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Preview: Oh, The Places You’ll Go!, Michael Kenna, Robert Mann Gallery, New York City

In Black and White Photography, Gallerist, Photo Print Collector, Photographer on December 9, 2014 at 6:09 pm
Ten Balloons, Albuqurque, New Mexico, 1993

Ten Balloons, Albuqurque, New Mexico, 1993

Drawing inspiration from Dr. Seuss, Michael Kenna’s aptly named new exhibit features the globetrotter’s works from a variety of his travels.

From China to France to New Zealand, Michael Kenna has sought out the earth’s splendid and sublime. In his intimate portraits of place, the artist’s keen sense of light, form, and balance transcend the “where” and “what” and invite us into moments of permeating tranquility, commanding grandeur, or effervescent whimsy. Robert Mann Gallery is pleased to announce Oh, The Places You’ll Go!, an exploration of the wonderful wide world captured by Michael Kenna’s prodigious lens.
Coinciding with the release of his new monograph, France, the exhibition will feature a number of recent photographs spanning the breadth of the nation’s iconic and lesser-known sites. The Louvre glows luminescent and majestic across the Seine, a disconnected dock in Nice floats hauntingly from its foggy moor, and a filigree of vines envelop an old country home. New snowscapes from Kenna’s classic Japan series inhabit a spare abstraction as dotted snowtracks, slim fence poles, and sloping hillsides irrupt the smooth white canvas. And closer to home, a bevy of hot-air balloons float buoyantly in the New Mexico sky, sailing off to a new adventure.

Michael Kenna is one of the most widely exhibited and beloved photographers working today. Recent retrospectives of his work include those at the the Tacoma Art Museum, 2012; Moscow Museum of Modern Art, 2011; Palazzo Magnani Museum in Reggio Emilia, Italy, 2010; and Bibliothèque Nationale de France in 2009. Kenna’s photographs are included in many public collections including the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.; the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; the Shanghai Art Museum; the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography; the Museum of Decorative Arts, Prague; and the Victoria and Albert Museum, London. Born in Widnes, England in 1953, Kenna currently lives and works in Seattle, Washington, USA.

Fans of Kenna, explorers of the world and anyone visiting New York for the holidays will have until January 31st to the exhibit a look. It officially opens Thursday, December 11th, at 6 pm, where Kenna will be signing books.

 

Fore More Information: Robert Mann Gallery

Preview: “Nuit Blanche”, Wendy Paton at Michener Art Museum

In Art Museum, Black and White Photography, Books, Exhibits, Photo Print Collector, Photographer on August 31, 2014 at 12:22 pm

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Our friend Wendy Paton has a MAJOR exhibition at the Michener Museum in Doylestown, Pa. With over 60 works on display this is an opportunity to view the work of a major contemporary artist.

An award winning fine art photographer, Wendy Paton was in the throes of a successful, ground breaking career training and driving Standardbred race horses in New York, when in 1981, her interest in photography emerged.She studied at the International Center of Photography in New York, learned the intricacies of night photography from Michael Kenna, and darkroom printing techniques from her mentor and collaborator, master printer Chuck Kelton.

Consisting of two bodies of work,NUIT BLANCHE comprises a premiere selection of Paton’s Visages de Nuit, complemented by a collection of her latest series,Reclaiming Dignity, in an installation of seventy of the artist’s gelatin silver prints.

VISAGES DE NUIT is a collection of 51 black and white candid night portraits, shot over a six-year period from 2006-2012 in various international cities. Paton created this series of nocturnal images, exploring the mystery of the night and bringing the viewer into her subject’s nighttime world. Their dark, gritty characteristics purposely convey Paton’s interpretation of the surreal quality of life at night, and what is hiding behind what we normally view as reality.

RECLAIMING DIGNITY is a portfolio of Paton’s vision of “abstract portraits,” faces and bodies of neglected cars, once coveted for their style, beauty, speed and grace. Left unattended and ignored for years, then a chance to once again be admired and coveted; an opportunity to “reclaim their dignity.”

Now through December 7.

For more information: Wendy Paton

Profiles in Black&White: Michael Kenna

In Article, Black and White Photography, Photo Print Collector, Photographer on March 18, 2014 at 9:35 am

I gravitate towards places where humans have been and are no more, to the edge of man’s influence, where the elements are taking over or covering man’s traces.”

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For many artists, there are junctures in life that pull them towards more grounded aspirations. Or, in Michael Kenna’s case, more spiritual. Fortunately for lovers his work, Kenna shifted course  from priesthood to art school at 17 and has now photographed for over 40 years. Born in 1953 in Lancashire, England, Kenna’s education included stops at St. Joseph’s College, Banbury School of Art and London College of Printing. While originally a commercial photographer, his repertoire evolved and expanded after moving to the United States. One of his earliest jobs in the United States was working as Ruth Bernard’s printer while residing in San Francisco. Read the rest of this entry »

On Site: Michael Kenna “Huangshan” book signing at Robert Mann Gallery, NYC

In Black and White Photography, Books, Gallerist on January 3, 2011 at 4:43 pm

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Michael Kenna and Robert Mann

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We had a very nice time seeing the great Michael Kenna again, at the always hospitable Robert Mann Gallery in Chelsea on a blustery pre- Christmas night.

The purpose was a book signing by Michael for his impressive new book “Huangshan”.

For a period of three years, Kenna photographed Huangshan, a range of mountains in Anhui, China, historic for being a source of artistic inspiration for Chinese painters and poets. Kenna offers a beautiful examination, capturing Huangshan’s seemingly infinite range of pine trees and the quiet intervention of its mountain peaks and surrounding mist. The book’s selection of 46 photographs embodies Kenna’s masterful ability to reinterpret iconic sites with his pensive and quietly romantic aesthetic.

For more information on the book and past exhibits: Robert Mann Gallery

Preview: Michael Kenna photographs at Stephen Wirtz Gallery, San Francisco

In Black and White Photography, Exhibits, Gallery, Photographer on May 28, 2010 at 8:16 am

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Michael Kenna, Huangshan Mountains, Study 8, Anhui, China

Now through July 10, one of our favorites, Michael Kenna is showing a mix of his work that looks like another winner for fine art enthusiasts. Opening reception is June 3, at 5:30 pm.

The Stephen Wirtz Gallery is located in the 49 Geary Street building which has floors of great galleries to visit when you make the trip for the Michael Kenna exhibit. Make a day of it this Memorial Day weekend and enjoy …

Also note Michael is giving a lecture:

Friday, June 4, 2010
San Francisco Art Institute Lecture Hall 800 Chestnut Street San Francisco, Ca (at Jones Street)
7:30 pm

For more information: Stephen Wirtz Gallery

Preview: MICHAEL KENNA , New Work – Venezia to Giza

In Black and White Photography, Exhibits, Gallery on April 14, 2010 at 5:23 pm

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Giza Pyramids, Study 6, Cairo, Egypt.

Now through May 15th, new work by one of our favorites, Michael Kenna, is being presented at G. GIBSON GALLERY, 300 So. Washington Street, Seattle, WA.

There is an artists book signing on May 1.

These photographs post Venezia (and some from that series) reflect the progress Michael continues to make on an international stage.

For more information: Michael Kenna

On Site: Michael Kenna “Venezia”- Robert Mann Gallery

In Exhibits, Gallery, Photo Print Collector, Photographer on March 11, 2010 at 8:44 am

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Michael Kenna – “Ponte dei Sospiri”

There is still time to see the excellent Robert Mann Gallery exhibit of Michael Kenna’s “Venezia” (through March 13 in NYC).

The beautifully rendered prints capture the timelessness of Venice in Kenna’s signature style of low light, long exposures. The elegant images are heavy in atmosphere and moody use of light and shadow. As you move through the gallery, the sequencing of the prints allows for multiple visual discoveries and unique viewer experiences.

Whether photographing gondolas, topiaries or water cooling towers, Michael Kenna brings an elegance to bear that never fails to impress the viewer.

The exhibit reconfirms Kenna’s place in the leadership of contemporary photographic fine art today.

His photographs simultaneously capture the decadence and decay of the palazzos and esplanades that line the canals. Gondolas rise and fall with the tide, the brackish water eating away at the mooring posts that punctuate many of the images. Kenna’s long exposures, some times lasting several hours during the darkest hours of the night, smooth over the surfaces of the canals, further emphasizing their street-like function in this floating city. With typically meticulous prints, Kenna distills Venice to its iconic, elemental characteristics of water and light.

Our congratulations to the Robert Mann Gallery on the presentation and success of this exhibit.

For more information: Robert Mann Gallery

Not to Miss: Michael Kenna at Robert Mann Gallery

In Black and White Photography, Exhibits, Gallery, Photographer on January 8, 2010 at 1:00 pm

Venezia   Exhibition Jan 14 – Mar 13, 2010

One of the foremost photographers practicing today, Michael Kenna will be showing his series of pictures taken in Venice, Italy at the Robert Mann Gallery in New York City.  We will be on site to report from this important event. More in future posts.

Without a doubt one of the most magical cities ever to exist, Venice has captured the imagination of artists for hundreds of years. From Vivaldi to Canaletto, Shakespeare to Calvino, this almost mythical city has inspired some of Western cultures greatest works of art. With the photographs in the exhibition, Venezia, Kenna adds his own distinctive interpretation of this great city. His photographs simultaneously capture the decadence and decay of the palazzos and esplanades that line the canals. Gondolas rise and fall with the tide, the brackish water eating away at the mooring posts that punctuate many of the images. Kenna’s long exposures, some times lasting several hours during the darkest hours of the night, smooth over the surfaces of the canals, further emphasizing their street-like function in this floating city. With typically meticulous prints, Kenna distills Venice to its iconic, elemental characteristics of water and light.

Robert Mann Gallery

For Details: Robert Mann Gallery