Archive for August, 2007

NINA BERMAN: Artist Talk & Book Signing at Jen Bekman Gallery 8/29/07

Photographer Nina Berman’s important project PURPLE HEARTS is on view at the Jen Bekman Gallery in NYC through August 30th.

Today’s NYT Online features this article on the show.

Nina will be giving a gallery talk and signing copies of her book on Wednesday, August 29th from 6-8 p.m.

From the gallery’s website:

“Join us at the gallery on Wednesday August 29th, from 6pm-8pm, at a reception and artist talk with Nina Berman. Nina will also be signing copies of her monograph Purple Hearts, which can be purchased for $25.

Space is extremely limited so an RSVP is required: send an email to if you’d like to attend and/or reserve a copy of the book.

Jen Bekman Gallery
6 Spring Street
(between Elizabeth + Bowery)
New York, NY 10012

Gallery Hours:
Wednesday – Saturday: Noon to 6pm”

Click here to read the press release and learn more about the exhibition.


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Griffin Museum: Opening Reception for 13th Annual Juried Show This THURSDAY August 23rd

The Griffin Museum is hosting a reception for the 13th Griffin Museum Juried Show this coming Thursday, August 23rd.

The Juror was Brian Clamp of Clampart Gallery in NYC.

Click here to view a full list of artists accepted into the show.

At 6:15 there will be pre-opening gallery talk with the show’s winning photographers:
Nicholas Fedak II, Amy Stein, Shen Wei and David Wolf.

The reception will follow this discussion with the artists.
On the website, an RSVP is requested to:

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MACEDITIONRADIO.COM: New Audio Interviews now Available

Harris Fogel of has posted an interview he conducted with me when at we were both Reviewers at PhotoLucida in Portland this past April.

From the website:
“Photography Consultant Mary Virginia Swanson On The Portfolio Review Process and More From One of the Most Respected Voices In The Photo Community – Photo Lucida Conference, Portland, Oregon 2007
Mary Virginia Swanson is one of the most respected voices in the photographic community, bringing a wide-range of experiences ranging from museum, editorial, fine-art, and more coupled with a committed passion for education and the expansion of the photographic aesthetic. In this extended conversation we discuss the rise of portfolio reviews, the status of photographic book publishing, and her own career in photography. If you are serious about your photography, then listen in as Mary Virginia Swanson elucidates her view of contemporary photography and how to succeed in meeting the goals you set for your work. Recorded at the Photo Lucida Conference in Portland, Oregon in April 2007 by Harris Fogel. Posted 8/4/07 (32:51)”

Click here to find a full list of Harris’ interviews with industry leaders, from Photolucida, the National SPE Conference, PMA, PPE and more.

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Open call to Digital Artists for works about Environmental Stewardship for 2008 Bejing Olympics and beyond – “Future Earth: Our Home In Peril?”

From the Art & Science Collaborations, Inc. website:

Call for Entries: The Common Ground Collection of Gifted Digital Artists 2008
THEME: “Future Earth: Our Home In Peril?”

Artists from around the world are invited to use the digital art medium to speak to the common issues we all face on this planet, regardless of where we reside or what language we speak or what tribe or nation we identify with. We cannot escape our interconnectedness with regard to the health of planet Earth and its ecosystems. For this collection of digital art, we are looking for compelling imagery that creatively communicates this cross cultural imperative to treat our home – Earth – as the sanctuary that it is for all of us.
Please submit your complete entry by September 30, 2007. October 31, 2007 is the selection notification to artists.
There are NO fees for submissions.

Eligibility and Media
Submission is open to all creative artists whose works can be defined as digital in nature.
We invite artists to submit up to 3 finished digital art images.

Common Ground is using a fairly narrow definition for “Digital Art” relative to this inaugural Common Ground Collection. We do recognize – and encourage – the broader acceptance of digital art expression that may take many forms. But for the purposes of this exercise in cross cultural reflection on Environmental issues, we are focusing in on the PROCESS of digital art:
Art that was created using digital technology in the process of its creation. In other words, a computer program was used to generate the works, or to manipulate and modify the imagery.

For the purposes of consideration in the Common Ground Collection, straight photography, video imagery, even music (all of which may be construed, rightly so in the broader definition, as digital art) will NOT be eligible for submission.
Completed art for submission may indeed contain digital photo images, but all submissions will be judged for the artist’s use of computer programs for enhancement and creativity.

Jury Process
A panel of distinguished practicing artists, curators and arts administrators will determine the standards and select the finalists for the awards. All decisions are final. The jury will be looking for the development of original ideas in the work submitted – imagination, competence, and the skillful use of art and technology tools. Work that suggests visual plagiarism, i.e. a direct copy of another artist’s work, will not be accepted.

Click HERE for Submission Guidelines.

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Digital ’07: PATTERN-FINDING; ASCI Exhibition Deadline AUGUST 20, 2007

Art & Science Collaborations, Inc’s 9th international, digital print Open Competition Exhibition will take place October 6, 2007 – January 27, 2008 at the New York Hall of Science.

This year’s theme will explore how the images of science research, mathematical data-sets, sound frequencies, and nature itself are being translated via the computer [& software] into 2-dimensional art of exquisite pattern. Over 100,000 museum visitors will see this exhibition.

CO-JURORS: JD Talasek, Director of Exhibitions & Cultural Programs at The National Academy of Sciences, Washington, DC; and ASCI founder/director, Cynthia Pannucci will co-curate this year’s exhibition.

From the website:
Historically, pattern has been reinterpreted by artists from the earliest of times. From the incised pictograms on the walls of Egyptian tombs, the stunning cut-outs of Matisse, America’s pieced and patchwork quilts, to the everyday pattern of light and shadow that captivates many contemporary photographers — pattern has captured the artist’s vision.

For Digital ’07, we are specifically looking at how structure and pattern in the universe, whether visible or invisible to the naked eye, have become the muse for many contemporary digital artists. We seek to explore how today’s scientific fields of systems science, chaos and string theory, fractals, nanoscience, genetics, molecular science, the wavelets or frequency of sound, or a myriad of other mathematical data-sets have influenced today’s artists, scientists, and technologists in creating 2-dimensional art of exquisite pattern.

And let’s not forget the oldest source of pattern, nature itself! As Galileo is quoted to have said: “Nature’s great book is written in mathematical symbols.” Nature is, of course, an infinite resource for the lover of pattern.”

Deadline: August 20, 2007

Don’t forget to visit the ASCI website often to learn of other competitions, conferences and exhibitions in the art/sci community. This month’s featured member is CAMILLE SEAMAN, whose project ‘The Last Iceberg’ won the hardbound book prize from the 2006 Critical Mass competition. Congratulations, Camille!

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Article on Susan Meiselas in NYT

There is a great profile of Magnum photographer SUSAN MEISELAS in – click here for the link. It notes her exhibitions currently on view in Arles, and at the Cohen Amador Gallery in Manhattan through September 8th.

Susan has always shown nothing but the greatest respect for her subjects. I hope all my readers know of her work, including the book, exhibition and website for her aka Kurdistan project.

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Interesting article on Conservation of Digital Art in today’s

Today’s edition of has an extensive piece on the issues relating to conservation and preservation of digital and media-based art intitled “Conserving Pixels, Bits, and Bytes” at this link. Author Jaquelyn Lewis looks back at important exhibitions that showcased contemporary pieces and notes the institutions that made early commitments to aquiring work, such as the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis. I hope you will read this interesting piece.

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