Exhibitions


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Scott Frances will show 68 large-scale works from his series MonoVisioN at the Decoration and Design Building in NYC, opening tomorrow, June 21st. The exhibition coincides with the release of his first monograph of the same title with an introduction by Richard Meier, published by Pond Press.

Scott is a native New Yorker; he studied fine arts and journalism in Illinois, and early in his career he shot for ESTO photographics, under the auspices of the great Ezra Stoller. This show should be a beauty.

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All images © Scott Frances. Thanks to Kate Greenberg.

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There's a new gallery in Austin, Texas. B. Hollyman Gallery is opening their third show on June 4th, 2011, with Texan photographer (and aCurator favourite) Jo Ann Santangelo. Her series 'Walking the Block' is a collection of black and white photographs documenting the LGBT community of New York City's Christopher Street. Jo Ann worked on this project for close to two years, shooting at night. 

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From the gallery's Q & A:
What were your intentions at the beginning of this project?
"I didn't have any intentions; it was pure curiosity, the project started pretty organically. One evening, a fellow classmate and I went to Christopher Street in search of Damion, a homeless transgender teenager I had been hanging out with, and passed Chi Chiz bar. The sidewalk scene in front of Chi Chiz was something I had never witnessed before. My friend and I hung out in and outside of Chi Chiz for the rest of the night. After a while, one of the ladies asked if we were cops, saying our presence was making some of them nervous. I admitted we were photo students and I was looking for one homeless trans kid, and she replied, "Well, we all aren't homeless." I said, "I know, that is why I'm here...I don't mean any harm." Qwana replied, "I know. That is why you are still here."

For some reason, they allowed me to not only take their photos, but welcomed me into their family. Night after night I went back down to Christopher Street."

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How did the project transform along the way?
"As I changed from curious on-looker to an insider my only intention was to document. It was a privilege and honor to be accepted into this community. I wanted others to see them as I did. Not just as a bunch of transgender sex workers and male escorts walking the block, but as human beings, as individuals."

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All images © Jo Ann Santangelo

B. Hollyman's current exhibition is from another aCurator fave, Walker Pickering

Baron_Wolman_invitation.jpgComing soon is one of the best books you'll buy this year, Baron Wolman's Every Picture Tells A Story: The Rolling Stone Years. In case you don't know, Baron was Rolling Stone magazine's first photographer and photographed every cool and groovy musician at the time, Jimi, Janis, Jim, Jerry et al.

Whilst we prep for the release of the book, Baron will be nipping over to Moscow for the opening of his solo show at Pobeda Gallery. Head on over to the Red October Chocolate Factory!

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Gina LeVay has always impressed me, ever since as a youngster she tipped up in my office with a bunch of contact sheets of Morgan Spurlock around the time of 'Super Size Me'. Gina has gamely tackled New York City's underground Sandhogs, the guys who drilled our city's water tunnel (featured in the launch of aCurator magazine) and is working on her (sadly, ongoing) 'American Widow Project'.

Her latest exhibition is from the project on female bull fighters she executed in Spain and Mexico over the past 5 years, portraying elegance in a brutal circus. "I was curious to meet the few tenacious young women who have upended centuries of tradition by penetrating the antiquated, machismo world of bullfighting."

More info at Hous Projects, where the exhibition opens on May 5th and runs through June 25th.

I'm squeamish, so I chose a few images that do not show any pierced flesh.

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All images © Gina LeVay

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Not only are our friends at Snap Galleries exhibiting my friend and long-time business partner Michael Putland's Triptychs this month (nice amount of press guys!), they're also showing Iain MacMillan's Abbey Road Beatles session, and offering the rare prints as a set. Evidently, owner Guy White busted out his loupe:

"One of my favourites is a mysterious lady in a purple top who appears deep in the shadows on three of the six frames. Who was she? She probably doesn't even know that she was there that day - but someone will know who she is. During our research, we have discovered a dozen other bystanders, just like her. It's fascinating to me to think that if a different frame had been chosen as the cover, some of these other characters might have been on the album sleeve. It's also interesting to have a set of photographs with the actual frame numbers visible, so we can establish with absolute certainty the order of the images."

The full story plus an online catalogue can be viewed on Snap's website but of course if you're in London you must go and see in person.

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"Aperture Gallery and sepiaEYE present 'Wind', a solo exhibition by internationally acclaimed Korean photographer Jungjin Lee featuring twenty-five stunning panoramic landscapes. A limited-edition artist book, as well as the artist's first trade book, co-published by Aperture and Sepia, accompany the exhibition. Beautiful in their composition and physical execution, Lee's images present metaphors for an interior state of being and the forces that shape it. Lee's landscapes are imbued with an elemental vastness, at once powerful and serene. The Wind exhibition will coincide with the annual Asian Contemporary Art Week (ACAW) festivities held in New York. Museums, galleries, curators, and artists will be involved through the ten-day run of the festival."

Opening reception, March 24th. aCurator has the hots for this piano photograph, if you're buying.

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Gorgeous, stunning, monumental. Michael Kirchoff's photographs will be on exhibit at Wildfire Gallery in LA, opening March 18th, 2011.

The ongoing series 'An Enduring Grace' "is a fulfillment of distant childhood curiosities of Russia... Michael now approaches these dramatic scenes with the same feeling of wonderment he had as a child..."

The photographs on show were made over the course of multiple visits since 2007.

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Road to Red Square and Naval Cathedral © Michael Kirchoff

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Robyn Twomey is a great editorial and fine art photographer from the Bay Area whose first solo exhibition, a series about users of medical marijuana, opens March 3rd, 2011, at Patricia Sweetow Gallery in downtown San Francisco. Maybe one day when New York grows up we too will be able to treat our sick neighbours with the magical weed.

"In the fall of 2009, Twomey was on assignment with Fortune Magazine covering the medicinal marijuana gold rush in California for the article, Medical Marijuana's High Society. While photographing behind the scenes at the dispensaries, she met 19 year-old Jordan Mays, a medical marijuana client who has a rare form of leukemia. Though not originally part of the assignment, the photo editor of Fortune Magazine encouraged Robyn to accompany Jordan to his house and photograph him. Thus began the journey for Robyn into the personal stories of Medical Marijuana prescription patients from Harborside Healthcare in Oakland, CA. Robyn has photographed over 30 clients, with an array of stories; the large-scale portraits are staged in the client's environment while each administers their medication. The photographs give voice to the diversity of those who rely on cannabis for relief, despite the frail legal framework, and the menacing social stigma."

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Ann, Jordan, Catrina and Karen © Robyn Twomey







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Photography's new year is well under way and on February 1st the Half King will host a special evening to launch Gina LeVay's Sandhogs exhibition. Gina will be speaking, and joining her will be a real live Sandhog, Dennis O'Neill. Come to West Chelsea for a beer and short film.

Meanwhile, take a look at Gina's feature in aCurator Magazine to learn more about how she shot this amazing series.

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From Shipping Forecast: South-East Iceland, Saturday 10 August 1996 © Mark Power

Amador Gallery will be opening an exhibition of one of my personal faves, Mark Power, on January 26th 2011 at their midtown location. I'm most familiar with Power's 'Shipping Forecast' series, alongside which will be a new body of work, 'The Sound of Two Songs'.

"The Sound of Two Songs is the result of the artist's love affair with Poland, describing in photographic terms the changing social values of a country caught between the past, the present and the future, both in terms of attitude and of the contradictions found in its landscape. The series reflects both the urban and the rural, the old and the new, setting the crumbling inner city housing estates of the Communist era against the new developments of colorful apartments and gleaming shopping centers."


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From The Sound of Two Songs, Warsaw, February 2005 © Mark Power

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