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.
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.
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.
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, California, Photograph by Oliver Maxwell Kupper
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.
This April, the Falckenberg Collection will present an exhibition of photographs by the internationally renowned filmmaker and artist Wim Wenders (b. 1945). Bringing together almost 60 images, taken from 1983 to 2011, this show entitled Places, Strange and Quiet will feature many photographs not yet exhibited in Germany including several very recent works. On view from April 5 to August 5, 2012 at The Falckenberg Collection, Hamburg-Harburg.