Archive for April, 2010

April 21st in New Orleans: Lynn Goldsmith exhibition opening and book signing for “Rock n’ Roll”

The photography events in New Orleans just keep on coming, sorry to be heading home!  Seeing samples of Keith Carter’s newest works at A Gallery for Fine Photography was exciting!  The gallery space will be transformed to display “ROCK n’ ROLL” by Lynn Goldsmith which opens on the 21st with a signing of the book of the same name.  I hope you will have a chance to meet Lynn in New Orleans this week!

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April 20, Tempe: William Wiley speaks at ASU Art Museum at 7 pm

From the ASU Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts website:

Gallery Talk by William Wiley, on his project “Forged Power:  Ferran Mendoza, Alvaro Sau and William Wiley

Artist William Wylie will present a gallery talk on Tuesday, April 20th at 7 pm on his video art exhibition Forged Power: Ferran Mendoza, Alvaro Sau and William Wylie, which is showing at ASU Art Museum through May 29, 2010.”

About the exhibition:

In the digital age, the way we engage with physical work has drastically shifted. Such shifts are not new and have occurred over the course of human history – from the invention of simple tools to the industrial revolution, to our current digital society. But as technologies continue to advance, our control and power appear to diminish not only in our work, but also of our bodies. The body’s relationship to work continues to be less physical. We use mechanical arms to lift both heavy and light objects into place and vacuums now roam floors on their own. A document that once took the entire use of one’s arm to hand write can now be created with light touches of computer keys. With voice activation and eye-tracking technologies entering the mainstream consumer market, the hand may soon be removed altogether from the process of work.

Spanish artists Ferran Mendoza and Alvaro Sau traveled the Basque-French border region. The artists refer to it as “this kind of frontier land which we call the outdoors,” a territory of Europe where the “most archaic ways of living coexist with the omnipresent industrial world.” Using their cameras, Mendoza and Sau captured in high definition video the residents of this seemingly isolated region in their daily routines and surroundings. The result of their journey is the video Outdoors (2008), a 56-minute work that delivers a composition of portraits. These portraits provide fleeting glimpses of individuals who take pride in their independence, work and know-how. Their knowledge of their tools, their environment and how their bodies interact with each is clear and poetic; they perform their tasks as if every specific activity or action has been choreographed.

In the historic quarries of Carrara, Italy, the cavatori (stonecutters) have worked for centuries excavating large slabs of white marble from the earth. Through a fellowship exchange, artist William Wylie was provided the opportunity to spend time observing the everyday operations and interactions of the men who work in these famous quarries, the very quarries used by artists from Michelangelo to Louise Bourgeois. What at first appears to be a focus on machinery is soon realized to be a study of human activity and control. While trucks and machinery within these digital videos appear to struggle and battle to complete tasks, the cavatori work with their hands – making precision measurements and chiseling slight grooves. The artist captures in his Carrara series, Cavatori, The Block, Dust, and Friction (2006), the gestural engagements of the hand and body as the stonecutters work together, using signals and whistles, to coordinate their movements within the noise and chaos of the industrial site. Together these four videos demonstrate that the actions of work can be perceived as beautiful in and of themselves.

The individuals captured in these videos control their own actions by working with their hands and bodies. They do more than just push a button; they exert human energy and create an effect through the power of their own body. Retaining the capability of doing work or accomplishing tasks with the use of the physical body, their forged power is a reaffirmation of human capability.

The exhibition will feature five video works by the artists. William Wylie will be in attendance at ASU Art Museum to present a free lecture on APRIL 20th at 7 pm. He will also meet with students and classes while in Tempe.

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Deadline May 15th: The Women’s Committee of the Philadelphia Museum of Art Portfolio Competition

From the Philadelphia Museum of Art Photography Portfolio Competition website:

“A great photography opportunity…..

The Women’s Committee of the Philadelphia Museum of Art is pleased to announce its first Photography Portfolio Competition. 

A jury of nationally recognized photography experts will select six entries for inclusion in a 16″ x 20″ portfolio to be published in an edition of 25 in fall 2010. Peter Barberie, The Brodsky Curator of Photographs, Alfred Stieglitz CenterPhiladelphia Museum of Art, will select one additional curator’s choice entry to be sold as an individual print in a limited edition. The Museum will exhibit the portfolio and the individual print in fall 2010, and an event will be held at the Philadelphia Museum of Art to celebrate the production of the portfolio. 

The application deadline for the competition is May 15, 2010. All applications must be submitted online.

Jurors 2010

 Jurors will include noted photographer Tina Barney; Melissa Harris, Editor-in-Chief, ApertureMagazine; and Peter Barberie, The Brodsky Curator of Photographs, Alfred Stieglitz Center, Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Awards 2010

 Each winning photographer will be awarded $1,000. The curator’s choice photographer will receive $500. Winning artists will receive one print of their work. The winning photographs will become part of the permanent collection of the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Portfolio 2010

 The portfolio will be sold through The Women’s Committee of the Philadelphia Museum of Art in a limited edition of twenty-five (25) boxed sets to be produced by Silicon Gallery Fine Art Prints, Philadelphia. Two (2) additional editions will be printed for the Philadelphia Museum of Art. The portfolio will comprise six photographs and information about each artist. An additional curator’s choice photograph will be selected and sold as an individual print in a limited edition.”

For further information or to download the entry form click here.

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Aline Smithson hosts lecture series at JDPW and has exhibition at The Atelier Gallery, opening reception April 22nd

From the Julia Dean Photo Workshops website: 

“Los Angeles has a rich tapestry of fine art photographers that create amazing work. Because our city is so expansive, we often don’t get the opportunity to connect and learn about each other. This second chapter of Four Evenings with Fine Art Photographers opens the door to four incredible evenings, shared through the vision of some of the most interesting fine art photographers working in Los Angeles today. Many have published books, are inspired teachers, exhibit throughout the world, and are award-winning visionaries.

Come join and us and these four talented photographers for what promises to be an unforgettable journey into artistic exploration, philosophy and discussion.

March 25th – Tierney Gearon

April 29th – Jay Mark Johnson

May 20th – Robbert Flick

June 17th – Susan Anderson

Listen. Learn. Be inspired.”

From the Griffin Museum of Photography website:

The Atelier Gallery at the Stoneham Theatre

April 7 through May 16, 2010
 An opening reception is April 22, 6-7:30 p.m.

For Aline Smithson, the inspiration for a series of photographs began when she found a small print of Whistler’s painting Arrangement in Grey and Black: Portrait of the Painter’s Mother, at a neighborhood garage sale. The same weekend she found a leopard coat and hat, a 1950s cat painting, and what looked like the exact chair from the Whistler painting.

“That started me thinking about the idea of portraiture, the strong compositional relationships going on within Whistler’s painting, and the evocative nature of unassuming details,” says Smithson.

With her 85-year-old mother, who posed in more than 20 ensembles, as a model, Smithson created the series Arrangement in Green and Black: Portrait of the Photographer’s Mother, which is featured in The Atelier Gallery at the Stoneham Theatre in Stoneham, MA, April 7 through May 16. An opening reception is April 22, 6-7:30 p.m. The exhibit runs parallel to the theater’s production of My Fair Lady. .

Smithson says the series of 21 images “incorporates traditional photography techniques, yet becomes richer with the treatment of hand painting. It is my intent to have the viewer see the work in a historical context with the addition of color, and at the same time, experience Whistler’s simple, yet brilliant, formula for the composition.”

Smithson’s mother passed away before seeing the finished series. “I am grateful for her sense of humor and the time this series allowed us to be together,” says Smithson.

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Discussing MOMA’s Henri Cartier Bresson exhibition on tonight’s Charlie Rose Show

As I type this:

Martine Franck, Agnes Sire and Peter Galassi speak with Charlie Rose about the HCB exhibition THE MODERN CENTURY current on view at MoMA; exhibition continues through June 28th.



Henri Cartier-Bresson: The Modern Century

Henri Cartier-Bresson (1908–2004) is one of the most original, accomplished, influential, and beloved figures in the history of photography. For more than twenty-five years, he was the keenest observer of the global theater of human affairs—and one of the great portraitists of the twentieth century. This lecture provides an overview of MoMA’s exhibition Henri Cartier-Bresson: The Modern Century, the first retrospective of Cartier-Bresson in the United States in three decades.

Dan Leers (MA, Columbia University) is the Beaumont and Nancy Newhall Curatorial Fellow in the Department of Photography at MoMA.

Monday, April 19, 2010, 12:30 p.m.

Thursday, April 22, 2010, 12:30 p.m.


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Deadline April 26th: NYFA’s “Artist As Entrepreneur” Boot Camp; classes begin June 12th


The New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) is now accepting applications for the “Artist as Entrepreneur” Boot Camp. Applications are due on April 26 and classes begin June 12, 2010. The Boot Camp will provide artists working in all disciplines (literary, media, performing and visual) with the business skills they need to further their artistic careers. There is no charge for participation. Please share this information freely with your community of artists.

The Boot Camp begins on June 12 and will take place over 5 day-long sessions at NYFA’s office at 20 Jay Street in DUMBO. Participating artists can expect the sessions to spark goals and help to define concrete steps to building a business plan that can lead to financial security. Approximately 50 artists will be accepted into the program which will include both group work and individualized training.

The Boot Camp is open to artists and members of creative teams working all disciplines. They must be residents of New York City and have internet access.

Classes will take place from 10:00 am – 5:00 pm on June 12, 19, 26, July 10 and 17.

The application is due on April 26 and is currently available on NYFA’s website here. For questions, please contact Peter Cobb at or Felicity Hogan at

NYFA has a long history of providing professional development training to artists and was selected to administer this program by the New York City Economic Development Corporation (EDC) after a rigorous RFP (Request for Proposals) process.

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April 21st in NYC: ASMP Symposium “Copyright and the New Economy: Issues & Trends Facing Visual Artists”

Space is still available in this important copyright seminar offered free of charge on April 21st in NYC.  Pre-register to ensure your seat in the morning, afternoon or both sessions.

From the ASMP Website:

Copyright and the New Economy

TimesCenter, 242 West 41st St
New York, NY 10018

Wednesday, April 21, 2010
Morning session is 9:30 AM to noon; doors open at 9:00 AM.
Afternoon session is 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM.

Schedule of Events:

Morning Session
9:00 am Doors open
9:30 am Welcome — Eugene Mopsik, ASMP Executive Director
9:45 am
– 10:30 am
Overview of Copyright Law — Victor Perlman, ASMP General Counsel
10:45 am
– 11:30 am
Storytelling in the Digital Age — Brian Storm, President of Media Storm
Lunch Break
Afternoon Session
1:00 pm Introductory Remarks — Richard Kelly, ASMP President
1:15 pm
– 4:00 pm
Panel on Issues & Trends — Jay Kinghorn, photographer & Moderator; with Panelists Lawrence Lessig, Harvard Law School Professor & Founder, Creative Commons; Jeff Sedlik, Founder & CEO of the PLUS Coalition; Chase Jarvis, photographer; David Carson, U.S. Copyright Office General Counsel; Liz Ordoñez, photographer; and Darrell Perry, former Director of Photography, Wall Street Journal.

Not to be missed!

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Closing date May 10: The “GET PUBLISHED” Award, Photobook Days 2010

My colleague Darius Himes is participating as a Judge at this international competition, Fotobuchtage 2010.  From the website:

“Photo artists can apply in advance with their photo book dummy. A jury panel views all applications and will shortlist the ten best dummies which will be presented to the visitors during the Photobook Days 2010.

The festival visitors can vote for the winner who will receive a photobook production with up to the value to € 25,000. Seltmann & Soehne is the „publishing godfather“ for the getPublished Award 2010 and is in charge of the production of the winner title. Both the winner book and the production process are going to be presented at the Photobook Days 2011.

Closing date: 10th Mai 2010, Participation fee 18 €”

To fill out the entry form, click here.

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April 21st: Lecture by Gary Braasch at the Phoenix Art Museum

From the Phoenix Art Museum e-blast:

“INFOCUS invites you to a lecture by Environmental photojournalist Gary Braasch

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

7:00 PM

Phoenix Art Museum – Whiteman Hall

Central at McDowell

Admission is Free – Everyone is invited

Environmental photojournalist Gary Braasch shows how time exposures,

rephotography, and sequential images can evoke motion and change of

the Earth.  Braasch creates remarkable images and important

documentation of nature, the environment, biodiversity and climate change

for international magazines.   Time, LIFE, Discover, Smithsonian, National

Geographic, Scientific American and the United Nations have published

his images.  He received the Ansel Adams Award from the Sierra Club and

the Outstanding Nature Photographer citation from the North American

Nature Photography Association.

Braasch is author of Earth Under Fire: How Global Warming is changing

the World, which Al Gore calls “essential reading for every citizen.”

Braasch’s keystone project since 2000 has been World View of Global

Warming, which is a dedicated photo documentation of the effects of rapid

climate change.”

This lecture is in conjunction with the Ansel Adams exhibit that will be on display until June 6, 2010 at the Phoenix Art Museum, be sure not to miss it!

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Rochester, New York on April 15: Roger Ballen lecture at George Eastman House

THIS Thursday night, 6 pm at George Eastman House:  ROGER BALLEN, speaking in conjunction with his exhibition “Roger Ballen: Photographs 1982 – 2009 (exhibition continues through June 6th, it will travel). From the GEH blog:  “South African artist Ballen is known for his thought-provoking photography and his particular attention to rich detail, photographing his human and animal subjects in complex, fictional scenes with symbolism.”

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