Posts Tagged ‘Joseph Bellows Gallery’

Preview: Daily Self-Portraits, Melissa Shook, Joseph Bellows Gallery, La Jolla, CA

In Black and White Photography, Exhibits, Gallery, Photo Print Collector, Photographer on February 15, 2017 at 11:49 pm

Melissa Shook

The idea of taking a photo of yourself each day is now commonplace. Many people do it anyway without thinking, due to the advent of smartphone cameras. But how long could you keep it up? Two months? Six? A year? How about 45 years? Then you’d be in Melissa Shook’s territory.

In 1972, curious about the problem of identity, Shook began an ambitious project of photographing herself everyday for a year. The sum of this impressive undertaking resulted in a compelling set of intimately scaled black and white photographs that range from the artist performing for the camera, to the camera describing the physicality of her being. These early influential photographs will be complimented with a selection of recent daily photographs from 2014-15 that combine individual text entries with a self-portrait image; both text and image act as a diary, reflecting upon the complexities of the human condition. Along with her daily portraits, the gallery will be exhibiting a collection of her extended portraits of her daughter Krissy in her teen years, and a compilation of her video pieces. The exhibition in its entirety explores notions of change and aging, as well as photography’s ability to form an extended document to reveal these qualities.

A photographer, video artist, and writer, Melissa Shook has taught photography at the Creative Photography Lab, at MIT and at the University of Massachusetts, Boston. Shook’s photographs have been exhibited in numerous solo and prestigious group exhibitions, including: Pictures by Women: A History of Modern Photography (MOMA 2010) and Photography in Boston 1955-1985 (Decordova Museum). Among her awards are a National Endowment for the Arts Visual Fellowship, an Arts in Action Grant and a Polaroid Foundation Grant.

The exhibit will open February 18 with an opening reception with the artist from 6-8pm. It will be on display until March 31st.

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Preview: Route 66 Motels, John Schott, Joseph Bellows Gallery, La Jolla, CA

In Black and White Photography, Exhibits, Gallery, Photo Print Collector, Photographer on January 19, 2017 at 10:56 am

Ringing in the new year, Joseph Bellows Gallery has decided to start things with pure Americana, brought to you through the eyes of photographer John Schott.

In the summer of 1973, John Schott drove Route 66 from the Midwest to California and back, sleeping in his pick-up truck and photographing with an 8 x 10 inch Deardorf view camera. Among his subjects were the motels situated along this expanse of highway.

Route 66 Motels will present a key set of vintage prints that formed Schott’s series of topographic views of these small motels that punctuate this highway landscape, both in daylight and under the glow of artificial illumination. In this collection of vernacular forms, Schott describes a particular architectural structure, within a specific era, while subtly reminding his viewers that the road and its adjacent dwellings are part of what defines the landscape.

In 1975 he received an Individual Artist’s Fellowship in Photography from the National Endowment for the Arts. That same year he was included in William Jenkins’ seminal exhibition at the George Eastman House, New Topographics: Photographs of a Man-altered Landscape. In 2009 a reexamination of this exhibition organized Britt Salvesen toured to numerous museum venues including: the Center for Creative Photography, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Jeu de Paume, Paris and Bilbao Fine Arts Museum, Bilbao.


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Preview: The Teen Years, Joseph Bellows Gallery, La Jolla, CA

In Black and White Photography, Exhibits, Gallerist, Photo Print Collector on July 5, 2016 at 4:26 pm

Coney Island, 1963, by Edward Sturr

The years of being a teen are an often thrilling and torturous era in a person’s life. But what’s most interesting is that teens are often one of the best representations of a specified era. Joseph Bellows’ latest exhibition does well in exemplifying this.

The Teen Years will feature a selection of both vintage and contemporary photographs that address the physical, social, and emotional aspects of adolescence, and the formation of identity. The photographs included in the exhibition present a collective portrait of youth: its awkwardness, innocence, fury, elation, beauty and trepidation.

Photographs by Joseph Sterling, Edward Sturr, Enrico Natali, Elaine Mayes, Bevan Davies, Nacio Jan Brown, Melissa Shook, Harry Ibach, Duncan McCosker, Christine Osinski, Joan Albert, Sage Sohier, Mark Steinmetz, John Myers, Andrea Modica, Bill Yates, Roger Vail and others will be included.

Opening with a reception on July 9th, from 6-8pm, the public will be able to reflect upon their youth until August 26th, 2016.

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Preview: Gallery Selections, Joseph Bellows Gallery, La Jolla, CA

In Black and White Photography, Exhibits, Gallerist, Photo Print Collector, Photographer on May 26, 2016 at 10:44 am

YoYo, Roger Vail, 1996

To finish out the summer, Joseph Bellows Gallery is pulling from its collection to exhibit a sample of its eclectic combination of vintage and contemporary photography.

The exhibit will include Roger Vail, Amanda Means, Harry Callahan, J. John Priola and others.

Joseph Bellows Gallery was established in 1998. The Gallery features rotating exhibitions of both historic and contemporary works drawn from the gallery’s collection, with a special emphasis on American work. Joseph Bellows is a member of the Association of International Photography Art Dealers (AIPAD), and served on the Board of Directors from 2005 until 2012.

We are pleased to offer search and consultation services for beginning and established collectors, as well as to provide appraisal services.

Joseph Bellows Gallery actively seeks to purchase single photographs or entire collections. Please call or email the gallery to submit your information and a member of our staff will contact you shortly. In order to expedite the process, please provide as much information about the item(s) as possible. We are also happy to assist in making arrangements for gallery staff to view the items.

The exhibit is now open and will conclude June 25th ,2016.

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Preview: Floral Studies, Dr. Dain L. Tasker, Joseph Bellows Gallery, La Jolla, CA

In Black and White Photography, Exhibits, Gallerist, Gallery, Photo Print Collector, Photographer on February 4, 2016 at 2:56 pm
By, Dr. Dain L. Tasker, Image Courtesy of Joseph Bellows Galler

By, Dr. Dain L. Tasker, Image Courtesy of Joseph Bellows Galler

Joseph Bellows is currently hosting one of the more unique photography exhibitions you’ll likely get to experience this year. It’s a set of vintage x-ray floral photographs b Dr. Dain L. Tasker.


Dr. Tasker was the chief radiologist at Wilshire Hospital in Los Angeles when radiology was in its formative phase. In the late 1920’s inspired by his knowledge of the x-ray image process, and through his developing involvement with Pictorial photography, Dr. Tasker began to record numerous varieties of flowers with the x-ray process.

His results are among the most striking and unique floral images in the history of photography, delicate in their rendering of subtle tones and descriptive in the tracing of the flower’s fragile structure; fulfilling with out sentimentality, Tasker’s statement, “Flowers are the expression of the love life of plants”.

Tasker’s floral x-ray photographs, created in the 1930’s are timeless representations of their subject drawn by a distinct process that marries science and art, situating themselves as forerunners within certain experimental modes of contemporary photographic practice. Dr. Tasker’s modest, yet fully realized radiographs of flowers include a range of species and a wealth of structural beauty that is both inherent to their subject and an effect of the artist’s arrangement within the rectangular field that holds their form.

A limited edition monograph of Tasker’s work, Dr. Dain L. Tasker was published in 2000 by Stinehour Press. Tasker’s radiographs are in numerous public collections, including: Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Santa Barbara Museum of Art, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Museum of Fine Arts Houston, Center for Creative Photography, Museum of Fine Arts Boston, and the Smithsonian National Museum of American History.

The exhibit  will conclude on February 19th.

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Preview: Lower Manhattan: Vintage Photographs 1975-77, Bevan Davies, Deborah Bell Photographs, New York, NY

In Black and White Photography, Exhibits, Gallerist, Photo Print Collector, Photographer on December 29, 2015 at 11:51 am
480 Broadway, New York, 1979, Bevan Davies

480 Broadway, New York, 1979, Bevan Davies

New York City has served as inspiration for many, and Bevan Davies can certainly agree. His works from the mid-seventies celebrated the architecture of Lower Manhattan, and along with works from Los Angeles in 1976, will be on display next year at Deborah Bell Photographs.

Bevan Davies (American, b. 1941) studied photography with Bruce Davidson at the University of Chicago in the early 1960s and benefited greatly through mentoring from Diane Arbus later in that decade.  After a period of photographing people on the street, especially those at odds with society, in both daylight and evening hours with a hand-held camera, Davies changed his working methodology to describe the physical character of the city: the building façades, and the alleys and streets, with a tripod-mounted 5 x 7-inch view camera.

This change in subject and approach resulted in Davies’ most celebrated work.  When created in the mid-1970s, Bevan Davies’ architectural photographs situated themselves wholly within the dictum laid forth by William Jenkins as “New Topographics,” the title of the legendary exhibition Jenkins organized in 1975 at the George Eastman House in Rochester, New York.  Davies himself writes of his own approach as “an effort being made to let the camera almost see by itself.”  This notion was carried further by the late photographer Lewis Baltz who, in 1976, referred to Davies’ photographs as “rigorously contemporary, while acknowledging a use of the camera which dates from the inception of the medium.”  The images of New York façades, photographed in the early morning hours and devoid of people, describe spaces and shapes defined by light and shadow.  They depict a specific time and place, as evidenced by the window dressings and signage, and they portray a formal grace among the buildings’ details that are included within Davies’ ground glass.  The resulting 16 x 20-inch prints, with their glossy, ferrotyped surfaces and brilliant definition, are at once objective images and seductive objects.

The exhibit, which is being held in cooperation with Joseph Bellows Gallery of La Jolla, CA, will open on January 7th and conclude February 27th.

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Preview: Trees of Burgundy, Wayne Gudmundson, Joseph Bellows Gallery, La Jolla, CA

In Black and White Photography, Exhibits, Gallerist, Gallery, Photo Print Collector, Photographer on November 16, 2015 at 10:26 pm
Saizy, France #9, Wayne Gudmundson, 2014

Saizy, France #9, Wayne Gudmundson, 2014

Joseph Bellows gallery will host the fall appropriate exhibition of Wayne Gudmundson, Trees of Burgundy.

In the exhibition Trees of Burgundy, Gudmundson depicts the beauty of theFrench countryside through observing the tree-lined roads within Saizy, a small farming community in the Burgundy region of France. In his eloquently organized photographs, he shows the viewer how these trees interact with, and in some measure create the landscape to which they belong; a richly layered landscape that suggests the possibility of narrative, real or imagined.

Wayne Gudmundson is a highly regarded photographer whose work has beenwritten about by such luminaries in the field as Robert Adams, Ben Lifson, and Frank Gohlke. His photographs have been featured in numerous books including his 2007 monograph, A Considered View: The Photographs of Wayne Gudmundson. Gudmundson’s photographs are in several prominent collections, including: the Museum of Modern Art, Center for Creative Photography, Plains Art Museum, and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.

Simultaneously running counterpoint to Gudmunson’s solo show is a similarly themed group show called Regarding Trees. This show surveys exemplary arboreal works of both the vintage and contemporary. 

Trees Of Burgundy will be on display until December 23rd.

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Preview: “Bijou” – Box Offices, Ave Pildas, Joseph Bellows Gallery, La Jolla, CA

In Black and White Photography, Exhibits, Gallerist, Gallery, Photo Print Collector on September 20, 2015 at 10:22 am
Untitled, from Bijou Series, Ave Pildas, 1975

Untitled, from Bijou Series, Ave Pildas, 1975

Fresh off their successful jaunt into the Americana of Roger Vail’s Carnival exhibit, Joseph Bellows Gallery continuing along a similar theme with the work of Ave Pildas. Pildas has effectively captured the essence of classic theaters, whom often blended a beautiful Art Deco aesthetic with direct minimalism.

Bijou will feature Pildas’ small-scale vintage black and white photographs from the mid 1970’s. These images document, as the exhibition’s title implies, the small jewel like structures that crown the façade of their theaters. Pildas’ frontal camera position and distance to his subject remain the same in each image. This methodology forms a visual inventory of varied theater box offices; a typology that surveys the remaining traces of a vanishing architectural and cinematic culture. 

Ave Pildas’ photographs are in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, Milwaukee Art Museum, New York Public Library, Bibliotheca National, and the Center for Creative Photography, among others.

Books by Pildas include: Art Deco Los Angeles (Harper and Row, 1980) and Movie Palaces (Crown Press, 1982 and reissued by Hennessy and Ingalls in 2000).

The exhibit is now open for all whom are interested and will conclude October 24th. As an additional treat, Roger Vail’s Carnival has been given an extended viewing, allowing for a double dose of great photography.

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Preview: Carnival, Roger Vail, Joseph Bellows Gallery, La Jolla, CA

In Black and White Photography, Exhibits, Gallery, Photo Print Collector on July 21, 2015 at 5:01 pm
Image Courtesy of Roger Vail and Joseph Bellows Gallery

Image Courtesy of Roger Vail and Joseph Bellows Gallery

Whether the Carnival fills you with fuzzy nostalgia or paralyzing fear, it’s indisputable that Roger Vail has created some beautiful images.

In 1970, Roger Vail began photographing carnivals and their thrill rides with his 8 x 10 inch view camera. His pictures were made in the evening hours with long exposure times, resulting in images that track the momentum of the ride with a sense wonderment that is both tangible and otherworldly. Carnival will feature Vail’s extraordinary, large-scale photographs of carnival rides in full motion; tracing the kaleidoscopic light play seen only through the extended moment that photography permits. In addition to the large-scale color and black and white images, his smaller, more intimate platinum/palladium prints will be featured in the atrium gallery.

Vail’s carnival rides are described and transformed through the act of photography. He allows the viewer to experience the flux of the ride in a single scene, rendering both the atmosphere of the night and the energy of his subject, against the recognizable background of the state fair.

Roger Vail earned his BFA and MFA degrees from the Art Institute of Chicago. His photographs are in the collection of numerous institutions, including: Art Institute of Chicago, Museum of Contemporary Photography, Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and the Princeton University Art Museum.

The exhibit is now open and available for viewing until August 22nd.

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Preview: The Wave Portfolio, Anthony Friedkin, Joseph Bellows Gallery, La Jolla, CA

In Black and White Photography, Exhibits, Gallerist, Gallery, Photo Print Collector, Photographer on June 10, 2015 at 2:55 pm
Silver Curl, Hermosa Beach, CA, Anthony Friedkin, 2005

Silver Curl, Hermosa Beach, CA, Anthony Friedkin, 2005

Mother Nature captivates us all every chance we take the time to look around. The power and wisdom within the trees. Clouds lazily adrift in the sky. At the ocean, waves might be the most pristine, sculpted and effortless entrance into chaos seen with regularity. The water looks peaceful and harmless, yet you know that another crash of whitewater isn’t far behind. Anthony Friedkin has captured this majesty within The Wave Portfolio. 

As a visual artist working in the medium of photography, it has been my desire to explore the creative and challenging possibilities of photographing waves. These photographs of ocean waves were selected from a photo essay I have been working on since 1977. It represents a very personal interpretation of more than forty-five years as a surfer and disciple of the sea. I wanted to express my feelings about the ocean – and beyond.

Many scholars believe the ocean represents our unconscious. The sound of a wave breaking underwater is like the clamor of creation itself, loud, thunderous, yet strangely harmonic and soothing. I do believe the ocean, with its jewel like waves, is where we came from; and when I’m in the water, I feel like I’m connecting to something so mighty and so primordial it’s amazing. All the mysteries of life and death, light and darkness, space and time, are to be found there. By photographing the ocean waves I hope to reveal their secrets within.

A selection of twenty, 11 x 14 inch gelatin silver prints from Anthony Friedkin’s epic Surf Essay. Produced in an edition of thirty-five, with an introduction by the artist and housed in a custom clamshell box. $15,000

For those with deep pockets, this may be a collection worth the splurge.

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