central London (for the shooting) and Wimbledon (for the reviewing/editing).

Giacomo Brunelli (b. Perugia, 1977) moved to London 10 years ago and has since then published 3 books, “The Animals” (2008 Dewi Lewis Publishing), “Eternal London” (2014 Dewi Lewis Publishing) and “Self Portraits” (2017 Editions Bessard).
In 2014 he was commissioned by The Photographers’Gallery (London) to produce a body of work over two years, “Eternal London”.
His work has been exhibited at The Barbican (Uk), The New Art Gallery Walsall (Uk), BlueSky Gallery, Portland (Usa), Format Festival, Derby (Uk), Triennial of Photography Hamburg (Germany), Nordic Light Festival (Norway), Noorderlicht Photofestival (The Netherlands), Photofusion, London (Uk), Delhi PhotoFestival (India), Fotofestiwal Lodz (Poland) amongst others.
He has had shows at commercial galleries like The Photographers’Gallery (London), Peter Fetterman Gallery (Santa Monica, Usa), Galerie Camera Obscura (Paris), Robert Morat Galerie (Berlin).
It has been featured widely in the press including BBC (Uk), The Guardian (Uk) and The Telegraph (Uk) amongst others.
In 2015 he was commissioned by the Deichtorhallen to produce the “Hamburg” series and in 2018 he completed his latest body of work on New York.
He photographs with a camera from the 60s and he prints his black and white prints in his darkroom.

All About Giacomo Brunelli: HERE
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