Photo Exhibits and News
Worth checking out on the Web
William Klein, who photographed the energy of cities, died at age 96. He built his reputation with dreamlike images of New York, Rome, Moscow and Tokyo and cast a satirical eye on fashion in a decade of work for Vogue. From the New York Times obituary (link gifted). “One of his generation’s most celebrated photographers, represented in museums across Europe and the United States, Mr. Klein began his career as a restless postwar American in Paris who took a studio on the Left Bank, defied traditions and plunged into his anarchic visions of painting, sculpture, street and fashion photography, feature films and documentaries.” Vince Aletti in reviewing the recent Klein retrospective at the International Center of Photography notes “William Klein’s pictures will still knock you out….Klein’s “tabloid gone berserk” approach to street photography in New York and beyond,” has some great images to look at. Howard Greenberg Gallery also has some wonderful images to puruse. Or check out the New York Times’ review (link gifted) of the ICP show.
William Klein, “Bikini, Moskva (River), Moscow,” 1959.
With his wide-angle lens, an elderly onlooker and an exuberant sunbather, Klein turned a park into a theatrical stage.
Credit...William Klein and Howard Greenberg Gallery
Wolfgang Tillmans has a major exhibit opening in New York at the Museum of Modern Art. The website notes, "The viewer...should enter my work through their own eyes, and their own lives,” the photographer Wolfgang Tillmans has said. An incisive observer and a creator of dazzling pictures, Tillmans has experimented for over three decades with what it means to engage the world through photography. Presenting the full breadth and depth of the artist’s career, Wolfgang Tillmans: To look without fear invites us to experience the artist’s vision of what it feels like to live today."
The New Yorker has a review of the show and an interview with him, noting, “what one experiences walking through a Tillmans installation is relief from the usual manipulations of picture-making. His career is a lifelong inquiry into what gives an image meaning, including formalist experiments made without a camera... Tillman’s sincerity has not wavered....His evident commitment to the secular liberal consensus might seem wishful, if his freedoms, as a gay man whose life has transcended national boundaries, were not so contingent on politics.”
The New York Times review (article gifted) notes, “Wolfgang Tillmans: Older, Wiser, Cooler" -- the artist has concerned himself with “the poetry of looking,” blurring the line between party and protest. But, increasingly, it’s politics on his mind.” The Vulture review by Jerry Saltz notes “Wolfgang Tillmans Changed What Photos Look Like, A career retrospective becomes a cathedral of the mundane.” Art News calls the exhibit one of the best of the year. His gallery is David Zwirner. Related, exhibition book
Diane Arbus, known for her unrelenting direct photographs of people who are considered social deviates, was part of an exhibit 50 years ago at MOMA. That exhibit is recreated and gets a new look at at David Zwirner. They are also publishing a 500-page book of writings about Arbus called “Documents.” A story about it in the New York Times (article gifted).
Southern Exposures: Nearly 40 years ago, photographer Baldwin Lee embarked on a 2,000-mile road trip throughout the American South from his home in Knoxville, TN, where he is a professor of art at the University of Tennessee. Over the subsequent seven years, he made several trips throughout the South, photographing Black Americans at home and at work, in urban and rural settings. Lee’s first solo show in New York opens September 22 at Howard Greenberg Gallery. The show, which presents 30 photographs from an archive of nearly 10,000 images, coincides with a monograph of Lee’s work, published by Hunters Point Press this month (Source: https://photographmag.com/)
“Working Together, The Photographers of the Kamoinge Workshop” has traveled from Virginia Museum of Fine Arts to the Whitney to now the J Paul Getty Museum. Explore the exhibit here. Check out the related videos
Photographer and professor Jeff Sedlik bought a framed photograph at an estate sale held last year at Schwenke Auctioneers in Woodbury, CT, for $2,200, but when he took the photograph out of its frame, he discovered a second photograph hidden behind the first: a rare 19th-century platinum print by Alfred Stieglitz. [artnet news]
American Silence. The Photographs of Robert Adams. For 50 years, Robert Adams (b. 1937) has made compelling, provocative, and highly influential photographs that show us the wonder and fragility of the American landscape, its inherent beauty, and the inadequacy of our response to it. This exhibit is currently at the National Gallery and moves on to the Nevada Museum of Art, Reno, opening October 29, 202.