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William Eggleston’s The Democratic Forest at David Zwirner

Red Diner
All Photos By Gail

David Zwirner Gallery is currently hosting its first exhibition with William Eggleston since having announced the gallery’s exclusive worldwide representation of the artist. On view at the space on West 20th Street in New York are works from Eggleston’s monumental project The Democratic Forest.

Two Cars

Over the course of nearly six decades, Eggleston has established a singular pictorial style that deftly combines vernacular subject matter with an innate and sophisticated understanding of color, form, and composition. His photographs transform the ordinary into distinctive, poetic images that eschew fixed meaning.

Room Interior with Viewer

His 1976 solo exhibition at The Museum of Modern Art, New York, curated by John Szarkowski, marked the first presentation of color photography at the museum. Although initially criticized for its unfamiliar approach, the show and its accompanying catalogue, William Eggleston’s Guide, heralded an important moment in the medium’s acceptance within the art historical canon, and it solidified the artist’s position as one of its foremost practitioners to this date. Eggleston’s work continues to exert an influence on contemporary visual culture at large.

Pool

The Democratic Forest is among Eggleston’s most ambitious projects and a prime example of his uniquely recognizable aesthetic. Likened to an epic journey or an enduring narrative, it comprises a careful selection of works from over ten thousand negatives he took in the mid-1980s across the southern and eastern parts of America and in several European countries.

Road

These photographs of rural back roads, industrial and residential environs, architectural details, restaurant interiors, and parking lots, among other locales, eluded the conventions of both reportage and the black-and-white art photography practiced by many of the artist’s peers at the time, and instead shaped their own definition of what a photographic image could be—intuitive and charged with imaginative possibilities.

Cars with Viewer

Palm Tree

Collectively, the project echoes Eggleston’s predilection for the “democratic” vision of the camera, able to render equally what is in front of the lens.

Blue Picnic Table

The show will include over forty works from The Democratic Forest, the majority of which have not been exhibited previously. Although taken thirty years ago, the photographs appear to cast their subjects in a timeless light.

Diner Table

As the art historian Alexander Nemerov writes in a new catalogue published by David Zwirner Books/Steidl on the occasion of the show:

Eggleston’s work—the great flow of it— feels…impelled by the world. It feels, to put it another way, pulled along by the world, by things outside the artist, rather than compelled by something inside him….[O]ne feels him being borne along by a current… [T]he current [he] rides along is simply the proliferation of scenes — the great panoramic film strip of it, never ending in its flow of gas stations and horse buggies and parking lots and roadside trees and filigreed urns stamped in tin. But more than that…there is the feeling that the infiniteness of the world, the sheer extent of it, is its own kind of eternity.

Car Wash

William Eggleston was born in 1939 in Memphis, Tennessee, where he continues to live today.

William Eggleston Signage

William Eggleston’s The Democratic Forest will be on Exhibit Through December 17th, 2016 at David Zwirner Gallery, Located at 537 West 20th Street in the Chelsea Gallery District.

Pink Snack Bar

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Limited Runs Presents the Marilyn Monroe Red Velvet Collection

Marilyn Monroe Red Velvet Series
Marilyn Monroe Red Velvet Series By Tom Kelley, 1949 (All Post Photos By Gail)

There would probably be little argument that Marilyn Monroe is the most legendary and iconic Hollywood Movie Star to have ever lived. Countless contemporary artists — from Andy Warhol to Ron English, Ad Infinitum — have captured and re-appropriated her likeness into their own works, and her image still turns heads wherever it appears. While she did not have a long life, she certainly has achieved immortality in a sense. Limited Runs, a company that specializes in Classic Hollywood and other Fine Art Photography has just released the Marilyn Monroe Red Velvet Collection, which  features her famous nude shots circa 1949 that originally appeared on promotional calendars. Now you can all own prints of these gorgeous photographs that were at one time so controversial, they had to be “dressed” in superimposed lingerie in order to be sent through the mail.

Marilyn Monroe Red Velvet Series Calendar

Above is an example one of these calendars, where Monroe’s breasts have been blocked out to avoid being labeled as pornography — pretty hilarious when you consider the types of fashion photography and figure modeling that has become acceptable, and even mainstream, in the past 70 or so years. One of the Red Velvet poses made her the first Playboy Sweetheart — the prototype for the centerfold-featured Playmates who would follow in years to come.

I had the chance to see this series in person at a reception held by the 360 Design Gallery in Tribeca, where they were on view for only two days as part of a 2015 Summer Tour, which traveled to Los Angeles, San Francisco, Las Vegas, Chicago and finally New York.   It’s easy to forget how stunning and arguably perfect-looking Monroe  was a until you see photos like this and remember that she was really and truly an original.

Marilyn Monroe By Gene Lester

The series  is also features a number of candid shots of Monroe, such as these captured in 1954 by photographer Gene Lester while she was on a cigarette break during filming of one of her movies.

Marilyn Monroe By Gene Lester

Marilyn Monroe By Gene Lester

This one, which captures multiple reflections, is really fantastic.

Marilyn Monroe Birthday Cake 1960

Marilyn Monroe, Birthday Cake, 1960 (Photographer Unknown)

This one is also amazing.

Marilyn Monroe Jane Russell Howard Hawks

Here she is with co-star  Jane Russell and Director Howard Hawks during the filming of Gentlemen Prefer Blondes in 1953.

See the full collection and buy online at Limited Runs Dot Com.

Ken Regan’s Uncovered at Morrison Hotel Gallery

The Beatles
All Photos By Gail

It’s been a while (i.e. way too long) since we had the chance to stop by an opening reception at Morrison Hotel Gallery on Prince Street in Soho. Fortunately, we remedied that situation by hitting the party for Uncovered, a selection of 60s-era Black & White photography from New York based legend, Ken Regan.

The Beatles
The Beatles

For me, the sign of an excellent music photography exhibit is one that shows me at least one photo of The Beatles that I’ve not seen before. So: score, a direct hit. The above shot of the Fab Four is not only previously unknown to me, it’s  simply a fucking fantastic photo. You could live an entire lifetime in that photograph — and Ken Regan took it.

Batman Party
Left, Batman Party. Right, JFK

Regan, who passed away in November of 2012, was not an artist who let himself be pigeonholed into just one area of photography, as his portfolio included not only pop music icons and movie starts, but also sports, politics, fashion and landscape photography. Featuring mostly photographs from between 1960 to 1970, Uncovered provide an excellent cross section of Ken’s vast body of work.

Here are a few of our favorite pieces from the show.

Bridget Bardot
Bridget Bardot

Black Panthers
Black Panthers

YSL
Yves Saint Laurent (On the Right)

This one is blurry because I was trying to hold a glass of wine in one hand and take a picture with the other. Multi-tasking!

Rich Lady

I don’t know who this lady is, but she looks pretty fabulous.

John John and Jackie
John John and Jackie

This photo breaks my heart a million times.

RFK
Bobby Kennedy

Social Unrest

Ken was also a great news photographer, because he was able to distill the action with just one shot. Amazing.

Uncovered: A Decade of Images by Ken Regan will be on Exhibit Only Through July 3rd, 2015 at Morrison Hotel Gallery, Located Upstairs at 116 Prince Street, Soho, NYC.

Ken Regan Uncovered Signage

MHG Signage

Fatal Attraction: Photographs By Piotr Uklański at the Met

Lips
All Photos By Gail

During our most recent Art Safari to the vast and spectacular Met, we were thrilled by Fatal Attraction, an exhibit of photography from the New York–based artist Piotr Uklański (born Poland, 1968). This exhibition, the first to survey Uklański’s photography, locates his work with the camera at the center of his artistic practice. Reveling in moribund or marginal artistic languages from a position at once ironic and sincere, the artist simultaneously subverts and pays homage to defunct modes of expression.

Flame

Uklański’s underappreciated yet historically significant series The Joy of Photography (1997–2007) explores clichés of popular photography using the kitschy subjects and hackneyed effects of Eastman Kodak’s how-to manual for the serious amateur.

Geese
Swans, Intentionally Blurry

Whereas artists of the 1980s, such as Richard Prince, appropriated such images by rephotographing them to reveal their constructed nature, Uklański remade them, in a manner akin to slightly irreverent cover versions of songs that bring out hidden or repressed aspects of his source material.

Psychedelic Skull and Crossbones

In this way, the artist both acknowledges appropriation’s endgame — that there are no new pictures under the sun — while creating a space for the creation of new works.

Waterfall

As an example, here is a blurb from the exhibit that accompanies this photograph of a Waterfall.

“As a photographic subject, the waterfall is so ubiquitous that it is invisible – a natural form that has been subsumed into an image via millions of snapshot mementos, postcards, and artistic renderings. Instead of looking for the impossible – a “new” picture of a waterfall – Uklanski presents the viewer with a dutifully exact representation of the camera’s capabilities as prescribed by Eastman Kodak – until the 1980s, as powerful a shaper of how Americans saw the world as Disney or any presidency. In conflating the roles of the amateur, professional and fine artist, Uklanski was also commenting, ironically – from a European perspective – on how Americans can turn even leisure activities into forms of work and self-improvement.”

Sunset

Tulips
Tulips, Intentionally Blurry

Fatal Attraction: Photographs by Piotr Uklański, will be on Exhibit Through August 16th, 2015 in Gallery 851, 2nd Floor of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Located at 1000 Fifth Ave at 81st Street, New York, NY.

Fatal Attraction Signage

Lilac Gallery Presents Alexo Wandael’s Revealing Muses

Muse
All Photos By Gail

Lilac Gallery in the Flatiron District is currently hosting a visually vibrant exhibit by Italian fine art and fashion photographer Alexo Wandael, entitled Revealing Muses.

This new collection of photographs is comprised of selections from three of the artist’s previous series: Light Emphasis, Heim Muse, and Veils. Here are some of out favorite photographs from the show!

Mannequin Muses

Photos from the Heim Muse series, featuring Mannequins as subjects.

Mannequin Muses

Double Muse

Selections from the Light Emphasis series.

Gypsy Muse

Bob Muse

This one is my favorite.

Muse Trio

Selections from the Veil series.

Muse Red

Read more about this show and the work of Alexo Wandael, and see more photos from the exhibit, at This Link.

Alexo Wandael’s Revealing Muses will be on exhibit through April 30th, 2015 at Lilac Gallery, Located at 144 5th Avenue, 2nd Floor (Between 19th and 20th Streets) New York, NY 10011. hours are Monday – Friday 11:00 AM – 7:00 PM.

Revealing Muses Signage

If There Is To Be a Revolution, There Must Be a Party

Afronauts
Photo By Gail

This photo by Cristina De Middel was originally part of her series, The Afronauts, which tells the real, re-imagined story of the Zambian space program to conquer Mars. Here, it has been repurposed for her recent exhibit Seven Stories at Dillon Gallery in the Chelsea Gallery District.

Andy Freeberg’s Art Fare at Andrea Meislin Gallery

Sean Kelly with Kehinde Wiley
Sean Kelly (With Kehinde Wiley Painting). This Image Courtesy Andy Freeberg. All Other Photos By Gail.

Andrea Meislin Gallery is currently hosting a fun exhibit which will be especially enjoyed by those that have experience with and an appreciation for the inner workings of the art business.

Marlborough
Marlborough

In Art Fare – Photographer Andy Freeberg’s second solo exhibition at the gallery – Freeberg continues his longstanding investigation of the junctions where art and people intersect. Roaming through international art fairs with his camera, Freeberg’s gaze pauses on the oddity of human behavior and frames the small moments in life as dramatic events.

Quick and skillful with his lens, Freeberg captures what is most often overlooked; gallery workers setting up booths, dealers on their phones ignoring their colleagues or interacting with artists and collectors, and the sheer exhaustion of working at contemporary art fairs.

Gagosian
Gagosian

In a conversation with art historian W. M. Hunt, Freeberg says that he “found the lighting, the costumes, and set design excellent for photographing these living dioramas where the art world plays itself.” It is definitely fun to realize that these photos were not staged in any way.

Contessa
Contessa

Art Fare gracefully offers an ironic look at the way in which the art world practitioners perform their assigned roles. It is a witty and subversive body of work that contemplates on the performance aspect of the art market. Freeberg’s ability to recognize moments and construct them as thoughtful compositions presents both his aesthetic and psychological sensibilities.

Art Fare by Andy Freeberg will be on Exhibit Through August 8th, 2014 at Andrea Meislin Gallery, Located at 534 West 24th Street, in the Chelsea Gallery District.