I just returned from four days of looking at art in New York and here are some recommendations. Don’t miss An-My Le at Murray Guy gallery, which features her new photographs based on travels with the Navy. At the Whitney, Lee Friedlander: America by Car, highlights the prolific Friedlander as Friedlander with his signature images through car windows; also, the Whitney has an excellent permanent collection show of its Biennial purchases over the years with a lot of surprises and proof of the importance of collecting young artists. John Baldessari makes it new again with compelling black and white paintings based on photo collages at Marian Goodman.
Kelly, an intern with the department of photography and new media, is currently studying design in London. She will keep us updated with reviews, first hand reports, and gallery events. Keep an eye out for more of her posts from the other side of the Atlantic!
Greetings from London! I have strolled through Regent’s Park countless times and its beauty always amazes me. However, I have never been as “wowed” by Regent’s Park as when it was full with thousands of spectators, curators, art dealers, and artists at the eighth annual Frieze Art Fair. This international art fair brings together art connoisseurs and lovers from all over the world to view works of both established and upcoming artists. It was a pleasure to be at the center of this. Word on the street was that the event did not match up to past years, but as a first time visitor I was impressed by the scale and spectacle of it all. Rows upon rows of contemporary galleries were represented. Each showed their best work, hoping to gain attention for their artists and from art buyers. It was fascinating to observe the friendly dynamic between the gallery representatives and patrons. Though the art world is a serious and expensive business, I observed an excited energy, glow in all eyes, and a light, chatty atmosphere. I did not see a frown in the building (well, tent)! One piece that made me particularly happy was Sam Durant’s work, Let’s Behave Like Americans. It was made up of a large horizontal mirror, spray-painted with the titled words. As people walked by, it was easy to identify fellow Americans. We all gave a little chuckle and knowing looks as if in a secret club. Additionally, I enjoyed two photographs by Yang Fudong’s from the series Ms. Huang at the M last night. They are large prints that speak of a luxurious night out, focused on a beautiful Chinese woman surrounded by alcohol and men. The subject would suit the “Embarrassment of Riches” exhibition at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts. Overall, it was thrilling to see so much great art under one temporary roof. I highly suggest making it to the vibrant city of London and the Frieze Art Fair next year.
The Newman Lecture on Contemporary Photography with James Welling is tonight from 6 to 7 p.m. in the Pillsbury Auditorium. The cost is $15; $10 for MIA Members; free for Contemporary and Photography & New Media Affinity Group Members. To reserve, call the Members’ Hotline: (612) 870-6323.
Focusing on twenty-five photographs from 1970 to 2010, James Welling will chart his transition as an artist from video, sculpture, dance, and painting to photography.
The Newman Lecture on Contemporary Photography with James Welling will take place next Thursday, October 14, 6-7 p.m. in the Pillsbury Auditorium. Focusing on twenty-five photographs from 1970 to 2010, Welling will chart his transition as an artist from video, sculpture, dance, and painting to photography. The event is $15; $10 MIA members; free for Contemporary and Photography & New Media Affinity Group members. To reserve, call the Members’ Hotline: (612) 870-6323.
New Pictures 3: James Welling, Glass House, will officially open this Thursday from 6-9 p.m. Join us for a talk by David E. Little, curator and head of the Department of Photography and New Media, at 6:30 p.m. in the Perlman Gallery on the second floor of the Target Wing. The event is free.
After stopping by the MIA, check out a few local photography exhibitions.
Installation view of Portraits/100 Years: Robert Maplethorpe, Isabella Rossellini, 1988 and Alec Soth, Misty, 2005.
The Weinstein Gallery is currently showing Portraits/100 Years: August Sanders, Robert Mapplethorpe, and Alec Soth. This exhibition is on view through October 1st. Click here for more information on the Weinstein Gallery.
MPLS Photo Center has two exhibits on display. Black, White & All Points in Between is a juried exhibition of 69 photographs by 69 photographers, Black, White & All Points in Between showcases the state of black and white photography today. The exhibition runs through October 25th.
Street Scene: Incidents in Real Life is a group exhibit by local photographers Mike Dvorak, Walter Horishnyk, Kirby Johnson & Orin Rutchick. The exhibit is on display through October 3rd. For more information on the MPLS Photo Center, including gallery times and location, check out their website.
Read a great review of “Embarrassment of Riches” from the Star Tribune.
A Lunch at the Belvedere, 2004
Courtesy Luc Delahaye / Galerie Nathalie Obadia
Are you ready? The day has come. Tonight, Thursday, September 16, 2010, 6-9 p.m. is the opening for the newest photography exhibition, Embarrassment of Riches. There will be a Gallery Talk with David E. Little, curator and head of the MIA’s Department of Photography and New Media at 6:30 p.m. The exhibition is free and will be in the Harrison Photography Gallery on the third floor. It will run through January 2, 2011. See the recent e-flux posting for additional information. Be sure to check out other Third Thursday festivities as well.
Check out this article on Embarrassment of Riches, Picturing Global Wealth, 2000-2010 in W magazine. Also, see the Minneapolis-St. Paul Magazine column on the show in the September issue. Hope to see you at the opening next Thursday, September 16, 6-9 p.m.
Image: Martin Parr, Cartier International Polo Challenge, Dubai, 2008