Archive for December, 2009

50 Books/50 Covers 2009 Competition; 2008 winners currently on view at AIGA National Design Center in NYC through February 19th

One of my favorite exhibitions/competitions of the year is AIGA’s “Fifty Book, 50 Covers” which is on view now at the AIGA National Design Gallery at 164 5th Avenue (22/21st Streets) in Manhattan.   Here is the link to learn more about the show. “Selections were made by a distinguished jury that included Jane Brown, Distributed Art Publishers (D.A.P.), Los Angeles; Rodrigo Corral, Rodrigo Corral Design, New York; Vanessa Eckstein, Bløk Design, Mexico City; Franc Nunoo Quarcoo University of Maryland, Baltimore County, Baltimore; and Brett Yasko, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.”

VISIT THE GALLERY  Monday through Thursday: 11:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.; Friday: 11:00 a.m–5:00 p.m.

Note:  The Gallery will be closed from Thursday, December 24 until Monday, January 4

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ENTER THIS YEAR’S 50 Books/50 Covers competition!

December 10th -March 5th is the submission period for the AIGA 50 Books/50 Covers competition

From the website:

AIGA’s suite of competitions is widely recognized as the most discerning statement on design excellence today, extending a legacy that began more than 90 years ago. By means of the competitions, AIGA creates an authoritative chronicle of outstanding design solutions, each demonstrating the process of designing, the role of the designer and the value of design.

This time-honored competition aims to identify the 50 best-designed books and book covers that have been designed, produced and used in the marketplace between January 1 and December 31, 2009, as chosen by distinguished jurors. <!–jurors.–> As such, they become part of the AIGA Design Archives, a searchable visual database of exemplary design, they are exhibited at the AIGA National Design Center in New York and offered as a traveling exhibition for display across the country. The physical artifacts comprise the AIGA Design Archives at the Denver Art Museum. A second set of the awarded books and covers becomes part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Collection at the Butler Library, Columbia University, New York.


  • A book must consist of at least 48 pages (except for children’s books).
  • A book must be either case-bound or paperbound between covers. Portfolios of loose pages do not qualify.
  • Books and book covers designed and/or produced between January 1 and December 31 of the previous year are eligible.
  • Except in the case of limited-edition books, print runs should be in excess of 250 copies.
  • Entries should be for sale to the general public, or, if offered gratis, should not be publications whose primary purpose is to advertise or serve as an annual report or other corporate literature.
  • Following AIGA’s membership in Icograda (International Council of Graphic Design Associations) and in keeping with a deepening commitment to demonstrating the importance of diversity, entries from all countries will be eligible for AIGA competitions for the first time in AIGA’s history. In order for the jury to understand the content and context, entries that are in languages other than English must include a brief English translation.
  • Submit only actual work; no photographs accepted. We regret that entries cannot be returned.

They include photography books under what they call “Image-driven books (books you look at)”

To View the 2008 winners click here.
And to view images of the 2007 exhibition, click here

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December 14th- PHOTOWISDOM What photographers value in photography… and why it matters

“PHOTOWISDOM- What photographers value in photography… and why it matters” Lecture with Lewis Blackwell
Monday, December 14, 2009, 7 pm

School of Visual Arts Theater at 333 West 23rd Street
This event is free and open to the public

From the announcement:

“Through an extraordinary selection of outstanding images, along
with revelatory interviews, Lewis Blackwell’s new book
“Photowisdom: Master Photographers on Their Art” provides an
unrivaled exploration of the richness of contemporary
photographic practice.

Join author, editor and former creative head of Getty Images
Lewis Blackwell as he explores some of the leading photographers
of our day – talking about their work, the value of their
insights, and how the viewer and critics take an image into
another space.

A lecture and slide presentation by Lewis Blackwell and a number
of the  photographers featured in Photo-Wisdom, will be followed
by a Q + A with the audience and a book signing with Lewis
Blackwell and the photographers featured in Photo-Wisdom.

The event is presented by the School of Visual Arts,
International Center of Photography, Dear Dave Magazine,
and Chronicle Books.

Participating photographers include Phillip Toledano and Steve Pyke

More about the book here.”

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December 14th- Call for Submissions for Daniel Cooney On-line Emerging Artist Auction

Call for Submissions for Daniel Cooney On-line Emerging Artist Auction

This is a  rolling submissions process, but to be considered for  the first Auction of 2010, the work must be in by December 14th.

From the announcement:
Daniel Cooney has teamed up with iGavel once again to present a new
round of artist auctions.
Details for submission:
The new auctions include a curated selection of works of art by
promising emerging talent. The auction is a showcase before an
audience of collectors, dealers, museum professionals and gallery
owners. To ensure equal and fair representation all works are
presented with reserves set at $200.

Submissions will be accepted on a rolling basis. To submit you must
meet the following requirements:

- Undergraduate student works will not be accepted
– All mediums are welcome besides installation works
– Artists cannot have gallery or commercial representation
– Some prior exhibition or publication experience is required

To submit, please fill out this form. Submit one image per work.
Images must be at least 800 pixels on the longest side, jpeg saved for
web, below 200kb in size, and SRGB color space. Each artist will be
required to sign a contract with iGavel. Artists receive a 50%
commission on all sold works. Shipping of accepted works to iGavel or
the iGavel Associate is the responsibility of the artist, and the
return shipment if not sold. After your submission is received, you
will be contacted by email.

About iGavel:
iGavel is an international network of fine art and antiques
professionals with Consignment Centers conveniently located in many
major metropolitan areas. Our regional network enables consignors to

minimize handling and shipping expenses while reaching an international marketplace of buyers.

Alana Celii:
Daniel Cooney:

To Submit:

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New Orleans is the Place to Be this Weekend

Tomorrow, Saturday December 12th, at the end of the first day of the PhotoNola Reviews, the public is invited to come and see the work of the participating photographers at PhotoWalk which will be taking place from 4:30-6pm

Location: International House Hotel Conference Facility 220 Camp Street, 2nd Floor New Orleans, LA 70130

After the PhotoWalk, through out the city there will be several  Art Openings from 6-9pm

Also as part of the Gallery Walk, Artists Louviere + Vanessa will be  showing there new work Cinégraphs  at A Gallery for Fine Photography in New Orleans

About the work (from the announcement):
Louviere + Vanessa’s new body of work once again embraces, expands and challenges the history of photography and filmmaking.
The husband and wife art duo create work that furthers their explorations into highly crafted object based conceptual art.
By shooting their photographs with super 8mm film in 3,550 individual stills, the works become both a projected motion picture
and a still image made up of the deconstructed strips of film set into custom built light boxes.
A Gallery for Fine Photography, 241 Chartres Street

Also DO NOT miss tonight’s lecture with Lauren Greenfield sponsored by Canon,  7-9pm and tommorrows Gallery Talk by Susan Burnstine at the Canary Gallery, 12-1pm

For a full list of events click here.

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TODAY- “Bridge the Gap? 6″ International Conference in NYC

The Bridge the Gap? 6 conference will be taking place Today DECEMBER 11, 11AM – 8PM in New York City t

This is a fascinating program organized by Center for Contemporary Art – CCA Kitakyushu

The conference will take place at  Storefront for Art and Architecture 97 Kenmare Street, New York, NY 10012 USA

For more info click here.

From the announcement:
BRIDGE THE GAP? is an international series of conferences that aims to create an ongoing forum between artists, scientists, designers and thinkers of the humanities in which ideas are exchanged and reciprocal stimulation and influence can occur. The first BTG?, held in 2001 in Kitakyushu (Japan) brought together 30 specialists from the arts, sciences and humanities (; the second in took place in Milan, the third in Chiang Mai, the fourth in Kitakyushu/Shanghai and the fifth in Venice. Each event involved a profound change in scale and context of the BTG? format.

By making the coffee break a central forum and by enhancing the exchange between participants, BTG? poses the question concerning the necessity of actual and virtual salons now. BTG? proposes a non-linear, non-hierarchical approach to knowledge production – to go beyond the boundaries of disciplines and to overcome the fears of pooling knowledge. Classical conferences emphasized order and stability. In contrast, we now see fluctuations instability: the unpredictable. In non-equilibrium physics, you find various notions of unstable systems and the dynamics of unstable environments. Instead of certitudes, BTG? expresses connective possibilities. The field of reflection and discussion coming from the different perspective will begin to broaden, deepen and create the ground to work in collaboration.

Ruben Coen Cagli / Neuroscience
Trisha Donnelly / Visual Art
Didier Fiuza Faustino / Architecture
Joan Jonas / Visual Art
Lisa Kaltenegger/ Astrophysics
Kazuo Okanoya / Cognitive Science
Damon Rich / Urban Design
Anri Sala / Visual Art
Kevin Slavin / Information Science

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December 12th- Project 5 Salon

This Saturday, December 12th – 4 – 6pm will be Project 5’s Second Artist’s Salon: Focus on Family

This Salon will include a panel including:
Elinor Carucci
Lisa Kereszi
Margaret de Lange
Jesse Burke
The Panel will take place at the Foley Gallery.

Foley Gallery
547 W 27th Street, 5th floor
New York, NY 10001

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The Summer Show Project Photographers Announced

This years photographers for the The Summer Show Project have been announced.

The Photographers are:

Billie Mandle, Steve Smith, Renhui Zhao, Tribble & Mancenido, Jens Windolf, William Rugen, Bahar Yuru Koglu, Phil Jung, John Saponara, Joshua Martinez, Maria Ines Manchengo, Sa Schloff and Bill Finger.

Congratulations to all of the photographers, and we look forward to seeing what you create!

About the Summer Show Project from the website:

The Summer Show Project offers the unique chance for artists to work directly with the gallery, creating new work to be curated in a group exhibition.

This new initiative will provide an opportunity for emerging photographers to have their work seen, recognized and reviewed by fellow artists, gallery directors, book editors, as well as curators from museum and corporate collections.

Upon acceptance, you will work on your own and with the guidance of gallery owner Michael Foley to create new work dedicated to a theme that will be suggested by the curatorial panel.  A total of 12 photographers will be selected by the panel to participate.

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Call for Entries “FOUR by FIVE” Juried by Steve Simmons opens December 15

New Orleans Photo Alliance Gallery has a call for entries for the show  FOUR by FIVE with juror Steve Simmons fro View Camera Magazine

Entry open from December 15- February 1st
Exhibit opens April 3, 2010

NOPA Gallery seeks contemporary imagery from photographers using large format view cameras. For this exhibit, juror will choose four images each from five photographers; images will also be published in a future edition of View Camera Magazine.

For more details click here.

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December 10th- Joel Meyerowitz Speaks at the Museum of the City of New York

On Thursday, December 10, 6:30 pm DART Partners with the Arts at Museum of the City of New York to present Legacy: The Preservation of Wilderness in New York City Parks with photographer Joel Meyerowitz and author Phillip Lopate

From the announcement:
Join photographer Joel Meyerowitz and author Phillip Lopate, collaborators on Legacy: The Preservation of Wilderness in New York City Parks ( Aperture, 2009), for a discussion of the hidden pockets of wilderness that still exist within the city.

Legacy is part of a larger project that was initiated in 2006, when Meyerowitz was asked by Parks Commissioner Adrian Benepe to document, interpret, and celebrate one of the city’s greatest legacies: nearly nine thousand acres of parks in the five boroughs that still exist close to their original pristine state, as well as areas within parks that have been left to revert to wilderness. When completed, the project will constitute the first extended visual record of New York’s parks since the 1930s. Presented in conjunction with the exhibition, Legacy: The Preservation of Wilderness in New York City Parks, currently on view at Museum of the City of New York.

For more details  about the lecture, click here.

For more details about the exhibition, click here.

Also on December 9th, 7-8 pm there will be book signing with Joel Meyerowitz at the Strand Bookstore. Event Details here.

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December 11th-Kenro Izu and Saïd Nuseibeh in San Francisco

Friday, December 11th, 2009   at  7:30 pm Photographers Kenro Izu and Saïd Nuseibeh will be giving a lecture for the PhotoAlliance in San Francisco.

Location:  San Francisco Art Institute Lecture Hall 800 Chestnut Street San Francisco, Ca (at Jones Street)

Ticket Information:
$10.00 general admission $5.00 students with ID— TICKETS AVAILABLE AT THE DOOR

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