October 31, 2010
Pedro Paricio: Fe Infinita
GALERIA FIDEL BALAGUER
Inauguración: Jueves 4 de Noviembre a las 19.30h
Del 4 de Novimbre al 11 de Diciembre del 2010
Pedro Paricio is a Canarian painter (Tenerife, 1982) who lives in Barcelona since 2004. Juan Manuel Bonet has said he is “one of the fresher and on of the best I have seen lately in the emergent Spanish art sphere.” Francesca Gavin, one of the most active art curators of contemporary view, has selected Pedro Paricio among the 100 most interesting international artists under 35 years.I’ve known Pedro for years, having worked with him back when he was an editor at H Magazine. I have long adored his charm, his style, and his work—he was so kind to have sent me a painting several years ago (not many others are half as generous)!
I had originally wanted to interview Pedro for the blog, but gallery openings being what they are, he has many other things going on. And so I post just a few words for his new show, opening November 4 in Barcelona… Wish I were there
With Fidel Balaguer Gallery has participated in Art Tardor 2010. This is the first exhibition in the Galeria Fidel Balaguer, where he presents her latest paintings and where we see a formal development: the way we see it more real, more vital, the color continue acidic, bright, radiant … but something that opens the door to doubt, which makes it difficult to believe, where there is a noise that keeps us not coming, they will not let us feel it, like if we did need a bit … faith-yes, reluctantly accepting that faith is always blind.
“Painting consisting to solve problems,” so begins one of his essays under the name of Unfinished Texts published on the occasion of this exhibition. “Painting that think,” says Juan Manuel Bonet himself when he speaks of exercise you do Paricio to develop a critical theory itself. Painting, thinking … Pedro Paricio get both, remains to be seen if he does at the same time. At the moment we read his texts, the painting left for later.
October 25, 2010
October 25, 2010
October 22, 2010
Estevan Oriol has been photographing in Brasil, mixing his distinctive blend of East LA style with Rio’s undeniable edge. The results are a sumptuous collection of photographs that I follow avidly on Facebook. I am grateful to Estevan for allowing me to share these photographs here. O! And if you don’t know, his iconic image, “LA Fingers” is now available at Edition One Hundred. But it’s nearly sold out, so if you want to get one, go now!
October 22, 2010
BOOK SIGNING & RECEPTION
October 28, 2010, 5:30 – 7 PM
Rizzoli Bookstore, 31 West 57th Street
New York, NY 10019
Michael Jackson: The Making of “THRILLER” | 4 Days/1983
with an Introduction by Nancy Griffin
published by Filipacchi Publishing | produced by Glitterati Incorporated
Hundreds of never-before-seen photos documenting the making of the greatest video of all time are published for the first time in this ultimate tribute to the King of Pop. Fans and music lovers will gain access to exclusive, behind-the-scenes images of the artist both in high performance mode and relaxing on the set. They’ll watch Michael Jackson transform into the zombie and werewolf characters and see intimate photos of the public and private faces of the legendary musician at the height of his career.
Celebrated photographer Douglas Kirkland and journalist Nancy Griffin were the only members of the media allowed during filming. Here, they share their extraordinary experience on the set of “Thriller.” The astonishing photos are accompanied by interviews and quotes from musicians and celebrities like Sir Paul McCartney, Beyoncé, Steven Spielberg, Diddy, Quincy Jones, Justin Timberlake, Alicia Keys and many more who were influenced by the work of Michael Jackson and this groundbreaking video.
October 21, 2010
IPA Best of Show: Curated by Adriana Teresa
Opening Reception: Saturday, October 23, 7-10pm
Splashlight, 75 Varick Street, 3 FL
The Best of Show 2010 is a curator’s choice that aims to spark thought, questions, emotions and dialogue. The result is a selection of forty-five individual pieces, many of which are from larger projects, by unique artists worldwide. The selection process was a daunting task as all the artists displayed enormous talent in their work. Still, I had the assignment to edit.
Editing is a very personal process, even when working for a specific project. A photograph can serve many purposes, and a curator seeks to unite them: the outcome with the intention, the aesthetic with the content, the format with the artists’ inner voice. This balance is a never-ending challenge. Otherwise, something may be lost, like an intangible aura, which makes the connection between the photograph as an object and the photograph as a voice.
Whether through fine art, photojournalism, abstract or any other approach or format—we must seek the aura of an image, it must speak to us. A Pakistani boy displaced from Swat Valley, sleeps under a mosquito net outside his tent at the Jalozai refugee camp near Peshawar, Pakistan; The city of Lagos, Nigeria, a magnet for all of West Africa, largely due to the oil drilling in the country; a uniformed US military service member, who is secretly gay, sits on a bed while covering his face with his hand; a young girl holds a chicken to represent the resurgence of a young generation of sustainable farmers in the Pacific Northwest; a man holding the head of a decapitated bull at a slaughterhouse; a young boy covering his face in the midst of an armed insurgency in Kashmir; a night photograph of a European airport; young wrestlers in India; omitted faces as a sign of censorship in Saudi Arabia; a portrait as a gift to each village Alkalo (chief) in Gambia; a man flying a kite in Japan; a collage that implies that China is taking over the world; Ahlan Ibrahim Abad giving birth to her tenth child in the hospital Al Yarmok, in the midsts of war; Grace, 82, a victim of Alzheimers disease caressing her brother, Joe, her sole caregiver and only sibling living in the US; brick makers working in the urban poor regions of Kathmandu; a Polish man entering the kitchen on a horse during the period of communism; a destroyed monument dedicated to the Soviet Army and the communist rebellion; homeless children playing pool in an abandoned chocolate factory in the city Salvador de Bahia, Brazil; prisoners resting in a jail of the Philippine National Police in Manila; a flower; A Cuban girl posing for a foreigner from the inside of a car.
Every curator brings into an exhibition his or her own personal life experience when deciding which image or images strikes them most. The photographer, curator, and audience undergo this process as well. This only implies that there is no right or wrong decision or answer when making a selection, but a difference in experiences that have shaped each individual’s character, interests, visual aesthetics and beliefs.
It’s simple, art is a voice; and an image can be art.
This exhibition embraces the voice in an image. Each piece becomes its own world. In unison, each individual photograph interconnects to create a wholeness—and its entirety reveals that we are nothing more and nothing less than human, and that maybe there is something we can do to contribute positivity and change. Let’s take the time to observe and listen to the echo within…
— Adriana Teresa, of Visura Magazine + FotoVisura.com
October 20, 2010
Albert Watson has made his mark as one of the world’s most successful fashion and commercial photographers during the last four decades, while creating his own art along the way. Over the years, his striking images have appeared on more than 100 covers of Vogue around the world and been featured in countless other publications, from Rolling Stone to Time to Vibe—many of the photographs iconic portraits of rock stars, rappers, actors and other celebrities. (Albert was the official Royal Photographer for Prince Andrew’s wedding to Sarah Ferguson.)
Albert also has created the photography for hundreds of successful ad campaigns for major companies, such as Prada, the Gap, IBM, Levi’s, Revlon and Chanel, and he has directed more than 200 TV commercials and shot dozens of posters for major Hollywood movies. All the while, Albert has spent much of his time working on personal projects, creating stunning images from his travels and interests, from Marrakech to Las Vegas to the Orkneys. Much of this work, along with his well-known portraits and fashion photographs, has been featured in museum and gallery shows worldwide. The photo industry bible, Photo District News, named Albert one of the 20 most influential photographers of all time.
Born and raised in Edinburgh, Scotland, Albert studied graphic design at the Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design in Dundee, and film and television at the Royal College of Art in London. Though blind in one eye since birth, Albert studied photography as part of his curriculum. In 1970, he moved to the United States with his wife, Elizabeth, who got a job as an elementary school teacher in Los Angeles, where Albert began shooting photos, mostly as a hobby.
Later that year, Albert was introduced to an art director at Max Factor, who offered him his first test session, from which the company bought two shots. Albert’s distinctive style eventually caught the attention of American and European fashion magazines such as Mademoiselle, GQ and Harper’s Bazaar, and he began commuting between Los Angeles and New York. In 1975, Albert won a Grammy Award for the photography on the cover of the Mason Profitt album “Come and Gone,” and in 1976, he landed his first job for Vogue. With his move to New York that same year, his career took off.
Despite the demands of his commissioned assignments, Albert devotes much of his time to extensive personal projects, and he has published three books: “Cyclops” (1994, Bulfinch Press); “Maroc” (1998, Rizzoli); and the retrospective “Albert Watson” (2007, Phaidon). In fall 2010, PQ Blackwell, in association with Abrams, will publish two new books, one on Las Vegas, “Strip Search,” and another on fashion, “UFO: Unified Fashion Objectives.” In addition, many catalogs of Albert’s photographs have been published in conjunction with museum and gallery shows. Since 2004, Albert has had solo shows at the Museum of Modern Art in Milan, Italy; the KunstHausWien in Vienna, Austria; the City Art Centre in Edinburgh; the FotoMuseum in Antwerp, Belgium; the NRW Forum in Dusseldorf, Germany; and the Forma Galleria in Milan. Albert’s photographs have also been featured in many group shows at museums, including the National Portrait Gallery in London, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts in Moscow, the International Center of Photography in New York, the Brooklyn Museum, and the Deichtorhallen in Hamburg, Germany. His photographs are included in the permanent collections at the National Portrait Gallery and the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Albert has always been a workaholic. The archives at his studio in Manhattan are filled with tens of thousands of images and negatives, on which world-famous magazines and companies can be read. His studio, also used as a personal gallery, is filled with extraordinarily large-format photographs taken in Las Vegas. At first glance these landscapes, interiors and portraits take the viewer by surprise with their soft, filtered range of colors. But even in his new creations, Albert stays true to himself. The photographs create an aura that takes the viewer into the image but simultaneously demands a reverent distance.
Albert’s visual language follows his own distinctive rules and concepts of quality. With their brilliance, urgency, even grandeur, his photographs stand out so clearly against the world of today’s images. His way of lighting subjects, especially the fetish objects and portraits, creates a nearly meditative atmosphere in the photographs.
Without a doubt, Albert Watson is an artist who greatly enriches our perception with his unique photographic view. Though the wide variety of his images reflects an effortless versatility, they are nevertheless identifiable as Albert Watson photographs by their sheer power and technical virtuosity—whether it’s a portrait of a Las Vegas dominatrix or a close-up of King Tutankhamen’s sock. This single-minded commitment to perfection has made Albert one of the world’s most sought-after photographers.
October 19, 2010
October 19, 2010
Retna’s work is now available through Edition One Hundred. Hot Martha Cooper print coming soon! Stay tuned…
October 19, 2010
October 21 – December 4, 2010
Reception for the artist on Thursday, October 21, 6 to 8 p.m.
537 West 24th Street, New York, NY 10011 T 212 627 0006 www.hastedkraeutler.com
HASTED KRAEUTLER is pleased to announce an exhibition of photographs by Albert Watson. After exhibiting around the world, this is the artist’s first major gallery exhibition in the United States.
The works in this exhibition span nearly forty years of the photographer’s career, from Hitchcock with Goose, 1973, (“the first famous person that I shot…”) to Jellyfish Tank at Mandalay Bay Hotel, 2001, three haunting, large-scale abstract photographs from his gorgeous and surreal body of work made in Las Vegas. As James Crump has notably written in Albert Watson (Phaidon, 2007), “although Watson’s subjects may see disparate at first, on closer inspection they plot an artistic trajectory held tightly together by a thread of perfectionism, casting objects, bodies, fashion into finely honed symbols of desire, ennui and dreamlike immersion.” Many of the photographs on view have been selected because they reveal Watson’s process: from Monica Gripman, St. John, whose composition comes from a “try-on” shot to Mick Jagger, Los Angeles, 1992, created with a spontaneous old-fashioned double exposure, one sees how Watson is both highly masterful and open to experimentation.
Albert Watson has created an exclusive edition of Platinum prints of some of his most iconic photographs (including Hitchcock with Goose, 1973, Christy Turlington, 1990, and Kate Moss (back), Marrakesh, Morocco, 1993), especially for this exhibition. These works are printed in Belgium and will be available in a limited edition of three. This exhibition also coincides with the release of two new limited edition books and archival pigment prints of 500 copies, Strip Search: Las Vegas and UFO: Unified Fashion Objectives (PQ Blackwell in association with Abrams, 2010). Watson’s other books and catalogs include Cyclops (Bulfinch, 1994), Maroc (Rizzoli, 1998), The Vienna Album (Schirmer/Mosel, 2005), Albert Watson (Phaidon, 2007), and Il Coniglio Bianco (Contrasto, 2009).
Born and raised in Edinburgh, Scotland, Albert Watson studied film and television at the Royal College of Art in London before he moved to the United States to launch a career in photography in 1970. Last year, readers of Photo District News named Albert Watson one of the twenty most influential photographers, demonstrating that he is a “photographer’s photographer,” and has had a huge impact on his peers and photographers of future generations. Watson has received many honors, including a Lucie Award for lifetime achievement in photography, a Grammy Award for the cover of the Mason Profitt album, Come and Gone (1975), and three ANDY Awards for creativity in advertising. On September 9, 2010, the Royal Photographic Society awarded Albert Watson their Centenary Medal, which recognizes outstanding contributions to the art and science of photography.
Albert Watson has had solo exhibitions of his work at the Museum of Modern Art in Milan, Italy, the KunstHausWien in Vienna, Austria, the City Art Centre in Edinburgh, Scotland, the FotoMuseum in Antwerp, Belgium, the NRW Forum in Düsseldorf, Germany and the Forma Gallery in Milan. Watson’s photographs have also been shown at the National Portrait Gallery in London, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts in Moscow, the International Center of Photography in New York, the Brooklyn Museum, and the Deichtorhallen in Hamburg, Germany. His photographs are included in the permanent collections of many of these prominent institutions.
The exhibition will open on Thursday, October 21, with a reception for the artist from 6 – 8 p.m. The artist will also be present for a book signing on Saturday, October 30 from 4 – 6 p.m.
October 18, 2010
Suzhou, China, is one of Jianai Jenny Chen’s many hometowns, and the subject of a current series of photographs she has been taking, documenting a world that is unlike any I have ever seen. Combining the East and the West in an incredibly original way, Suzhou is a city near the Yangtzhe River on the central east coast of China, a half hour (very fast) train ride away from shanghai. It’s famous for it’s amazing gardens and pagodas and elaborate stoned bridges, silk commodities (and fried silk worms), pearl farms and markets and canals, deeming it the Venice of China. Besides the ancient town is a huge are of modern developments, full of malls, high rise buildings and hotels, restaurants and bars from around the world, and international schools and universities.I thank Miss Chen for sharing these incredible images with us.
October 13, 2010
FREEDOM & REVOLUTION
A Conversation with RETNA
Retna was born in Los Angeles, California in 1979. Since first creating a name for himself in the early 1990s, Retna has become an “eternal broadcaster” of sorts, shining a light to the kinetic urban soul of Los Angeles. The name RETNA itself evokes the timeless power, movement and visual vibrancy behind the artist’s acclaimed work. His work merges photography with graffiti style and paint, time with color, couture with street culture, the spiritual with the sensual, and fluidity with grit. Whether his paintings hang in a gallery or wall on the streets of Los Angeles, they serve as a retina through which we view the urban journal of contemporary art.
At an early age, Retna was introduced to L.A.’s mural culture. While still in high school, he led one of the largest and most innovative graffiti art collectives the city has witnessed. He is perhaps best known for appropriating fashion advertisements and amplifying them with his unique layering, intricate line work, text-based style and incandescent color palette reflecting an eclectic artistic tradition. RETNA became just as notorious for his ornate painting technique as his timeless style: he used paintbrushes mixed with the traditional spray can. Many of his pieces synthesize the line between fine art and graffiti, between power and opposition, between tradition and advancement, between the past and future. In 2000, he had his first group exhibition at the Contemporary Corruption Show at 01 Gallery in Los Angeles. He released his “Men of the Cloth” series at the Mendenhall Sobieski gallery in Pasadena, California in 2006.
Today, Retna traverses between the galleries and streets with ease. In addition to being aligned with the Art Work Rebels and Mad Society Kings Art Groups, he is a member of the internationally exclusive art collective, The Seventh Letter, whose influence on contemporary street art encompasses the globe. In December 2007, he contributed to a large-scale mural project with El Mac and Reyes called “La Reina del Sur” at Miami’s Art Basel. His most recent projects include an exhibition titled “Will Rise” at Robert Berman Gallery and an installation called, “Street Life” at the LA Weekly corporate office.
We are fortunate to have Retna discuss his contribution to “FREEDOM & REVOLUTION” and his vision of art in the Digital Age.
Which work will you be exhibiting? Why did you select this piece?
The piece I have chosen to exhibit is a new work titled, The Future in Her Eyes. I chose this piece because it is centered around our most precious resource, youth–the defining factor of our generation.
What is your charity or cause? Why did you select this? Where does community work fit in with your ethos as an artist?
My charity I have decided to donate to is Inner-City Arts (www.inner-cityarts.org). This program, which allows children to explore the creative avenues of art, keeps children stimulated and engaged in positive activities after school and on the weekends.
My mural work is completely based on communities and created specifically with the community’s best interests in mind. I focus on making work that gives back and which neighbors can admire.
Please talk about your ideas of Freedom & Revolution. What do these words mean to you? How does your piece illustrate these ideas?
To me, freedom means expressing yourself with out getting persecuted. Free expression through mediums like art, religion and speech is what the “American Dream” is all about. Sometimes revolution goes hand in hand with freedom because if someone or a group feels they aren’t granted the same free rights as others they demand change. Revolution is the result of standing up for injustice and inequality.
My piece focuses on a young child whose mind has not been tainted by current events that are shaping the world today. The youth are the future of our generation and hold the power to revolutionize existing inequalities. I believe it is important to focus our energy on the youth and support their pursuits.
Edition One Hundred is founded with the idea of providing artists the opportunity to transform new technology into a tool to both produce affordable art while simultaneously connecting to non-traditional art collectors. What are your thoughts on Edition One Hundred? Why did you decide to be involved? How do you see this as a platform to reach a broader audience for your work?
Edition One Hundred is a great way to utilize today’s advances in technology. It not only broadens the channel for which artists can create and share their work, it allows the work to reach a wider audience. It is a great opportunity for non-traditional art collectors to start collecting because it is affordable while still retaining the quality.
What are your thoughts on Art in the Digital Age?
Technology has paved a new path for artists by creating a new medium artists can work with. It is an art form in itself and also a tool that allows artists to improve their artwork. With the vast number of Internet outlets like blogging and flickr, it speeds up the time from when the art is made to when it is seen by others.
As an artist, you regularly produce work that is a manifestation of your distinctive vision. Yet at the same time you are influenced by the work of others. Do you collect art? If so, who do you collect? And if you had all the money in the world, who would you buy and why?
Yes, I am often inspired by other artist’s work. I have a sizeable collection with pieces by Richard Duardo, Camille Rose Garcia, Chaz Bojorquez, Frank Romero, Shepard Fairey, Revok, Saber, Kc Ortiz, Silvia Ji, Reyes, and Greg Bojorquez, just to name a few. If I had all the money in the world I would buy a Basquiat. I admire and relate to his rebellious spirit and also his work on walls.
Why should people buy art?
Art enriches people’s lives by allowing them to share opinions and interests on a level that sometimes can’t be described by words.
October 13, 2010
8th Annual LUCIE AWARDS
Celebrate LEGENDARY PHOTOGRAPHERS at
Prestigious LINCOLN CENTER Gala
Photographers to be feted on Wednesday, October 27, 2010, 7:00 p.m.
Alice Tully Hall, Starr Theater
The 8th annual Lucie Awards will be presented at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall, in the Starr Theater on Wednesday, October 27, 2010 at 6:00 p.m. Honorees and top winners from the 2010 IPA competition will be recognized. The Lucie Awards, produced by the Lucie Foundation, (a non-profit, charitable foundation), honor the achievements of the world’s finest photographers, discover emerging talent through the International Photography Awards and promote the appreciation of photography worldwide.
This year the Lucie Awards recognize master photographers and organizations that have made a significant contribution to photography. The list of honorees includes Tina Barney (Achievement in Portraiture Award), Howard Bingham (Achievement in Photojournalism), James Drake (Achievement in Sports), Graciela Iturbide (Achievement in Fine Art), Lee Tanner (Achievement in Documentary Photography Award), The Center for Photography at Woodstock will receive The Spotlight Award and The Eddie Adams Workshop will be presented with The Visionary Award.
Composer and Artist Michael Nyman is the inaugural recipient of the Double Exposure Award—a new award that celebrates individuals who have achieved success in a number of fields, including photography. Support Category Nominees will be announced on September 10 and are awarded to those in the creative community integral to crafting an image. The 2010 International Photography Awards (IPA) Finalists will also compete to receive cash prizes and Lucies. Each year, Honorees are nominated by the 40 member Advisory Board.
A Special Tribute to photographers who have passed away in late 2009 and 2010 will be showcased and is slated to include a tribute to the late Dennis Hopper and previous Lucie Honorees Bob Willoughby and Jim Marshall.
The Lucies will also recognize those in the creative community who are integral in crafting an image in the following categories: Print Advertising Campaign of the Year, Fashion Layout of the Year, Photography Magazine of the Year, Book Publisher of the Year, Exhibition/Curator of the Year and Picture Editor of the Year. The IPA competition will announce its top winners from the 2010 competition and distribute $20,000 in cash prizes across the top three awards. IPA prizes include $10,000 for the International Photographer of the Year Award provided by AtEdge, $5,000 prize to the Discovery of the Year Award, and $5,000 to the Deeper Perspective Photographer of the Year.
Tickets for the Lucie Awards are on sale at www.lincolncenter.org
The Lucie Foundation’s three fold mission is to honor master photographers, to discover and cultivate emerging talent and to promote the appreciation of photography worldwide. The photography communities from countries around the globe pay tribute to the year’s most outstanding photographic achievements at the annual Lucie Awards ceremony. The Lucies recognize men and women whose life’s work in photography merits the highest acclaim by their peers. The Foundation presents year round programming in Los Angeles, Florida and New York and addresses the needs of high school students through Snapshop!, emerging photographers through E-pprentice, an online mentoring program, and provides financial support through the Lucie Scholarship Program to both an emerging and professional photographer. The sister effort of the Foundation is the International Photography Awards, where the winners of the Photographer of the Year, the Discovery of the Year and Deeper Perspective Photographer of the Year are announced at the Lucies and are awarded cash prizes and statues. The Lucie Foundation is a 501(c)3 non-profit charitable foundation.
October 11, 2010
:: Super Sneak Preview ::
Jim Jocoy signs his print of Sid Vicious, exclusively available through Edition One Hundred in my new exhibition, Delayed Gratification, opening November 3.
October 7, 2010
This Saturday, Carlos “MARE 139″ Rodriguez will be giving at Artist Talk at Raw Space Gallery, 148 11th Avenue, NY at 3pm to discuss his work in the new exhibition, “Freestyle Archityper 2.”Having had the distinct pleasure of having spoken with Carlos in a one-on-one studio visit back in June, I promise you there is nothing more inspiring, enlivening, and provoactive than his thoughts on contemporary art. While I have met countless creatives who produce brilliant work, very few can articulate and situate their work within the canons of art history. But Carlos is an exception, as much a thinker is he is a producer; his words illustrate his ideas, his ideas illustrate his vision, and the result promises to be a mind blowing experience. Don’t miss this!