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Saturday, April 12, 2008

Hyperbolic Crochet Coral Reef

Also in NYC: The Hyperbolic Crochet Coral Reef @ The World Finacial Center (through August 31, 2008) and NYU's Windows on Broadway (through May 18, 2008). Hear about in below on Brian Lehrer:



Or read about it in Patrica Cohen's article "Want to Save a Coral reef? Bring Along Your Crochet Hook" for The New York Times.


Made Out of Yarn courtesy Margaret Wertheim

Oh, and check out Heather Hart's work here. Heather also frequently works with yarn.
And I mentioned the Wunderkammer blog before, but I figured this is a good time to mention JPolka's blog again: jpolka.blogspot.com

Exhibits

In New York - currently:

If you are into miniatures, this might tickle your fancy:
Dianne Blell @ Charles Cowles
537 West 24th Street
Through April 12, 2008

Poigant portaiture (like those of Susan Sontag & Candy Darling):
Peter Hujar @ Matthew Marks
523 West 24th
Through April 26, 2008

Beautiful palette & capture:
Fred Herzog @ Laurence Miller
20 West 57th Street
Through May 31, 2008

In Woodstock - currently:

Photography Now 2008 @ The Center for Photography at Woodstock (juried by Darren Ching)
59 Tinker Street
Through June 1, 2008


In New York - upcoming:

Sally Gall @ Julie Saul
535 West 22nd Street
May 13 though June 28, 2008


In London - upcoming:

See greats such as Rineke Dijkstra, Cindy Sherman, James Van Der Zee, Wolfgang Tillmans, Irving Penn, Diane Arbus, Henri Cartier-Bresson and more.
"Street & Studio: An Urban History of Photography" @ Tate Modern
Bank Side, London

Friday, April 11, 2008

Sweet Graphs & Poetic Maps

Via Kottke:
More than a graph: A beautiful baby portrait
Maps & infographics by Stefanie Posavec

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Lynsey Addario & More

Because of the Nymphoto Collective I am always looking for more news or information relevant to women in the arts - with a focus on women in photography. And while I am lucky that my situation/life shields me a lot from sexism, one cannot escape it completely.
Last week when minor controversy broke out in the photo blogosphere after the New York Times article "Gatekeepers to the Art World" by Jan Hoffman was published & digested; I followed up by reading some of the other photo blogs by women artists (tx Joerg Colberg for linking to those) , I had to pause when I read Cara Phillips say "I rarely read an interview where a photographer, male or female, cites a woman as an influence."
It is true, while there are plenty of very prolific women photographers, few are mentioned as inspiration. Many greats are forgotten. It made me reflect on how even I (with a BFA and a MA in Art History & Photography) too often forget about the contribution of so many women photographers (Forgive me Shelly Rice, Naomi Rosenblum, Eileen Kitzis --I will not forget again!).
And even today there are plenty of women photographers active that seem to receive less accolades than their male counterparts. I for example had never heard of Lynsey Addario until today; and I only found her because I was actively searching for news about women in photography.
And there wasn't much about Ms. Addario to find, even though I think her work is absolutely as strong as that of the late Raghubir Singh, Luc Delahaye and perhaps even Sebastiao Salgado.
So take a look at Lynsey Addario's work: www.lynseyaddario.com

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Michael Kenna

If you are in Chicago you can see work by photographer Michael Kenna at the Edelman Gallery (through April 18, 2008).
I recently acquired my own copy of "Hokkaido" - a monogram with images taken by Mr. Kenna in Japan. My friend Pete introduced me to this work and I am revisiting it as I have become more interested in B&W & monochrome imagery again.

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Philip Geffer on Sze Tsung Leong

Listen to Philip Geffer discuss the works of Sze Tsung Leong via The New Yorkt Times website.

Stefan Ruiz

via aperturefoundation:

Parsons The New School for Design Lectures
Stefan Ruiz
Artist’s Lecture
Tuesday, April 15, 2008
6:30 p.m.

Aperture Gallery
547 West 27th Street, 4th floor
New York, New York
(212) 505-5555

As part of the ongoing lecture series hosted by Aperture and presented by the department of photography, Parsons The New School for Design, Stefan Ruiz will discuss the work from his recently published monograph, People (Chris Boot, 2006), which gathers striking portraits of Mexican soap stars, Cuban mental asylum residents, Texan cowgirls, and Rwandan refugees. Ruiz’s subjects reveal themselves and their vulnerability through his raw and edgy vision. While serving as Creative Director for COLORS magazine from 2002 to 2004, Ruiz also taught art at San Quentin State Prison. His work has been exhibited at the Havana Biennale, 2003; PhotoEspaña, Madrid, 2003; and an exhibition of the Televisa Studios series is now traveling around Europe.

Monday, April 7, 2008

Keef & Annie

I am a sucker for Keith Richards. " Before They Make Me Run" and "Little T & A" are two of my favorite Stone songs, because Mr. Richards performs the lead vocals.
And no matter what you think of Annie Leibovitz, I think you must recognize her contribution to rock imagery.
Horses Think has a link to a video of the two long time collaborators and legends working together for the Louis Vuitton campaign.
The simplicity of it is indeed beautiful!

Yossi Milo

Yossi Milo Gallery is one of my favorite galleries (Sasha Wolf is another). Yossi Milo's shows never disappoint and over and over I am amazed at the work exhibited through this venue. Much of the work selected for exhibition has elements of magical realism, like the wok of South African photographer Pieter Hugo, American artist Tierney Gearon or German talent Loretta Lux. Or the work of Norwegian Simen Johan which also crosses into the fantastical. Works exhibited are always beautiful sometimes in a cruel or tragic way. All work however is also firmly rooted in the life experience of the artists - whose origins and lives span the globe. Tierney Gearon photographs her family, Muzi Quawson examines contemporary America from an outsider's perspective and my latest 'find' Alessandra Sanguinetti work combines all afore mentioned elements in her work.
Currently on view at Yossi Milo: Horizons by Sze Tsun Leon - through May 17, 2008.