Preview: Oh, The Places You’ll Go!, Michael Kenna, Robert Mann Gallery, New York City

In Black and White Photography, Gallerist, Photo Print Collector, Photographer on December 9, 2014 at 6:09 pm
Ten Balloons, Albuqurque, New Mexico, 1993

Ten Balloons, Albuqurque, New Mexico, 1993

Drawing inspiration from Dr. Seuss, Michael Kenna’s aptly named new exhibit features the globetrotter’s works from a variety of his travels.

From China to France to New Zealand, Michael Kenna has sought out the earth’s splendid and sublime. In his intimate portraits of place, the artist’s keen sense of light, form, and balance transcend the “where” and “what” and invite us into moments of permeating tranquility, commanding grandeur, or effervescent whimsy. Robert Mann Gallery is pleased to announce Oh, The Places You’ll Go!, an exploration of the wonderful wide world captured by Michael Kenna’s prodigious lens.
Coinciding with the release of his new monograph, France, the exhibition will feature a number of recent photographs spanning the breadth of the nation’s iconic and lesser-known sites. The Louvre glows luminescent and majestic across the Seine, a disconnected dock in Nice floats hauntingly from its foggy moor, and a filigree of vines envelop an old country home. New snowscapes from Kenna’s classic Japan series inhabit a spare abstraction as dotted snowtracks, slim fence poles, and sloping hillsides irrupt the smooth white canvas. And closer to home, a bevy of hot-air balloons float buoyantly in the New Mexico sky, sailing off to a new adventure.

Michael Kenna is one of the most widely exhibited and beloved photographers working today. Recent retrospectives of his work include those at the the Tacoma Art Museum, 2012; Moscow Museum of Modern Art, 2011; Palazzo Magnani Museum in Reggio Emilia, Italy, 2010; and Bibliothèque Nationale de France in 2009. Kenna’s photographs are included in many public collections including the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.; the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; the Shanghai Art Museum; the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography; the Museum of Decorative Arts, Prague; and the Victoria and Albert Museum, London. Born in Widnes, England in 1953, Kenna currently lives and works in Seattle, Washington, USA.

Fans of Kenna, explorers of the world and anyone visiting New York for the holidays will have until January 31st to the exhibit a look. It officially opens Thursday, December 11th, at 6 pm, where Kenna will be signing books.


Fore More Information: Robert Mann Gallery

Notable: Lucien Clergue, Master Photographer, Passes Away at 80

In Black and White Photography, Photo Print Collector, Photographer on December 8, 2014 at 2:09 pm
by Robert Durand, 2001

by Robert Durand, 2001

In the middle of this past November, Lucien Clergue lost his battle to cancer. The art world, particularly photography, felt a small chill. Photos developed a little longer and Digital Cameras spawned glitches. With the passing of Clergue, photography has lost a titan of its craft. Starting with the courage to photograph the artist and celebrity Picasso in 1955, his bravery never wavered as he garnished a world renowned bibliography.

Mr. Clergue was born on Aug. 14, 1934, the only child of parents who divorced when he was 6. Sent to live with relatives in a remote area of France when World War II broke out, he returned during the German occupation to find his neighborhood reduced to rubble and his mother surviving by running a shop that sold food to prostitutes. He became the delivery boy.

Mr. Clergue, who published 75 books, was something of a purist, refusing assignments from Vogue and other fashion magazines to concentrate on art photography. He worked in black and white almost exclusively. His early work embraced Provençal characters, including Gypsies and saltimbanques, the region’s traveling acrobats and harlequins, who were among Picasso’s early subjects as well. His photos of the flamenco guitarist Manitas de Plata, who died this month, helped bring his work to the attention of a global audience.

Clergue is survived by his wife, Yolande, and two daughters, Anne and Olivia.

For More Information on Clergue, check out Paul Vitello’s tribute.

Preview: Malkovich, Malkovich, Malkovich: Homage to Photographic Masters, Sandro Miller, Catherine Edelman Gallery,

In Black and White Photography, Exhibits, Gallery, Photo Print Collector, Photographer on December 1, 2014 at 12:42 pm
Dorothea Lange's Migrant Mother, Sandro Miller, 2014

Dorothea Lange’s Migrant Mother, Sandro Miller, 2014

John Malkovich is a good friend and collaborator. An incredibly versatile actor, the dynamics of Malkovich’s range is as vast as he is open minded when considering a role. For Sandro Miller, this meant a willing participant for his latest project, paying tribute to those who inspired him most.

At the age of sixteen, upon seeing the work of Irving Penn, Sandro Miller knew he wanted to become a photographer. Mostly self-taught, Sandro relied on books published by many of the great artists canonized in photographic history.  Through their pictures, he learned the art of composition, lighting and portraiture. More than 30 years later, with clients ranging from Forbes, GQ and Esquire, to American Express, Coca-Cola and BMW, Sandro has secured his place as one of the top advertising photographers worldwide.

His success in the commercial world allows him to continue his personal projects, which has included working in Cuba, photographing American blues musicians, various dance troupes, and extended endeavors with John Malkovich, his long time friend and collaborator. Sandro first met Malkovich in the late 1990s, while working on a job for Steppenwolf Theater. More than 16 years later, Sandro and John are still collaborating, which can be seen in their latest project, Malkovich, Malkovich, Malkovich: Homage to Photographic Masters.

If you live in Chicago or planning on going there during the holiday season, take some time to check out Miller’s unique tribute. The exhibit will officially come to a close January 31st.

For More Information: Catherine Edelman Gallery


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