Archives for the month of: November, 2008


© Alec Soth

Kudos to Alec Soth!  His Last Days of W, not only has the best title, it is affordable and self published.  Two things an artist of his caliber rarely does.  I just purchased my copy and I am excited to get it in the mail.  It would make an excellent gift for your photo minded friends, and if you are lucky you can probably hook up a signature at some point.  I spent several hours at the Strand yesterday, and even with their excellent prices, I still cannot afford the many photo books I want.  However, I very much enjoyed spending some time with these titles, which once I am a little out of the red, I will start adding again to my photo book collection. The Strand was my photo MFA program. I still go there for inspiration and to discover things and to remind myself why I love New York.

Click on titles to be taken to the, where all are available at discount prices.





Transparent City, Michael Wolf


Michal Chelbin, Strangely Familiar


Joel Sternfeld, The Oxbow Archive


For some time I have been wanting to give GG a little makeover.  I really love how other blogs are featuring posts from other sites on their sidebars, and how they post their personal news without hogging up the prime real estate. So I have finally gotten around to doing it. The holidays are the best for catching up!  There are several new blog links and categories, and a section called “elsewhere in the blogoshere” where I will put links to things I like or find interesting, post print sales, calls for entries, etc.  I always feel bad when I get emails from people asking me to post some thing for them.  While I am a big supporter of the blog community, I do think it can get pretty banal to read the same thing on every blog. Jorg Colberg has a smart policy, he just says No, to any and all requests. That way no one is singled out. The sidebar section seems like a nice happy medium.

Hopefully this all makes room for me to start writing more about photography.  This past few months there have been many things I wanted to write about, that just have fallen by the wayside in the midst of my personal work craziness.  But I am committed to writing more again,  GG has been a great balance to the stress and pressure of the rest of my photo life.

Now some photography, Amy Elkins and I were recently asked to submit work to Unseen Slideshow, an event curated and sponsored by a group of photographers in England.  The slideshow took place this past week and their website has a nice collection of work of the participants. I came across Peter Watkins work there and was quite taken but its mix of childlike color and darkness.  James Welling and Miranda Lichtenstein have both made some incredible work deconstructing the flower photo, but I think there is room for one more.

These images just makes me smile, they remind me so much of how children try to artistically recreate the world with crayons, Lego’s or finger-paints.  While they may get some of the form correct, they tend to use a kaleidoscope of bright colors.  So whatever they render, it is immediately identifiable as from the eye of under 7 set.  I tend to like work that plays with how we see the world inside of ourselves manifested through the lens.





All Images © Peter Watkins

These are some of the “specials” that were offered at the Valley Stream Walmart from 5am – 11am this morning, that led to a riot and stampede resulting in the death of a 34 year old man.  It is time for a serious  “come to Jesus” moment to confront our nation’s culture of consumerism.
































Pies, Pies, Pies | Sharon Core

I feel like I ate this whole picture… If you have a chance I highly recommend Sharon’s current show which is open until 12/6 at Yancey Richardson. Her new work is jaw droppingly beautiful!

There are a lot of internet projects these days, some are really cool and fun and others I don’t quite get. When Hester aka Mrs. Deane (who by the way has one of the most original blogs out there, and if you are not reading it, you should be) forwarded me the Mus Mus call, I will admit to scratching my head a bit. Most of the everyone take a pic at the same time projects sort of seem a little pointless to me.  But this past election day was so significant, that having a record like this is indeed a worthy endeavor. Today the archive went up, and there are some fantastic images.  What I love most, is how much the images all seem like extensions of the artist’s other work.  And how personal many of the moments seem.  So if you have a minute, it is definitely worth taking a look.  Plus, I applaud the mystery creators for getting so many talented artists to contribute.

Some standouts:

Beth Dow

Bertien van Manen

Hester Keijser

Robert Lyons

Nina Berman

Laurel Ptak

Kai Olsen

Yaohong Ch’ng

Roger Ballen

Amy Stein

Virgilio Ferreira

Find your favorites at Mus Mus

I just came across this exhibit, opening tomorrow.  As a car has just come into my life temporarily for the next few weeks, I am going to plan a day trip.  Because, if we go, they will give us more….


Kiki Smith, Getting the Bird Out , 1992


In her epochal essay “Why Have There Been No Great Women Artists?” (1971), feminist art historian Linda Nochlin explained that myriad historical circumstances, principally lack of access to training, exhibitions, commissions and critical forums—not genetics—had limited women’s artistic achievement.As these circumstances changed rapidly in the period after World War II, so did the relative prominence of women in the ranks of the most progressive and visible artists in the West.

This permanent collection exhibition, organized as a contemporary complement to Hannah Wilke: Gestures, surveys work by some of the most influential artists of the last four decades who drew on the insights of critical feminisms to advance artistic practice, in part by addressing precisely those social, political and economic factors that have supported and continue to support gender-based discrimination.

Among those represented are Jo Baer, Lynda Benglis, Lee Bontecou, Louise Bourgeois, Patty Chang, Chryssa, Patricia Cronin, Agnes Denes, Ilse Getz, Nancy Graves, Eva Hesse, Deborah Kass, Loren MacIver, Marisol, Elizabeth Murray, Catherine Opie, Beverly Pepper, Judy Pfaff, Adrian Piper, Niki de Saint Phalle, Howardena Pindell, Anne Ryan, Carolee Schneeman, Collier Schorr,  Beverly Semmes, Judith Shea, Kiki Smith, Joan Snyder, Jessica Stockholder, Kay Walkingstick, Hannah Wilke, and Daisy Youngblood.

Great Women Artists is on view November 23, 2008- February 22, 2009.
Support is provided by Morgan Stanley Global Wealth Management Office of Diversity.
The exhibition is curated by Thom Collins, Director with Camilla Cook, Curatorial Fellow, Purchase College.

Neuberger Museum of Art
Purchase College
State University of New York
735 Anderson Hill Road
Purchase, NY 10577-1400

914-251-6100 Monday – Friday, 8:30 am – 5:30 pm
914-251-6117 Saturday – Sunday, 12 noon – 5 pm


10 minutes from White Plains, NY
10 minutes from Greenwich, CT
45 minutes from mid-town Manhattan


Tuesday – Sunday, 12 – 5 pm

If you have never been to the National Arts Club, this event is worth coming to just experience the ghost of New York’s glory days.  And I have heard very good things about this project – it should an interesting talk.

Paul Fusco
Talk & Book Signing

8:00 p.m.

Friday, November 21, 2008

National Arts Club
15 Gramercy Park South
New York, New York
(212) 475-5555


Join Magnum photographer Paul Fusco for a discussion on his illustrious career, coinciding with the release of Paul Fusco: RFK (Aperture, 2008), published during the fortieth anniversary of Robert F. Kennedy’s assassination in Los Angeles while campaigning for the presidential nomination. This long-awaited follow-up to Fusco’s acclaimed RFK Funeral Train, a body of work heralded as a contemporary classic, features over seventy never-before-seen images, many selected from the untapped treasure trove of slides that comprise the Library of Congress’s Look Magazine Photograph Collection. Paul Fusco will discuss the spirit behind these powerful images that capture the thousands of Americans from every section of society—black, white, rich, poor—who stood by the railroad tracks to pay their final respects to Bobby Kennedy.

If you are out and about tomorrow, be sure and stop by the Open Society. It is nice to see contemporary photojournalism getting some well deserved attention.  There has been quite a bit of chatter online lately about the genre. Personally,  I have a special affinity for well executed documentary work.

Moving Walls 15: A Group Photography Exhibition

You are cordially invited to an opening reception on

Thursday, November 20, 2008
6:00-8:30 pm

Open Society Institute
400 West 59th Street
(between 9th and 10th Avenues)
New York, NY 10019


With Moving Walls 15, the Open Society Institute begins the second decade of its group photography exhibition. Over the years, Moving Walls has featured the work of more than 100 photographers who address a variety of social justice and human rights issues that coincide with OSI’s mission. Moving Walls aims to draw attention to these issues, provoke audiences to engage in dialogue, and stimulate individuals to advocate for social change.

Moving Walls 15 features the work of:


Chris Bartlett
Iraqi Detainees: Ordinary People, Extraordinary Ordeals


Philippe Chancel
North Korea: The Narcissism of Power


Lesley Louden
Learning to Hope: Children, HIV, and Education in Lesotho


Shehzad Noorani
River Bleeds Black: Pollution of the Buriganga in Bangladesh


James Pomerantz
Caspian Dreams: Azerbaijan’s Uncertain Future


Kai Wiedenhöfer
Borderlands: The United States–Mexico Divide

The exhibition will be on view through August 12, 2009.

Today, Daniel Cooney’s Emerging Artist Series launches on iGavel. I happily ended up included in the auction after running into Daniel at the ACP portfolio review in Atlanta. There are some really nice pieces in the auction.  Reserves are only 200.00, so with the current market situation,  it is a great chance to pick up work at a very reasonable price.  There will another auction in December with another set of emerging artists.  The last day to bid for this auction is December 10th.

All the prints are available for viewing in person at:

Daniel Cooney Fine Art

511 W 25th St #506


Some work in the auction:


Noah Kalina, Untitled


Avery McCarthy, There Are No Stars Here, XI


Cara Phillips, UltraViolet Beauty #28


Will Steacy, Father and Daughter, New Orleans, 2005

Edelgard Clavey

Maria Hai-Anh Tuyet Cao

Peter Kelling

I came across this work on the Guardian site, and was quite taken with the images.  There was recently a very interesting discussion on photo synchronicity in Joerg Colberg’s new google group. These images by photographer Walter Schels, are on view now at the Welcome Collection. While the subject matter is entirely different, I was struck by a certain similarity to my UV portraits.

Even just for the beauty of the iamges themselves, this work is worth a look. And I applaud Mr. Schels for taking this kind of risk, I am not sure about the before and after aspect.  I am interested to see what others think. Perhaps my discomfort comes from being an American, and from growing up without ever having to deal with death.  But I look forward to reading more about the project.

I picked up my first print from my AIOP project images. I am always surprised and thrilled when I see one of my images at final size. I am espcially thrilled with this one.  And, I had the pleasure of shooting Darren Ching, Creative Director of Photo District News.  He posted a lovely blog post & interview today, and I am so happy to hear Darren share his experience.


Now, I just have another 184 scans to go!

Also, if you are in NYC, Aperture has a talk tomorrow night with artist Hank WiIlis Thomas. I am a new and big fan of his work. While in school, I did a whole collection of appropriated work related to my cosmetic surgery project. While I have never quite made anything of it, Thomas is a master of the form. I highly recommend stopping in.  I am really impressed with the Aperture line-up this fall, they are really reaching out to younger collectors and artists.  Let’s support them in this!


When did it become attractive for women to morph from normal bodies into cyber-bodies. Madonna is the best example of what happens when you drink the beauty culture Kool-Aid. As she has been our cultural refection from day one of her career, perhaps this is another thing to add to the call for CHANGE list.

80’s Madonna




Madonna onstage this month




If you live under a metaphoric internet rock, then perhaps you have not read about tomorrow night’s Humble Arts group show, “Things are Strange.”  It has been very exiting to see how much support the show has received across the online photo community. I think that is a testament to Jon and Amani, they are such great guys, and so supportive to artists. So if you are in NYC, I hope you will stop by tomorrow night. It is the white wall debut of images from my body of work, Singular Beauty. So it is a very special night for me. And the show has a very strong list of artists, I am so excited to be showing my work with such a talented group: Matthew Baum, Dan Boardman, Michael Bühler-Rose, Gerald Edwards III, Emiliano Granado, William Lamson, David La Spina, Alison Malone, Rachelle Mozman, Eric Percher, Cara Phillips, Matthew Porter, Amy Stein, Brad Troemel, Christian Weber, Hannah Whitaker, Sarah Wilmer, Ofer Wolberger


New Century Artists
530 West 25th Street, Suite 406
New York, NY 10001

ON VIEW: Tuesday, November 4 – Saturday, November 15, 2008
OPENING RECEPTION: Thursday, November 6, 2008

GALLERY HOURS: Tuesday – Saturday | 11AM – 6PM


© Christian Weber

Also this week, the release of Cabinet Magazine Issue #31, Shame, featuring work from my Singular Beauty series. There is a launch party this Friday at:

Cabinet Issue 31 Release Party

Date: Friday, November 7
Time: 7–10 pm
Venue: Cabinet, 300 Nevins Street, Brooklyn
FREE. No RSVP necessary.

Cabinet‘s brand new issue features a guest-edited section by Aleksandra Wagner on “Shame” and contributions by

Jonathan Ames
Adam Broomberg & Oliver Chanarin
Lauren Berlant
D. Graham Burnett
Amy Cutler
Brian Dillon
David Dinges
Leland de la Durantaye
Paul Ekman
Implicasphere (Cathy Haynes and Sally O’Reilly)
Marilyn Ivy
Alan Jacobs
Christopher James & Florian Maier-Aichen
Josh Kun
David Levine
Aaron Levy
George Makari
Daniel Joseph Martinez
George Pendle
Cara Phillips
Paul Ramirez Jonas
Daniel Rosenberg
Renata Salecl
David Serlin
Eluned Summers-Bremner
Christina Tarnopolsky
Aleksandra Wagner

I just got my copy in the mail, so here is a little preview! Please excuse my less than stellar digital snapshots:)





© Nicola Kast

I know we have all been asked for donations of late, but this is a great project and on my list to scrounge up the very reasonable $20.  Go to the website for a link to donate. Shane is not only lovely but doing something very interesting with this project. Read below (I borrowed from his original email):

Lay Flat is now accepting donations of any amount to go towards the printing and distribution of the first issue. Donators of $20 or more will be thanked in print and receive an advanced mailing about the release of the publication.

Thank you, Humble Arts Foundation, for your generous support.

Lay Flat is still seeking sources of funding to assist the launch of the publication.  Those of you who give more than $20 will be personally thanked in print and also receive an advanced mailing regarding the release of the publication, to assure you the chance of acquiring a copy before it sells out. The publication is expected to be available for purchase by November.

You should know that this project is a labor of love but I want to stress that it simply would not be possible without all of your patience and continued support. Thank you.

My best,
Shane Lavalette, editor

Lay Flat

Last March, I sat on the Humble Arts Foundation Panel on Women in Art Photography. It meant a great deal to me at the time, because I had just missed the age cut off for the 31 under 31 show, and I felt Jon & Amani were doing their best to find a way to include me.  At the time of the panel, I had only ever shown my work to one gallery, I had never won anything or been accepted to any of the contests or events that pervade the emerging artist scene, and I had never been to a portfolio review. I remember feeling an overwhelming sense of embarrassment, as I sat at the end of the table, while Amy Stein read each of my fellow panelists bios, which were filled with exhibits, gallery representation, and awards.  But after the talk, I felt really good, being part of the event changed my confidence.  So many people came up and expressed how they related to things I had said, and asked me questions about me work. It was the turning point for me, and for my photo career.

Meeting Amy Stein there was empowering, she very generously encouraged me to start going to portfolio reviews, including the Powerhouse one, which is how I got into my first group show in Chelsea. Before speaking to her, other than having a direct gallery appointment, I really did not have any idea of how to get my work out there, she gave me invaluable advice at a crucial time.  It means so much to me, that I will be in a the “Things are Strange” group show with her opening this week.  I also remember that Amy had just won the Critical Mass contest, which I had never even heard of before. She told me that I should enter this year.

It is funny sometimes how the universe works.  I know there were several other people asked to speak on that Humble panel and they were unavailable. I will never know where I was on the list of choices. But I ended up on it, however it happened.  I just made this year’s Critical Mass finalists, and as you have probably read from my blog, this fall has been a financial fuck fest, pardon my French.  Three group shows, that needed to be printed and framed, plus the art in odd places event, and oh yes, the weekend in Atlanta for the portfolio review there. It has been all about $$$$$.  So as excited as I am about Critical Mass, I was lamented how I would pay the $200 fee, even though of course I was so happy to have been selected.

But sometimes, the universe helps you.  Last month I got an email out of the blue from French magazine requesting one of my images for a special issue on medicine.  As most of you may know, getting paid usage fees is often a long process. But this morning as I was having stress attack about paying my entrance fee, lo & behold the money arrived from France.  There is something to be said for the ways in which the universe supports you.  When you take risks and really put yourself out there, if you are on the right path, often it seems like the support you need materializes. Conversely, when you are doing the wrong thing, it seem like the entire world is conspiring against you.  I know this all sounds like a bit of new age mumbo jumbo, but this year, I have had it proved to me over and over again.

I read somewhere once, that “God does not ignore your prayers, it is just that sometimes the answer is NO.” While I am not religious, I guess there is something to that idea. We don’t and cannot always get what we want, but that is often because it is not what we really need.  Of course there are instances in life that fall outside of this, illness, death of a loved etc. But it is something to keep in mind, when you get rejected from art stuff.  And also, when you win.

So thank you Courier International, not only for including me in your beautifully produced magazine, but for making it possible for me to be a part of the next round of Critical Mass