Henry Wessel: Vintage Photographs

Posted June 6th by in Photography

Since the 1960s, Wessel has photographed vernacular scenes of the American West, particularly in California. Immediately drawn to the quality of light he encountered during a visit from New York to Los Angeles, Wessel moved cross-country to the San Francisco Bay Area in 1971. From stretches of dusty highway to modest California bungalows framed by telephone poles and palm trees, Wessel’s often spare and solitary images capture the idiosyncrasies and irony of American life with a wry objectivity. His photographs of parking lots, beach-goers, and shrubbery — all illuminated by the brilliance of Western light — find beauty and intrigue in the commonplace and document the social landscape in a manner that is casual yet formally compelling. Pace/MacGill Gallery is presents Henry Wessel: Vintage Photographs, on view April 21 through July 8, 2011. The exhibition marks Wessel’s first show at the gallery and features over 30 vintage gelatin silver prints made between 1968 and 1987. www.pacemacgill.com

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In Praise of Leonora Carrington

Posted June 6th by in Art

“I didn’t have time to be anyone’s muse… I was too busy rebelling against my family and learning to be an artist.”-Leonora Carrington, April 6, 1917 – May 25, 2011

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[PHILOSOPHY] Contextualizations of a Genius

Posted June 6th by in Culture

To honor the 60th anniversary of the death of Austrian philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein the Shwules Museum (Gay Museum) in Berlin is holding a special exhibition. Wittgenstein was a giant in 20th century philosophy–the exhibition explores his jewish identity, his coming to grips with his family and the suicides of his three brothers, and his unique dialectics. Ludwig Wittgenstein: Contextualizations of a Genius is on view until June 13. www.ludwig-wittgenstein.com

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Life in Photographs

Posted June 6th by in Photography

Phillips de Pury & Company is announces Life in Photographs a “selling exhibition” of 26 photographs by Linda McCartney. The exhibition, a selection of highlights from an archive of 200,000 will showcase the work of a exceptionally talented photographer, capturing spontaneous and moving moments of her life. The exhibition is curated in close collaboration with Paul McCartney and the McCartney family. On view from June 7 to June 16 in London. www.phillipsdepury.com

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FLUXUS and the Essential Questions of Life

Posted June 6th by in Art


Ben Vautier, Let’s Fuck

It could be said that John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s “bed-in” for peace movement was the ultimate expression of Fluxus performance art. Yoko One is of course one of the most famous of the Fluxus artists.  John Lennon actually met Yoko at a Fluxus performance and fell in love that very night. The Fluxists are sort of like modern Dadaists.  Fluxus and the Essential Questions of Life, a major traveling exhibition based on the Hood Museum of Art’s George Maciunas Memorial Collection of Fluxus art, is “designed for visitors to experience the radical and influential cultural development that was Fluxus, and maybe learn something about themselves along the way.” Fluxus was an international network of artists, composers, and designers that emerged as an art (or ―anti-art‖) phenomenon in the early 1960s and was noted for blurring the boundaries between art and life. The Hood’s exhibition runs from April 16 through August 7, 2011.  www.hoodmuseum.dartmouth.edu

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Man Ray and Lee Miller, Partners in Surrealism

Posted June 6th by in Art, Culture, Photography

From 1929 to 1932, Man Ray and Lee Miller — two giants of the European Surrealism movement — lived together in Paris, first as teacher and student, and later as lovers. Their mercurial relationship resulted in some of the most powerful work of each artist’s career, and helped shape the course of modern art. Combining rare vintage photographs, paintings, sculpture and drawings, a new exhibition at the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Massachusetts, tells the story of the artists’ brief but intense association and reveals the nature of their creative partnership. On view from June 11 to December 4, 2011. www.pem.org

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Yves Saint Laurent Resort 2012 Collection

Posted June 4th by in Fashion

YSL’s Resort 2012 collection shown in New York June 1st

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STOP THE SENSELESS HUNTING OF WOLVES

Posted June 3rd by in Culture

On August 5, 2010, a U.S. District Court in Montana restored federal protections for wolves in the Northern Rockies. Wolf hunts in Idaho and Montana have been temporarily halted, but now more wolves may be killed by Wildlife Services—federal agents who are seeking authority to gas wolf pups in their dens and sterilize breeding pairs to control the wolf population. And in Alaska More than 1,000 wolves in Alaska have been killed by aerial gunning since 2003, and state officials are pushing to kill even more wolves this year using aerial gunning, poison gas and snares. Take action now to save wolves in Alaska…CLICK HERE

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[EROTICA] Pornography Celebrated at UCLA

Posted June 3rd by in Art, Culture, Film

It seems as though even California’s leading university is accepting pornography as art as UCLA currently exhibits a nearly month long retrospective of films by the legendary art house pornographer Radley Metzger–famous for such films as The Opening of Misty Beethoven and Therese and Isabelle. www.happenings.ucla.com

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Richard Billings at the Guernsey Photography Festival

Posted June 2nd by in Photography

English photographer Ray Billingham is best known for his book Ray’s A Laugh which documents the life of his alcoholic father Ray and obese, heavily tattooed, mother Liz. “My father Raymond is a chronic alcoholic. He doesn’t like going outside, my mother Elizabeth hardly drinks, but she does smoke a lot. She likes pets and things that are decorative. They married in 1970 and I was born soon after. My younger brother Jason was taken into care when he was 11, but now he is back with Ray and Liz again. Recently he became a father. Dad was some kind of mechanic, but he’s always been an alcoholic. It has just got worse over the years. He gets drunk on cheap cider at the off license. He drinks a lot at nights now and gets up late. Originally, our family lived in a terraced house, but they blew all the redundancy money and, in desperation, sold the house. Then we moved to the council tower block, where Ray just sits in and drinks. That’s the thing about my dad, there’s no subject he’s interested in, except drink.” Richard Billingham’s Ray’s a Laugh will be presented together for the first time with new work portraying his own young family at the Guernsey Photography Festival until June 30. www.guernseyphotographyfestival.com

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