Archive for March, 2008

Griffin Museum: CALL FOR ENTRIES, Deadline March 30

Katherine Ware, curator of photography at the Philadelphia Museum of Art will serve as Juror for the Griffin Museum‘s 14th Annual Exhibition. In addition to cash awards, two one-person exhibitions in the Griffin’s Emerging Artist Gallery will be designated.

Visit the guidelines on the website here, or click here for a complete prospectus in PDF format; the deadline for applications is March 30th.

The exhibition will be on view at the Griffin Museum in Winchester, Massachusetts from June 5 – August 31, 2008.


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The anchor of next weekend’s art fairs in NYC is the ARMORY SHOW.

The Armory Show is the largest of the shows, with over 150 exhibiting international galleries with a strong emphasis on contemporary art. The show is held at Pier 94, Twelfth Avenue at 55th Street in New York City.

From the Armory Show website:

“The Armory Show, The International Fair of New Art, is the world’s leading art fair devoted exclusively to contemporary art. In its tenth annual exhibition, The Armory Show 2008 will celebrate the spirit of contemporary art. The exhibition includes many of the most important contemporary dealers showcasing new art from around the world.

New York is home to more collectors, galleries, critics and artists than any other city in the world. During The Armory Show, they are joined by many thousands of their peers from around the globe making New York the true center of the international art world.

The Armory Show is the successor to the highly acclaimed Gramercy International Art Fairs that attracted thousands to their New York, Los Angeles and Miami shows between 1994 and 1998. The Armory Show was first presented in February 1999 at the 69th Regiment Armory, the very site of the now legendary Armory Show of 1913 that introduced modern art to America and for which The Armory Show is named.

After the deaths of Founding Members Pat Hearn and Colin De Land the remaining founders of The Armory Show established a benefit foundation in their name. The Pat Hearn and Colin De Land Cancer Foundation is a not-for-profit corporation whose mission is to provide assistance for medical expenses to members of the visual arts community with cancer. More information and donation instructions can be found at

VOLTA NY, 7 West 34thStreet, across from the Empire State Building near 5th Avenue. VOLTA NY introduces a new format with exclusively solo projects, conceived to complement the exciting program of art available during The Armory Week in March 2008.

SCOPE NEW YORK, Damrosch Park, Lincoln Center (W. 62nd St. and Amsterdam): Thursday – Sunday

PULSE NEW YORK Contemporary Art Fair, Pier 40, West Side Highway at West Houston Street: Thursday – Sunday

ART NOW Fair, Hotel 30/30, 30 East 30th Street between Madison and Park Avenue: Thursday – Sunday

LA ART Fair, The Altman Building, 135 West 18th Street at 7th Avenue: Thursday – Sunday

RED DOT Art Fair, Park South Hotel, 122 East 28th Street between Park and Lexington: Thursday – Sunday

BRIDGE ART FAIR, Focus: Asia, The Waterfront (The Tunnel), 222 12th Avenue: Thursday – Sunday

New York Art and Design Fair, Park Avenue Armory at 67th Street: Thursday – Monday

There are complimentary shuttle busses running between the Armory Show and many of these fairs occuring in NYC simultaneously; check the event websites for details.

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Today’s NYT Magazine: The Art Issue 3-23-08

Today’s New York Times Magazine has a bounty of interesting articles about the art world, from admirable examples of philanthropy to curatorial achievements to a behind the scenes look at handling works of art.

You can view the table of contents here.

In today’s NYT Newspaper: a review of Mikhail Baryshnikov’s photography exhibitionMerce My Way” at 401 Projects in NYC.

I’m catching up on past NYT issues, too – in case you missed these articles on philathropy and social entrepreneurship in the Money issue (3/9/08); view the table of contents here.

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MVS to lecture in San Diego, March 27th, 7 p.m. at MoPA

I will be giving a public lecture entitled “Finding Your Audience: An Introduction to Marketing Your Photographs” next Thursday evening in the Joan and Irwin Jacobs Theater at the Museum of Photographic Arts in San Diego.

The lecture will begin at 7:oo p.m.

This event is being held in conjunction with my two-day workshop entitled “Presenting Your Work to the Fine Art Community (March 28 & 29th at MoPA). Contact the Julia Dean Workshops to learn if space remains in the workshop: (310) 392-0909.

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Photojournalist Philip Jones Griffiths, 1936-2008

Sadly, Philip Jones Griffiths has died at age 72. While the Magnum photojournalist covered many important subjects during his lifetime, he is perhaps best know for his tough work of Vietnam published in a book entitled “Vietnam, Inc.” which was an important document of the war and many credit this body of work with helping to turn public opinion against the war. His study of Vietnam continued with “Agent Orange” and “Vietnam At Peace.” A collection of his best work was published in “Dark Odyssey.”

I have fond memories of Philip from my years working at the Magnum NYC office and beyond. His early corporate work was landmark in its day, bringing a photojournalistic style to images produced for annual reports. But – Philip always refused a commission, no matter what the pay, from any company that has even the slightest bit of association with “the war machine.” I will miss him, his dedication to telling the truth, his tenacity, and the smile he had for all.

Read the Magnum Photos tribute here.

Read the BBC obituary here.

Read the NY Times obituary here.

Read the interview with Philip in The Independent(January 21, 2008) here.

View the piece on Vietnam, Inc. on Musarium here.

Read the interview with Philip in APERTURE 190 (Spring 2008) here.

Read the article “Agent Orange: Collateral Damage in Viet Nam” written by Philip in Digital Journalist (January 2003) here.

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“”Polaroid’s Entrepreneurial Legacy” from Boston Globe 3/16/08

An interesting article detailing the innovations of former Polaroid staffers in their new industry roles can be found at this link. Among them: “Polaroid spin-off Zink Images has developed a full-color photo printer that doesn’t need ink; it goes on sale later in 2008.”

To view the 4-minute video explaining this new 2×3″ mobile Polaroid-branded Zink printer, visit the page for the article and you will find the video interview with Zink CEO Wendy Caswell.

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Andrew Phelps Lectures on HIGLEY at Arizona State University March 20th

Northlight Gallery at Arizona State University’s Herberger College of the Arts is presenting photographer Andrew Phelps on March 20th.

Phelps will speak about his photographic work “Higley” and recent book of the same name. Phelps grew up in Higley, a small farming community in central Arizona, and documented what he described as …” this moment, where one place, with a definitive history, is rapidly losing ground to an undifferentiated sense of progress.”

Additionally, Phelps recently self-published BAGHDAD SUITE, a self-published book-on-demand in a limited edition of 100 numbered and signed copies.

For parking information and maps, click here.

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