Archive for November 6, 2009

Saturday November 7th: Gallery talk and book signing with Alex Webb and Rebecca Norris Webb

From the Radius website:

“This Fall, Radius Books is proud to publish Violet Isle, a photographic duet about Cuba, by Alex Webb and Rebecca Norris Webb. Ricco Maresca Gallery, in New York’s Chelsea District, is launching the book with a wonderful exhibition of photographs by both artists.

The gallery talk and booksigning will be held on Saturday, November 7th from 4–6 pm. ”

Like many of the Radius titles, this book is available in a trade edition, signed edition and limited edition.

About the book, from the Radius website:

“This multi-layered portrait of “the violet isle”—a little-known name for Cuba inspired by the rich color of the soil there—presents an engaging, at times unsettling document of a vibrant and vulnerable land. It combines two separate photographic visions: Alex Webb’s exploration of street life, with his attuned and complex attention to detail, and Rebecca Norris Webb’s fascination with the unique, quixotic collections of animals she discovered there, from tiny zoos and pigeon societies to hand-painted natural history displays and quirky personal menageries. The result is an insightful and intriguing blend of two different aesthetics inspired by Cuba’s existence over the last fifty years in an economic, political, cultural and ecological bubble virtually untouched by the rest of the world, and unlikely to remain that way for much longer.


Alex Webb is best known for his vibrant and complex color work, especially from Latin America and the Caribbean. He has published seven books, including Crossings and Istanbul, and has shown at the Whitney Museum of American Art, the High Museum of Art, and the Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego. He became a full member of Magnum Photos in 1979. He received a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2007 to continue photographing in Cuba.

Rebecca Norris Webb, originally a poet and journalist, had her first NYC solo exhibition at Ricco Maresca Gallery in 2006, the same year her first book, The Glass Between Us, was published. Her series, which uses text and images to explore the complicated and vulnerable relationship that exists between people and animals in cities, has also been included in several group exhibitions, including “Why Look at Animals?” at the George Eastman House Museum of Photography. Her project was awarded sponsorship by the Blue Earth Alliance. Currently, she’s working on a series of photographs in the American West called, “My Dakota.”


Pico Iyer is a British-born essayist and novelist of East Indian descent who is currently based in Japan. A regular columnist for Time magazine since 1986, he has also written for Harper’s, The Financial Times, The New York Times, The New Yorker. He has written over ten books, including Global Soul: Jet Lag, Shopping Malls, & the Search for Home (2000), Sun after Dark: Flights into the Foreign (2004) and most recently, The Open Road: The Global Journey of the Fourteenth Dalai Lama (2008).”

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November 18th- Roger Ballen Lecture in Boston

As part of the Photographic Resource Center’s Fall lecture series,  Photographer Roger Ballen will be giving a lecture on Wednesday, November 18, 2009 7pm

From the website:
Location: BU Photonics Center (PHO206)
8 St. Mary’s St, Boston, MA
Green Line: (BU-Central T-stop)
$10 members/ $15 non-members/ $5 full-time students/ Free for students of Institutional Member schools

Roger Ballen was born in New York in 1950. Since 1982, he has been living and taking photographs in South Africa. In 2001, Outland (Phaidon Press) received the Best Photography Book of the Year Award at PhotoEspaña. In 2002, Ballen won the Photographer of the Year Award at the inaugural Rencontres d’Arles Awards. Since 2002, Ballen has had over fifty exhibitions worldwide, including one-man shows at the Bibliothèque Nationale in Paris and Gagosian Gallery in New York. His work is represented in many museums, including the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, Centre Pompidou in Paris, and the Museum of Modern Art in New York.

Please join us after the lecture when Mr. Ballen will be signing copies of his newest monograph, Boarding House , published by Phaidon Press.

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Critical Mass TOP FIFTY and BOOK FINALISTS Announced

Congratulations to the Top Fifty Finalists of  Photolucida Critical Mass Competition 2009!!

Book Award Finalists

Jody Ake

Carl Bower

Alejandro Cartagena

Toni Greaves

Birthe Piontek

Christopher Sims

Top 50

Jenn Ackerman
Jody Ake
Leslie Alsheimer
Jane Fulton Alt
Carl Bower
Andrea Camuto
Manuel Capurso
Alejandro Cartagena
Pelle Cass
Edmund Clark
Victor Cobo
Caleb Cole
Scott Dalton
Dorothee Deiss
Mitch Dobrowner
Jade Doskow
Ed Freeman
Lucia Ganieva
Judy Gelles
N W Gibbons
Toni Greaves
Alexander Gronsky
Jessica Todd Harper
Jessica Ingram
Samar Jodha
Mary Shannon Johnstone
Jimmy Lam
Laurie Lambrecht
David Leventi
Larry Louie
Benjamin Lowy
Simone Lueck
David Maisel
Sarah Malakoff
Rania Matar
Tim Matsui
Mark Menjivar
Brad Moore
Kate Orne
Ara Oshagan
Rachel Papo
Bradley Peters
Alexis Pike
Birthe Piontek
Ellen Rennard
Betsy Schneider
Peter Sibbald
Christopher Sims
David Taylor
Phillip Toledano
Will Steacy
Serkan Taycan

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November 10th- Michael Wolf: Artist’s Talk

Photographer Michael Wolf will be doing an Artist’s Talk and Book Signing  on Tuesday, November 10, 6:30 pm at the Aperture Foundation

Exhibitions on view:
November 7, 2009—January 21, 2010

From the gallery website:

Michael Wolf: The Transparent City
Chicago, like many of the world’s great urban centers, has recently undergone a surge in new construction, grafting a new layer of architectural experimentation onto those of past eras. Bringing his unique perspective on changing urban environments to a city renowned for its architecture, Michael Wolf chose to photograph Chicago’s central downtown area, focusing specifically on issues of voyeurism and the contemporary urban landscape in flux. His first body of work to address an American city, Michael Wolf: The Transparent City opened at the Museum of Contemporary Photography, Columbia College Chicago (MoCP), in November 2008. The show at Aperture marks the second U.S. venue for the exhibition. The work, which is accompanied by a book of the same title copublished by Aperture and MoCP last fall, was created as part of the Chicago-based U.S. Equities Realty Artist-in-Residence Program, in collaboration with MoCP.

Whereas Wolf’s prior series concentrated on the “architecture of density,” this most recent work invites the viewer to examine the transparency and fluidity of the new American cityscape. Juxtaposing humanizing details within the surrounding geometry of the urban landscape, fragments of everyday life—digitally distorted and hyper-enlarged—are snatched surreptitiously via telephoto lenses. Think Edward Hopper meets Blade Runner. In Michael Wolf: The Transparent City, Wolf’s work resonates with all the formalism of the constructed, architectural work for which he is known, and emphasizes his ongoing engagement with the idea of how modern life unfolds within the framework of the ever-growing contemporary city.

Michael Wolf (born in Munich, 1954) grew up in the United States. Wolf attended UC Berkeley, and later studied with Otto Steinert at the University of Essen in Germany. Two previous books—Sitting in China (2002) and Hong Kong: front door/back door (2005)—feature his much-acclaimed photographs of China. Wolf lives and works in Hong Kong and Paris.

Aperture Gallery
547 West 27th Street, 4th floor
between 10th & 11th Avenues
New York, New York
(212) 505-5555

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