Tag Archives: Photography

Breaking News

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With talk of the media and “fake news,” what better way to celebrate the media than by seeing an exhibition dedicated to artists inspired by the news. “Breaking News: Turning the Sense on Mass Media,” currently on view at the Getty Center until April 30, artists such as Donald Blumberg and Alfredo Jaar provide commentary on the media by utilizing news footage and prints to create new works of art that challenge society’s interpretation of the media and the news presented.

fullsizerender-60Searching for Africa in LIFE // Alfredo Jaar // 1996 // chromogenic prints mounted on Plexiglas

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Untitled // Donald Blumberg // From the series Television Abstractions, 1968 – 1969 and Television Political Mosaics 1968-1969 //  gelatin silver prints /// 1968-1969

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Untitled // Donald Blumberg // From the series Television Abstractions, 1968 – 1969 and Television Political Mosaics 1968-1969 //  gelatin silver prints /// 1968-1969

Photo London

IMG_9928Two weekends ago Somerset House hosted Photo London, an art fair for photography galleries. Hundreds of galleries set up in the rooms of Somerset House to showcase their most prized photographs. These were a few of my favorite works from the fair.

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IMG_9924Dead Food for new worlds // Carmen Mitrotta // 2013 // 40 x 50 cm // Edition 7 & 1 AP // Archival Pigment Print

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 Contained Entropy #1, #2 & #3 // Leyla Cardenas // 2016 // Sculpted photograph, demolition rubble, inox (pigment ink print on fiber base paper) // 47 x 17 x 6 cm // Unique // GALERIE DIX9

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 Klinik // Gina Soden // 2014 // C type print on Baryta Fine Art paper // 70 x 105 cm // Edition of 10 plus 2 artist proofs

Performing for the Camera

IMG_5949Smile! Say cheese! Hold on while I take a photo! Is the snapshot to remember an event? A performance? What was its function? At Tate Modern’s exhibition Performing for the Camera (On view until June 12) you can see photographs from artists such as Cindy Sherman, Yves Klein, Yayoi Kusama, Marchel Duchamp and Ai Weiwei. Visitors are encouraged to explore and question the role of a camera  in art. You can even “Perform for the Camera” by taking a selfie with the cutout board located at the entrance.

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Unseen City

FullSizeRender-21 2Gentlemen’s top hats // Trinity Hospital, Greenwich // Martin Parr // 2015

Currently on view in the Guildhall Art Gallery is a photography exhibition by Martin Parr. By over saturating color, Parr creates vivid photographs of the city of London. His viewpoints provide a unique glimpse into the ceremonies and events that take place in this historic city. My personal favorite, the Musketeers at the Poulters’ procession. The juxtaposition of the Musketeers in their uniform marching in front of a Pret-a-Manger, creates a cheeky composition.

FullSizeRender-19Musketeers at the Poulters’ procession on Ash Wednesday // Martin Parr // 2014

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The Queen visiting Drapers’ Hall on the Drapers’ 650th anniversary // Martin Paar // 2014

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The Great Mace on St. Matthew’s Day // Martin Parr // 2014

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Fiona Woolf, the second female Lord Mayor in 800 years, after the Silent Ceremony // Martin Parr // 2013

Got Fruit?

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A Small Town at the Turn of the Century 1999-2000 // Simryn Gill // 40 photographs, C-print on paper

In the final room of Tate Modern’s permanent display, Citizens and State, is a series of 40 colorful photographs that immediately catch your eye. People are shown in the photos in a variety of poses from cooking to chatting to playing on a swing. But where are their faces? Instead of seeing their facial features, you see a piece of fruit. Artist Simryn Gill plays with views of local Malaysian culture with her images of people’s faces covered with exotic fruit.

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