Friday, January 28, 2011
From the trailer, another quote of the week in that it relates so well to photography:
"What I would really like to do is to be able to change the lives of a group of people with the same materials that they deal with everyday."
- Vik Muniz
Wednesday, January 26, 2011
- David Bayles & Ted Orland, from Art & Fear
Tuesday, January 25, 2011
All of the info for the upcoming Palm Springs Photo Festival can be found here. It takes place from March 27 - April 1 this year. Personally, having a day job, these dates don't work for me in the least but maybe they do for you. There's some interesting programming if so.
Wednesday, January 19, 2011
Copyright James Welling
"Artist James Welling’s early photographic work became identified with the Pictures generation of the 1980s. He has exhibited extensively, with recent solo exhibitions at Regen Projects, Los Angeles; David Zwirner, New York; and Maureen Paley, London, among others. For many years, Welling has worked in the intersection of photography and photographic technology, and his recent photographs investigate architecture and color. His new book is Glass House. Welling is a professor of photography at UCLA."
ALL HAMMER PUBLIC PROGRAMS ARE FREE. Tickets are required, and are available at the Billy Wilder Theater Box Office one hour prior to start time. Limit one ticket per person on a first come, first served basis. Hammer members receive priority seating, subject to availability. Reservations not accepted, RSVPs not required.
Parking is available under the museum for $3 after 6:00pm
Copyright Katy Grannan
I also got to see the anniversary show, the surveillance show and the Cartier-Bresson show at SFMOMA and all were excellent. Here's a Wayne Thiebaud I fell in love with and which also reminded me of the Granann's with that harsh sunlight.
The highlight of the trip, though, was Pier 24. To quote someone I talked to who had checked out Annenberg while in town for photo LA and was comparing the two, "Annenberg is like going to Disneyland." Pier 24 is anything but. I'd say it's more like going to heaven.
Since only 20 people at a time, 60 each day are allowed to make reservations, it's a perfect contemplative environment for viewing work in an incredible space and what work there is! I'll definitely be making it up again for future shows and wish LA had something comparable. You have to go check out this photographic Mecca. Here are a couple of mediocre architectural shots, since they were hand held and I only had a 50mm prime. Top photo is a glimpse into the conference / reception room and those Bechers are about 20-25% of all that are in that one room of the space. Yes, that is water out those windows. It was a foggy day and I felt like I was in a movie.
Copyright John Divola
I've been looking for an excuse to check out UC Riverside's California Museum of Photography (next trip to Palm Springs or Joshua Tree) but this may get me out there for the day. John Divola is showing at the Riverside Art Museum through April 15th and with an opening reception this Saturday the 21st from 6:00 - 8:30pm so you can hit both up at the same time.
Tuesday, January 18, 2011
I saw much better photography at galleries, SFMOMA and Pier 24 this weekend in San Fran than I saw at Photo LA on Thursday. Still, I'm glad we have it and will be back next year with hopefully more time to spend with books.
- Joerg Colberg
Friday, January 14, 2011
2) I saw Restrepo this week and it is a movie every American should watch. You can only begin through watching it to understand what these guys are experiencing. It is streaming on Netflix now.
Thursday, January 13, 2011
American Flag, 1977 - Fitting for this week...
Robert Mapplethorpe, Portraits is up at the San Jose Museum of Art starting Jan 29th through June 5th if you find yourself up in the Bay Area.
"When critics don't know what to say about a good photographer who uses the camera simply and directly they say that the photographer uses the camera simply and directly. In fact, most ordinary and bad photographers also use the camera simply and directly. Even the most ambitious photographers--whether or not they are good artists--use the camera simply and directly. Robert Mapplethorpe used the camera simply and directly, but he was, alas, not really an interesting photographer."
Be advised - you have to reserve a time to visit in advance, as only 60 spots are available each day.
(These are the same Hiroshi Sugimoto's that LACMA acquired last year - they're stunning)
Wednesday, January 12, 2011
Mike Carreiro's version of LA feels to me like still shots from A Single Man - a dreamy, muted-toned version of our city that I can fall into. They could have been shot in the 60's but have a hint of today.
All images copyright Mike Carreiro
Of course, the biggest event will be the opening reception tomorrow night from 6-9pm. Tickets cost $80 but there is booze, proceeds go to benefit the photography department of LACMA, William Eggleston will be in attendance, and you also get a one-day return pass in case you're too busy schmoozing to actually look at work and books. Say hello if you see me there.
THE LA BREA MATRIX: A Panel Discussion
Saturday, January 15 · 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Location Santa Monica Civic Auditorium / Double Tree Hotel
This event is free to the public. Tickets are available one hour in advance at the Photo LA box office.
THE LA BREA MATRIX project explores the complex relationship and cross-cultural exchange between art photographers on both sides of the Atlantic. At its core the project is questioning the iconic power of the photograph Stephen Shore took on the corner of La Brea Avenue and Beverly Boulevard in Los Angeles on June 21, 1975.
For the project, six German photographers were invited to Los Angeles to create a new body of work that searchs for photographic points of reference to Shore's landmark picture.
This program brings together STEPHEN SHORE with core individuals involved in THE LA BREA MATRIX including JENS LIEBCHEN, OLIVER SIEBER, MARKUS SCHADEN, and CHRISTIANNE DEARBORN, along with photography collector MANFRED HEITING to present for the first time the new photographs taken in Los Angeles and discuss the project in depth.
Presented in collaboration with the Goethe-Institut Los Angeles, Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany, Schaden.com and The Lapis Press.
Monday, January 10, 2011
Friday, January 7, 2011
Also, don't forget about DNJ's opening party to celebrate their move to Bergamont Station on Sunday from 12-4pm.
Thursday, January 6, 2011
Todd Walker, who used to run the excellent Gallery Hopper blog before moving to San Francisco, now runs Ocular Octopus so be sure to add that to your RSS feed. Todd's put together a Google map of Southern California photography galleries and another for San Francisco galleries. I've added liks to them in the sidebar. Thanks, Todd. We all know how reliant we are on maps here in LA.
Wednesday, January 5, 2011
Tuesday, January 4, 2011
The great San Francisco via Los Angeles painter Wayne Thiebaud:
Sharon Core's photo:
Here's the artspeak:
"Similar to those sentiments raised by photographer Tim Davis' series
Permanent Collection, Core points toward the disconnect of artworks in
reproduction, examining the appearance of paintings reproduced in textbooks
and catalogues. Core's work takes great pleasure in exhibiting each of these
particularities, while continuously acknowledging the intricacy of culture's vast
visual archive." - Catherine Krudy
Check out Thiebaud's impossible-to-copy amazing streets.