Thursday, February 23, 2017

LA ART BOOK FAIR - opens tonight


Printed Matter presents the fifth annual LA Art Book Fair, from February 23 – 26, 2017, at The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA.

Join the party tonight,  Thursday, February 23, from 6 to 9 pm, at The Geffen Contemporary for a three-hour opening night preview, with special musical performances by Seth Bogart and Kembra Pfahler & Christian Music from The Voluptuous Horror of Karen Black.. Tickets for the Opening Preview, which cost $10 and include an edition by Mike Mills in collaboration with Experimental Jetset, will be available at the door.

Free and open to the public, Printed Matter’s LA Art Book Fair is a unique event for artists’ books, art catalogs, monographs, periodicals, and zines presented by over 300 international presses, booksellers, antiquarians, artists, and independent publishers. Printed Matter’s LA Art Book Fair 2016 saw over 35,000 visitors over the course of three and a half days.

Printed Matter’s LA ART BOOK FAIR is the companion fair to Printed Matter’s NY ART BOOK FAIR, held every fall in New York. In September 2016, over 39,000 artists, book buyers, collectors, dealers, curators, independent publishers, and enthusiasts attended Printed Matter’s NY ART BOOK FAIR.

Friday, February 17, 2017

Photo London 2017 - Public Programme Highlights

Photo London has announced the Public Programme for the third edition of the Fair, which will take place May 18–21, 2017 (Preview May 17) at Somerset House.

Featuring 87 galleries from 17 countries, Photo London presents new photographers, new work by established Masters and gems from the history of photography. Highlights of the programme include: Taryn Simon (Master of Photography) Photo London selected Taryn Simon as its Master of Photography for 2017 in recognition of her groundbreaking work. Meticulously mining, questioning and upsetting the certainty that the photographic image and the archive assert, Taryn Simon, turns our attention to the margins of systems of power, where control, its disruption, and the contours of their constructedness become visible. At Photo London, Taryn Simon will present Image Atlas, a work created in collaboration with programmer Aaron Swartz, which investigates cultural differences and similarities by indexing top image results for given search terms across local engines throughout the world. Photo London will also highlight Simon’s unique commitment to bookmaking as part of her artistic practice, with a display of Simon’s books—spanning from The Innocents, 2002, through to Paperwork and the Will of Capital, 2016.

 Photo London and Somerset House, in collaboration with Blain|Southern Gallery, presents Thresholds, a new virtual reality (VR) artwork by internationally acclaimed artist Mat Collishaw. Using the latest VR technology, Collishaw will restage Fox Talbot's pioneering 1839 exhibition of photography. With the aid of Collishaw's careful digital reconstructions, this immersive experience will enable visitors to travel back in time to the moment when British scientist William Henry Fox Talbot first presented his photographic prints to the public in Birmingham.

To mark the 70th anniversary of Magnum Photos, Martin Parr and his fellow photographer David Hurn have curated a selection of works from the collection that Hurn has compiled over six decades through a series of swaps with fellow photographers. Key images from Hurn's distinguished career are juxtaposed with prints from the photographers with whom he has swapped works including Bill Brandt, Bruce Davidson, Sergio Larrain and Diana Markosian.

The Directors of Photo London have followed up last year's Pavilion commission from Wolfgang Tillmans by inviting the legendary photographer and filmmaker William Klein to develop a new 18-metre mural for the space. Presented in association with HackelBury Fine Art, Klein's commission combines unseen fashion, street and abstract photographs from the 1950s and 60s.

Isaac Julien is an internationally acclaimed artist and filmmaker. One of the objectives of his practice is to break down the barriers that exist between different artistic disciplines, drawing from and commenting on film, dance, photography, music, theatre, painting and sculpture, and uniting them to construct a powerfully visual narrative. The exhibition he has made for Photo London presents a body of work that revisits his seminal film Looking for Langston (1989), which is regarded as a cinematic landmark in the exploration of desire and the reciprocity of the gaze.

Juergen Teller will present a special exhibition for Photo London in the Great Arch of Somerset House. Teller has always been adept at navigating the art world and commercial photography, shooting high profile fashion campaigns for brands such as Celine, Louis Vuitton, Marc Jacobs, and Vivienne Westwood. He has published forty-one artist books and exhibition catalogues since 1996, which blur the boundaries between his commissioned and personal work.

dslcollection will present a multi-dimensional exhibition. Alongside the collection's own virtual reality museum, there will be a seminal video work from the collection created by Chen Chieh Jen, one of the most influential figures in the development of Taiwanese conceptual art. Chieh Jen's video work takes its inspiration from Louis Carpeaux's famous 1905 photograph of a lingchi execution. As a counterpart to the historical references in Chen's video, dslcollection presents the first virtual reality platform for a private art collection.

You can go to the Photo London website HERE.

Monday, February 13, 2017

Wolfgang Tillmans at TATE MODERN

Wolfgang Tillmans - Tukan, 2010

Opening Wednesday of this week the 15th and running until June 11, TATE MODERN presents Wolfgang Tillmans' first ever exhibition at the museum.

The show is a wide-ranging look at Tillmans' influential ground-breaking practice - from intimate still-lifes and portraits, to images that address vital political issues.

What are we to make of the world in which we find ourselves today? Contemporary artist Wolfgang Tillmans offers plenty of food for thought. This is Wolfgang Tillmans’s first ever exhibition at Tate Modern and brings together works in an exciting variety of media – photographs, of course, but also video, digital slide projections, publications, curatorial projects and recorded music – all staged by the artist in characteristically innovative style. The year 2003 is the exhibition’s point of departure, representing for Tillmans the moment the world changed, with the invasion of Iraq and anti-war demonstrations. The social and political form a rich vein throughout the artist’s work. Alongside portraiture, landscape and intimate still lifes, Tillmans pushes the boundaries of the photographic form in abstract artworks that range from the sculptural to the immersive. German-born, international in outlook and exhibited around the world, Tillmans spent many years in the UK and is currently based in Berlin. In 2000, he was the first photographer and first non-British artist to receive the Turner Prize. Tillmans also takes over the south Tank for ten days (March 3 - 12th) with an immersive new installation featuring his work in music and video, interspersed with live events in which Tillmans and his collaborators will explore the capabilities of the sound system and the acoustic qualities of the space. 

Wolfgang Tillmans - astro crusto, 2012

Wolfgang Tillmans - Lampedusa, 2008