Thursday, April 30, 2015

artsy | Jamie Lee Curtis Picks the 9 Best Works from Paris Photo L.A.

For actress Jamie Lee Curtis, the early 1980s began her heyday as the horror genre’s “Scream Queen,” her marriage to Christopher Guest, and the couple’s foray into art collecting—photographs and original cartoons. In advance of Paris Photo Los Angeles, Curtis, still an avid photography collector, picked out the nine works that she finds most compelling at the fair.

In 1984 we were newlyweds, living in TriBeCa while [Guest] was doing a year on SNL, and it was only a few years after Cindy Sherman’s work had first started to be exhibited. I saw a piece in a magazine about her work and Chris and I went to Metro Pictures and wondered if we should buy an “Untitled Film Still” or the new, bigger, color work. The platinum blond, in a suit with fists clenched, reminded me of the town where I grew up—and so we bought it. I remember at the time that it was costly but in our new marital partnership, a wonderful first art purchase together.

Over these 30 years we have added to our collection with an eclectic group of images. We are not art snobs, we don’t read art criticism, and we don’t work with an art consultant. We buy what we like—what moves us and what we can afford. We have some masters of the form, Irving PennSally MannSebastião Salgado, alongside newer photographers; a Shawna Ankenbrandt nude hangs next to an Alexandra Hedison composite. I recently bought two pieces from my niece, Lena Hindes, who, for her senior art piece in high school, did this work as her reaction to the shaming of pubic hair in today’s society. They are photographs that she crocheted over. Stunning work and so exciting.

Dryland Farming #2, Monegros County, Aragon, Spain, 2010

I love Edward Burtynsky’s work at Von Lintel Gallery. His perspective on the beauty of nature and its power is very strong. It reminded me of Salgado's "Genesis" at Peter Fetterman. It’s a grand perspective, an emotional understanding of life. 

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artnet | Paris Photo Los Angeles Is Set to Have Its Best Year Yet—See Why

By Cait Munro, Monday, April 27, 2015 

Opening May 1, Paris Photo Los Angeles is back for its third consecutive year at Paramount Pictures Studios, bringing the best photography from around the world to the city of the silver screen. With 80 galleries from 17 countries, it's a shutterbug's paradise (see Paris Photo LA Taps the West Coast's Emerging Art Market). 

Unlike larger, less specialized fairs where gallerists often choose to feature a single artist, most of the galleries showing at Paris Photo are bringing works from an assortment of the photographers in their stable. Of course, for those that exclusively deal in photography, it's a tougher choice. 

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Paris Photo comes back to L.A. | VLG Featured in California Sunday Magazine

From May 1 to 3, Paris Photo, the international art fair for photography and video, will take over much of Paramount Pictures Studios in Hollywood for its third edition. More than 75 art galleries and book publishers will set up on soundstages and in backlots. Here is a look at some of the images that will be on exhibit, selected by California Sunday Photography Director Jacqueline Bates, from artists and galleries in the West, Asia, and Latin America. 

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Wednesday, April 22, 2015


Dryland Farming #2, Monegros County,
Aragon, Spain,

Edward Burtynsky

Text by Meredith Mendelsohn

April 22, 2015

Long before California’s drought became severe enough for the state’s governor to restrict water use, Canadian artist Edward Burtynsky had started speaking out, through intense large-scale color landscape photographs, about the urgency of protecting one of our planet’s most endangered natural resource.

Through arresting bird’s-eye images of water use around the world—from elaborately planted rice paddies and massive dams in China to oil slicks in the Gulf of Mexico, and erosion in Iceland—Burtynsky has captured the astounding impact, and strange beauty, of human intervention on the Earth. “Nature Transformed,” the inaugural show of Burtynsky’s work at Los Angeles’s Von Lintel Gallery, is a rare opportunity to see many of his most striking images all together, on view from April 25 through June 20. 

While Burtynsky is certainly coming to his subject matter through environmental activism, his photos are often breathtaking, and he clearly has an eye for a good shot. His sweeping landscapes show the intense colors and formal patterns that industrialization has wrought on the planet—electric yellow, geometric fields of canola; fiery orange rivers snaking through blackened hills—in the way that some of our most poetic abstract painters might capture form, except, of course, these photos are not staged or altered.

In his series on Spain’s dryland farms—waterless land cultivated for crops without irrigation—swaths of brown earth are embellished with miles of botanic-like patterns worthy of a luxury textile, while aerial views of copper-color pivot irrigation systems in the Texas Panhandle have a highly artistic serial effect. Although his images can be disturbing and disheartening, they do give hope in the human ability to find poetry in everyday life.



Edward Burtynsky is known as one of Canada's most respected photographers. His remarkable photographic depictions of global industrial landscapes are included in the collections of over sixty major museums around the world, including the National Gallery of Canada, the Museum of Modern Art, the Guggenheim Museum in New York, the Reina Sofia Museum in Madrid, and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art in California.

Burtynsky was born in 1955 of Ukrainian heritage in St. Catharines, Ontario. He received his BAA in Photography/Media Studies from Ryerson University in 1982, and in 1985 founded Toronto Image Works, a darkroom rental facility, custom photo laboratory, digital imaging and new media computer-training centre catering to all levels of Toronto's art community.

Early exposure to the sites and images of the General Motors plant in his hometown helped to formulate the development of his photographic work. His imagery explores the collective impact we as a species are having on the surface of the planet; an inspection of the human systems we've imposed onto natural landscapes. 

Burtynsky’s work is the subject of two documentary feature films. Manufactured Landscapes (2006) follows the artist to China, as he captures the effects of the country’s massive industrial revolution. Watermark (2012) brings together diverse stories from around the globe about our relationship with water: how we are drawn to it, how we use it and the consequences of that use.


Edward Burtynsky's "Nature Transformed" Large-Format Photographs At Von Lintel Gallery - April 25 To June 7, 2015

Edward Burtynsky's Nature Transformed at Von Lintel Gallery (2685 S. La Cienega Blvd., Los Angeles) from April 25 to June 7, 2015. There will be an opening reception from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, April 25. This is Burtynsky's first solo show with the gallery. The artist is known for his look at how landscapes are reshaped via human interference. These large-scale photographs are from far above and turn these images of rice terraces and irrigation plots into colorful images that seem almost out of science fiction. They are beautiful, staggering and sometimes terrifying pieces in their implication. 

Burtynsky's work is featured in the collections of over 60 major museums. His fifth book, Burtynsky-Water, came out in 2013 along with a documentary Watermark. We posted o this last year. Any opportunity to see his work in person should be seized.


Seeking Contemporary Photography at AIPAD 2015 | Featured in Don't Take Pictures

In its 35th year, The AIPAD (Association of International Photography Art Dealers) Show in New York continues to be one of the world’s most anticipated photography events. Running from Wednesday to Sunday last week, this year’s show featured over 90 galleries and dealers displaying work ranging from early daguerreotypes to contemporary digital prints and new media. While New York galleries occupied the majority of the booths, Asia, Latin America, Europe, and other parts of the United States were also well represented.

The majority of booths exhibited vintage works, spanning the iconic to the vernacular. While it is both thrilling and humbling to see the prints of master photographers such as Edward Weston, Diane Arbus, André Kertész in person, I was most inspired by new names and images. Presenting all of the fantastic work on view would be a herculean task, so here are five contemporary photographers whose work has been swirling around in my mind since the fair.

Izima Kaoru at Von Lintel Gallery Izima Kaoru Izima Kaoru’s circular photographs stood out amidst rows of rectangular booths exhibiting rectangular images. From the series One Sun, each photograph is a single exposure of the sun’s movement across the sky. The representatives from Von Lintel Gallery explained that the photographs were made with a specialized camera that tracks the sun and produces a round image. They are not cropped nor are they distorted in Photoshop. Needless to say, these prints were mostly sold in their frames, as finding a framer could be a challenge. 

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