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Tseng Kwong Chi: East Meets West

From February 13, 2020 to April 04, 2020
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Tseng Kwong Chi: East Meets West
525 West 22nd Avenue
New York, NY 10011
Yancey Richardson is pleased to present East Meets West, a selection of photographic self-portraits made between 1979 and 1987 by Tseng Kwong Chi (1950 - 1990). Combining performance and photography, political satire and personal identity, Tseng's pioneering series exemplifies the art of the eighties while anticipating the social, political and philosophical themes of the present day.

Born in Hong Kong and raised in Vancouver by exiled Chinese nationalists, Tseng studied photography and art in Paris. In 1978, Tseng moved to Manhattan, becoming a fixture of New York's downtown art scene and a close friend of Keith Haring whose work and activities he documented. Soon after arriving, Tseng began the series East Meets West, photographing himself at iconic tourist locales throughout America, wearing a “Mao suit”, dark sunglasses and an enigmatic expression. Pictured at the Grand Canyon, the Statue of Liberty, and other monumental sites, Tseng's persona suggests that of an austere, visiting dignitary, paying homage to sites signifying American greatness.

The series was partly inspired by Richard Nixon's diplomatic trip to the People's Republic of China in 1972, where the visit consisted largely of a series of carefully staged appearances meant to generate the greatest possible visual impact, including the infamous Nixon-Mao handshake. In spite of the immutability of his Mao ensemble, Tseng responds distinctly to each locale, gazing contemplatively at the Grand Canyon, leaping raucously into the air at the Brooklyn Bridge or assuming a stiff, patriotic stance next to a rocket at Cape Canaveral. Describing himself as both an “ambiguous ambassador” and an “inquisitive traveler”, Tseng mischievously and subtly investigated core issues of outsider and identity politics.

Deceased at age thirty-nine from aids-related illness, Tseng's work has been widely exhibited and published. His work is in numerous public collections, including the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; the Metropolitan Museum, New York; the Tate Modern, London; the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis and many others. In 2015, a retrospective Tseng Kwong Chi: Performing For the Camera was held at the Chrysler Museum of Art, Norfolk, and the Grey Art Gallery at New York University.
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The Space Between
Denver, CO
From August 14, 2020 to September 23, 2020
The Space Between brings together photographs from two separate bodies of work: one by Kris Sanford who uses art to explore an imagined queer history, and the other a collaboration of poetry and images that reveals Petal, a persona whom Philip Matthews manifests to write and David Johnson photographs. With time, we have come to see and understand the world and its history through a select set of lenses. How do we begin to shift this view and see in new ways? This exhibition seeks to provide the space to engage in critical conversations about identity, sexuality, and relationships. The juxtaposition of three artists’ work in one place, for the first time, as the inspiration.
JP Terlizzi: The Good Dishes
Houston, TX
From August 15, 2020 to September 25, 2020
'The Good Dishes' by NYC-based artist JP Terlizzi integrates memory, legacy, and metaphor with the artist's response to loss. Through colorful still life table settings, Terlizzi offers a visual rumination on the centrality of food and the dinner table to his large Italian family. Growing up, Terlizzi recalls how his mother's “good dishes,” like in many families, were brought out only for very special occasions-like the priest coming over for dinner. Over the years, Terlizzi has been tasked with the job of cleaning out the homes of loved ones that have passed away. With 'The Good Dishes' series, the artist pays homage to the way in which his family's fine china has always been an item given to the person that most cherishes its memory and sentimental value. Utilizing the passed down heirlooms of friends and family, 'The Good Dishes' celebrates family and togetherness.
Mickalene Thomas: Better Nights
Miami Beach, FL
From December 01, 2019 to September 27, 2020
Inspired by the local New Jersey play 'Put a Little Sugar in my Bowl' organized and performed by the artists' mother, friends, and family as well as the parties hosted by the artist's mother in the late 1970s, Mickalene Thomas: Better Nights is an installation that will transform the galleries into an immersive art experience for the duration of the exhibition. The installation embodies an apartment environment, conceptually reconstructed according to the domestic aesthetic of the period, including faux wood paneling, wallpaper and custom seating reupholstered with the artist's signature textiles. An extension of Thomas' artistic universe, the installation incorporates both work by the artist and a curated selection by Thomas featuring work by emerging and prominent artists of color, with the prop-like tableau echoing the collage-like compositional style of Thomas' paintings. Better Nights will present a schedule of programming arranged by the artist, including live performances, concerts, activations, a live bar and appearances by guest DJs. The first chapter, Better Days, took place at the Galerie Volkhaus in Basel, Switzerland during Art Basel 2013.
Revelations: Recent Photography Acquisitions
New Orleans, LA
From March 14, 2020 to September 27, 2020
Revelations: Recent Photography Acquisitions features a selection of photographs made from the early 20th century to the present and added to the Ogden's Museum of Southern Art's permanent collection over the last decade. With over 70 photographs featured, Revelations represents a wide range of processes and techniques made by a diverse group of 39 photographers. Revelations celebrates regional identity in parallel with the South's ongoing contributions to a global conversation on photography in the visual arts. Photographers included in the exhibition: Keith Calhoun, William Christenberry, Lee Deigaard, Walker Evans, Debbie Fleming Caffrey, Aaron Hardin, Lewis W. Hine, Birney Imes, Dorthea Lange, Sally Mann, Andrew Moore, Chandra McCormick, RaMell Ross, Ernest Withers and more.
Alejandro Cartagena: Photo Structure-Foto Estructura
Rochester, NY
From January 31, 2020 to September 28, 2020
For his latest work, Alejandro Cartagena sifts through landfills for discarded photographs. Then, with a sharp blade, he excises figures, faces, or other details from the photographs, reconfiguring the original composition by either moving the cut fragments or removing them entirely. The altered photographs remain strangely whole and strikingly familiar, compelling the viewer to consider what gives a photograph meaning. His arrangements reveal that seemingly crucial aspects of an image are both central and incidental to our ability to understand the works. Cartagena has produced works of art specifically for this exhibition, giving visitors to the Eastman Museum the first opportunity to see the newest photographs in his most recent body of work.
Fresh 2020 Exhibition
New York, NY
From September 09, 2020 to October 10, 2020
We are thrilled to announce the 5 exhibitors for the Fresh 2020 Annual Summer Exhibition. Congratulations to all selected. The calibre of entries was outstanding, making the selection process challenging and highly competitive. The exhibiting photographers, also now form the shortlist for the 2020 Rhonda Wilson Award, which will be announced on August 1st. Please join us at the Klompching Gallery in the Fall, when the exhibition will open to the public with an Opening Reception on Thursday, September 10th.
Easton Nights: Peter Ydeen
Millersville, PA
From September 14, 2020 to October 15, 2020
Easton Nights is a story about small town America as told by Peter Ydeen’s night time photographs. The Lehigh Valley, where Easton lies, has close to a million people but almost no real downtwon; but instead a sea of small towns which have grown together. It has its own personality, serving as a living museum of small town Americana.
Julie Blackmon: Talent Show
New York, NY
From March 02, 2020 to October 17, 2020
Robert Mann Gallery is pleased to present, Talent Show, an exhibition that draws from Julie Blackmon's latest collection of theatrical photographs. There is a dreamlike quality to Blackmon's imagery. Children live, play, grow bored, make up stories, act them out and play some more, as if unaware of the camera, while the artist devises a tableau of domestic entropy. Blackmon says,"I compare [my work] sometimes to fiction and literature; sometimes the greatest truth can come out of fiction." Drawing influence from her own family life, the Dutch master Jan Steen and French modernist painter, Balthus, Blackmon creates photographs that have an air of a past era - perhaps the 1950's or '60s - yet her use of 21st-century iconography, such as a perfectly placed iPhone recording a makeshift Talent Show, tells us that they are quite contemporary. Blackmon sets her scenes in familiar environments like a backyard bathing session or a fixer upper house and sometimes with multiple competing narratives at once. She focuses on children and families that are imbued with personality, yet overtaken by the haphazardness of child-rearing despite all the best-laid plans. Julie Blackmon lives and works in Springfield, Missouri. The artist's work is found in numerous museums and public collections including the George Eastman House; Nelson Atkins Museum of Art; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City; the Portland Art Museum; and the Musée Français de la Photographie in Bièvres, France. She was named American Photo's "Emerging Photographer of 2008" and one of PDN's "30 New and Emerging Photographers" in 2007, and has been the recipient of various awards including first prize from The Santa Fe Center for Photography in the Project Competition in 2006. Blackmon has had two monographs published, the first of which sold out, Domestic Vacations (Radius Books, 2008) and Homegrown (Radius Books co-published with Robert Mann Gallery, 2014). The exhibition coincides with Julie Blackmon's Fever Dreams at Fotografiska New York, March 5 - May 3, 2020, organized by Grace Noh in collaboration with Robert Mann Gallery and the artist. Fever Dreams presents a selection of photographs from Blackmon's Homegrown series as well as more recent works. Her photographs are updated with a satirical, penetrating eye and Blackmon's belief that artful fiction can capture the truth more memorably than the truth itself. "I deeply admire the photojournalism of Robert Frank, Diane Arbus and Garry Winogrand. But I am not practicing journalism, and I do not use my camera as those photographers did. I think of myself as a visual artist working in the medium of photography, and my assignment is to chart the fever dreams of American life."
Pantea Karimi: The Unbearable Lightness Of Mathematics
Oakland, CA
From September 11, 2020 to October 17, 2020
Since 2014, Pantea Karimi's work has been an exploration into the pages of medieval and early modern scientific manuscripts. Karimi's infatuation with science harkens back to a four-year science training in high-school with the aim of becoming a doctor; a goal that she abandoned to pursue an art career. For her solo exhibition, The Unbearable Lightness of Mathematics, Karimi has made a series of mock blackboards animated by mathematical formulas in white chalk, topped with the phrase, In the Name of God, as well as the iconic headshots of Iran's revolutionary leaders. Coupled with "forbidden" objects that she was not supposed to carry in her school, mounted in the gallery, Karimi reconstructs the classroom of her science school in Iran. While a personal story, this "total work of art" connotes an oppressive educational system that did not leave any room for artistic and humanistic explorations. The paucity of the latter subjects is captured through the gradual fading of the contents of the mock blackboards into pure white. Mathematics was, indeed, too abstract and aloof to stimulate the articulation of subversive thoughts, artistic sentiments, and socio-political views. Unbearably "light" for the "heavy" atmosphere in which it was celebrated, mathematics is both the agonizing and the celebrated protagonist in this exhibition. PANTEA KARIMI is an Iranian-American multidisciplinary artist, based in the San Francisco Bay Area. Her works explore the intersection of art, history and science and examine how the broader aesthetic considerations of science are closely related to art. Utilizing conceptual and visual interpretations from her research, she creates individual bodies of artwork using interactive installations, VR, silkscreen, digital illustrations, and prints. Pantea Karimi has exhibited her works in diverse solo, group and traveling exhibitions in Iran, Algeria, Germany, Croatia, Mexico, the UK, and the United States. Her works are held in private and public collections and have been featured in several publications in Iran, Italy, Croatia, the UK and the United States. She is the recipient of the 2019 City of San Jose Arts and Cultural Exchange Grant; the 2019 Silicon Valley Artist Laureates Award; and the 2017 Kala Fellowship-Residency Award.
It Comes in Many Forms
Providence, RI
From May 15, 2020 to October 18, 2020
It Comes in Many Forms: Islamic Art from the Collection presents textiles, decorative arts, and works on paper that attest to the pluralism of Islam and its expressions. From an Egyptian textile fragment dating to the 1100s to a contemporary woman's top by the Paris-based designer Azzedine Alaïa, 30 objects offer explorations into migration, diasporas, and exchange and suggest the difficulty of defining arts from a transnational religious viewpoint. This exhibition includes several works from the RISD Museum collection that have never been displayed before. RISD Museum is supported by a grant from the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts, through an appropriation by the Rhode Island General Assembly and a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, and with the generous partnership of the Rhode Island School of Design, its Board of Trustees, and Museum Governors.
Working Together: Louis Draper and the Kamoinge Workshop
Richmond, VA
From February 01, 2020 to October 18, 2020
Inspired by the archive of Richmond native Louis Draper, VMFA has organized an unprecedented exhibition that chronicles the first twenty years of the Kamoinge Workshop, a group of African American photographers he helped to found in 1963. More than 180 photographs by fifteen of the early members-Anthony Barboza, Adger Cowans, Danny Dawson, Roy DeCarava, Louis Draper, Al Fennar, Ray Francis, Herman Howard, Jimmie Mannas Jr., Herb Randall, Herb Robinson, Beuford Smith, Ming Smith, Shawn Walker, and Calvin Wilson-reveal the vision and commitment of this remarkable group of artists. When the collective began in New York City, they selected the name Kamoinge, which means “a group of people acting and working together” in Gikuyu, the language of the Kikuyu people of Kenya. They met weekly, exhibited and published together, and pushed each other to expand the boundaries of photography as an art form during a critical era of Black self-determination in the 1960s and 1970s. The group organized several shows in their own gallery space, in addition to exhibitions at the Studio Museum in Harlem and the International Center for Photography. They were also the driving force behind The Black Photographers Annual, a publication founded by Kamoinge member Beuford Smith, which featured the work of a wide variety of Black photographers at a time when mainstream publications offered them few opportunities. In the continuing spirit of Kamoinge, Shawn Walker, Beuford Smith, Herb Robinson, and Tony Barboza have also made significant archival contributions and are among the nine members who recorded oral histories to provide the fullest account of the group's first two decades. In addition, through a generous grant from the National Endowment of the Humanities, VMFA has digitized the Draper archive-which will be available online.
I’m Not the Only One
San Francisco, CA
From September 08, 2020 to October 24, 2020
Fraenkel Gallery is pleased to present I’m Not the Only One, a group exhibition that explores solitude alongside our relentless yearning to connect, in photographs and videos from 19 artists that echo and reflect our current socially distant world.
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