Archive for May, 2009

Tomorrow: May 7th, 5:00 pm: panel on “Contemporary Portraiture” at Affordable Art Fair in NYC

Contemporary Portraiture with Doug DuBois and Richard Renaldi
Panel Discussion
coordinated by Aperture, moderated by Lesley A. Martin

Thursday, May 7, 2009
5:00 pm

7 West 34th Street
New York, New York
(212) 255-2003

In conjunction with the Affordable Art Fair

Lesley A. Martin, Publisher of Aperture’s book program, will present artists Doug DuBois and Richard Renaldi, who will speak about their respective bodies of work and how they fit into the broader context of portraiture in contemporary photography.

Doug DuBois: All the Days and Nights (Aperture, 2009) resonates with emotional immediacy, offering a potent examination of family relations and what it means to subject personal relationships to the unblinking eye of the camera. Doug DuBois began photographing his family in 1984, prior to his father’s near-fatal fall from a commuter train and his mother’s subsequent breakdown and hospitalizations. More than twenty years later, DuBois’s project has developed in remarkable ways. Each photograph is rich with color, nuanced gestures and glances enveloping the viewer in a multivalent, emotionally tense world.

Richard Renaldi is a photographer in search of the brief encounter—that fleeting moment when a stranger opens his life to him and, consequently, to the viewer. His trust in the descriptive and empathic abilities of the camera verges on that of his nineteenth–and early-twentieth-century predecessors. His first monograph, Figure and Ground (Aperture, 2006), presents portraits and landscapes taken from coast to coast, across the United States. They form a collective portrait of a population and nation going through a process of diversification that has already dramatically enlarged the notion of what defines Middle America. In Renaldi’s second monograph, Fall River Boys (Charles Lane Press, 2009), an extraordinary body of images—both portraits and landscapes—is gathered for the first time. The resulting photographs, made over the course of nine years, are not brief encounters. Renaldi’s quiet gaze considers his subjects with neither judgment nor irony. What emerges is a nuanced portrait of a city where young men grow into manhood surrounded by a landscape of idyllic natural beauty, frayed at the margins by darkened relics of an industrial past.

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May 8th-Deadline for NYFA Bussiness of Art Registration

Spring 2009 Business of Art- New York Foundation for the Arts

The Low Down:
Strategies for Artists during the Recession

Saturday, May 16, 9am-4:30pm

The economic crisis is having a large impact on the art world, but what does this mean for individual artists? What can artists do to prepare, survive, and even thrive during a recession? The Spring 2009 Business of Art Conference will look at the recession’s impact on the arts with input from art world professionals,accountants, artists and others.

The Low Down will start with a candid panel discussion about the effects of the current economy on the art world from the perspective of galleries, nonprofits, foundations and city government. An afternoon seminar will provide concrete financial planning advice geared toward the needs of artists. The day will conclude with a panel of artists sharing their experiences and new ideas of how to navigate and redefining the art world.

Asian American Arts Alliance members:
There are a limited number of NYFA Artists tickets available to you; they are available on a first come first serve basis

Complete conference schedule available online.


Barney Building
Department of Art and Art Professions
New York University Steinhardt School of Education
34 Stuyvesant Street
New York, NY 10003

Artist Rate: $55 per artist
There are a limited number of scholarships available to artists in need made possible through the generous support of an anonymous donor.

NYFA Artist Rate: $50
(This includes all NYFA Fellows and Fiscally Sponsored Artists and Organizations, and Immigrant Artist Mentors and Mentees)
NYU students, staff and faculty: $20

To register on-line please visit
Registration deadline: Friday, May 8,
Please contact NYFA if you are having any trouble registering online, and we will take your registration over the phone.

Questions: Contact Jocelyn Elliott at or 212 366 6900 x249.

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May 7 in Seattle: Eirik Johnson exhibition “Sawdust Mountain” as well as lectures in San Francisco on May 8th

From the Aperture website:

Sawdust Mountain, Eirik Johnson Exhibition and Opening Reception

Opening reception:
Thursday, May 7, 2009, 6:30 pm

Exhibition on view:
Thursday, April 23, 2009 –Saturday, May 30, 2009


G. Gibson Gallery
300 South Washington Street
Seattle, Washington
(206) 587-4033

A culmination of four years photographing throughout Oregon, Washington, and Northern California, Sawdust Mountain (Aperture, June 2009) focuses on the tenuous relationship between industries reliant upon natural resources and the communities they support. Eirik Johnson, a Seattle native, describes his photographs as “a melancholy love letter of sorts, my own personal ramblings.” Through this poetic approach, Sawdust Mountain records a region affected by historic economic complexities and, by extension, one aspect of our fraught relationship with the environment in the twenty-first century.The artist reception/booksigning at the G. Gibson Gallery is this Thursday,
May 7 6-8 pm.

Talk in San Francisco at Photo Alliance is this Friday, May 8 at 7:30
pm. For info click here.

Then the book signing and reading at the Elliot Bay Bookstore in Seattle is
on Saturday, May 9 at 2 pm.

Opening Reception: San Francisco on May 21 from 5:30-7:30
at the Rena Bransten Gallery in San Francisco.

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Tuesday, May 12: Registration to open for Rhubarb – Rhubarb 2009

Today I received the letter below from the fine folks at Rhubarb-Rhubarb, the only review event where YOU set your own appointments with reviewers. This way, you know exactly whom you will be meeting with well in advance of the late July event, and can thoroughly prepare for your session making this one of my absolute favorite events.  The value to you can be tremendous if you are ready to register and research prior to attending.  You can book yourself breaks between reviewers, meet galleries one day, museums the next, publishers the next… in other words you can be organized and efficient when you know your schedule.  If not a morning person, don’t book early appointments.  Be smart on the front end and you will truly benefit.

If you are planning on attending, be study the reviewers and be ready to sign up at the appropriate time on the 12th!  Remember they are based in the UK, prices below are in Pounds not dollars.  Continental has the most direct flights to Birmingham from the US; if you are near the NYC area airports you have more options.  If you fly into the London area airports you must go into the city and take the train to Birmingham as the distance is too short for connecting flights.

As always, know the cancellation policies for event, hotel and airline commitments.


Dear Image Maker

It’s almost time… bookings for the 2009 Rhubarb International Photographic Review go live next Tuesday May 12th at 10.00 am sharp.

Currently there are 22 reviewer profiles available to view online before bookings open:

If you’re interested in attending the review, we advise that you read these profiles before next week, so that you’re prepared and ready to book.  There are less reviewers this year, so places will fill up quicker than in previous years.  More reviewers will be added as we go, and everyone who’s booked a place at the review will be informed as soon as a new reviewer is added.

In recognition of the financial burdens we’re all facing – and as a goodwill gesture – this year’s prices have been reduced as follows;

1 Day = £215.00
2 Days = £360.00
3 Days = £460.00

For every day you book you get six booked reviews, plus the opportunity to see more “floating reviewers” throughout your review day.

Our review is not juried but we request that you attend only if you have had at least one exhibition or publication during the last three years – beyond university – and are ready for international markets.  We want you to get the fullest experience possible for your money, so please only book if you’re at this stage.

Full event programme and details coming soon.  The site will be updated to coincide with bookings going live:

Looking forward to seeing you at Rhubarb 2009 – provocatively subtitled Photography Is Dead…

Sean McGarry
Information Coordinator Ltd
212 The Custard Factory,
Gibb Street,
B9 4AA
United  Kingdom

t: +44 (0)121 773 7889
f: +44 (0)121 773 7888

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May 7th- Griffin Museum Focus Awards

Griffin Museum Focus Awards
Thursday, May 7th,  7 PM

From the website:

With its annual Focus Awards, the Griffin Museum recognizes the work of people who are not photographers, but who have been instrumental in increasing awareness of the photographic arts among the general public.

Lifetime Achievement Award: Eliane Laffont, editorial director, Hachette Filipacchi Medias
Presenter: Jean François LeRoy, founder of Visa pour L’image Festival in Perpignan, France
Rising Star Award: Rob Haggart, founder of APhotoEditor.Com blog
Presenter: Jill Enfield, photographer
New England Beacon Award: Rosalind Smith, photography writer, Shutterbug, Photographer’s Forum, Black and White magazines
Presenter: John Isaac, photographer
Spotlight Award: Modern Postcard, commercial printer
Presenter: Howard Bernstein, CEO of Bernstein & Andriulli, NY and publisher of Spread Artculture magazine
Scribe Award: Russell Hart, executive editor, American Photo magazine; editor, American Photo On Campus.
Presenter: Henry Horenstein, photographer

Tickets are $45. Space is limited. For reservations, call 781-729-1158.

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May 4th- Deadline for Forever Hold Your Peace


Call for Entries: Forever Hold Your Peace

From the website:

The New Orleans Photo Alliance is seeking documentary, fine art, and conceptual photographs that explore the theme of weddings. Photographers are encouraged to submit images that portray or comment upon the traditions, customs, symbols and the rich human tableau surrounding wedding rituals.

Selected entries will be exhibited in the New Orleans Photo Alliance Gallery in June and July 2009, and will also be featured and archived on the Alliance’s online galley.

Juror: Sylvia Plachy

For details click here.

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May 7th to 10th: Affordable Art Fair in NYC

Affordable Art Fair returns!

From the website:
“AAF NYC is the place for new and established collectors to discover and buy paintings, drawings, sculptures, video, photography and limited edition prints from distinguished galleries, all priced from $100 – $10,000. This year the Fair will host more than 60 galleries from the US, Europe, Asia, Canada and South America. AAF 2009 will debut at its new home at 7 West 34th Street this May.”

For Visitor information click here.

For a list of Exhibitors click here.


7 West 34th Street (b/w 5th & 6th Avenues)

New York, NY 10001

When: May 7th – 10th, 2009

Fair Hours:

Thursday, May 7th 12:00PM – 6:00PM

Friday, May 8th 12:00PM – 8:00PM

Saturday, May 9th 12:00PM – 8:00PM

Sunday, May 10th 12:00PM – 5:00PM

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May 6th: Gallery talk with Michael Wilson and Fredrik Marsh in Cincinnati

Michael Wilson’s personal work as well as his well-known commissioned portraiture is currently on view at the Weston Art Gallery in Cincinnati in an exhibition entitled “The Day Of Small Things.”   The much of the work was recently exhibited at The Light Factory and is now on view in his home town.  Michael’s self-produced books continue to be among my very favorites.

To read an interview with Michael, click here, and the audio interview here where he discusses his iconic image “Newport Dogs” that was featured as the cover art on ALL SHOOK DOWN, the last album recorded by The Replacements, as well as other images that I know my readers will be familiar with.  Michael is teaching a one-week portraiture workshop at Maine Media Workshops in mid-June; his website is

Michael is exhibiting along side another Ohio-based artist, photographer Fredrik Marsh (“The Dresden Project“) who was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2008.  His website is

The two artists will be speaking about their work on MAY 6th at 7 p.m. at the Weston Art Gallery which is located within the Aronoff Center for the Arts in downtown Cincinnati.

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May 3: Dawoud Bey Talk and Book Signing with Art Chicago

Dawoud Bey Talk and Book Signing with Art Chicago

Sunday, May 3, 2009 3:00 pm

From the Aperture website page for this event:

Class Pictures, Photographs by Dawoud Bey

Art Spot

The Merchandise Mart

222 Merchandise Mart Plaza,12th Floor

Chicago, Illinois

For the past fifteen years, Dawoud Bey has been making striking, large-scale color portraits of students at high schools across the United States. Depicting teenagers from a wide economic, social, and ethnic spectrum—and intensely attentive to their poses and gestures—he has created a highly diverse generational group portrait that intentionally challenges teenage stereotypes. Join Bey at Art Chicago to hear him discuss this series, followed by a book signing.

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