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Photography | Ursula Schulz-Dornburg in Transit

Friday, July 27th, 2018

Erevan – Parakar
(from the series:
Transit
Places, Armenia
), 2004

Gelatin silver print.
Städel Museum,
Frankfurt am Main



Ursula Schulz-Dornburg:
The Land In-Between
– Photographs from 1980 to 2012
Städel Museum
Frankfurt am Main | Germany
Until > 9 September 2018



From Medina to
Jordan Border
(from the series: From
Medina to Jordan
Border), 2003
Gelatin silver print.
Archive of the artist



Ursula Schulz-Dornburg just keeps on going. One of Germany’s most well-respected and well-travelled photographers, who was born in Berlin in 1938, has traversed Europe, the Middle East and Asia for more than forty years in pursuit of border landscapes, places of transit and relics of past cultures. Her images are a vigorous demonstration that where you go, what you do there and what you bring back are far more important than where you come from.

Based in Düsseldorf since 1969, Schulz-Dornburg rebuffs the comparisons her work draws with that of the ‘Düsseldorf School’ of photographers that grew up in the city around Bernd and Hilla Becher and includes, among others, their former students Andreas Gursky and Thomas Struth, and with which she is often associated. But the superficial similarities between her work and the Bechers’ (who never taught her) – extended series of analogue, black and white images, shot with the same lens and from the same angle, and often devoid of people are difficult to shrug off. Describing herself as a campaigner and activist, however, Schulz-Dornburg insists that her photography, unlike theirs, has always been political. Her training as a photojournalist in Munich from 1959 to 1960, and having been born into a family of architects, she says, have been the most important and enduring influences on her images.

Valley of the Tombs
(from the series:
Vanished Landscapes,
Palmyra, Syria), 2010
Gelatin silver print.
Städel Museum,
Frankfurt am Main



Vanished Landscapes,
Iraq, Marsh Arabs
(from the series:
Vanished Landscapes,
Iraq, Mesopotamia), 1980
Gelatin silver print.
Private collection, USA



While Schulz-Dornburg is interested in the marks humans have left behind in the landscape in the course of lengthy historical processes, as well as in recent political changes of the kind brought about, for example, by the Gulf Wars (between 1980 and 2003) her work has a parallel with that of the Dutch photographer Marie-José Jongerius, who has explored America’s ruination of its western landscape, via its unquenchable thirst for water. Although the end results look entirely different, Schulz-Dornburg’s approach to her subject matter is also reminiscent of Canadian Edward Burtynsky’s strategy of producing ‘idyllic’ photographs of recycling yards, mines, quarries and refineries that represent his search for a dialogue between attraction and repulsion.

Kronstadt (from the
series: Kronstadt), 2002
Heliography.
Archive of the artist



From Medina to
Jordan Border

(from the series: From
Medina to Jordan
Border), 2003

Gelatin silver print.
Archive of the artist



To date, her travels have taken her to such diverse destinations as the Tigris in ancient Mesopotamia, Iraq (1980), the Sulawesi area of Indonesia and the hermitages along the route to Santiago de Compostella, Spain (1996). Many of her projects have been published as books or catalogues to the swathe of over 50 solo exhibitions, from Italy’s Venice to Santa Monica in California, she has had since 1997. One of the series of Soviet-era bus stops she began photographing that year in Armenia and continued documenting until 2011, was recreated by the architects Herzog & de Meuron for a project in Burgos, Spain in 2007 that ran until 2012.

With some 250 works, Ursula Schulz-Dornburg: The Land In-Between – Photographs from 1980 to 2012 at Städel Museum is the first-ever comprehensive institutional survey of the photographer’s oeuvre.

All photographs by and © Ursula Schulz-Dornburg, courtesy Städel Museum


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Art | Drawing: a Place in Space

Friday, February 10th, 2017

Hermann Glöckner,
From the series: 3 Phases, 1980
Foldings, tempera on cardboard,
Deutsche Bank Collection
at
the Städel Museum,
Frankfurt am Main
© VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2017



Into the Third Dimension:
Spatial Concepts on Paper from
the Bauhaus to the Present
Städel Museum
Frankfurt am Main | Germany
15 February > 14 May 2017



Globalisation has created a situation where, too often, the larger galleries and museums around the world choose to gather material from a wide variety of collections and private sources, which combine to produce blockbuster exhibitions that might have the advantage of being comprehensive, but lack any sense of place. This one is different.

Despite the work included having been produced by an international array of artists 13 artists, among them Argentine-born Lucio Fontana (founder, in Italy, in 1947 of the Spatialism (Spazialismo) movement), Spanish sculptor Eduardo Chillida, and the American artists, Sol LeWitt, who produced countless spatialist works in the latter decades of the 20th century and on into the 21st, and James Turrell, who, during the same period used projected light to create illusionary geometric bodies, the vast majority of it is drawn from the Museum’s own extensive holdings, which gives the show a strong local flavour.

El Lissitzky
Proun. Kestner Portfolio 1
(sheet IV), 1923
Lithograph
Städel Museum,
Frankfurt am Main



Sol LeWitt
Distorted Cubes (B), 2001
Lino cut
© VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2017



Eduardo Chillida
Yunque de sueños VII
(Anvil of Dreams VII),
1954 > 1959

Iron and wood,
Städel Museum,
Frankfurt am Main
© Zabalaga-Leku /
VG Bild-Kunst,
Bonn 2017



It had been the cubists, in Paris in the early 1900s, sticking pieces of newspaper, wallpaper, tickets and packaging on to the paper or canvas surfaces on which they were working, who pioneered the spatial concept, but they soon moved on to pursue other interests. El Lissitsky, a Russian, and Hungarian Laszlo Moholy-Nagy, however, while both based in Germany during the 1920s, experimented extensively with spatial ideas, producing work that would have enormous, international impact. Important examples of these from the Städel’s permanent collection including Lissitsky’s Proun (1923) portfolio of graphic works, and Moholy-Nagy’s Constellations (1923) portfolio of prints, are used as an introduction to the exhibition.

László Moholy-Nagy
Construction, 1924
Oil on canvas
Permanent loan of
Commerzbank AG,
Frankfurt am Main



The Museum is also displaying a selection of works by important German spatial art masters, Hermann Glöckner (1889-1987) and Norbert Kricke (1922–1984), who were both strongly influenced by constructivism. Glöckner, was one of former East Germany’s leading abstract artists, who, from 1935 started to create collage-like, folded pieces that tested the notion of a shallow pictorial solid and foreshadowed 1960s minimalism, while in post-war Düsseldorf, Kricke began producing sculptures made from welded together metal rods that reached out dynamically into space.

The Third Dimension: Spatial Concepts on Paper from the Bauhaus to the Present at the Städel Museum might be dominated by works on paper, but, of course, due to the nature of its subject, also features sculpture and even some paintings on canvas.

All photos Städel Museum – Artothek, Frankfurt am Main, courtesy Städel Museum


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Exhibitions | Reminder: Don’t Miss These…

Saturday, August 1st, 2015

McDermott & McGough, Those Moments, 1955, 2010
Tricolour carbon print. Courtesy the artists and Cheim & Read, New York.
On show at The Hammer Museum in Los Angeles, see below



The Blog team return next week.
Whether you’re staying at home or travelling,
here’s our selection of some of the best
of what’s on show this summer >>>



Doug Aitken, Sunset (black and white), 2011
Hand carved foam, epoxy with LED lights and hand silk-screened acrylic.
Courtesy the artist, 303 Gallery, New York, Galerie Eva Presenhuber, Zurich, Victoria Miro Gallery, London and Regen Projects, LA. Photo © Brian Forrest.
On show at the Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt, see below



>>> Until 23 August 2015
Coop Himmelb(l)au
Frankfurt Lyon Dalian

DeutschesArchitekturmuseum (DAM)
Frankfurt | Germany
Vienna-based architectural practice with the long-winded name Coop Himme(l)blau Wolf D Prix & Partner, long-time player on the international architecture scene, founded in 1968 in response to the predominance of rectilinear grids, set out to liberate architecture from its functional confines by rendering space more dynamic and buildings gravity-defying. The exhibition presents three of the studio’s latest projects: the new European Central Bank building (2015) in Frankfurt am Main, Germany, the Musée des Confluences (2014) in Lyon, France, and the Dalian International Conference Centre in China (2012), see image below.

>>> Auction 28 Aug 2015
Japanese Whisky
Christie’s
Admiralty | Hong Kong
Featuring Hanyu Ichito’s Full Cards Series of 54 bottles of the spirit, each with beautifully-designed individual labels on a playing card theme, which are expected to sell for HK$1.8 m > 2.4 m / £150,000 > 200,000 / US$230,000 > 310,000.

>>> Until 28 August 2015
Joana Vasconcelos:
Material World

Phillips
(Selling exhibition)
London | UK

Forty works representing various periods of sculptor and installation artist Joana Vasconcelos’s career to date, coinciding with the publication of her monograph by Thames & Hudson.

>>> Until 13 September 2015
Perfect Likeness:
Photography and Composition

The Hammer Museum
Los Angeles | USA

Having reached a point when everyone thinks he / she is a photographer, and where photography of every possible style and quality pervades every corner of our daily lives, this exhibition looks at the carefully composed images of fine art photographers such as Thomas Demand, Andreas Gursky, McDermott & McGough and Jeff Wall.

>>> Until 13 September 2015
Design Derby:
The Netherlands – Belgium (1815 > 2015)

Museum Boijmans
Van Beuningen

Rotterdam | Netherlands

Like for like Dutch and Belgium design objects – from sumptuous and elegant Belgian art nouveau to the more austere Dutch version, and from the contemporary tours de force of Belgium design to the level-headed Dutch design of today – confront one other in friendly competition.

>>> Until 25 October 2015
Fast Fashion
The Shadowy Side of Fashion

Museum für Kunst und
Gewerbe Hamburg

Hamburg | Germany
A critical glimpse behind the scenes of fashion – consumerism, economic interests and ecological issues – throwing light upon fashion and its victims; poverty and affluence; global and local effects; wages and profits; garments and chemicals; clothes and ecology; as well as new fibre technologies.

>>> Until 26 September 2015
Larry Bell 2D-3D:
Glass & Vapor

White Cube, Mason’s Yard
London | UK
Larry Bell (b 1939, Chicago) is a leading exponent of the California ‘Light and Space’ movement. The exhibition includes three early glass installations as well as collages on paper and new, kinetic Light Knot sculptures. To coincide with a major presentation of a Standing Wall installation of thirty-two, six foot square glass panels (c1989 >2014) currently on show at the Chinati Foundation, Marfa, Texas, USA, at White Cube, Bell has installed 6 x 8 An Improvisation.

>>> Until 27 September 2015
Doug Aitken
Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt
Frankfurt | Germany
Following on from his Station to Station: A 30 Day Happening extravaganza at London’s Barbican, The Shirn dedicates its entire exhibition space, inside and out, to the impressive work of American multimedia-artist Doug Aitken, in the most comprehensive solo presentation of his film, music, architecture, performance and sculpture in Germany and elsewhere to date, see image above

>>> Until 27 September 2015
Germaine Krull
A Photographer’s Journey

Jeu de Paume
Paris | France
The idea of the female career photographer – rather than dabbler or dilettante – didn’t properly materialise until free-spirited women such as Gertrude Krull (1897 > 1985) thrust herself headlong into the male-dominated mêlée in the 1920s.



One-sheet poster for Sullivan’s Travels, directed by Preston Sturges, 1941
Poster art direction by Maurice Kallis. Courtesy Sikelia Productions.
On show at MoMA in New York, see below

Dalian International Conference Centre, China, by
Coop Himmelb(l)au Wolf D Prix & Partner, in Vienna, Austria

Photo © Duccio Malagamba.
On show at the Deutsches Architekturmuseum, Frankfurt, see above



>>> Until 27 September 2015
What is Luxury?
V&A
London | UK
The world’s biggest museum of the decorative arts and design has a permanent, historic collection of over 4.5 million objects. By definition it is a museum of things, many of which are extremely valuable and considered to be luxurious items. With over 100 objects, ‘From a diamond made from roadkill to a vending machine stocked with DNA, a golden crown for ecclesiastical use to traditional military tailoring, this exhibition addresses how luxury is made and understood in a physical, conceptual and cultural capacity.’

>>> Until September 30
Scorsese Collects [film posters]
Museum of Modern Art
New York City | USA
In celebration of director Martin Scorsese’s enduring commitment to the preservation of international film culture, MoMA presents 34 works from his collection, centred around a rare, billboard-size poster for the 1951 film Tales of Hoffmann. The exhibition will be accompanied by the film series Scorsese Screens throughout August.

>>> Until 4 October 2015
From Bauhaus to Buenos Aires:
Grete Stern & Horacio Coppola

Museum of Modern Art
New York City | USA
The first major exhibition of the German-born Grete Stern and the Argentinean Horacio Coppola, two leading figures of avant-garde photography who, in the 1930s, established themselves on both sides of the Atlantic.

>>> Until 18 October 2015
The 80s. Figurative
Painting in West Germany

Städel Museum
Frankfurt | Germany
Shedding light on the new and dynamic figurative painting that developed in the 1980s almost simultaneously in Berlin, Hamburg and the Rhineland. Works by among many other artists, Martin Kippenberger, Albert Oehlen, and Salomé.

>>> Until 25 October 2015
Barbara Hepworth: Sculpture
for a Modern World

Tate Britain
London | UK
Retrospective of one of Britain’s greatest artists, Barbara Hepworth (1903 > 1975), one of the few women artists to achieve widespread recognition and international prominence, featuring many of her most significant sculptures in wood, stone and bronze alongside her rarely seen works that exemplified modernism from the 1920s onwards.

>>> Until 25 October 2015
Gilbert & George:
The Early Years

Museum of Modern Art
New York City | USA
‘It’s not a collaboration. . . We are two people, but one artist,’ say the inseparable British artists, Gilbert and George, who have been creating art together for almost fifty years. This exhibition focuses on their early years, from 1969 to 1975, when the art world around them was largely engaged in pop, minimal, and conceptual work, while the pair developed a wholly unique vision.

>>> Until 26 October 2015
Radikal Moderne Planen
und Bauen im Berlin
der Sechziger Jahre

/ Planning and Building
in Berlin in the 1960s

Berlinische Galerie
Berlin | Germany
Via 300 known works and recently rediscovered material representing 30 architects, planners, photographers and artists, this is the first detailed examination of a decade in architecture and urban planning that shaped a city divided not only by a wall, but also by political ideologies.

>>> Until 31 October 2015
Stone Fenoyl (1945 > 1987).
An Imaginary Geography.
A Documentary Record

Château de Tours
(in association with Jeu de Paume)
Tours | France

Famous for his ability to discover and nurture new photographers, and for his admiration of anonymous 19th century photographs, iconographer, curator, art buyer, gallery and Vu agency (now Viva) founder, Pierre de Fenoyl was the first director of France’s National Foundation Photography in 1976. Champion of the work of Brassai, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Duane Michals and André Kertész, alongside prints, documents, films and publications, this retrospective also shows the black and white landscape photography he created himself from 1984.

>>> Until 1 November 2015
Fotografia Futurista
Galleria Carla Sozzani
Milan | Italy
With over one hundred original photographs, representing the work of over thirty photographers, this exhibition demonstrates how, over a fifty-year period, the futurists took possession of the photographic language and used it as a medium to capture the pulse of early 20th century life. In so doing, they transformed photography into the dynamic, potent and multifaceted force it became in both art and commerce in the twentieth century.

>>> Until 31 January 2016
Shoes: Pleasure and Pain
V&A
London | UK
Exploring the euphoria and obsession they can inspire, more than 200 pairs of historic and contemporary shoes from the V&A’s unrivalled international collection, worn by or associated with high profile figures including Marilyn Monroe, Queen Victoria, Sarah Jessica Parker and the Hon Daphne Guinness are on display. Famous shoes, such as the ballet slippers designed for Moira Shearer in the 1948 film The Red Shoes, are exhibited alongside footwear by 70 named designers including Manolo Blahnik, Christian Louboutin, Jimmy Choo and Miuccia Prada.



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Exhibitions | This Summer, Don’t Miss These…

Friday, July 24th, 2015

McDermott & McGough, Those Moments, 1955, 2010
Tricolour carbon print. Courtesy the artists and Cheim & Read, New York.
On show at The Hammer Museum in Los Angeles, see below



The Blog team is away.
Whether you stay at
home or go travelling,
h
ere’s our selection of
some of the best of what’s
on show this summer >>>



Doug Aitken, Sunset (black and white), 2011
Hand carved foam, epoxy with LED lights and hand silk-screened acrylic.
Courtesy the artist, 303 Gallery, New York, Galerie Eva Presenhuber, Zurich, Victoria Miro Gallery, London and Regen Projects, LA. Photo © Brian Forrest.
On show at the Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt, see below



>>> Until 23 August 2015
Coop Himmelb(l)au
Frankfurt Lyon Dalian
DeutschesArchitekturmuseum (DAM)
Frankfurt | Germany
Vienna-based architectural practice with the long-winded name Coop Himme(l)blau Wolf D Prix & Partner, long-time player on the international architecture scene, founded in 1968 in response to the predominance of rectilinear grids, set out to liberate architecture from its functional confines by rendering space more dynamic and buildings gravity-defying. The exhibition presents three of the studio’s latest projects: the new European Central Bank building (2015) in Frankfurt am Main, Germany, the Musée des Confluences (2014) in Lyon, France, and the Dalian International Conference Centre in China (2012), see image below.

>>> Auction 28 Aug 2015
Japanese Whisky
Christie’s
Admiralty | Hong Kong
Featuring Hanyu Ichito’s Full Cards Series of 54 bottles of the spirit, each with beautifully-designed individual labels on a playing card theme, which are expected to sell for HK$1.8 m > 2.4 m / £150,000 > 200,000 / US$230,000 > 310,000.

>>> Until 28 August 2015
Joana Vasconcelos:
Material World
Phillips
(Selling exhibition)
London | UK
Forty works representing various periods of sculptor and installation artist Joana Vasconcelos’s career to date, coinciding with the publication of her monograph by Thames & Hudson.

>>> Until 13 September 2015
Perfect Likeness:
Photography and
Composition
The Hammer Museum
Los Angeles | USA

Having reached a point when everyone thinks he / she is a photographer, and where photography of every possible style and quality pervades every corner of our daily lives, this exhibition looks at the carefully composed images of fine art photographers such as Thomas Demand, Andreas Gursky, McDermott & McGough and Jeff Wall.

>>> Until 13 September 2015
Design Derby:
The Netherlands – Belgium (1815 > 2015)
Museum Boijmans
Van Beuningen
Rotterdam | Netherlands

Like for like Dutch and Belgium design objects – from sumptuous and elegant Belgian art nouveau to the more austere Dutch version, and from the contemporary tours de force of Belgium design to the level-headed Dutch design of today – confront one other in friendly competition.

>>> Until 25 October 2015
Fast Fashion
The Shadowy Side of Fashion
Museum für Kunst und
Gewerbe Hamburg

Hamburg | Germany
A critical glimpse behind the scenes of fashion – consumerism, economic interests and ecological issues – throwing light upon fashion and its victims; poverty and affluence; global and local effects; wages and profits; garments and chemicals; clothes and ecology; as well as new fibre technologies.

>>> Until 26 September 2015
Larry Bell 2D-3D:
Glass & Vapor

White Cube, Mason’s Yard
London | UK
Larry Bell (b 1939, Chicago) is a leading exponent of the California ‘Light and Space’ movement. The exhibition includes three early glass installations as well as collages on paper and new, kinetic Light Knot sculptures. To coincide with a major presentation of a Standing Wall installation of thirty-two, six foot square glass panels (c1989 >2014) currently on show at the Chinati Foundation, Marfa, Texas, USA, at White Cube, Bell has installed 6 x 8 An Improvisation.

>>> Until 27 September 2015
Doug Aitken
Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt
Frankfurt | Germany
Following on from his Station to Station: A 30 Day Happening extravaganza at London’s Barbican, The Shirn dedicates its entire exhibition space, inside and out, to the impressive work of American multimedia-artist Doug Aitken, in the most comprehensive solo presentation of his film, music, architecture, performance and sculpture in Germany and elsewhere to date, see image above

>>> Until 27 September 2015
Germaine Krull
A Photographer’s Journey
Jeu de Paume
Paris | France
The idea of the female career photographer – rather than dabbler or dilettante – didn’t properly materialise until free-spirited women such as Gertrude Krull (1897 > 1985) thrust herself headlong into the male-dominated mêlée in the 1920s.



One-sheet poster for Sullivan’s Travels, directed by Preston Sturges, 1941
Poster art direction by Maurice Kallis. Courtesy Sikelia Productions.
On show at MoMA in New York, see below

Dalian International Conference Centre, China, by
Coop Himmelb(l)au Wolf D Prix & Partner, in Vienna, Austria
Photo © Duccio Malagamba.
On show at the Deutsches Architekturmuseum, Frankfurt, see above



>>> Until 27 September 2015
What is Luxury?
V&A
London | UK
The world’s biggest museum of the decorative arts and design has a permanent, historic collection of over 4.5 million objects. By definition it is a museum of things, many of which are extremely valuable and considered to be luxurious items. With over 100 objects, ‘From a diamond made from roadkill to a vending machine stocked with DNA, a golden crown for ecclesiastical use to traditional military tailoring, this exhibition addresses how luxury is made and understood in a physical, conceptual and cultural capacity.’

>>> Until September 30
Scorsese Collects [film posters]
Museum of Modern Art
New York City | USA
In celebration of director Martin Scorsese’s enduring commitment to the preservation of international film culture, MoMA presents 34 works from his collection, centred around a rare, billboard-size poster for the 1951 film Tales of Hoffmann. The exhibition will be accompanied by the film series Scorsese Screens throughout August.

>>> Until 4 October 2015
From Bauhaus to Buenos Aires:
Grete Stern & Horacio Coppola

Museum of Modern Art
New York City | USA
The first major exhibition of the German-born Grete Stern and the Argentinean Horacio Coppola, two leading figures of avant-garde photography who, in the 1930s, established themselves on both sides of the Atlantic.

>>> Until 18 October 2015
The 80s. Figurative
Painting in West Germany

Städel Museum
Frankfurt | Germany
Shedding light on the new and dynamic figurative painting that developed in the 1980s almost simultaneously in Berlin, Hamburg and the Rhineland. Works by among many other artists, Martin Kippenberger, Albert Oehlen, and Salomé.

>>> Until 25 October 2015
Barbara Hepworth: Sculpture
for a Modern World

Tate Britain
London | UK
Retrospective of one of Britain’s greatest artists, Barbara Hepworth (1903 > 1975), one of the few women artists to achieve widespread recognition and international prominence, featuring many of her most significant sculptures in wood, stone and bronze alongside her rarely seen works that exemplified modernism from the 1920s onwards.

>>> Until 25 October 2015
Gilbert & George:
The Early Years

Museum of Modern Art
New York City | USA
‘It’s not a collaboration. . . We are two people, but one artist,’ say the inseparable British artists, Gilbert and George, who have been creating art together for almost fifty years. This exhibition focuses on their early years, from 1969 to 1975, when the art world around them was largely engaged in pop, minimal, and conceptual work, while the pair developed a wholly unique vision.

>>> Until 26 October 2015
Radikal Moderne Planen
und Bauen im Berlin
der Sechziger Jahre
/
Planning and Building
in Berlin in the 1960s

Berlinische Galerie
Berlin | Germany
Via 300 known works and recently rediscovered material representing 30 architects, planners, photographers and artists, this is the first detailed examination of a decade in architecture and urban planning that shaped a city divided not only by a wall, but also by political ideologies.

>>> Until 31 October 2015
Stone Fenoyl (1945 > 1987).
An Imaginary Geography.
A Documentary Record
Château de Tours
(in association with Jeu de Paume)
Tours | France
Famous for his ability to discover and nurture new photographers, and for his admiration of anonymous 19th century photographs, iconographer, curator, art buyer, gallery and Vu agency (now Viva) founder, Pierre de Fenoyl was the first director of France’s National Foundation Photography in 1976. Champion of the work of Brassai, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Duane Michals and André Kertész, alongside prints, documents, films and publications, this retrospective also shows the black and white landscape photography he created himself from 1984.

>>> Until 1 November 2015
Fotografia Futurista
Galleria Carla Sozzani
Milan | Italy
With over one hundred original photographs, representing the work of over thirty photographers, this exhibition demonstrates how, over a fifty-year period, the futurists took possession of the photographic language and used it as a medium to capture the pulse of early 20th century life. In so doing, they transformed photography into the dynamic, potent and multifaceted force it became in both art and commerce in the twentieth century.

>>> Until 31 January 2016
Shoes: Pleasure and Pain
V&A
London | UK
Exploring the euphoria and obsession they can inspire, more than 200 pairs of historic and contemporary shoes from the V&A’s unrivalled international collection, worn by or associated with high profile figures including Marilyn Monroe, Queen Victoria, Sarah Jessica Parker and the Hon Daphne Guinness are on display. Famous shoes, such as the ballet slippers designed for Moira Shearer in the 1948 film The Red Shoes, are exhibited alongside footwear by 70 named designers including Manolo Blahnik, Christian Louboutin, Jimmy Choo and Miuccia Prada.


Tell us what you think
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The Blog’s publishers insist that all images supplied for publication in our posts are cleared for that use before being sent to us. Whether pictures are sent to us as email attachments or made available as downloadable files, any responsibility for fees that may, under any circumstances whatsoever, fall due, must be borne by the source supplier



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Photography | History in Black & White and Colour

Friday, July 25th, 2014

Paul Outerbridge (1896 > 1958), Egg on Block, 1923
Platinum print © Paul Outerbridge, Jr.
© 2014 G Ray Hawkins Gallery, Beverly Hills, CA.
Property of Städelscher Museums-Verein eV





Lichtbilder.
Photography at the Städel Museum
From the Beginnings to 1960
Städel Museum
Frankfurt am Main | Germany
Until 5th October 2014

The World c 1914
– Colour Photography Before the Great War
Martin Gropius-Bau
Berlin | Germany
1st August > 2nd November 2014





In just a few minutes but for the first time in history, earlier this week, a 3D scanner / printer was used to generate a model of an important piece of sculpture at Germany’s Liebieghaus Skulpturensammlung / Sculpture Collection, in Frankfurt. The event can perhaps be seen as a reminder of just how far photographic techniques have advanced in the 175 years since the announcement of the invention of the medium, in 1839.

In 1845, Frankfürt’s Städel Museum became the first major art institution in the world to exhibit photographic works. Until 5th October, to celebrate the birth of photography, the museum is devoting a comprehensive special exhibition, Lichtbilder. Photography at the Städel Museum from the Beginnings to 1960, to European photographic art. The work of early pioneers, Roger Fenton, Nadar, Gustave Le Gray, and Julia Margaret Cameron will feature, alongside that of twentieth century innovators such as August Sander, Dora Maar, and Man Ray.





Otto Steinert (1915 > 1978), Luminogram, 1952
Gelatin silver print on baryta paper mounted on cardboard
© Nachlass Otto Steinert, Museum Folkwang, Essen.
Property of Städelscher Museums-Verein eV, and Städel Museum

Dora Maar (1907 > 1997), Mannequin With Perm, 1935
Gelatin silver print on baryta paper mounted on cardboard
© VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2014. Property of Städelscher Museums-Verein eV

Lewis Carroll (1832 > 1898), Alexandra ‘Xie’ Kitchin as Chinese ‘
Tea-Merchant’ (on duty)
, 1873

Albumen print. Property of Städelscher Museums-Verein eV.
All photos above, plus top: Städel Museum – Artothek, courtesy Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main





Of course, 2014 also marks the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of World War I, which, because our visual record of that momentous event, and the many other wars that would follow, would have remained obscure without the reality of the images produced by photojournalists, renders the earlier invention of photography even more significant.





Stéphane Passet, Portrait of a Senegalese sniper, January 1913, Fes, Morocco

Stéphane Passet, Group of Armenian women and girls, Istanbul, Türkei, September 1912

Stéphane Passet, Le Moulin Rouge, 18th arrondissement, Boulevard de Clichy, Paris, France, June / July 1914

Stéphane Passet, A buddist lama in ceremonial dress, Palace of Heavenly Peace, fourth court, eastern annexe, China, Peking, 26th May 1913

Four photos above from Albert Kahn, Les Archives de la planete.
© Musée Albert-Kahn, Département des Hauts-de-Seine





And, even as the nations of Europe had prepared for war, French banker Albert Kahn (1860-1940), excited by the Lumière Brothers’ colour photography process (patented 1903) and intending to perform an anti-xenophobic mission of peace – bringing the outside world closer to home – sent photographers around France and across the globe, among them Stéphane Passet, a selection of whose work we show above, to develop a unique ethnographic photo archive. 70,000 images have survived, all of them in colour, of which 160 will be on show in Berlin’s Martin-Gropius-Bau in The World c 1914 – Colour Photography Before the Great War.





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Art | Erwin Wurm in Sixty Seconds

Friday, May 2nd, 2014

One Minute Sculpture, 1997
C-print

Courtesy Centre Pompidou, Paris
and FRAC Limousin, Limoges



Erwin Wurm:
One Minute Sculptures

Städel Museum
Frankfurt am Mein | Germany
7th May > 13 July 2014

How many minutes have passed since the instant in 1997 when Austrian artist Erwin Wurm (1954 >) began producing the works in this series? The mind boggles… Seven years ago he was probably wondering himself how long the idea of inviting gallery / museum visitors to become sculptures themselves, albeit for only 60 seconds – that’s 840 seconds (14 minutes) less than Andy Warhol allegedly promised us all that we could be famous for – would endure. But, like Christian Marclay’s audiovisual work, The Clock, lasting 24 hours – on view at Paris’s Centre Pompidou from 17th May > 2nd July, where it was first shown in 2011 – Wurm’s concept has remained fresh and stood the test of time.


Fat Car (Convertible), 2005
Polystyrene / styrofoam and polyester


Of course, audience partition in art isn’t new. It was an integral part of Futurism (key dates 1909 > 1944) which both celebrated and derided the crowd as a force for the future and as representative of the primitive past. In 1920, at the reading of the Dadaist manifestos by, among others, Francis Picabia, André Breton and Tristan Tzara, which ended in uproar – exactly as they intended – the audience pelted the stage with rubbish. Yves Klein in France and Yoko Ono in New York City were pioneers of performance based art, and part of a broad movement originating in the 1950s and 60s, when artists began pushing the boundaries of contemporary art, sometimes combining elements of music, dance and sculpture in their attempts to create new forms of artistic expression, for which audience participation was often integral. While Wurm’s creations are nowhere near as epic as the cast of thousands, human nude art installations that New York based photographer Spencer Tunick has been creating all over the world for the past 20 years. As an artist he is no less serious, questioning the role of galleries / museums in contemporary society, his work no less sophisticated for appearing – at least superficially – fun and sometimes funny.


One Minute Sculptures, 1997
C-prints

Courtesy Centre Pompidou,
Paris and FRAC Limousin, Limoges


From his early minimalist clothing sculptures that he began producing in the 1980s, throughout his many exhibitions at a range of international venues that include the Vitra Museum in Weil am Rhein, Germany, Dallas Contemporary, USA, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris, France, and the Albertina in Vienna, Austria, through the ephemeral One Minute Sculptures to the grotesquely bloated objects such as Fat Car (2000 / 2001) and Fat House (2003), Wurm has concentrated consistently on expanding the concept of what a sculpture, when it is no longer cast in bronze or chiselled from marble, could be.

The main thrust of Erwin Wurm: One Minute Sculptures at the Städel Museum is built on the dynamic between the artist and the audience. Visitors to previous One Minute Sculpture events have been invited, by means of the artist’s sketches suggesting nothing more than a hint or starting point, among other things, to balance their bodies on oranges, to insert a range of desktop items into every orifice in their heads, and to create a sculpture using only their own bodies and a folding sunbed, but always only for one minute.

In addition to the living sculptures with which the visitors can interact and temporarily become part of the Städel collection, some twenty selected photographs and films from the series will also be on show.

All images except* © Studio Wurm / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2014


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