Monday, 28 April 2008

Herbert List at D&G Metropol in Milan

Herbert List © Naples. street football 1959

Herbert List "An Eye for Beauty" the exhibition is on show at Dolce & Gabbana Metropol Space in Milan.
This historical Milanese cinema built in the late Forties is mainly used for "sfilate" during season collection. A photographic exhibition featuring works by Herbert List is on display until June 6th. It is the second photographic exhibition on show at Metropol, previous exhibition feature an anthology of Enzo Sellerio works.
Described as a view of " the Mediterranean and its people, reread and re-interpreted with a Scandinavian sensitivity that exalts the symbolic worth of the objects and people shown".
Let`s hope to see more photographic works on display soon.

Second Duesseldorf Contemporary cancelled

Duesseldorf Contemporary, which premiered last April, announced that it was closing its doors.
The fair's organizers cited low sales, saying in a statement, "All indications are that art-market activity concentrates on a few art fairs with international and not just German significance."
Art fairs in Basel, Miami and London continue to grow every year while some smaller fairs are shrinking. The organizers of DC said they are exploring a consolidation with other art fairs.

Tuesday, 22 April 2008

Biennale de la photographie - Liège 2008

Xavier Delory ©

The sixth Biennale de la Photographie is on the way in Liege. The curator is Dorothée Luczak and the theme of the event is "The concept of Territories" and its different aspects
like “Mental Territory”, “Political Territory”, “Mutating Territory” or the relationship between “Territory and Identities”. On display works by Edward Burtynsky, Xavier Delory and Patrick Messina. Fot more infos

Chris Jordan in Rome

Cell phones #2, Atlanta 2005 Chris Jordan ©

National Geographic is sponsoring a world tour of Chris Jordan Photographic works .

The photographer is famous for using photography to explore American consumerism and on this touring exhibition is acting as their international Eco-ambassador for Earth Day 2008. He will exhibit his work, conduct workshops, and give public lectures and media appearances in Taipei, Lisbon, and Rome. The work in Rome is on public display between April 9 and 30 at the Lungotevere in Augusta.

Wednesday, 9 April 2008

Fotografia international Rome`s Festival

Fotografia international Rome`s Festival is now into the seventh edition, different exhibitions opening from April 4th to May 25th. For more informations
Giorgio Barrera is the winner of the second edition of the FotoGrafia – Baume&Mercier International Award. The jury was composed by Olivier Spillebout (Transphotographiques, Lille), Massimiliano Tonelli (Exibart), Laura Serani (Deleguée generale del prossimo Mois de la Photo à Paris and SI FEST), Tim Davis (U.S.A., photographer) and Marco Delogu (FotoGrafia).

Friday, 4 April 2008

France plans loans for art buyers

Identical Twins by Diane Arbus ©

France is taking measures to boost its flagging art market.
The government says interest-free loans will be offered to "modest" buyers to purchase works and it is expanding incentives for companies to buy.
A survey out this week showed that, for the first time, France had dropped from 3rd to 4th place behind China in sales of art works.
"There is a real need to act," explained French Culture Minister Christine Albanel.
Under the scheme, members of the public will be granted interest-free loans worth up to 10,000 euros ($15,000, £8,000).
Mrs Albanel said the idea was "to bring private individuals closer to this act of buying a work of art", she said the idea was also to help young artists.

Thursday, 3 April 2008

Graciela Iturbide, 2008 award winner Hasselblad Foundation

Graciela Iturbide © , House of Frida Kahlo

The Hasselblad Foundation International Award in Photography for 2008 has been made to Graciela Iturbide from Mexico City.
Graciela Iturbide is considered one of the most important and influential Latin American photographers of the past four decades. Her photography is of the highest visual strength and beauty. Graciela Iturbide has developed a photographic style based on her strong interest in culture, ritual and everyday life in her native Mexico and other countries. Iturbide has extended the concept of documentary photography, to explore the relationships between man and nature, the individual and the cultural, the real and the psychological. She continues to inspire a younger generation of photographers in Latin America and beyond.
This year’s prize committee, which submitted its proposal to the Foundation’s board of directors, comprised:
Frits Gierstberg, (Chair) Head of Exhibitions, Nederlands Fotomuseum, Rotterdam, The Netherlands,
David Chandler, Director, Photoworks, Brighton, England,
Monika Faber, Chief Curator, Albertina Collection of Photographs, Austria,
Michiko Kasahara, Chief Curator, Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, Tokyo, Japan,
Patricia Mendoza, Director, Instituto de Artes Gráficas de Oaxaca, Mexico.

Is Photo Old or Oldest?

William Henry Fox Talbot

By By Randy Kennedy New york Times

Sotheby’s said on Wednesday that it would postpone the sale of an early photographic print known as a photogenic drawing because some scholars now believe that the print — an image of a leaf — may have been produced much earlier than previously thought, making it the earliest existing photographic image. For many years the image was attributed to William Henry Fox Talbot, one of the fathers of photography, and was thought to have been made in 1839. But Larry J. Schaaf, an expert on Talbot’s work, questioned that attribution in an essay in the catalog for the photography auction, which will still be held on Monday but without the leaf image, above. Mr. Schaaf wrote that there is evidence to suggest that the work titled “Leaf” — made by placing a leaf on photosensitive paper exposed to light — could have been created by the early photographic experimenters Thomas Wedgwood, James Watt or Humphry Davy. They are known to have produced photogenic drawings, also called photograms, as early as the 1790s, though no examples have ever been found. Denise Bethel, director of Sotheby’s photograph department, said the auction house and the image’s owner, an investment firm called the Quillan Company, had decided to postpone the sale of the print indefinitely until more research could be done.

Miart fiera dell'arte moderna e contemporanea Milano

Il sole 24 ore 3 Aprile 2008

Miart cresce e guarda già al 2015. Perché sebbene la fiera milanese di arte moderna e contemporanea sia arrivata alla sua tredicesima edizione (in programma dal 4 al 7 aprile), gli stessi organizzatori ammettono che, prima di quest'anno, era una manifestazione che in città faceva parlare poco di sé.Questa volta, assicura Sandro Bicocchi, a.d. di Fiera Milano International, assisteremo a un «salto di qualità». Il primo in vista di una crescita a livello internazionale della fiera stessa, ma anche con uno sguardo al grande e discusso appuntamento con l'Expo che Milano si è aggiudicata qualche giorno fa, di cui arte e cultura faranno parte integrante.«La novità principale – spiega Bicocchi – è il raddoppio nella presenza di gallerie straniere che, rispetto allo scorso anno, sono passate da 32 a 65». Segno di una credibilità acquisita dal capoluogo lombardo nel settore artistico, ma anche risultato di un lungo percorso di promozione dell'evento al di fuori dei confini nazionali. Qualche voce critica si è levata, dalla stampa, sul fatto che all'appello mancano però alcuni tra i principali galleristi cittadini e non solo.