Remembering Herb Ritts
"Regardless of whether you speak the language or are familiar with a culture, the picture should hold up." —Herb Ritts
Celebrated photographer Herb Ritts was born on this day in 1952.
Ritts’ inimitable portraiture, classical treatment of the nude, and innovative approach to fashion photography brought him international fame.
We worked with the Herb Ritts Foundation to create this fantastic online catalogue of his biography, work, exhibitions, and more.
“Making casts of everyday things, she materializes emptiness and opens up some amazing, almost metaphysical third space between reality and imagination, the public and the private, stillness and frenzy.” - Jerry Saltz on Rachel Whiteread.
A member of the Young British Artists, Rachel Whiteread was the first female recipient of the prestigious Turner Prize. Whiteread received extensive critical attention for her work throughout the 1990s, winning a Venice Biennale medal for sculpture in 1997.
We worked with the artist and Luhring Augustine Gallery to create this unparalleled Monograph of her work.
Pictured: Rachel Whiteread, photographed by Timothy Greenfield-Sanders.
If Berlin has developed into an art world hot-spot, then this is in large part due to artist K.H. Hödicke.
With his openness to a large variety of media, from new forms of painting and sculpture to objects and film, Hödicke has influenced countless young artists and made an enduring mark on the famous Berlin art scene.
From his exhibitions to interviews, here’s everything you need to know about Hödicke.
Happy birthday Larry Fink! The photographer, who celebrates his 72nd birthday today, is famed for his black-and-white behind-the-scenes images.
Remembering Joan Mitchell
"I do not want to improve [nature]… I certainly never mirror it. I would like more to paint what it leaves me with." - Joan Mitchell
A preeminent member of the “second generation” of Abstract Expressionists, Joan Mitchell was born on this day in 1925 in Chicago. Mitchell, as an abstract expressionist, composes with long curvilinear strokes or broad stains of color, contrasting warm and cool, often on unprimed canvases. Her perceptions enrich her work with a fascinating sense of the unfinished.
Joan Mitchell demonstrated that in painting, just as in life, anything can happen.
"I think I make art for brave eyes. I don’t want to make art that will pat you on the back and tell you everything is going to be okay. I want to make something that’s much more confronting. You don’t look at it, it looks at you as much as you look at it." - Robert Longo
Happy birthday Robert Longo! Born in Brooklyn, NY, Longo loved pop culture, cartoons, and print media as a child; this later significantly influenced his art. A sculptor and painter, Longo is well-known for examining urban life in bold works fusing pop culture and Fine Art.
Controversial artist Spencer Tunick celebrated his 46th birthday yesterday.
The New York-born artist has been documenting the live nude figure in public, with photography and video, since 1992. Since 1994, he has organized over 75 temporary site-specific installations in the United States and abroad. These grouped masses, which do not underscore sexuality, become abstractions that challenge or reconfigure one’s views of nudity and privacy.
Find out more about Spencer Tunick.
“I am trying to make exactly what I see in front of me.”
- Robert Graham
Confronted by a Graham figure, the viewer is caught between the desire to embrace and the impulse to worship. Furthermore, the viewer becomes aware of the subtle ambiguities that give Graham’s statues their own particular sense of life.
Find out more about LA artist Robert Graham.
Friedlander at Pace/MacGill
For over five decades, Lee Friedlander has captured the American social landscape through his camera lens. He is known for his poignant visual juxtapositions of subjects drawn from American vernacular culture.
Now, Pace and Pace/MacGill are inaugurating their representation of the legendary photographer in New York with Nudes and Mannequin, a two venue presentation.
Pace is showing a selection of over 50 of Friedlander’s iconic black-and-white nudes, photographed with a hand-held Leica camera from 1977 to 1991.
Pace/MacGill is presenting around 20 exciting new pieces of work entitled Mannequin, which are photographs of store front windows in New York, Los Angeles, and San Francisco.
Klein + Moriyama
Just in time for Frieze Week: A new exhibition which opens today at London’s Tate Modern allows you to explore modern urban life in New York and Tokyo through the photographs of William Klein and Daido Moriyama.
This is the first exhibition to look at the relationship between the work of Klein and Moriyama; the show demonstrates the visual affinity between their shared desire to convey street life and political protest, with subjects ranging from anti-war demonstrations and gay pride marches to the effects of globalization.
Brett Weston in New York
This exhibition, which opens tonight, seeks to reestablish Weston’s status as one of the greatest American photographic artists of the 20th century; it includes over 80 black-and-white prints which were all printed by Weston, and are almost all vintage.
A life singularly devoted to lyrical and sensuous large-format photography, Weston found inspiration in the deserts and coasts of California and Mexico, in the streets of New York and San Francisco, and across the towns and villages of Europe.
Weston’s other obsession was women, many of whom he loved, and who loved him back. In the 1930s he had an affair with Mildred Cram, who memorialized Weston in her screenplay for Love Affair. The 1957 remake An Affair to Remember starred Cary Grant, whose style of seduction is said to be close to that of Brett Weston!
Some advice for those of you thinking of a career in photography, from famed Japanese artist Daido Moriyama:
"Take as many photographs as you can: it’s the only way to train your eyes, body and emotions."
The NY Art Book Fair
This fair is the world’s premiere event for artists’ books, catalogs, monographs, and periodicals, presented by 283 international presses, booksellers, antiquarians, artists, and independent publishers from 26 countries.
Check out a couple of amazing artnet Monographs online before hitting the fair!
Meet photographer Daido (Hiromichi Moriyama), a black-clad persona with an engaging mixture of cultural sophistication, intense professionalism, Bohemian glamour, and a Japanese sense of chivalry.
Born in 1938, in Ikeda-cho, Osaka, Japan, Moriyama joined Tokyo’s avant-garde VIVO workshop in 1958, just as it was closing. The artist went on to serve as Eikoh Hosoe’s apprentice.
Unlike his contemporaries, Moriyama’s work neither makes a political statement nor offers a critical view of the western influence on post-war Japanese culture. Video, television, and a full length documentary film have made Moriyama an intellectual icon, and a powerful cultural influence on younger generations of photographers and artists.
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