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2020 Vision: Photographs, 1840s-1860s

From December 02, 2019 to December 13, 2020
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2020 Vision: Photographs, 1840s-1860s
1000 Fifth Avenue (at 82nd Street)
New York, NY 10028
In celebration of The Met's 150th anniversary in 2020, the Department of Photographs will highlight the important role of gifts in developing its collection. This will be the first of a two-part presentation that features recent and new gifts, many offered in honor of the sesquicentennial celebration and exhibited at The Met for the first time. This first part of the exhibition will focus on nineteenth-century photographs from the 1840s through the 1860s, all made in the three decades before the Museum's founding in 1870. The second part will move forward a century, bringing together works from the 1940s through the 1960s. Playing on the association of 2020 with perfect vision, the exhibition will present photography as a dynamic medium through which to view the world, while also honoring the far-sighted collectors and patrons who made this presentation possible.
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Sze Tsung Nicolas Leong
Los Angeles, CA
From November 20, 2020 to January 30, 2021
Shoshana Wayne Gallery is pleased to announce an exhibition of over 30 photographs by the Los Angeles-based British-Mexican-American artist Sze Tsung Nicolás Leong, selected by the artist from his ongoing and iconic series Horizons, as well as a new image series Lookout Towers. Shown at a time when confinements and lockdowns have increasingly constricted us into looking near, these two series explore the opposite: the act of looking far. The exhibition opens online November 20 and runs through January. This will be the artist's second solo exhibition with the gallery. Sze Tsung Nicolás Leong's artistic practice focuses, he has previously written, "on how we see, understand, and belong to the world." His Horizons, begun in 2001, are a series of photographs taken throughout the globe of the line of sight separating ground from sky, and at the same time, on a more cognitive level, they are "an exploration of the horizon as the limit of what we can see and know, that questions the boundaries separating the present from the past, near from far, familiar from foreign." Mr Leong's Horizons presented in this exhibition again reiterate his exploration of the range of environments within which our lives and histories unfold, and highlight, in addition, connections between abstraction and landscape, the picture plane almost dissolving into vast fields of color. Among the works on display here are horizons taken this year at Playa del Rey in Los Angeles, capturing the turquoise light generated by bioluminescent algae found in the ocean-the algae absorbs light during the day and gives off a bright glow at night. Lookout Towers is a new series of black and white photographs of a building type particular to the Hoiping and Toisan regions of Canton, which emerged in the 16th century and reached an apogee of construction volume during the early 20th century. While these lookout towers served a defensive purpose against bandits and often functioned to represent social standing (whether of a family or a village), as a genre they are built expressions of diaspora-enabling, both literally and metaphorically, the act of looking out to distant horizons, and embodying the changing nature of living in and belonging to the broader world. Funded by remittances from communities in cities as dispersed as Mexicali, Lima, Caracas, San Francisco, Liverpool, Johannesburg, Kolkata, and Singapore, the towers symbolize an emerging form of global identity and cross-cultural melding that challenges ingrained assumptions about fixed borders and identities. Much like the contemporaneous Beaux Arts movement, these towers mined historical architectural styles to create new forms from an eclectic mixture of influences-from Greek and Roman columns, to medieval turrets, to Fung Seoi geomancy, to Spanish arches, to Han dynasty watchtowers, to classical Han script and iconography. Growing internationalism, aided by migration, cultural exchange and integration, education abroad, the rise of the World Fairs, along with the increased distribution of books, postcards and magazines, all influenced and encouraged this stylistic diversity. For Leong, Lookout Towers is also a personal exploration into ancestry, as his grandfather emigrated from Toisan to England during the First World War and sent money back to construct such buildings. Sze Tsung Nicolás Leong was born in Mexico City, where he spent his childhood as well as in London and Los Angeles, and has lived and worked in those cities as well as in New York, Rome, Houston, and Beijing. His visual practice has, over the past two decades, focused on creating new pictures of the world, whether by assembling together a new landscape that uncovers unexpected relationships, as in his series Horizons; by revealing how a society can be reshaped through the erasure of its history, as in his series History Images; or by surveying the newly unfamiliar terrains of a political map discolored by isolationism and nationalism, as in his series Atlas. His work has been exhibited internationally; reviewed, published, and written about extensively; and is included in numerous museum collections, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art and Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Victoria and Albert Museum, the National Galleries of Scotland, the National Gallery of Canada, the Getty Museum, and the Yale University Art Gallery. He is a Guggenheim Fellow and a recipient of the Abigail Cohen Rome Prize in Visual Arts from the American Academy in Rome. His books include History Images (Steidl, 2005), Horizons (Hatje Cantz, 2014), and the forthcoming Paris, Novembre (Steidl).
Anthologies
Minneapolis, MN
From January 16, 2021 to January 30, 2021
Praxis Gallery is inaugurating a triennial, small group exhibition featuring narrative based collections of photographic art limited to six artists with four images each. The title of the show, Anthologies, is derived from the Greek meaning "to gather, or collect". In this precise sense Praxis Gallery seeks to explore the manner in which photographic artists gather and organize images into collections - thereby creating meaning. However, this is not an exercise in sequencing images or linear chronologies; it is more an interpretive exploration of the interdependence of each image vis a vis the collective meaning of the group of images - indulging the viewer to extract their own subjectivities, searching for meaning out of collected images that may seem meandering, anfractuous and excursionary - as much as they may also seem explicit and absolute in substance.
Martin Parr: World Tour
New York, NY
From December 19, 2020 to January 30, 2021
Can't travel? Can't bear or dare to take a plane trip? Passport currently of dubious value? Travel vicariously via these celebrated images by Martin Parr. JANET BORDEN, INC. is pleased to announce MARTIN PARR: WORLD TOUR, an exhibition of signature photographs by celebrated photographer MARTIN PARR. Parr has compiled images from various locales throughout the world, from Paris to Moscow, from Marrakesh to Dubai. Gatherings at horse races, art fairs (they're remarkably similar,) concerts and ski slopes, provide Parr with extraordinary opportunities for his observations. Parr is a formally sophisticated, humorous, and astute documentary photographer. Parr's essential tropes, including a cacophony of colors and a keen appreciation of the absurd, are on view in these photographs. The daylight flash, the dressing up and partying, the coincidental matching of patterns and colors in unlikely places, all commingle in this body of colorful and witty work. In a world limited by pandemic and economic concerns, these photographs are all the more revealing and poignant.
Alice Mann and Seydou Keita
Los Angeles, CA
From November 12, 2020 to January 30, 2021
In our new bi-coastal iteration Danziger Gallery is pleased to announce our first show in Los Angeles at the collaboratively named Danziger at Fetterman. As some of you also know, we have moved from 980 Madison around the corner to 952 5th Avenue where you will find us overlooking Central Park. We are open there in November by appointment but welcome visitors. Meanwhile, our Los Angeles exhibition pairs the work of two African photographers separated by many decades and the length of the continent - Seydou Keďta's black and white portraits taken in Mali in the 1950s and '60s and Alice Mann's color photographs of South African "Drummies" taken in 2017 and 2018. Born circa 1921, Keďta lived in Bamako where he ran a successful portrait studio. Essentially self-taught, Keďta developed his trademark style photographing his sitters in daylight against a variety of backdrops from plain drapes to vibrant African pattern. Some brought items they wanted to be photographed with but Keďta also had a selection of accessories and clothing at his subject's disposal. No matter the situation Keďta had a natural gift and a refined aesthetic that made his portraits true and distinctive works of art. Unknown to the West for most of his career, Keďta was "discovered" by westerners in the early 90's by the African Art collector Jean Pigozzi and his curator André Magnin who brought 921 negatives to Paris to make the first archival prints of the images under Keďta's supervision. In 1994 Keďta a was given a solo show at the Fondation Cartier followed by museum shows around the world. By the time of his death in 2001, Keďta was not only recognized as one of the greatest photographers of the 20th Century but in his use of contrasting backdrops, his work has influenced a whole generation of artists, most notably painters Mickalene Thomas and Kehinde Wiley, and triggered a worldwide interest in African photography. Mann, now 29 years old, grew up in Cape Town and aims to create images that empower her subjects. The "Drummies"as they are known range in age from five to eighteen. The aspirational culture of the sport creates a safe space empowering the Drummies in an all- female structure. They are encouraged to excel within the team and the sense of belonging and identifying with its positive culture provides a life affirming experience in a society where opportunities for young women are often severely limited. In the environment many of the Drummies grow up in women's rights are often challenged and violence against women is commonplace. Regional excellence promises future scholarships, or at the very least a chance to go on national tours. But, the sport is expensive, and few parents can easily afford it. Looking at the images with that in mind, one can see the aspiration that buttresses every pose and practiced smile. But the photos, Mann said, show the Drummies "how they want to show themselves— uniformed, painted, done up." Mann's work has been published in The Guardian, The New Yorker and The British Journal of Photography. Her series 'Drummies' was selected as a winner of the 2018 LensCulture emerging photographer prize and she was recently awarded London's National Gallery Taylor Wessing portraiture prize, the first time that a series has ever been selected.
Empty Places : Abandoned Places
Minneapolis, MN
From January 16, 2021 to January 30, 2021
Juror: Layne Kennedy. Through the visual representation of abandoned spaces, artifacts of history are at once fresh and new, ancient and decayed. The past continues to live in these forsaken, ruined, or empty spaces and we ask- Who were the people who lived and worked here? What were their lives like? What were their stories? What happened to them in these spaces? ​Praxis Gallery presents photographic art that explores the visual and social significance of abandoned space - where derelict factories, churches, private houses or other empty places serve as the basis for creative investigation.
You and Yours
Gleneden Beach, OR
From November 13, 2020 to January 31, 2021
jdc Fine Art is proud to present You and Yours, an online group exhibition organized as remedy to the disconnection of social distance and isolation of quarantine. Any age would feel daunted by the challenges posed by a global pandemic. You and Yours counts our blessings as it emphasizes the power in connectivity. Designed to cast a wide net and bring new artists and ideas into our fold, this large group exhibition also harmonizes with the idea of viral spread. The gallery asked a core group of represented and previously exhibited artists to contribute work and extend the invitation outward by proposing a colleague for inclusion. Over 20 artists have been selected for exhibition. Included artists were not limited by media, and their works may but are not necessarily attached to their "regular practice."
Behind Glass by Anne Berry
San Diego, CA
From January 01, 2021 to January 31, 2021
All About Photo is pleased to present Behind Glass by Anne Berry. Harvey Stein professional photographer, teacher, lecturer, author and curator based in New York City is the curator for this month's show. Part of the exclusive online showroom developed by All About Photo, this exhibition is on view for the entire month of January 2021 and includes twenty photographs from the project Behind Glass. Behind Glass Behind Glass is a series of portraits of primates made in small zoos throughout Europe. Alone, patient and silent, in these monkey houses I establish a more than passing connection with my subjects. I makes portraits that reveal the unique personality of each of these animals; it is clear that they are posing for me and that there exists a human-primate bond. My goal is to motivate people to feel compassion for primates and an obligation to protect them. Most of the primates I photograph qualify as endangered, and all of them are facing stress from loss of habitat and human activity. The plight of primates on earth is urgent; our indifference will condemn them to extinction, and we will follow. My work with primates has resulted in numerous international exhibitions and two limited edition artist books, Through Glass (North Light Press, 2014) and Primates (21st Editions, 2017), which is in the permanent collection of The National Gallery of Art Special Collections. Around 2015 I began to put this project aside in order to create new work. But the primates keep calling to me. I feel a responsibility towards these animals, and I have seen the emotional responses my photographs evoke. My goal is to work with foundations that improve primate welfare to use this project to broaden their advocacy and support their mission. To facilitate this mission I will publish a book of this project in the summer of 2021. . With our new online showroom space, we've placed All About Photo's role as a supporter and amplifier of creative ideas.
The Telling of Fashion
Palm Beach, FL
From January 16, 2021 to February 06, 2021
Contrary to popular belief, what was cool today may still be cool tomorrow, especially in fashion. However, that all depends on who took the picture and what the image is of, naturally. From its inception, fashion photography has consistently operated as a cultural tool. Borrowing ideas and inspiration from the art world in the 1920s to thriving on social media campaigns today, fashion photography has continually redefined itself to serve the needs of the times. In its power and agency as a harbinger of taste, fashion photography not only presents us with ways of seeing and remembering each passing epoch, but it also expands and commercializes its most popular themes. The art form, which the photographers who shot fashion would collectively create, introduced new and subtle modes of expression, influenced by the classical norms of the past, the commercial success of the industry, and the aesthetic liberties of pursuing self-expression. After all, fashion photography not only sells us on the desirability of clothes but ultimately presents the prevailing attitudes, cultural phenomena, and exchange of ideas in our current place in history, becoming the expression of the 'now.'
Vantage Point- Personal Projects by Veterans
Denver, CO
From January 08, 2021 to February 13, 2021
Vantage Point ⁄ Personal Projects by Veterans features a compelling collection of fine art photography created by 10 Denver-area artists who have served in the U.S. military. This unique exhibition is the culmination of CPAC’s Veterans Workshop Series, a five-month program of advanced photography courses provided to participants free of charge. Each project is intensely personal, reflecting each artist’s inspirations, life experiences, creativity and point of view.Michael Benton, Jess Bidwell, Ronald Cable, Bob Looser, Lee Ann Montoya, Andrew Morris, Charles Peters, Lourdes Sanchez Wise, Don Stine, and Brandon Tennery
David Vestal: On the Quiet Streets of New York
New York, NY
From January 09, 2021 to February 13, 2021
Robert Mann Gallery is excited to announce the first online exhibition of 2021, David Vestal: On the Quiet Streets of New York, a collection of photographs by David Vestal. This array of photographs, depicting scenes of New York from the 1940s to the 1960s, illustrates Vestal's ability to harness the juxtaposition of the intensity of the pounding city and the loneliness of the quiet streets. These black and white images, abound with atmospheric light and dramatic composition, draw the viewer into Vestal's poetic film noir-inspired New York. David Vestal was born in Menlo Park, California in 1924. On the Quiet Streets of New York is his fourth solo exhibition with Robert Mann Gallery. He made a great splash in the Photo League, where he was a member and befriended Sid Grossman, developing the distinguishing approach of favoring single images to photographic essays. Vestal was also a figure of the New York School, a radical and politically charged artistic movement following WWII that created a new form of documentary street photography. In addition to his photographs, he was a respected critic, educator, and the author of influential books on the craft of photography and black and white printing. He was the recipient of John Simon Guggenheim Fellowships in 1966 and 1973. Throughout his career, Vestal taught at Parsons School of Design, the School of Visual Arts, and at Pratt Institute. Vestal died in 2013, in Bethlehem, Connecticut. His photographs are included in significant public collections including the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, among many others.
Aaron Siskind: Mid Century Modern
San Diego, CA
From September 26, 2020 to February 14, 2021
Aaron Siskind: Mid Century Modern focuses on photographs made by Aaron Siskind during the late 1940s and 1950s while he was interacting with the major figures of mid-twentieth century painting. The exhibition concentrates on a pivotal period when Siskind's interest in abstraction established a new frame of reference for postwar photography in the larger precincts of art. The installation - a portion of which will reinterpret the groupings and design of Siskind's Egan Gallery exhibitions - will examine the relationship between Siskind's approach to the walls of the galleries as surfaces of display and the flat surface of the works of art themselves. The exhibition is curated by Merry Foresta, MOPA Curator-At-Large, formerly Senior Curator of Photography and Director of the Smithsonian Photography Initiative. A catalog with essays by Merry Foresta and Deborah Klochko, Executive Director and Chief Curator of MOPA, will accompany the exhibition. Financial support is provided by the City of San Diego, Commission for Arts and Culture; The Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation, New York; Massey Charitable Trust; and the Gardner Bilingual Fund.
Rachel Portesi: Hair Portraits
Brattleboro, VT
From October 24, 2020 to February 14, 2021
Since the beginning of human history, hair has held cultural and symbolic meaning. It is a marker of ethnicity, social class, identity, gender, sexuality, age, sickness, and health. Women's hair especially is woven into mythology, religion, politics, culture, and art. Rachel Portesi makes hair portraits utilizing the early photographic method of tintype. She works collaboratively with her models to create intricate-one might say baroque-hair styles. Pinned to walls or other scaffolding, the extravagant hair designs are often embellished with flowers, becoming living sculptures rooted in the human body. Hair is often referred to as a woman's "crowning glory." Portesi's "crowns" befit Ceres/Demeter, goddess of growing plants and motherly relationships; and Diana/Artemis, goddess of the hunt, wild animals, and the moon. Creating a tintype requires the subject, or model, to remain absolutely still for thirty seconds after the lens cap is removed and light floods onto the prepared wet plate. This wet process results in inconsistencies, with the deeply toned surface of each image retaining the traces of its distinctive making. Unlike digital photography, tintypes are singular objects, each print as unique as the portrait sitter.
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