Archive for February, 2007

Positive Focus: 10th National Print Contest entries due March 31

Positive Focus, a non-profit center for emerging photographers announces “How I See It – documentary in a single image” a competition to be juried by Orville Robertson, publisher and editor of Fotophile Publications. From the website’s homepage you can download the entry form as a PDF, and view selections from last year’s competition, view member’s portfolios, check their calendar of events and more.

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NYT Magazine Cover Story on JEFF WALL 2/25

Don’t miss the cover story written by Arthur Lubow on photographer Jeff Wall featured on yesterday’s New York Times Magazine entitlted “The Luminist“. The article, subtitled “How Jeff Wall is making photography the painting of our times” coincides with the opening of Wall’s exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art through May 14th (later traveling to the Art Institute of Chicago and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. There was a related review printed in the NTY on 2/24: “Eyes Wide Open, With Stories To Tell” by Roberta Smith. You can view the MoMA exhibition online here.

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ART FAIRS in NYC this weekend – more info!

A more comprehensive listing for those of you lucky enough to be in NYC this week:
The Armory Show Friday – Monday, Pier 94, Twelfth Avenue @ 55th Street
The Art Show (ADAA) Thursday – Monday, 7th Regiment Armory on Park @ 67th Street
Diva Thursday – Sunday, Embassy Suites Hotel, Battery Park
LA Art Friday – Sunday, Altman Building/Metropolitan Pavilion, 125-134 West 18th Street
PULSE Thursday – Sunday, 69th Regiment Armory on Lexington Avenue @ 26th Street
SCOPE Friday – Monday, The Scope Pavilion at Lincoln Center, Damrosch Park, 62nd Street @ 10th Avenue

HAVE A GREAT TIME! Note the language of collecting, of editioning. Observe, listen and LEARN all that you can by being at these these art fairs.

This great roster was provided in the regular e-mail from artupdate.com. Subscribe!

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“From Digital to Inkjet Print” Next in En Foco Professional Development Workshops, February 24th

En Foco‘s next offering in its Professional Development Workshop series will be held this Saturday, February 24th at Spectral Masters Digital Imaging, Bronx, NY. This a 4-hour introductory course providing artists with the know-how to properly prepare their scans and digital files for output. All participants leave with an archival print of their own work.

Course includes lecture, white board, printed materials, and hands-on demonstrations. Registered participants will be allowed access to the server to upload their own images to be used during their hands-on portion of the course. Each participant leaves with an archival print of their own work (En Foco members also receive 30% off should they want additional prints).

Course Outline: Review of the Basics (Color Perception; Digital Image Capture, Scanners/Digital Cameras), Digital Workflow (Manipulating Images; Saving, Storing and Transmitting), Inkjet Printers (How they Work, Review of Selected Devices), Color Management (Color Spaces, Profiles, Rendering, Calibration and Characterization), the Media (What is Archival, Papers, Inks), Hands-on Practice, Q&A.

Fee: $30 for En Foco members; $70 for non-members. As of this posting THERE ARE SIX SPACES LEFT. Details here and register on line here.

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PWP sponsors evening honoring “Pioneer Women in Photography: Creative Insights and Inspiration” on March 1st/NYC

Professional Women Photographers, a non-profit organization founded in 1975, meets in New York City on the first Thursday of each month from September through June at Pratt Institute’s 2nd floor conference room (144 W. 14th Street, between 6th and 7th Avenues, 6:15 – 9:00 p.m.); events are open to the public for a fee of $10.00 at the door. Additionally, PWP sponsors competitions, workshops, exhibitions and panel discussions in NYC.

The above mentioned panel is coming up on the evening of Thursday, March 1st. Photographers participating include Ruth Gruber, Rebecca Lepkoff, Nancy Rudolph and Erika Stone, all incredibly accomplished women. Attend and honor their contributions to our field.

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Art Fairs this weekend in NYC! Friday – Monday, February 23-26

Two important contemporary art fairs will be held this weekend in NYC, and shuttle busses will be running between the two to make it easier to take it all in.

The Armory Show: The International Fair of New Art is in a new venue, Pier 94, 55th Street at 12th Avenue near the West Side Highway. Public viewing hours are 12:00 noon – 8:00 p.m., with an earlier closing of 5:00 p.m. on Monday, February 26th. Click here for location information.

Catch the shuttle busses from the Armory Show’s Pier 94 (street level, 55th Street)to transport you to SCOPE (provided every 15 minutes).

SCOPE NEW YORK (February 23-26) will be held at Lincoln Center’s Damrosch Park, located at 62nd Street at 10th Avenue. Open daily from 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. Click here for location information.

It is a very interesting time to assess the market for photography within the larger contemporary art market; attending these shows will be an excellent glimpse into the place photography now holds at contemporary art fairs. I am completely jealous of all you who can attend!

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2007 Creative Capital Grants in Visual Arts and Film/Video OPEN FOR SUBMISSION; Deadline: March 5th

Creative Capital, a New York City-based nonprofit organization, “acts as a catalyst for the development of adventurous and imaginative ideas by supporting artists who pursue innovation in form and/or content in the performing and visual arts, film and video, and in emerging fields. We are committed to working in partnership with the artists whom we fund, providing advisory services and professional development assistance along with multi-faceted financial aid and promotional support throughout the life of each Creative Capital project.” U.S. Citizens age 25 or older who have been working artists for a minimum of five years may apply for the upcoming grant cycle. There are three steps to the process: letter of inquiry, application and panel review. To start that cycle, you must complete a 2007 Letter of Inquiry by March 5th. Read the guidelines here.

This is an incredible organization doing important work. Whether you apply this year or not, I hope all of you will become more aware of their program offerings.

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PDN’s “World In Focus” 2007 Winners Announced

Photo District News Magazine announced the winners of the “World In Focus” competition and have posted a gallery of winning entries here. Don’t miss the stunning photographs selected by the distinquished jury. Incredible!

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World Press Photo Competition Winners Announced

The international jury of the 50th annual World Press Photo Contest has selected a color image by the US photographer Spencer Platt as Picture of the Year. Congrats to all winners, especially to friends Nina Berman for her work for People (First Place, Portraits) and Michael “Nick” Nichols for his work for National Geographic (First Place, Nature). View a full gallery of winners here and watch for the touring exhibition in be in your area.

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Harper’s Magazine 2/07: “Appropriation and the Art of Context” Article

Don’t miss the February issue of Harper’s Magazine. The article “ON THE RIGHTS MOLOTOV MAN: APPROPRIATION AND THE ART OF CONTEXT” is written by two artists, concerning a well-known image by Magnum photographer Susan Meiselas and its subseqent appropriation by painter Joy Garnett. In the closing paragraph, Susan states: “I never did sue Joy in the end, nor did I collect any licensing fees. But I still feel strongly, as I watch Pablo Arauz’s context being stripped away – as I watch him being converted into the emblem of an abstract riot – that it would be a betrayal of him if I did not at least protest the diminishment of his act of defiance.” Don’t miss this important, personal account challenging content, context and ultimately copyright of original works.

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