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Preview: Steve Kahn, The Hollywood Suites, Howard Greenberg Gallery

In Exhibits, Gallery on January 18, 2018 at 12:30 pm

Steve Kahn, from The Hollywood Suites series. Image via Howard Greenberg Gallery

Howard Greenberg Gallery is currently gearing up for an upcoming exhibition this February and March which will showcase the work of photographer Steve Kahn. Kahn’s series The Hollywood Suites and will be on view at the gallery for the first time as a solo show in New York.

Kahn created this body of work in rent-by-the-day rooms of an old tenement building in a run-down section of Hollywood, California. Looking to create work that spoke to containment and isolation, Kahn began photographing professional bondage models using a Polaroid camera. Later, in his studio, he would copy the Polaroids with 35 mm film, documenting the events he had orchestrated, and initiating a formal process of reproductions and generations. As Kahn notes, “These were situations entered into without a plan, full of anxiety, in the hope of producing some document of the experience that was explicit, visually powerful, yet went beyond what it was.”

One day, the model didn’t show up, and Kahn found that he could explore the same provocative and haunting issues by photographing the room itself. This led to stark images of the walls, windows, mirrors, doors and hallways, which evolved into studies of defined space that became abstract in triptychs and quadrants. Except for certain interventions – adding graphic elements to a few doors with tape, rope, and black yarn – rarely did he manipulate the rooms.

As Kahn wrote, “All of this work was process oriented, having started off as pull-and-peel Polaroids. The work was concerned with formal issues including generations, re-iterations, sequences, and multiple image presentations.” Ultimately Kahn notes, “I took the space apart and reconstructed it. I ended up creating an existential situation for myself.”

An opening reception with the artist will be held at Howard Greenberg Gallery on Thursday, February 1, 2018 from 6-8pm. The show will be on view to the public February 1-March 17, 2018.

From more information contact Howard Greenberg Gallery info@howardgreenberg.com or visit www.howardgreenberg.com.

Preview: Art of the Mountain: Through the Chinese Photographer’s Lens, China Institute Gallery

In Exhibits, Gallery on January 18, 2018 at 12:30 pm

Wang Wusheng, Disciples of Buddha and Fairy Maiden Peak, 2004. Image via China Institute Gallery

The China Institute Gallery will soon present Art of the Mountain: Through the Chinese Photographer’s Lens a unique exhibition of contemporary Chinese photography.

Mountains, in Chinese legends, are the pillars that hold up the sky. For ages, mountains have been seen as places nurturing life. Veneration for the vast beauty of mountains has taken many forms in Chinese culture, including retreat from society, art and ritualistic practices. This exhibition is divided into three sections with 63 photographs by 26 contemporary photographers presenting the geography, history, culture, life and art that is associated with or derived from mountains. Lofty Mountains: Revered in History will introduce the geography, history, legends and cultures associated with famous Chinese mountains; Pure Sound: Chinese Landscape Aesthetics in photography will explore the aesthetics of Chinese landscape painting through Wang Wusheng’s Mount Huang (Yellow Mountains) landscape photography; and New Landscape Photography will showcase the artists’ way of thinking in regards to Chinese history and current social affairs.

By investigating the impact of mountains on Chinese culture and traditional aesthetic, this exhibition examines the many ways in which nature has played and continues to play a defining role in Chinese geography, history, culture, and psyche.

This exhibition presents 60 photographs by more than 20 Chinese contemporary artists, and is divided in to three parts:

Section ILofty Mountains: Revered in History 高山仰止 introduces the geography, history, legends, and cultures associated with famous Chinese mountains

Section IIPure Sound: Mountains and Chinese Landscape Aesthetics 山水清音 examines Chinese landscape painting aesthetics and how they have influenced contemporary photography, through the work of renowned Chinese photographer Wang Wusheng 汪芜生

Section IIINew Landscape Photography 新山水摄影 showcases photographers using photography and post-photographic visual affects to express their thoughts on the role of mountains in society.

Featured artists include Wang Wusheng 汪芜生,Hou Heliang 候贺良,Taca Sui 塔可,Lu Hao 卢浩,Yao Lu 姚璐,Yan Changjiang 颜长江,and Xiao Xuan’an 肖萱安.

A press preview breakfast will take place on Tuesday, February 6, 2018 from 10am-12pm. The show will be on view to the public at China Institute Gallery from February 8-December 2, 2018. 

For more information please visit China Institute

Preview: Ray K. Metzker- Composites

In Gallery on January 18, 2018 at 11:00 am

Gumball, 1966, Ray K. Metzker. Image via Laurence Miller Gallery.

Fifty years ago, Ray K. Metzker broke through with his landmark Museum of Modern Art. This January, Laurence Miller Gallery celebrates the photographer in a retrospective.

January 2018 marks the 50th anniversary of Ray K. Metzker’s  ground  breaking solo show of twelve Composites at The Museum of Modern Art. Curated by  John Szarkowski , the Composites  were hailed at the time for their ability to achieve both unprecedented scale and modernist intricacy using the traditional tools of photography.

Metzker stated in the MoMA press release:  “Where photography has been primarily a process of selection and extraction, I wish to investigate the possibilities of synthesis…I intend the elements to be presented for simultaneous viewing…like a mosaic or mural.”

The exhibit is now open, and will continue through most of February, concluding February 24th.

For More Information: Laurence Miller Gallery