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Preview: Amalgamated Fragments, Ed Templeton, Danziger Gallery, NYC

In Gallery on June 26, 2017 at 11:00 am

For many, what we once set forth to do in life eventually wears thin or simply no longer holds the same sheen it once did. Sometimes what we still want to do is no longer an option. This leads us towards new passions, such as photography. For Ed Templeton, once a figure within the skateboarding world, this is exactly the case. And now Danziger Gallery is providing his very first exhibit in New York.

A California native, Templeton grew up and still lives in the suburbs of Orange County. His photographs tell the story of the worlds he knows – the pangs and passion of youth, the beauty and tackiness of Southern California, and the exhilaration and exhaustion of the skateboard world he starred in.

While Templeton originally gained fame as a skateboarder, turning professional in 1990 and founding his own skateboard company, he always felt a need for creative expression both athletically and artistically. Influenced by professional skateboarders who did their own graphics and art, Templeton began to create works in multiple mediums – painting, photography, and sculpture. He continued to tour the world as a skateboarder, but over time (and injury), his art became his primary focus.

Around 1994 Templeton had become associated with a group of west coast artists whose styles and distribution channels originated largely outside of the art world, and included an interest in pop culture iconography, a commitment to be true and unpretentious, and a strong do-it-yourself attitude.

Collectively titled “Beautiful Losers” the group included Shepard Fairey, Mark Gonzales, Margaret Kilgallen, Barry McGee, and Ryan McGinley among others and was documented in an influential film, book, and touring exhibition.

While Templeton’s photography is entirely self-taught, it would be a mistake to label him an outsider artist. He is well aware of what he is doing, the intricacies of his craft, and the moment to press the shutter. Think of a young Lartigue growing up in a working class family in SoCal as opposed to a rich cosmopolitan milieu.

Templeton documents the people and places he encounters in a rich stream of images – of himself and his wife Deanna, of the everyday people who hang out at Huntington Beach, and the places he passes in his car. He collects images of themes that he feels drawn to – teen smokers and kissers; surfers and skaters; public displays of religion, politics and self-expression.

Templeton likes to present his photographs in a non-hierarchical manner, large quantities mixed up together in irregular clusters. He hangs works in the shape of what he calls “image clouds.” In Templeton’s way of seeing we recognize the fascination of the passer-by gripped at some unexpected moment by the “extraordinary of the ordinary”, the exceptional and existential moments of daily life. It’s the best and truest tradition of photography – always ready to surprise when a new voice or vision looks at the world afresh with the same old Leica.

Now open, Danziger Gallery will be exhibiting Amalgamated Fragments until July 27th.

For More Information: Danzinger Gallery

Notable: Hans Breder Passes Away at 81

In Photographer on June 25, 2017 at 11:00 am

Breder at Danziger Gallery, 2016

As life moves forward, the beauty that evolves with one more day must unfortunately come to an end. Such is the case of artist Hans Breder, who recently passed away at the age of 81. New York’s James Danziger – of Danziger Gallery – was privileged to work with Breder, and consequently wrote a lovely memoriam in remembrance.

Born in Germany,  Breder moved to the United States in 1964 and settled in Iowa where he founded the University of Iowa’s pioneering Intermedia department blending performance and media art.  A photographer, painter, sculptor, and conceptual artist, Breder influenced countless artists and exhibited in three Whitney Biennials.

We were privileged to get to know Hans and the gallery was proud to exhibit his work – first as a solo show at Paris Photo in 2015 and then with a show to open our Rivington Street gallery in 2016.  From these shows work was acquired by the Getty Museum, the Whitney, the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, and The Milwaukeee Art Museum, as well as numerous important private collections.

Breder was indeed a force of nature.  I saw him a month ago in Iowa City and although he had been ill earlier in the year, he was full of vigor as we planned future shows, went our for an Italian dinner, and a shared love of Lambrusco. This past weekend I received the news from Hans’ associate Candida Pagan notifying me that Hans had gone to the hospital and was in hospice care.  She wrote: “For someone who has considered thresholds and liminal spaces throughout his life, this is an important moment.”  I am sure this is how Hans considered it.

More about Hans Breder can be found on Danziger Gallery’s website.

For More Information: Danziger Gallery

Preview: Pairs and Apples, Helen Levitt, Laurence Miller Gallery, NYC

In Gallery on June 22, 2017 at 3:10 pm

Laurence Miller Gallery now has on exhibit one the best yet underappreciated to capture the NYC streets, Helen Levitt.

Laurence Miller Gallery presents HELEN LEVITT: PAIRS AND APPLES from June 14 – July 21.  The show highlights Levitt’s unique gift for capturing the way people communicate through body language, with special emphasis on one of her perennial interests: pairs of people sharing a moment in the streets and on the stoops of her native New York City. Helen had a singularly lyrical eye and, whether it’s two children dancing in the street or two nuns perched at the bank of the East River, her work never fails to show the playfulness that is at the heart of human interaction.  Not surprisingly, Helen reveals this in animals as well, joyfully sharing two New Hampshire pigs in a barnyard kiss, from 1986.

This 30 print show surveys these themes across her six decade career, featuring both her classic black and white work which began in the late 1930’s,  as well as her pioneering color work from 1959 on through the 1980’s. Among the works selected are a number of unique first prints, including two 4×5” contact prints of a gypsy boy at home, shot in 1939 using her friend Walker Evans’ camera and flash.  The slight turn of the boy’s hand was the key to Helen’s choice to publish this one over the variant.

Now open, Pairs and Apples will be on display until July 21st.

For More Information: Laurence Miller

Preview: Beyond Fashion, Woman in Landscape, Deborah Bell Photographs, NYC

In Gallery on June 19, 2017 at 11:00 am

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Deborah Bell Photographs is presenting a unique and beautiful exhibit celebrating one of photography’s most celebrated subjects – women.

Deborah Bell Photographs is pleased to present a group exhibition of
photographs based on a theme long favored in art: woman in the landscape.
Inspired by the progressive photographs made by James Moore, Gösta Peterson,
William Silano, and Deborah Turbeville for the editorial pages of leading fashion
magazines in the 1960s and 1970s, this exhibition features prints by those
photographers, and by Susan Paulsen and Marcia Resnick, and incorporates
selected photographs by Robert Adams, Diane Arbus, Harry Callahan, Louis
Faurer, and Lee Friedlander. We are also delighted to include 19th century
prints by Roger Fenton, Charles Nègre, Sydney Richard Percy, and Nevil Story Maskelyne, antecedents whose photographs, made more than a century earlier,
convey early explorations of this traditional genre.

To celebrate the exhibit, a reception will be held this Wednesday, on June 21st from 6 to 8 pm.

For More Information: Deborah Bell

Preview: Manhattan Sunday, Richard Renaldi, Aperture Bookstore, NYC, NY

In Black and White Photography, Exhibits, Gallery, Photo Print Collector, Photographer on June 14, 2017 at 11:00 am
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5:14, Richard Renaldi

New York has been paid homage in a thousand and one forms, but pictures have always shown its truth. Richard Renaldi Manhattan Sunday is the latest example.

Featuring photographs taken in Manhattan between midnight on Saturday and noon on Sunday, Manhattan Sunday is an homage to New York’s nightlife and a celebration of New York as palimpsest onto which millions of people project their ideal and imaginary lives. Richard Renaldi’s visual observations are rooted in the home he found himself, in “the mystery and abandonment of the club, the nightscape, and then finally daybreak, each offering a transformation of Manhattan from the known world into a dreamscape of characters acting out their fantasies on a grand stage.”

Richard Renaldi (born in Chicago, 1968) graduated from New York University with a BFA in photography in 1990. Manhattan Sunday (Aperture, 2016) is the fourth body of Renaldi’s work published in book form, following Figure and Ground (Aperture, 2006), Fall River Boys (2009), and Touching Strangers (Aperture, 2014). In 2015, he was named a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellow in Photography.

The gallery by the Aperture Foundation will be on exhibit at the Aperture bookstore on Friday. Opening reception will run from 6 to 8pm. For those who can’t make the reception, Renaldi’s photographs will be on view until July 27th.

For More Information: Aperture

Preview: Lee Friedlander & Giancarlo T. Roma, Live from the NYPL: Passion Projects, NY, NY

In Photographer on June 13, 2017 at 11:00 am

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Lee Friedlander, one of the United States’ most respected modern photographers, hasn’t spoken in a public forum in decades. That changes next Tuesday, on June 20th.

As part of LIVE from the NYPL’s annual photography program, generously underwritten by Mahnaz Ispahani Bartos and Adam Bartos, pioneering photographer Lee Friedlander will take to the stage for the first time in over three decades for a conversation with his grandson Giancarlo T. Roma.

Friedlander is perhaps best known for his portraits of the American social landscape. But his photographic contributions are rivaled only by his prolific bookmaking. Together with Roma, he has revived the self-publishing book company he began in the 1970s, offering books, special editions, and portfolios pulled directly from the artist’s personal collection.

The discussion will take place at 7:00pm in the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building.

For Tickets: New York Public Library

Preview: The Photo Review Annual Garden Party

In Art Fair on June 12, 2017 at 11:00 am
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Pinnacle, Danielle Austen

If you don’t know about it already, let this serve as a reminder. Coming up this Saturday, photography fans will have the great opportunity of enjoying a special gala in the form of The Photo Review Garden Party.

Bid a fond welcome to summer with an afternoon of music, conversation, pictures, drinks, and light fare at the remarkable Alverthorpe Manor, home of the Abington Art Center.

Meet famed National Geographic photographer Michael “Nick” Nichols, whose spectacular exhibition Wild will be opening on June 22 at the Philadelphia Museum of Art; Philadelphia Museum of Art Curator of Photographs Peter Barberie; photographer Wendel White; Rachel Wetzel, of the Conservation Center for Art and Historic Artifacts, who will present her groundbreaking research on Robert Cornelius’s daguerreotypes and talk about the importance of arts funding to her project; Stephen Perloff, editor of The Photo Review and The Photograph Collector; and many other photographers and collectors.
The gala is Saturday, June 17th, from 2 to 7 p.m. and will occur rain or shine.
For More information: The Photo Review

On Site: "Otherwhere", Photographs by Claire Seidl, RED Filter Gallery

In Black and White Photography, Exhibits, Gallery, Photo Print Collector, Photographer on June 1, 2017 at 9:42 am

Peter, Sideways by Claire Seidl

Peter, Sideways, Claire Seidl

Our friend Claire Seidl has a new exhibition online at RED Filter Gallery. Her artistic approach is captured below, but it is the mystery of her work that captures the viewer’s attention and imagination.

I shoot long exposures, ranging in time from a few minutes to several hours.  Being very conscious that I cannot see in the dark or hold an image in my mind’s eye once I change my focus or move my head, I rely on the camera’s greater abilities. I use film and develop and print in my darkroom. Because I am also a painter, darkroom work seems like printmaking or drawing to me.

Now through June 30.

To view the exhibition: RED Filter Gallery

Preview: Summer of Love, Elaine Mayes, Joseph Bellows Gallery, La Jolla, CA

In Exhibits, Gallery on May 31, 2017 at 11:30 am

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For those with the keenest nostalgia for the late sixties, this 50th anniversary exhibition of photographs by Elaine Mayes is sure to be the ticket for hippies and photography buffs alike.

Elaine Mayes: Summer of Love coincides with the 50th anniversary of the summer of love; a period of great social, cultural, and political change that brought together over 100,000 like-minded young people to San Francisco to usher in a new era.

The exhibition will feature Mayes’ intimate vintage black and white portraits of youth counterculture in San Francisco’s Haight-Ashbury district during the late 1960’s. The photographs are compelling depictions that are at once specific to the individuals pictured, as well as definers of that age and era. They reveal a freedom of expression and camaraderie that was shared by a generation at odds with its current social ideals. Together with these images will be informal portraits of musicians and festivalgoers.

Mayes photographs from this series will also be on exhibit at the De Young Museum through August 20th, as part of their Summer of Love Experience: Art, Fashion, and Rock & Roll.

The exhibit opens June 10th and appropriately will be on display through the summer, until August 26th.

For More Information: Joseph Bellows Gallery

Notable: New Inventory, Upstream by Charles Lindsay, Gitterman Gallery

In Gallerist on May 29, 2017 at 4:18 pm
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Hatch, Montana, Charles Lindsay

Gitterman Gallery has new inventory that’s perfect for the outdoor photography enthusiast, photographed by Charles Lindsay.

With the seasons finally changing, my thoughts drift to the outdoors. I am reminded of the work my friend Charles Lindsay made almost 2 decades ago. I purchased a print back then of the Hatch for my twin brother Paul, an avid fly fisherman. He and I were taught to fly fish by our grandfather just like Charlie was, only Charlie learned at the old Jovial Fish and Game Club in Quebec and we learned on the River Test.

These photographs remind me of what it feels like to be on the river, the flow of the water, the dance of the flies and the immediacy of the weather. They embody the concept that you cannot step twice into the same river first suggested by the 5th Century BC Greek philosopher Heraclitus. Charlie seems to embrace both the infinite and the finite of nature simultaneously. They are specific moments of awe, some quiet and intimate and others full of energy.

Charlie only made a few prints of most of these images. He printed them himself in 2000 on 20×24 inch gelatin silver paper.

-Tom Gitterman

From Charles Lindsay:

Upstream is where I seek clear water, solitude, and trout. This book is the result of a five-year exploration into my experience of nature while fly fishing. The seeds for this endeavor were sown over thirty years ago fishing with my father and grandfather at the old Jovial Fish and Game Club in Quebec. In fly fishing, I return to the rivers and streams where I am at ease, where I affirm my connection with land and water.

I’ve reduced my camera equipment to a Rolleiflex with a fixed normal lens, the simplicity of which parallels the fly rod itself. I photograph while fishing and also dive into the river with my camera in an underwater housing. Beneath its surface the river is otherworldly, and the cold turbulence is both sensual and deeply calming.

I photograph to increase my awareness and to extend the process of concentration that culminates when the fish strikes. With wilderness under siege and humanity’s relationship with the natural world forever altered, photography allows me to bring the rituals of hunting and interpreting the land into a modern vernacular.

 

For More Information: Gitterman Gallery