On Site: Brasilia, 1500 Gallery, NYC

In Black and White Photography, Exhibits, Gallery on November 5, 2010 at 3:21 pm


Untitled 7
Nicolau Drey

When we reach back to the early roots of modern globalization, at the center was an ambitious engineering and architecture project to build the capital of Brazil: Brasilia. Now, decades later, the impact of that project is once again felt in this interesting and dynamic exhibit.

Brasilia, a group exhibition of vintage photographs celebrating
the 50th Anniversary of the capital of Brazil, will be on view at 1500 Gallery
September 9-November 27, 2010. Curated by Brazilian photographer Murillo
Meirelles, the exhibition shows Brasilia being planned, constructed and
inaugurated from 1958-1960 (Brasilia replaced Rio de Janeiro as the capital of
Brazil in 1960, and was planned and built completely from scratch in the very
center of the country).

Consider, on one hand, Szarkowski’s notion of art photography as the product of
a creative process of selection and, on the other hand, artists such as Richard
Prince and Thomas Ruff making photographs from other photographs.
Somewhere between those notional extremes lies the creative process of curating
an exhibition by selecting 8 images from among thousands of negatives in a
forgotten archive. The images in this exhibition were originally shot by
photojournalists on commission for magazines and for other documentary
purposes. They highlight the idealism and optimism of Juscelino Kubitschek’s
socialist government and its team of visionary urban planners, architects and
landscape designers including Lucio Costa, Oscar Niemeyer and Roberto Burle

Take some time while in Chelsea to see these ambitious photos and you will not regret it. While photojournalism in nature they stand alone as great images.

For more information: 1500 Gallery

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