Posts Tagged ‘L Parker Stephenson’

Preview: The Last Cosmology, Kikuji Kawada, L. Parker Stephenson Photographs, New York, NY

In Black and White Photography, Exhibits, Gallery on November 15, 2014 at 12:26 pm

Eight Hours Rotation of the Earth, Polaris, Shiojiri, 1989, Kikuji Kawada

From camera technology and development methodology,  to artistic titans such as Daido Moriyama and Rinko Kawauchi, Japan’s impact on every facet of photography is indisputable. But as is customary and to be expected with a notoriously insular culture, certain artistic joys can become obfuscated, withheld and/or underappreciated for the masses. This is one such case: the ethereal works of Kikuji Kawada.

I was born at the beginning of the Shōwa Era [1926-1989]. There was a great war during my boyhood and then I lived during the period of re-construction and growth and now I slowly approach the evening of life. Through these photographs the cosmology is an illusion of the firmament. At the same time it includes the reality of an era and also the cosmology of a changing heart.                       

– Kikuji Kawada
L. Parker Stephenson Photographs  is pleased to announce its representation of master Japanese photographer Kikuji Kawada(b. 1933) and the first solo exhibition of his work in the United States. Kawada, co-founder of the photographers’ cooperative VIVO with Shomei Tomatsu, Eikoh Hosoe and others, is best known outside Japan for his seminal book and series Chizu (The Map), published in 1965. Part of The Map series was exhibited in the Museum of Modern Art’s 1974 exhibition, New Japanese Photography, curated by John Szarkowski anan entire room will be devoted to it in the Tate Modern‘s upcoming exhibition Conflict, Time, Photography.

While The Map addressed psychological issues of national concern in the era following Japan’s defeat in the Second World War, Kawada’s series The Last Cosmology (1969-1999), on view at the Gallery, presents personal perceptions that echo evolution on a universal scale. Starting in the late 1960s and throughout the 1980s and 1990s, Kawada raised his eyes beyond the stained ceiling of Hiroshima’s Atomic Bomb Dome to the heavens above and the world around and beyond. The dizzying yet cohesive array of subjects, printed in rich intense tones that virtually glow, convey a sense of unease, imbalance, loss and questioning.  Like previous civilizations, we are left to wonder about connections between heavenly dramas and terrestrial circumstances.

With the exhibit only opening this past Tuesday, November 4th, people still have nearly three months to make their way down to Madison Avenue. Officially, The Last Cosmology is scheduled to close on January 25th.

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Preview: Archetypes, Jacques Sonck, L. Parker Stephenson Gallery, Manhattan, NY

In Black and White Photography, Exhibits, Gallery, Photo Print Collector on July 9, 2014 at 1:18 pm
Untitled, 1986

Untitled, 1986

The L. Parker Stephenson Gallery recently opened an exhibit featuring the work of Belgian Jacques Sonck. Born in 1949, Sonck’s work is sure to appeal to fans of photographers such as Bill Brandt, Paul Strand and Diane Arbus. 

The subjects in Sonck’s photographs vary in age, size, gender and style. They face the
camera alone, in pairs or in groups of three. They are often presented in a manner that
references classical composition, yet they always remain approachable, even familiar.
While the images from Sonck’s 40 years of portraits hint at the influences of August
Sander and Diane Arbus, they are subtle and multi-layered belying first appearances. His
focus on individuals as well as relationships among them is done with tenderness, humor,
poetry and respect. Sonck presents the uniqueness of each sitter and in doing so puts
into question the meaning of an “archetype”.
Sonck’s portraits have been exhibited at the Museum of Photography, Antwerp; the
Museum of Photography, Charleroi; the National Portrait Gallery, London; the National
Media Museum, Bradford; and the Palais de Tokyo, Paris among other institutions. The
Gallery’s presentation of Sonck’s photographs coincides with a large solo exhibition
(curated by our partner gallery, Fifty One Fine Art) in a former citadel dating from 1811,
situated in the coastal town of Ostende, Belgium. A catalog, Jacques Sonck: Encounters,
has been published to accompany the exhibition and will be available at the gallery.

This is Sonck’s first exhibition outside of Europe, so if his work intrigues you, be sure to give it a look. The exhibition  will conclude on August 15th.

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Preview: Marc Riboud and Eugene Atget at L. Parker Stephenson Photographs

In Black and White Photography, Exhibits, Gallerist, Gallery, Photo Print Collector on December 12, 2013 at 8:44 pm

Gd Trianon (Escalier), 1905 by Eugene Atget

The early 20th century, Frenchman Eugene Atget, set out to photograph the world beyond his home. In thirty years he had amassed a collection of Parisian architecture ranging from broad views to detail shots. Documenting architecture through the process of albumen prints, Atget’s work was lauded by surreal and modern artists of his day and his work is still revered to date.

Marc Riboud, another French photographer, has taken this documentary process even further – pressing beyond the boundaries of Paris and even beyond France to India and China. Documenting more of the country’s dramatic changes and rapid development than any other non-native photographer, Riboud’s focus shifted from people to the Huang Shan mountains and their mists which have inspired artists and poets alike for millennia.

November 22, 2013 – February 15, 2014

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Preview: Getting Strange and Surreal at L Parker Stephenson , NYC

In Black and White Photography, Exhibits, Gallery, Photo Print Collector, Photographer on June 7, 2012 at 1:53 pm


Charles Harbutt

George W. Gardner
Storefront Window

Leon Levinstein

This exhibit looks ideal for that summer afternoon drop by in the City.

“A Tad Bit Strange
Somewhat Surreal”
Photographs from the ’60s and ’70s

L. Parker Stephenson Photographs is pleased to present A Tad Bit Strange and Somewhat Surreal: Photographs from the ’60s and ’70s, a group exhibition of unexpected images from an influential movement in photographic history.
Artists on view include Bill Burke, Mark Cohen, Larry Fink, George W. Gardner, William Gedney, Charles Harbutt, Kenneth Josephson, Sirkka-Liisa Konttinen, Leon Levinstein, Nathan Lyons, Bill Owens, and Henry Wessel. Accompanying these artists’ works is a selection of George Krause’s fantastic and mysterious photographs from the same period. 

June 6 – July 27, 2012

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