Born and raised in Shanghai, Shen Wei is a fine art photographer currently based in New York City. His work have been exhibited nationally and internationally, with venues including the Museum of the City of New York, Southeast Museum of Photography, Lincoln Center Avery Fisher Hall, the Harn Museum of Art and the CAFA Art Museum in Beijing. His photographs have been featured in publications such as The New Yorker, Aperture, ARTnews, PDN, American Photo, and Chinese Photography. Shen Wei's work is included in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), Philadelphia Museum of Art, J. Paul Getty Museum, Museum of Contemporary Photography, Museum of Fine Arts St. Petersburg, Library of Congress, Florida Museum of Photographic Arts, Museum of Chinese in America, Rockefeller Brothers Fund and Kinsey Institute. He holds an MFA in photography, video, and related media from the School of Visual Arts, New York; a BFA in photography from Minneapolis College of Art and Design; and an AA in decorative arts from Shanghai Light Industry College.
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.
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?
, 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.
Herb Ritts, Richard Gere, San Bernandino, 1978
Bea Nettles, (paper by Marilyn Sward, printed by Audrey Niffenegger), Birch Bark, 1995
The Gainesville Sun featured a story on the life and work of collection photographer Bea Nettles. An exhibition of Nettles’ “untraditional” photographic work is currently on display at the Harn Museum of Art, through September 26. Throughout her career as an artist, Nettles mixed photography with painting, sculpture, and drawing techniques as well as with fabric, paper, and found materials. The works on view at the Harn are specific to Nettles’ experience as a mother – a “visually poetic study of her daughter, Rachel, and son, Gavin, as they mature in their first decade of life” as the Harn describes. An interesting tidbit – Nettles once served as a lab assistant to Jerry Uelsmann (also a collection photographer).
Lillian Bassman, Carmen, New York, Harper’s Bazaar, 1963, printed 1994
Eryn-Ashlei Bailey of the Conducive Chronicle wrote a lovely feature on fashion photographer Lillian Bassman last week. Avidly experimental, Bassman made black and white photographs with unusual compositions, blurred outlines, and dark silhouettes. She abandoned her studio in the 1970’s, after decades of trying to reconcile her artistic interests with commercial demands, and left behind many of her film negatives. In 1991 hundreds of Bassman’s lost negatives were discovered and returned to the artist, who set about reprinting them. In the process, Bassman decided to reinterpret her images from the 1940s and 1950s, often giving the images a dramatically different form. Read more about Bassman, her abandoned negatives, and fashion photography struggles in this New York Times article from 2009.
Judy Natal, Ladder, 1999
Photographer and Columbia College professor Judy Natal has been working on her Future Perfect series, which focuses on “sites that fabricate nature, not through duplication but simulation as the modeling of natural and human systems, in order to gain insight into their functioning.” Natal’s photograph of Biosphere 2, a built environment meant to represent Earth’s many ecosystems (including rain forest, desert, marsh, and mini-ocean), was featured on the Nevada Museum of Art blog this week. Of her artist-in-residency work at Biosphere 2, Natal says her images “depict, with transparency, the fabrication of environments that ultimately appear natural. It is my intent to seek out sites where this process of chaos has been repeatedly transformed.” Read more about her residency with the University of Arizona B2 Institute here.
Ben Gest, Jess & Alan, 2004, 2004
Images by Ben Gest and Glenn Rudolph have been selected for the Silverstein Photography Annual (SPA) at the Bruce Silverstein Gallery in New York City. The SPA is part of the gallery’s ongoing effort to provide exposure to emerging artists whose work incorporates the medium of photography. The gallery will host a opening reception for the exhibition on March 27 from 6-8pm.