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Liz Johnson Artur: Dusha

From January 17, 2020 to April 19, 2020
Liz Johnson Artur: Dusha
3750 Washington Boulevard
St Louis, MO 63108
For more than 30 years, the Russian Ghanaian artist Liz Johnson Artur has been creating photographic representations of people of African descent around the world. She began her Black Balloon Archive project, whose name derives from a song by the American soul singer Syl Johnson, after visiting Brooklyn, in 1986, where she stayed with a Russian family in a predominantly black neighborhood. Having grown up in Bulgaria, Germany, and Russia, where she had little contact with black communities, the artist was inspired by the experience to use photography as a way to connect with other people across the African diaspora. "Dusha" is the Russian word for soul, and Johnson Artur's intimate pictures capture the everyday beauty and distinctiveness of individuals that she has encountered on streets, in restaurants and clubs, or at public gatherings during her travels to Africa, the Caribbean, Europe, and North America. Liz Johnson Artur: Dusha, the London-based artist's first solo museum exhibition, premiered at the Brooklyn Museum and features photographs, videos, and sketchbooks selected from the ongoing Black Balloon Archive.

Liz Johnson Artur: Dusha is organized by the Brooklyn Museum and curated by Drew Sawyer, Phillip Leonian and Edith Rosenbaum Leonian Curator of Photography. The Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis exhibition is organized by Wassan Al-Khudhairi, Chief Curator.
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Crossing Cultures: Family, Memory and Displacement
Providence, RI
From November 19, 2021 to January 23, 2021
The Rhode Island Center for Photographic Arts is presenting this exhibition, curated by Claudia Ruiz Gustafson in 2020 to revisit ideas of home, family and belonging in a nation of immigrants. The exhibition brings together a selection of work from Stories from the Kitchen Table and Spin Club Tapestry by Astrid Reischwitz, Historias fragmentadas (Fragmented Stories, Parts I, II and III) by Claudia Ruiz Gustafson, Looking for Most Ordinary Memories: Suitcase Series by Nilou Moochhala and Barquito de papel, no somos mariposas (Paper Boat, We are not Butterflies) video installation by Vivian Poey. The artists share personal experiences of immigration in the 21st century through the use of vintage family photographs to uncover their family stories and reflect upon what they have left behind while shifting countries, honoring and remembering family traditions and vanishing ways of life in the process.
Ansel Adams in Our Time
Portland, OR
From October 17, 2020 to January 24, 2021
Ansel Adams in Our Time celebrates the visual legacy of the acclaimed American photographer and includes some of his most iconic images, from a symphonic view of snow-dusted peaks in The Tetons and Snake River, Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming (1942) to the sublime Moon and Half Dome, Yosemite National Park (1960). More than 100 photographs by Adams, displayed alongside images by photographers working both before and after him, will offer visitors a deeper perspective on themes central to Adams’s practice, demonstrate the power of his legacy, and spark conversation about the state of the American landscape of the 21st century.
Kenneth Hoffman, Thom O’Connor and Paul Stetzer
New York, NY
From January 02, 2021 to January 24, 2021
Soho Photo Gallery is open, with exhibitions in our four main gallery bays. We are thrilled to continue, in person, our rich fifty-year tradition as a cooperative gallery, showcasing the diverse work of our more than 100 member artists and other emerging photographers. We’d love to have you come and visit. We recommend that visitors make a reservation by clicking on the booking button below. Walk-in visitors will be welcomed when we can accommodate you.
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).
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
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