The Shaping of New Visions
Valie Export, Einkreisung (Encirclement) from the series Körperkonfigurationen (Body Configurations). 1976.
The Shaping of New Visions: Photography, Film, Photobook, on view this month at the MOMA in New York, covers the period from 1910 to today, offers a critical reassessment of photography’s role in the avant-garde and neo-avant-garde movements—with a special emphasis on the medium’s relation to Dada, Bauhaus, Surrealism, Constructivism, New Objectivity, Conceptual, and Post-Conceptual art—and in the development of contemporary artistic practices. The shaping of what came to be known as “New Vision” photography bore the obvious influence of “lens-based” and “time-based” works. El Lissitzky best summarized its ethos: “The new world will not need little pictures,” he wrote in The Conquest of Art (1922). “If it needs a mirror, it has the photograph and the cinema.” The Shaping of New Visions: Photography, Film, Photobook will be on view at the Museum of Contemporary art from April 18 to April 29, 2013.
Polaroid by Gent, Belgium based photographer Jeroen Mylle
The Hole gallery in New York presents the exhibition Giverny, a collaboration between E.V. Day and Kembra Pfahler. The artists created photographic works in the famous French gardens built and immortalized in paint by Claude Monet, and will be exhibiting them for the first time here on the Bowery. Playboy.com has generously funded this massive exhibition, for the duration of which the Hole will be transformed into a living, breathing garden—with a lily-padded pond traversed by Monet’s signature green Japanese arched bridge, and scattered with the indigenous plants he is famous for painting. The walls of the exhibition will be printed with the almost claustrophobically green willow trees that surround this historic French site, and your first step into the gallery will be onto grass. Giverny will be on view until April 24 at the Hole Gallery.
Naked Before the Camera
Hermaphrodite, Nadar, 1860
“Tapping veins of mythology, carnal desire, hero worship, and aesthetic pleasure, depictions of the nude have…triggered impassioned discussions of sin and sexuality, cultural identity, and canons of beauty. Controversies are often aroused even more intensely when the artist’s chosen medium is photography, with its accuracy and specificity—when a real person stood naked before the camera—rather than traditional media where more generalized and idealized forms prevail.” Naked before the Camera, on view now at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, surveys the history of this subject and examines some of the motivations and meanings that underlie its expression.
Kurt Cobain by Jesse Frohman
Today marks the 18th anniversary of Kurt Cobain’s death. On view April 6 through April 22. at the Morrison Hotel Gallery in SOHO previously unseen photographs by Jesse Frohman from one of Cobain’s last and most iconic photo sessions.
Perry Wearing a Shaman Hat
Perry Shimon at James Caswell’s Historia in Santa Monica, California. Photograph by Oliver Maxwell Kupper.
Robert Carrithers: The Groovy Dada Lounge Revisited
Prague – On view now at the Fotograf Gallery in Prague: rediscovered photographs by Robert Carrithers of Basquiat, Haring, the New York scene in the 1980s and the infamous Club 57.“One staircase led to heaven the other to hell” says Robert Carrithers of a building in New York’s St. Mark’s Place Street, number 57. The building whose basement housed, in the late 1970s and early 1980s, Club 57 – a creative laboratory for all non-conformists and free-thinkers from the East Village – actually belonged to the central offices of the Polish Catholic Church. The Groovy Dada Lounge Revisited will be on view until April 20 at the Fotograf Gallery in Prague, Školská 28, Prague 1.
Big Sur Noir
Big Sur Noir, California, Photograph by Oliver Maxwell Kupper
photograph by Amanda Charchian who is featured in AUTRE ISSUE 002 and will be exhibiting at the launch party tonight at Dilettante in Los Angeles….
The Nudes of Lord Lichfield
Thomas Patrick John Anson, 5th Earl of Lichfield (25 April 1939 – 11 November 2005) was an English photographer. He inherited the Earldom of Lichfield in 1960 from his paternal grandfather. In his professional practice he was known as Patrick Lichfield. This above image, taken in 1990, features a model looking across Central Park from the balcony of Rock Hudson’s former ﬂat. Lichfield was an internationally renowned photographer who worked for all the major magazines, exhibited worldwide, and published several books during his career. The National Portrait Gallery dedicated a retrospective exhibition to the first twenty years of his work in 2002. His great break was when he was summoned by Diana Vreeland, the doyenne of fashion editors, to photograph the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, and given a five year contract with American Vogue. In 1981 he was appointed official photographer at the wedding of his cousin, The Prince of Wales, and Lady Diana Spencer. He is lesser known for his nude work which will be exhibited for the first time at the Little Black Gallery in London from April 24 to May 26.