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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Saturday, April 18, 2015

VLG @ AIPAD, NYC | featured in artnews

The 35th edition of the annual AIPAD show (Association of International Photography Art Dealers), opens for previews today at the 67th Regiment Armory on Park Avenue and continues through April 19. As usual the show will feature a vast array of works, ranging from classic vintage prints to cutting-edge contemporary works—including 19th-century photographs, photo-based art, video and new media—from 89 exhibitors hailing from the US, Canada, Europe, Asia and South America. (See: AIPAD, Still Beautifully Unsettling After All These Years and Will Helmut Newton and Lee Friedlander Smash Records at Christie's, Sotheby's, and Phillips Photo Sales?

AIPAD president Catherine Edelman called the AIPAD show the "go-to art fair for photography collectors at all levels." This year the Chicago gallerist is showing new work by environmental photographer Daniel Beltrá, as well as new work by Ysabel LeMay who is currently having a solo exhibition at the gallery. Edelman is also showing black-and-white works from a collaborative series between actor John Malkovich and photographer Sandro Miller, titled "Malkovich, Malkovich, Malkovich—Homage to Photographic Masters." (See: John Malkovich Impersonates Celebrities for Portrait Show and Artist Behind Viral John Malkovich Photos Wanted to Critique Social Media.)

"Since our move…[to the Park Avenue Armory] 9 years ago," Kraige Block, executive director of Throckmorton Fine Art and vice president of AIPAD, told artnet News, "AIPAD has continued to grow, improve and develop, and has garnered a reputation as one of the leading art fairs on a global level for fine art photography." Formerly the fair had long been housed in a midtown Hilton Hotel.

Among the works, Block has chosen for the show this year are several black-and-white prints showing artist Frida Kahlo, as well as prints by Tina Modotti, George Platt Lynes, Manuel Alvarez Bravo, Brett Weston, and Flor Garduno.

"[AIPAD] is a very strong indicator as to how the photography market is moving and growing," Block said. "Exciting new artists are emerging on the scene." (See: Celebrating The Art of Low Tech Photography With Krappy Kameras and Winners of Krappy Kamera Contest Unveiled in Soho).

Hans P. Kraus Jr., who specializes in old masters of 19th century photography and will be showing work by Captain Linnaeus Tripe, Charles Marville (who had a major show of Paris photos at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in 2014), and William Henry Fox Talbot, among others.
Chelsea dealer Bryce Wolkowitz will be showing new photo-based LED work by Jim Campbell, works by kinetic sculptor Robert Currie (who creates photo realistic paintings on monofilament), new images from Edward Burtynsky's "Water" series, and work by by Jimmy Nelson from the series "Before They Pass Away" (a five-year body of work photographing indigenous tribes around the world). Also showing Burtynsky is LA's Von Lintel Gallery, which will feature as well a selection of unique process-oriented works by Floris Neusüss, Klea McKenna, and Wendy Small.

AIPAD will host a full day of programming on Saturday, April 18, including a selection of short films featuring artists working with photography today such as Liz Magic Laser, Shana Moulton, and Mika Rottenberg. There will also be a showing of From Darkroom to Daylight, a documentary by Harry Wang that explores how the dramatic change from film to digital has affected photographers and their work. It includes interviews with Sally Mann, Jerome Liebling, George Tice, and Ruud van Empel.

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AIPAD 2015 : Von Lintel Gallery | Featured in L'Oeil de la Photographie

Von Lintel is a contemporary art gallery representing eighteen artists. In early 2014, the gallery relocated to Culver City near Los Angeles after enjoying 15 years in New York City’s Chelsea district and, before that, seven successful years in Munich, Germany. Since its inception, Von Lintel has presented work that is both avant-garde and maintains a sense of aesthetic tradition. The gallery artists work in a variety of media including painting, photography and works on paper and their practices include both representational and abstract compositions. 

Among the photographers, there is an emphasis on one-of-a-kind photography and many of the artists working in other media draw on or allude to photographic traditions. Von Lintel Gallery produces illustrated catalogues in conjunction with many exhibitions and has attracted a high level of critical success as well as a devoted following of collectors. In part of the AIPAD Photography Show 2015, the gallery selected for us three prints by Klea McKenna, Farrah Karapetian and Izima Kaoru.

1. Klea McKenna Rain Study (Puna) 8 2014 Photogram of rain on gelatin silver fiber paper 24 x 20 inches (61.0 x 50.8 cm) Unique

Klea McKenna’s unique photograms of rain were made during a trip to Hawaii, where the artist spent an early childhood living off-the-grid. She used the dark of night as her make-shift darkroom; devising innovative ways to imprint her surroundings using light-sensitive materials; transforming familiar elements into abstractions of light and form.

2. Farrah Karapetian Cymbalscape XXI 2015 Chromogenic photogram from constructed negative, metallic 24 x 16 inches (61.0 x 40.6 cm) Unique

Farrah Karapetian’s camera-less practice borrows from the memories of her subjects and engages those subjects in the process of the ir own representation using handmade transparent props that she terms, “constructed negatives.” Her recent series, Stagecraft, draws parallels between the performative nature of her process and staged musical performance and sound. Usually the photogram makes a very flat space, a silhouette against a field of color, but Karapetian is interested here in persuading movement and volume from the picture plane. In this setting, the rhythms of object and shadow on paper translate into wavelengths of musical sound; reflection easily interpreted as reverberation

3. Izima Kaoru Sentosa, Singapore (One Sun) 2006 C-print with acrylic diasec 47 inch (119.4 cm) [diameter] AP

Japanese photographer, Izima Kaoru approached landscape by tilting his camera towards the sky, using a fish-eye lens and day-long exposure to track the trajectory of the sun from sunrise to sunset in different cities around the world.

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WSJ | VLG Quoted: Photo Fair Features Cuban Artists, Plus One Training for Outer Space Some 89 galleries will show their wares at the annual AIPAD photography fair in New York City

By Ellen Gamerman

April 15, 2015

Michael Najjar recalled blasting into the stratosphere when the world went from all color to black and white. The photographer, flying on a Russian fighter jet at nearly twice the speed of sound, said he was on the verge of blacking out. As he clawed his way back to full consciousness and his vision returned to normal, he started shooting pictures.

The experience of Mr. Najjar, a 48-year-old Berlin native who said he intends to become the first artist to travel into space, is one of the many stories tucked inside the pictures at this year’s AIPAD Photography Show New York, which opens on Thursday at the Park Avenue Armory. The gathering of a record 89 galleries staged by the Association of International Photography Art Dealers will include work ranging from vintage images taken at the dawn of photography to pieces pushing the limits of technology. Trailer for the documentary film ‘mission:space’ which shows artist Michael Najjar’s training at various aerospace training centers.

The event opens at a tense moment for the art form as photographers fight to set their work apart in the Instagram era—some by creating high-tech pieces that blend real and fabricated images, others by returning to methods popular in the 1860s.

“I would say this is a somewhat anxious moment,” said New York dealer Rick Wester. “The digital revolution has affected photography as greatly as it has the recording industry. I think we’re all wondering where the medium is headed.”

The market is changing, too. Some collectors are challenging the prevailing wisdom of buying solely from limited editions. Instead, they are looking for other ways to define a contemporary photograph’s worth. Advertisement

“I’m seeing a lot of interest in unique photography,” said Los Angeles dealer Thomas Von Lintel, referring to pieces created one-by-one instead of multiple prints created from a single negative. Many collectors still like the idea of editions because it means they can own a work that is also in a museum collection, he said, but he added that questions about multiples can still arise: “The problem is, you never know how many are really out there.” 

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Friday, April 3, 2015

CAROLYN MARKS BLACKWOOD — 5 Artists to Watch: The Photography Edition | artnet

At first glance, it might seem misleading to call Carolyn Marks Blackwood a landscape photographer because when you look at her photos, they look like abstractions, when, in fact, all of her images are of the elements air, ice, and water. By playing with perspective, Blackwood pushes the boundaries of what it means to be a landscape photographer, widening the parameters of the genre from the typical vast romantic landscapes to an appreciation for the minuscule and the unseen in nature. A solo exhibit of Blackwood's work is currently on view at Von Lintel Gallery in Los Angeles, CA.
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Painter Catherine Howe's new work experiments with different methods and materials, all of which are a testament to her unbridled enthusiasm for the medium. Two of the seven works exhibited, almost all of which are indebted to both the imagery and quiet mournfulness of Dutch still-life painting, are "Reverse Paintings," where swirling brushstrokes of blooms and vases in acrylic, marble dust, and oil-based ink are painted on the reverse side of polyester sheeting. The effect is soft and almost ghostly, more of a memory of a painting than a living, breathing one. Similarly, "Mica Painting (Geisha)" utilizes mica pigment suspended in acrylic resin to create a shimmering and pale surface upon which gesso floral forms droop and dance. Finally, there are three "Carborundum and Silver" paintings, created by scattering sparkling carborundum dust on undulating, mostly abstract shapes that Howe painted in a clear gel. Working with this essentially blind process, our heightened awareness of the elements of intuition, memory and automatism (one of the works ended up revealing cat and mouse forms, which she references in its title) lend gravitas to the eye-catching works (Von Lintel Gallery, Culver City).

Kristen Osborne-Bartucca

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