Collection Photographers: News and Exhibitions

We are thrilled to report that a slew of our favorite collection photographers have had some great press lately for current or recent exhibitions. We are proud to call them colleagues and friends! Thank you to all of our collection photographers for constantly challenging our perception and perspectives and providing a platform for creative thought and engagement.

The PBS News Hour featured the Andre Kertesz: On Reading exhibition with a lengthy article accompanied by a short video. The exhibition was organized by the MoCP and is currently on view at the Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh until Feb 13, 2011.

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Photos by Dawoud Bey/Courtesy of Harn Museum of Art

The Harn Museum in Gainesville, FL is currently exhibiting two shows by Dawoud Bey: Class Pictures: Photographs by Dawoud Bey and Dawoud Bey: First-Year Florida Project. The First Year Florida Project features about 20 photographs of 40 Univeristy of Florida students taken over an intense two-week artist residency in July.

Sarah Hoskins and her ongoing series The Homeplace were the focuses of an episode of NPR’s Weekend Edition Sunday. For this project, Hoskins has been traveling for years back and forth from Illinois to small communities surrounding Lexington, Kentucky. As the article explains, “When she started taking photographs, she hoped to bring a historic part of America’s post-Civil War past to life. Ten years later, she’s become part of the community she came to observe.”

Ben Gest: Commisure is on view at the Contemporary Museum in Baltimore through January 23, 2011. Michael O’Sullivan gave a great review of the show in the Washington Post. For O’Sullivan, the perspective in Gest’s images suggests that his subjects and environments “seem skewed or warped at impossible, even vertiginous angles” and “in some, the instability is so great that Gest’s subjects appear on the verge of sliding out of their frames.” Makes you want to go see it, right?

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, Ben Gest. Ben and Dawn, 2009

Grange Prize finalist Leslie Hewitt has won the Wein Artist prize from the Studio Museum in Harlem. Hewitt was awarded an unrestricted $50,000 prize, given to “an African-American artist of great innovation and promise.” Another Grange Prize finalist, Moyra Davey, was interviewed by Jane Adams for the Globe and Mail regarding her photographic practice and a few of her works. You can still see a few works by both Hewitt and Davey at the MoCP through December 22.

Laura Valenti and Don Frank are two artists in a two-person show at the Lightbox Photographic Gallery in Oregon, through December 8. Valenti’s The Family Home and Frank’s Oooh Isn’t It Pretty both explore environmentally sensitive themes. Read more from this Coast Weekend review.

And finally, Flavorpill highlighted the photographs of Herb Ritts and put together a pretty nice slide show of his work.

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Herb Ritts, Richard Gere, San Bernandino, 1978