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© 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 strand.com, where all are available at discount prices.

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Transparent City, Michael Wolf


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Michal Chelbin, Strangely Familiar


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Joel Sternfeld, The Oxbow Archive


Ground Glass gets a Facelift

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.

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All Images © Peter Watkins

Mus Mus Project is Up!

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


One Less % Point

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….

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Kiki Smith, Getting the Bird Out , 1992

GREAT WOMEN ARTISTS: FEMINIST ART FROM THE PERMANENT COLLECTION

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

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Tuesday – Sunday, 12 – 5 pm

Book Signing & Talk Tomorrow

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

Free

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.