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Openings Tonight!


Delphine Diallo, Monica, courtesy the artist

Exhibitions opening in Chelsea, NYC tonight!

The Black Portrait: An exhibition curated by Natasha L. Logan and Hank Willis Thomas

The word black has several meanings in our society. It may reference individuals or groups with dark skin; a complete absence of light; the opposite of white; or the embodiment of a negative or pessimistic disposition. A portrait is understood to represent a person or thing, usually in the …form of a drawing, painting, photograph, engraving, or text. 

When these terms are linked, a sense of alchemical potency is suggested. This exhibition brings together paintings, photographs, videos, collage and sculpture by ten artists contending with what it means to make a black portrait. It aims to use this linkage to expand dialogue about identity, difference, and belonging in contemporary culture.

The exhibition will feature artists Christine Wong Yap, 
Coby Kennedy,
 Aperture Portfolio Prize Runner Up Delphine Diallo, Duron Jackson,
 Felandus Thames, 
Kajahl Benes,
 Kambui Olujimi,
 Keisha Scarville, 
Shane Aslan Selzer, and
 Toyin Odutola.

Hank Willis Thomas among others will participate in the two day-conference Beauty and Fashion: The Black Portrait Symposium at the department of Photography & Imaging Tisch School of the Arts at NYU on April 2-3.

Buy a signed copy of Hank Willis Thomas’ Aperture book Pitch Blackness here!

Opening Reception:
March 31, 6:00-8:00 pm

Exhibition on view:
March 31 – May 21, 2011

Rush Arts Gallery
526 W 26th Street, Suite 311
New York, New York


Image courtesy Ruben Natal San-Miguel

First Class/Second Class:  An exhibition curated by Asya Geisberg and Leah Oates

This exhibition features work that investigates various aspects of class structure via either a personal narrative or an outsider’s perspective. The artists come from a range of backgrounds and cultures, and do not necessarily foreground the theme of class in their work. They include Chris Verene, Rebecca Morgan, Miles Ladin, Devin Troy Strother, Ruben Natal San-Miguel, Holly Jarrett, Conor McGrady, and Brian Shumway. This exhibition extracts class as a necessary and frequently overlooked prism through which we can interpret their work. First Class/Second Class posits that class is omnipresent as an identity marker, and frequently undermines race, gender, and nationality, while simultaneously being dependent on individual circumstances.

Opening Reception:
March 31, 6:00-8:00 pm

Exhibition on View:
March 31 – May 7, 2011

Asya Geisberg Gallery
537B West 23rd Street
New York,

Watch Chris Verene here on a panel at The New School titled: Contemporary Documentary Practices.

Review: Cities by Sze Tsung Leong at Yossi Milo


When I asked Seth Boyd and Richard Renaldi what made a good photobook (as part of my conversation with them), Seth said “Good pictures. Just good pictures. That sounds ludicrously simplistic, but that’s all I want when I look at a book: to see amazing images.” Once you put images on a wall, this becomes even more obvious: A good exhibition features good photographs. Of course, there are OK shows (lots of those) and good shows (fewer, but still a lot), and then there are great shows. Great shows will make you come back (if you can). Great shows are when you think you know what to expect, but once you’re there you know that something is happening that’s hard to describe. It’s almost magical. Great shows are rare. If you want to see a great show right now, see Sze Tsung Leong‘s Cities, on view at Yossi Milo Gallery (until April 2, 2011). (more)

(click on the image for full-size version)

To produce these images, the artist has been traveling all over the globe, pointing his camera at, well, cities. How do you take a photo of a city? You go somewhere higher up, and you make sure you get as much of the city as you can. It’s really as simple as that. If you were to ask what made a great photo, maybe a good first answer would be “a simple idea.” If you were to ask how to produce a great show out of great photos, I suppose there’s a simple answer, too: Get the photos printed properly, making sure they have the right size, get them framed, and hang them on the wall.

Describing it that way might make you wonder why Cities is so special, and that’s where things get a little hard to explain. Everything was done just so perfectly, while looking so effortlessly. It would (must?) have been so tempting to go for effect, to produce billboard-size prints… Well, actually, the artist did go for effect, but it’s done in such a subtle and controlled way that you don’t even realize what’s going on. You just realize that while you are looking at all those cities, you see them through the artist’s eyes, in the most perfect way.

Looking at these images on your computer screen won’t do, of course. You really have to see these images on the wall to be able to appreciate what they do. I could probably blabber on now, getting all those words out of the art critic’s box, talking about the “sublime,” for example, or any of the other stuff that so often gets used to inflate review word counts.

But maybe I’ll just add this: If you still need to get convinced that photography can be art, then go and see Cities. There’ll be photographs on the wall, but you’ll be looking at art, at the tremendously inspiring vision of an artist who happens to be a photographer.

Easily the best show I have seen in many months.

Discovering the Language of Photography: The Gernsheim Collection

An interesting article from the Harry Ransom Center at UT Austin.

Harry Ransom Center
Discovering the Language of Photography: The Gernsheim CollectioDavid Coleman, the Ransom Center’s Curator of Photography, leads a free gallery tour of Discovering the Language of Photography: The Gernsheim Collection, on Tuesday, December 7, at 7 p.m. at the

Ransom Center.
Drawn from the peerless collection of Helmut and Alison Gernsheim, the exhibition features masterpieces from photography’s first 150 years, alongside other images that, while lesser known, are integral to the medium’s history. Highlights include the first photograph (on permanent display at the Ransom Center); works by nineteenth-century masters such as Lewis Carroll, Julia Margaret Cameron, and Henry Peach Robinson; and iconic images by modern photographers such as Man Ray, Robert Capa, Edward Weston, and Henri Cartier-Bresson.
If you are unable to attend the curator’s tour, free docent-led tours of this exhibition are offered Tuesdays at noon and Saturdays and Saturdays at 2 p.m. The exhibition runs through January 2.

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