Saturday, August 19, 2017


Liu Bolin, Hiding in the City - Switzerland Magazine Rack, 2012. Courtesy of the artist.

START art fair, taking place from 14 - 17 September 2017 at Saatchi Gallery

• Curated selection of emerging galleries and artists from 25 countries to
exhibit at fourth edition of START Art Fair
• Special projects include focus on the dynamic Vietnamese and Korean art
• First major UK performance by Chinese artist Liu Bolin
START Art Fair today announced the list of participating galleries and special projects for the fourth edition of the fair, taking place from 14 - 17 September 2017 (Preview 13 September) at Saatchi Gallery. Launching London’s Autumn arts season, START 2017 will showcase the best emerging artists from new, innovative art scenes and developing markets across the globe.

The START exhibitors were selected by a curatorial committee comprising of Serenella
Ciclitira (Co-founder of START and CEO of Parallel Contemporary Art), Nigel Hurst (Cofounder of START and CEO, Saatchi Gallery) and curatorial partners, Mehta Bell Projects.

The fourth edition includes galleries and artists from 25 different countries: Argentina,
Australia, Belarus, Brazil, Denmark, Dubai, Hong Kong, Ireland, Latvia, Lithuania, Nigeria, Russia, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Switzerland, Taiwan, The Netherlands,
Turkey, United Kingdom, Ukraine, United States of America and Vietnam.

START will showcase leading emerging artists and galleries from 25 different countries, bringing exciting global art markets from Brazil to Belarus and Turkey to Taiwan to the fore. I thought you might be interested in a feature on the rising photography stars exhibiting at the fair.

Two specially curated exhibitions at START will feature works by leading Vietnamese and Korean artists, including photographers Duy Phuong, Nguyen The Son and Chan Hyo Bae. Son’s photographs explore the past, present and imagined future of cultural and living spaces in Hanoi, whilst Phuong's works aim to draw the Vietnamese’s attention to the changes taking place in their surroundings, as well as within themselves. Meanwhile Bae's iconic photographic portraits offer a prejudiced Korean view of Western history, drawing attention to the West's own cultural misconceptions of the East.
Photography is also well represented across the exhibiting galleries. Australian photographer (and influential Instagrammer) Sarah Bahbah will be presenting works from her popular series ‘Sex and Takeout’ courtesy of Art Unified (California, USA). Meanwhile Serena Morton Gallery will be exhibiting Anouska Beckwith's photographs, celebrating the seductive power of nature and the feminine.

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Saturday, June 10, 2017

Australia: Black Eye Gallery is pleased to announce the June 2017 exhibition PHOTO - RETRO by George Schwarz

George Schwarz’s oeuvre goes beyond the genre of autobiography to touch on universal
themes of human experience- sex, death and the unconscious.

Schwarz’s PHOTO-RETRO exhibition challenges prevailing canons and histories of
Australian photography. Shown as a collection spanning over four decades, Schwarz’s
images operate as vehicles across the structures of time and memory. They resonate with
sensuality, pathos and humour.

Often at odds to prevailing tastes, Schwarz captures images in colour with painterly
complex compositions with a rich archaeological content. The collage of objects and
unexpected amalgamations of visual influences create surreal layers of meaning, blurring
the line between the real and symbolic, life and art.

“I would like you to absorb these images the same ways as you might listen in a concert,
giving ourselves to the sounds and images it creates before us. Experiences, emotions
and sensations (are) seldom used or half remembered. Let the images work on you.” –
George Schwarz, May 2017

Exhibition details – June 20 – July 2, 2017
Opening night- June 22, 6-8pm

More information: HERE
3/138 Darlinghurst Rd, Darlinghurst NSW 2010, Australia

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Hermand-Grisel Sea Sketches celebrated at The Los Angeles Center of Photography.

he Los Angeles Center of Photography just opened its doors to the Second Annual Fine Art Exhibition, aka "Singular point of view 2017". From May 19th to June 23rd, LACP will showcase an impressive collection of fine art photography, accurately selected by Crista Dix, and embracing 50 shoots from the work of 39 artists, plus 52 additional images, virtually exhibited on an online gallery.

Among the highlighted artists of this edition, we are proud to acknowledge the presence of the fine photographer, and founder of All About Photo, Sandrine Hermand-Grisel, who is joining the show with selected shoots from her last gem, Sea Sketches (2016), featuring a ravishing series of intimate pictorial landscapes, taken during her visual pilgrimages around the beaches of Anna Maria, a quaint barrier island nestled in the Gulf of Mexico, off of the west coast of Florida.

Years after her worldwide acclaimed series, Waterlilies (2006-2011), Sandrine Hermand-Griesel, whose talent has been awarded of the 2005 Prix Kodak de la Critique Photographique, delights us with a new paradigm of her pictorial language, lying upon a sophisticated harmony between reality and abstraction, which she is able to bring to photography thanks to her unique artistic inspiration, driven by the aesthetics and the meaning of European Modern paintings and Art.

Sea Sketches is an intimate journey inspired by Casper David Friedrich & William Turner's painting, reflecting the willing of the author to recreate an authentic deep artistic experience of Beauty, meant to deeply involve the self of the observer and his unique ensemble of feelings and imagination. To drive the viewer into her inner visual dialectic, Sandrine Hermand-Grisel retouched these pictures through the insertion of textures and overlays, in order to manipulate and empathize their painterly appearance, while keeping the light embodying the image, as the real subject of the photograph. In this sense, Sandrine Hermand-Grisel lies beyond exceptional at mastering the laws of the light imposed by the Camera, as well as those the intervention on the perception of the observer. The two components fuse together, in a harmonious and extremely new aesthetic rendering and challenge.

In all the various phases of her work, Sandrine's artistic identity is spiked by a dual artistic commitment, at the same time deeply classical and subtly experimental: on one side, as a photographer, she is a witness of the living present: she referrers to the photographic medium and its specific potential to capture images and memories, in order to build an artistic and meaningful visual experience of the making sense of the World and the Nature surrounding us. On the other side, as an innovative and conceptual artist, driven by multiple crossed contaminations, she succeed in creating a new form of photographic Pictorialism, which turns each picture into a drawing like image and storytelling, joining together reality and illusion, present and imagination.

Along with the above mentioned series Waterlilies, as well as the breathtaking collection of portraits known as Nocturnes, Sea Sketches closes a circle of experimentations which lead Hermand Griesel's pictorialism at the top level of style and technique.

Waterlilies remains for us an outstanding masterpiece of photographic composition and esthetical perfection. The project, inspired by the celebration of Nature featured by the namesake series of paintings by the French impressionist artist, Claude Monet, featured a touching ensemble of pictures portraying her own children, bathing in a pool. Here the photographer uses specific stretches of time along with an detailed treatment of the saturation of the image in post-production, creating unfocused abstract pictures appearing more like impressionist art works, than photographs of real and alive subjects, made of flesh and bones. In each of them, a body of a young swimmer in movement dramatically emerges in all his graceful harmony from the depth of the blue and green water of the background, whose pastel shades and gritty texture remind of Monet's thick and short brush strokes.

The beauty of these pictures is stunning: despite of the absence of sharp edges, each body is caught in a unique sculptural pose and gesture, coming out from the vibrant color temperature of the water, and it reveals itself as a simple and intimate manifestation of Beauty.

The truth is that behind this abstract and pictorial look, there is a deep knowledge of the interaction between the camera and its movement in space, or between the subject and its frame in action. Here again, Sandrine Hermand- Griesel proves his excellence in a perfect anticipation of the special context of each posture, as well as its aesthetic patterns, despite the fast pace of the actors.

All the projects by Hermand Griesel show this profound comprehension of the specificity of the media objectivity, which is a view on the world as well as a view of the present moment, but also, in an immanent way, its diffraction, its abstraction, its formal reflection through targeted photographic manipulations driven by conceptual, subjective choices.

Rita Peritore Murray

Friday, May 12, 2017

Zhou Wendou: Bu Qian

De Sarthe Gallery is pleased to announce a solo exhibition of new work by Zhou Wendou, entitled Bu Qian, curated by Wang Pao Pao, opening on May 20th 2017. The show will continue until June 24th, 2017.

Zhou Wendou's creativity has undergone a transformation over the past two decades. He first began as a painter and then transitioned to photography with a focus on constructing camera oriented installations. After this, he focused on producing installation art, to which he still dedicates himself. Utilizing commonly found ready-made objects, his artwork is born out of conventional forms through a process of deconstruction and transformation. He constantly looks towards the boundaries of art and attempts to challenge the appearance and shape of objects. He deliberately removes certain properties of objects, but does not contribute his own subjective judgment or emotions in the process. On the contrary, he records his creations metaphysically and shows it in moderate and humorous ways.

The title of the exhibition, "Bu Qian," is extracted from a concept used by Chinese philosophers of ancient times. Partial translations are 'immutable' or 'immovable,' depending on which school of thought uses the term.It is the idea that sometime things will remain unshakable, immobile, even when the environment surrounding them changes. In this exhibition, common objects such as lamps and slingshots remain unaltered yet submitted to different forces that rip off their original use and turn them into artistic installations. Each artwork has an intrinsic tension yet remains motionless in the gallery. The hull of a boat floating in two buckets of water is the starting point of the exhibition, and leads the audience to a pile of skateboards and a massive whirl made out of metal hand grips. Everything in the show appears motionless, as if suspended in time, but also seems as if it is on the edge of giving way to movement. This is Zhou Wendou's interpretation of Bu Qian.

Duration: May 20th - June 24th, 2017
Opening: May 20th, 16:30 - 19:00
Media preview: May 20th, 16:00 - 16:30
Location: 328-D Caochangdi Chaoyang District, Beijing, China (de Sarthe Gallery)
More information: HERE

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