Ed Ruscha "Prints and Photographs" @ Gagosian Gallery, Madison Avenue, NYC

Juxtapoz // Tuesday, May 20, 2014
Gagosian Gallery on Madison Avenue is spending the month of May 2014 (and beyond) with three separate exhibitions and projects with Ed Ruscha in New York, including his participation in Frieze New York two weeks ago, along with an exhibition of a series of recent paintings, "Prints and Photographs." And on May 6, Gagosian and Ruscha unveielve a mural adjacent to the High Line on West 22nd Street and 10th Avenue.

Antoine Bruy's "Scrublands"

Photography // Tuesday, May 20, 2014
From 2010 to 2013, Antoine Bruy hitchhiked throughout Europe with the aim to meet men and women who made the radical choice to live away from cities, willing to abandon their lifestyle based on performance, efficiency and consumption. Without any fixed route, driven by encounters and chance, this trip eventually became for Bruy a similar kind of initiatory quest to those of these families. 

Lee Freidlander's influential "New Documents"

Photography // Tuesday, May 20, 2014
Lee Friedlander is a highly influential photographer who originally gained international attention from the near mythic1967 Moma show curated by John Szarkowski the “New Documents.” Friedlander’s images are highly distinct: American signage, fragmentary compositions interrupted by glass, mirrors, and bodies. His detached depictions of modern urban existence have resonated with generations to come, become an enormous influence on my of those who have come after him. His intense individual, diaristic, and compositionally complex photographs create a believable contemporary landscape where the imagination and reality collide.

The Cremaster Cycle

Photography // Tuesday, May 20, 2014
From 1994 to 2002, artist Matthew Barney embarked on an artistic endeavor to create his epic five part work titled “The Cremaster Cycle”. Each of the five parts consisted of it’s own feature film as well as an installation consisting of the sculptures used in each film and photographs reflecting elements from each film. 

The work of Paul Graham

Photography // Monday, May 19, 2014
Paul Graham is an innovative contemporary photographer. He has utilized several techniques, which make the viewer consider the photograph as a tool for documentation that include but is not limited to durational images (pairing two identically framed photographs taken within an undisclosed, but relatively short it seems, period of time). The primary difference between Graham and his predecessors is his subject matter.

The Victorian Revolutionary of Photographic Portraiture

Photography // Monday, May 19, 2014
In 1863 at the age of 48, Julia Margaret Cameron received her first camera and immediately formed a passion for it, soon joining the photographic societies of London and Scotland. She primarily chose to photograph portraits and utilized the motion blur of longer exposures and carefully guided light to create her highly stylized images. Many of her photographs referenced religious iconography with many photographic representations of angels and the Virgin Mary, as well as visual references to mythology and Renaissance painting. 

Andrew Querner's "Lone Star"

Photography // Sunday, May 18, 2014
Andrew Querner in a Vancouver-based documentary and portrait photographer. His work focuses on personal response to shifts and phenomena in the socio-cultural environment. In 2013 he was chosen as a PDN 30 New & Emerging Photographer. Lone Star is his most recent project in collaboration with the Canadian humanitarian organization, Universal Outreach Foundation. 

Lost Flamingos of the Cloud Forest

Photography // Saturday, May 17, 2014
While in the Cloud Forest of Costa Rica, photographer Pat Swain began documenting the grey, moody landscape and experimenting with digitally placing the Costa Rican flamingo within it. Being a bird that exclusively resides in beach-like environments, Swain created a narrative for these “lost” birds who have been struggling to survive in a habitat that is foreign to them. 

Martin Cartagena

Photography // Friday, May 16, 2014
Lurking on the eccentric and strange is a specialty on New York-based photographer, Martin Cartagena. His candid shots of the diverse cast of characters that make up The Big Apple are striking and revealing. It seems as long as there are 8.3 million people occupying New York there will never be a shortage subjects and new photographers to focus their lenses on them. 

Matheus Pena and the Girl

Erotica // Friday, May 16, 2014
These super sexy and casually seductive shots of Brazilian model Maria Clara by the equally attractive photographer Matheus Pena just made our morning that much better. God bless you Brazil, and thank you Matheus- for all that you do.

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