The result of a two-year research project, Evidence is comprised of photographs selected from corporate and institutional archives including government departments, the military, scientific research establishments, and law enforcement agencies. If intended by the original photographers as dispassionate records, through their considerate and aesthetically pointed selection Sultan and Mandel present evidence of quite the opposite.
In an image-saturated world, British collage artist John Stezaker rather creates more with less. Cutting up yesterday photographs, subtracting pieces, and juxtaposing faces, he transforms forgotten photographs and postcards into symbolic portraiture of modernism. Stezaker’s artistic interests in examining hidden relations between images have bestowed international success and recognition upon him and his collage art. Gestalten.tv had a precious opportunity to speak with the artist at his exhibition in Berlin’s Capitain Petzel Gallery.
Featured in the exhibition The Age of Collage, his topical work is now on display at Gestalten Space in Berlin until January 12, 2014. The accompanying book of the same title also takes an insightful behind-the-scenes look at those working with this interdisciplinary and cross-media approach.
Stephen Shore is truly the photographers' photographer. For over forty years, he has contributed his gift to the creative world through books, exhibitions and professorship. In this short documentary interview, Imagista's director Heidi Hartwig dispels the mystery of the man behind the mythology.
Fraenkel Gallery is pleased to present new work by Nicholas Nixon, his fourteenth solo exhibition at the gallery. Comprised of approximately thirty works dating solely from 2012 and 2013, this will be Nixon's first exhibition to interweave photographs made both in black-and-white and color.
Known for penetrating portraits of couples, the ill and elderly, and an ongoing annual portrait (begun in 1975) of his wife and her three sisters, Nixon is a master of rich, telling detail. His new work is comprised of intimate self-portraits with his wife, Bebe, and landscape views made in France and his neighborhood in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Grounded in a vocabulary of precision resulting until now solely from large format black-and-white negatives, Nixon here also introduces digital photographs made with a high-resolution hand-held camera. The primary setting is home life; the subtle register of daylight on skin, a close crop of backyard grass, detailed studies of eyes, faces and hair. Other views from further afield also appear—swaths of grass and sweeping wheat fields echo his close-up studies of tangled hair, and underscore a sometimes-overlooked connection to the natural world.
Nicholas Nixon (b. 1947) has been awarded three National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships and two Guggenheim Fellowships. His work is widely published and in the collections of numerous important museums around the world. He has had solo exhibitions at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and elsewhere.