Monday, April 10, 2017

The Lumiere Brothers Center for Photography

On May 12, The Lumiere Center opens the exhibition "New Spread" presenting works and books of modern Russian photographers within the PHOTOBOOKFEST 2017 Festival.

More information: HERE
The Lumiere Center for Photography
Moscow, Bolotnaya emb., 3/1
Julia Borissova
Irina Popova
Arthur Bondar

Monday, March 27, 2017

France: Festival L'oeil Urbain

Do not miss the incredible Festival L'oeil Urbain in France March 31 - May 27, 2017 at Corbeil - Essonnes

More information HERE

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Arjen Zwart and Peter Edel - two Dutch photographers living in Turkey

After they had met several years ago, a plan gradually developed to show Turkey through different interpretations of photography with a joint exhibition. From an almost monochrome Istanbul portrayed by Arjen Zwart, to Turkish nature in all its colourful glory by Peter Edel. However, they meet each other in a quest for the abstract. Photography and the abstract seems like an odd combination at first. For after all, photography is known to be bound to reality. But as the work of Zwart and Edel shows, the abstract is part of reality. Moreover, their work shows that the abstract is abundant in Turkey, a country which was explored by both to create their photographs.

Arjen Zwart, "Topkapı" from ZIFT series, 100x100. (2011)

Peter Edel  "Land Escape I" from Salt Lake series, 100x150 cm. (2015)

More information about the show: HERE

Monday, February 13, 2017

First Exposure Silent Auction

Thursday March 16 6-9 pm

SOMArts Cultural Center
934 Brannan Street
San Francisco CA 94103

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Getty Research Institute presents online exhibition the Legacy of Ancient Palmyra

Exhibition draws from works by 18th-century architect Louis-François Cassas and largely unseen photographs by 19th-century photographer Louis Vignes

Once a famed center of trade and meeting place of civilizations, Palmyra and its magnificent ruins have become targets in the ongoing Syrian conflict that victimizes its people and erases its cultural heritage. Launching February 8, 2017, the online exhibition The Legacy of Ancient Palmyra depicts the site as it was illustrated in the 18th century by the architect Louis-François Cassas and photographed for the first time by Louis Vignes in 1864.

            “For centuries, traveling artists and explorers have documented the ruins of Palmyra in various states of preservation. And in modern times archeologists and art historians have devoted themselves to unraveling and preserving Palmyra’s captivating, unique history and cultural significance, now under the shadow of unspeakable human suffering,” said Thomas W. Gaehtgens, director of the Getty Research Institute. “With The Legacy of Ancient Palmyra, the Getty Research Institute’s first online exhibition, we are honored to present this visual record, much of it from the Getty Research Institute’s collections.”

            Since its apogee in the mid-2nd to 3rd century CE, the Romans and Parthians knew Palmyra as a wealthy oasis metropolis, a multiethnic center of culture and trade on the edge of their empires. Stretching about three kilometers across the Tadmurean desert, the ruins of Palmyra are striking markers of the city’s place in history. Starting in the late-17th century, Western explorers encountered these ruins and transmitted knowledge about the site through written descriptions, transcriptions of the numerous Palmyrene inscriptions scattered through the ruins, the collecting of ancient Palmyrene art and artifacts, and, later, the drawings of Cassas and the photographs of Vignes.  Knowledge about Palmyra and its ruins permeated European society, becoming the subject of poetry and painting, in addition to influencing elegant Neoclassical design and architecture.

            The online exhibition draws heavily from the Getty Research Institute’s collections as well as art in museum and library collections all over the world. The exhibition explores the site’s early history, the far-reaching influence of Palmyra in Western art and culture, and the loss, now tremendous and irrevocable, of the ruins that for centuries stood as a monument to a great city and her people.
             “The devastation unleashed in Syria today forces a renewed interpretation of the early prints and photographs of this extraordinary world heritage site,” said Getty Research Institute curator Frances Terpak. “They gain more significance as examples of cultural documents that can encourage a deeper appreciation of humanity's past achievements. Understanding Palmyra through these invaluable accounts preserves its memory and connects us with its grandeur and enduring legacy.”

Among the monuments featured in the exhibition is the Temple of Bel, whose ruins were largely destroyed during the occupation of Palmyra in 2015 by the self-proclaimed Islamic State (ISIS). Also referred to as the Temple of the Sun or the house of the Palmyrene gods, it was one of the grandest architectural projects of the 1st century CE. As the cultural heart of the ancient city, this massive complex integrates a courtyard stretching 200 meters on each side that could accommodate thousands of people during religious festivals.

In 2015 and again in 2017, ISIS destroyed some of the largest and best-preserved tower tombs, dating from 9 BCE to 128 CE and the most distinctive type of burial architecture in Palmyra, notably those of Elahbel, Iamlichus, and Ketot. Viewing Cassas's engravings, it is possible to imagine how the "Valley of the Tombs" once looked, enlivened with multistoried towers containing sculptural decoration on both the exterior and interior tombs. Such edifices clearly signaled to all the presence of the dead among the living. Though providing fewer details, Vignes's photographs capture the powerful desert light as it struck these great towers dominating the valley, effectively validating Cassas's impressive funerary landscape.

The funerary sculpture that decorated these multistoried tower tombs is among the best-known art to come out of Palmyra. Richly decorated with sculptures of the deceased, the massive tombs are the source for some 3,000 bust portraits held today by museums worldwide. Modeling Greco-Roman naturalistic traditions of portraiture, but often draped in native Parthian garments with eyebrows more stylized and incised, as in the Assyrian tradition, these ancient sculptures stare proudly back at us as witnesses of their illustrious history. These busts bear testimony to the wealth of a vibrant multicultural society, the ravages of time and politics, and the enduring resonance of art.

 “Positioned at a crossroads, Palmyra was a nexus of ideas and innovations streaming from east and west that made it one of the most cosmopolitan centers in antiquity. The unique style of Palmyra's architecture and sculpture reveals a blend of artistic influences that reflects its diverse population,” said exhibition curator Peter Louis Bonfitto. “Cassas and Vignes employed different techniques to capture the magnitude of this vast ruined landscape; they complemented panoramic views with architectural studies to record the singularity of the monuments.”

More information HERE