Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Toronto: Ecology of a Landscape

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Barbara Edwards Contemporary is pleased to present our inaugural exhibition for BEC Project Space at 315 King Street West. Ecologies of Landscape gathers work by nine highly accomplished artists from Canada and abroad to re-imagine our perceptual, aesthetic, and ethical relationships with our home planet. In diverse media and from a variety of cultural and geographical perspectives, these artists ponder what our connections to the Earth might be in this time of widespread concern about climate change. Especially in Canada, landscape painting has been the dominant way to approach and appreciate what we construe as 'nature' as well as our own identities. With increasing urgency since the 1960s, however, artists worldwide have grappled with the inadequacies of the landscape genre amidst concerns over land stewardship and the environmental degradation of our shared planet. Works in this exhibition reconceive land and landscape as presented and experienced in art.

Ecologies of Landscape challenges us to reconsider what art and artists can contribute to the ecological future of the Earth, what 'being terrestrial' means for each of us. British European artist Tacita Dean photographs the stunning oddities of Madagascan Baobab trees. Bonnie Devine's Radiation and Radiance drawings and Canoe: to the North Shore narrate the discovery of uranium near Elliot Lake in the Algoma region of northern Ontario and its impact on the Anishinaabe Ojibwa of the Serpent River First Nation, to which she belongs. Documenting a rock on an Icelandic glacier from all sides, Olafur Eliasson's photo series The small glacier surfer sets the long game of geological change against the time it takes for a human being to move around an object. Isabelle Hayeur disrupts the seductive beauty of conventional underwater photography with a troubling image of Spirogyra - a plant that thrives on pollutants left by humans - photographed in Québec's Eastern Townships. Reflecting on the horrors of missing and murdered Indigenous women, Shelley Niro's photographs recall landscape photography in a familiar role, that of nature as a refuge from a violent human world. James Nizam employs the magic of the camera obscura to create two still images focusing our gaze on that most fundamental diurnal phenomenon, the rising and setting of the sun. Reinhard Reitzenstein's meticulous 'text' drawings of trees intone a profound reverence for these arboreal beings. British artist Simon Starling's digital video and stills titled Project for a Rift Valley Crossing - set in the Dead Sea area of the Middle East - hypnotically involve us in the material and conceptual dimensions of our interactions with land and water. Paul Walde's video Tom Thomson Centennial Swim returns to a regional obsession about landscape art and the land, commemorating Thomson's mysterious death on Canoe Lake in 1917.

Ecologies of Landscape is curated by Mark A. Cheetham, University of Toronto. His book Landscape into Eco Art: Articulations of Nature Since the '60s was published in 2018. Neda Omidvar, Director at Barbara Edwards Contemporary, is the Assistant Curator.

Ecologies of Landscape
Tacita Dean, Bonnie Devine, Olafur Eliasson, Isabelle Hayeur, Shelley Niro, James Nizam, Reinhard Reitzenstein, Simon Starling, Paul Walde

Curated by Mark A. Cheetham

10 November to 26 January 2019
RSVP to neda@becontemporary.com by 9 NOVEMBER

Barbara Edwards Contemporary
BEC Project Space
315 King St. West, 2nd Floor, Toronto

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Rome Italy: Re-Framing, Michela Palermo

ONEROOM Books is proud to introduce a new format of initiatives, ONE open ROOM, becoming a kind of a temporary studio available for invited authors to express and talk about themselves and their work in total freedom.

The first appointment will see Michela Palermo as hostess on October 23rd and 24th presenting Re_framing, a printed matter installation from her ongoing project The Untitled box, which will remain on show until November 3rd.

More information: HERE

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Geneva: Bettina Rheims

La galerie Xippas est heureuse de présenter une exposition de l’iconique photographe parisienne Bettina Rheims, pour la première fois dans une galerie en Suisse. Au centre du travail de Bettina Rheims, des portraits de femmes, de stars, une photographie qui se veut non conventionnelle pour une iconographie du corps particulière. Les photographies présentées à la Galerie Xippas ont été réalisées entre 1994 et 2013, représentant un large pannel de la carrière de l’artiste. Des portraits de femmes, d’icônes, manipulées et sublimées à la fois par les clichés de Bettina Rheims.

More information:  HERE

Friday, September 7, 2018

Moscow: Pioneers of American Modernism

An exhibition at The Lumiere Brothers Center of Photography
September 20 - December 2, 2018

Ezra Stoller. TWA Terminal at Idlewild (now JFK) Airport. Eero Saarinen. New York, NY, 1962 © Ezra Stoller, Courtesy Yossi Milo Gallery, New York

The Lumiere Brothers Center for Photography presents the first Russian exhibition of works by Ezra Stoller, an outstanding American architectural photographer of the 20th-century.

The Guggenheim Museum, the former Whitney Museum of American Art building, Manhattan skyscrapers, the TWA Terminal at Kennedy International Airport, the famous «Fallingwater» house, the iconic building of the 20th-century – the Ronchamp Chapel and many other architectural landmarks of themodernist era in focus of one of the most influential architectural photographers will be presented atthe site of the Center for Photography at the Red October.

For many years, Stoller worked with the pioneers of modern American architecture and the mostfamous representatives of Modernism, including Frank Lloyd Wright, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, Louis Kahn, Le Corbusier, Paul Rudolph and Marcel Breuer.

Works for the exhibition in Moscow were specially selected from Ezra Stoller's archive. Theexposition includes black and white photographs of public buildings, offices and private houses fromthe very beginning of his career in the late 1930s to the 1970s.

The project is realized in cooperation with the Shchusev State Museum of Architecture. Invited architect of the exhibition: Julia Napolova, P.S. Culture.

More information: HERE