“curATE”: Quince at Hedge Gallery

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During a limited five-week period from July 30-August 30, 2014, the two Michelin-starred Quince restaurant will move to Hedge Gallery for a pop-up dinner series, titled curATE.  For the first week of curATE, July 30th – August 2nd, Fraenkel Gallery will be exhibiting from Richard Avedon, Adam Fuss, Idris Khan, Richard Misrach, Richard Learoyd, Irving Penn and Hiroshi Sugimoto, among others.

CurATE will operate four nights a week, Wednesday through Saturday.

For more information, please visit curATE’s website.

Garry Winogrand, the Photographer Who Captured the Madness of the Mad Men Era

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Vanity Fair reviews the Garry Winogrand Retrospective at the MET.

America is spectacle in Winogrand’s work, a big noisy parade across regions and classes. But it’s an uneasy, anxious parade, too… — Bruce Handy

From the Vanity Fair online posting by Bruce Handy on 30 June 2014
To learn more about Winogrand’s work and publications, please visit his artist page.

Storms & Flooding Give New Life to Photographer’s Work

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KQED Arts reviews Hiroshi Sugimoto: Acts of God at Fraenkel Gallery, focusing on his work The Last Supper, which was affected by Hurricane Sandy.

Hiroshi Sugimoto: Acts of God raises its most lasting point when considered in totality: the “domestication” of Nature, a near singular goal that has possessed humankind throughout our time on the planet is a laughable impossibility, despite our best efforts. — Roula Seikaly 

From KQED Arts online posting by Roula Seikaly on 10 May 2014.
To learn more about Sugimoto work and publications, please visit his artist page.

 

CCA Photography Program presents Ruth van Beek and Michael Lundgren in conversation with Darius Himes

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Darius Himes presents the curatorial impetus behind Where There’s Smoke and will moderate a conversation with two of the artists, Ruth van Beek and Michael Lundgren.  The event, co-sponsored by AirBnB and Fraenkel Gallery, will be 8 July 2014, 7:00pm at the California College of the Arts campus.

For more information, please visit our Facebook event.

Where There’s Smoke/Who Do You Love Opening Reception and book signing with John Gossage

John Gossage, Berlin, 1995
Ruth van Beek, Untitled (The Arrangement), 2012
Jason Fulford, San Francisco, CA, 2013
Michael Lundgren, Untitled (earth), 2009
Viviane Sassen, Axiom R03, 2014
John Gossage, Who Do You Love, exhibition catalog, 2014

We are pleased to announce two exhibitions of five artists being shown at Fraenkel Gallery for the first time. Who Do You Love is a solo show of twelve unique pieces by John Gossage. Presented concurrently is Where There’s Smoke, a group exhibition of four contemporary photographers: Ruth van Beek, Jason Fulford, Michael Lundgren, and Viviane Sassen.  Curated by Director Darius Himes.

The exhibition opening reception and book signing with John Gossage will take place Thursday 10 July 2014 from 5:30-7:30pm.  Artists Ruth van Beek and Michael Lundgren will be in attendance.

John Gossage will be signing his latest book, published for this exhibition, “Who Do You Love.”

For more information on the exhibitions, please visit our exhibition pages.
For more information on Gossage’s book Who Do You Love, please visit the publications page.
Please join our Facebook event for the opening.

7X7 Magazine Reviews Sugimoto’s “Acts of God”

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Nancy Garcia of 7×7 Magazine discusses Hiroshi Sugimoto’s exhibition “Acts of God.” The article includes an excerpt from Sugimoto’s own writings regarding the work entitled “The Last Supper: Acts of God,” which was affected by Hurricane Sandy.

Going about my life in a pitch-dark Manhattan, I had the sense that civilization’s own “last supper” was coming closer. From time to time, the light of a candle flickered in a window of the desolate city. Hiroshi Sugimoto

From the 7×7 online posting on 18 June, 2014
To learn more about Hiroshi Sugimoto’s work and publications, please visit his artist page

Hiroshi Sugimoto talks to designboom

In an interview with designboom, Hiroshi Sugimoto discusses his glass tea house, “Mondrian,” a temporary structure designed for the 2014 Venice Architecture Biennale.

I decided that a japanese transliteration of the name ‘mondrian’ would be an ideal name. I combined three characters that betoken ‘a modest house where one can hear the birds sing.’ I like to think that this tea house was designed by Mondrian after he heard Sen no Rikyû speaking to him through the singing of the birds.—Hiroshi Sugimoto

From the designboom online posting on 4 June, 2014
To learn more about Hiroshi Sugimoto’s work and publications, please visit his artist page

Robert Adams retrospective at the Jeu de Paume

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To accompany a Robert Adams retrospective entitled “The Place We Live” (L’endroit où nous vivons), running through 18 May, 2014, the Jeu de Paume has released a video detailing some of the projects Adams has pursued over the course of his career, including his early influences and interests.

From the Jeu de Paume online posting on 22 February, 2014.
To learn more about Robert Adams’ work and publications, please visit his artist page.

Hiroshi Sugimoto discusses his glass tea house with The New York Times

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In an interview with Julie Lasky of The New York Times, Hiroshi Sugimoto discussed the glass tea house entitled Mondrian that he has designed for Venetian museum Le Stanze del Vetro on the island of San Giorgio Maggiore. The tea house was unveiled on 6 June, 2014 for the Venice Architecture Biennale.

I’m bringing the spirits back from the dead. The tea ceremony, to me, is kind of a dead tradition. To make it alive and modified to the modern world, I need that contemporary spirit and energy. People believe that tradition should not be changed, but that’s not true for me. —Hiroshi Sugimoto

From the New York Times online posting by Julie Lasky on 4 June, 2014.
To learn more about Hiroshi Sugimoto’s work and publications, please visit his artist page.

The Brooklyn Rail reviews Mel Bochner’s “Strong Language”

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Richard Kalina of The Brooklyn Rail reviews Mel Bochner’s exhibition “Strong Language,” on view at the Jewish Museum from 2 May 2014 until 21 September 2014.

Bochner’s work has always displayed admirable rigor and concision. He has never been afraid to tackle big issues, especially philosophical ones. He will do what it takes to get his ideas across, and has given himself the freedom to use whatever tools are at hand. —Richard Kalina

From the Brooklyn Rail online posting by Richard Kalina on 5 June, 2014.
To learn more about Mel Bochner’s work and publications, please visit his artist page.

Portland Art Museum acquires important collection of Robert Adams photographs

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The Portland Art Museum has announced the acquisition of a collection of 69 Robert Adams photographs depicting the landscapes of Western Oregon. The photographs were taken between 1992 and 2012 as part of a series displaying the effects of clear-cutting on the state’s forest environs.

No photographer of our time has better shown us what we both love and too often tend to spoil throughout the American West than Robert Adams. —Jock Reynolds, Henry J. Heinz II Director of the Yale University Art Gallery

From the Portland Art Museum press release on 27 May 2014.
To learn more about Robert Adams’ work, please visit his artist page.

Hiroshi Sugimoto’s ‘Acts’ dishes up divine intervention

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Kenneth Baker of the San Francisco Chronicle reviews our exhibit, Hiroshi Sugimoto: Acts of God on view through 2 July 2014.

The characteristic elegance of photographer Hiroshi Sugimoto’s work can cause people not to notice how conceptual an artist he is. “Hiroshi Sugimoto: Acts of God” at Fraenkel makes this plain. — Kenneth Baker

From the SFgate.com online posting on 30 May 2014.
To learn more about the exhibit, please visit our exhibition page.

MICHAEL LUNDGREN

Untitled (earth), 2009
Displace, 2008
Reversal of Terms, 2012
Turtle Island, 2012
The Algeic Fox, 2003
Release (coil), 2013
Release (mass), 2013
Untitled, 2011

Michael Lundgren (b. 1974) draws on a deep current in photographic tradition that takes the natural world as a seat of transcendence. Having spent his formative years in upstate New York, Lundgren was pulled west by the vastness of the desert.  His first monograph, Transfigurations (2008) seeks to refine the value of the primitive landscape. Through photographic formalism, these images parallel the extremities of desert experience. Lundgren’s process depends on the creation of a body of work over time, with new images altering the course and meaning of the whole. This exhibition comprises work from Matter, a mythological manifestation of ruin and regeneration. By incorporating human artifacts alongside natural phenomena, the work probes the perceived divide between nature and culture. In the words of the artist, “Embracing a minimalist approach, the images navigate an octave of duality—burial and emergence, solidity and transience, deep and shallow time—the life of cells and the life of stone. The sequence is structured on the connotation of the images, building tension through color relationships and oscillating into black-and-white to enhance and disturb picture logic.”

View the exhibition page.

Jason Fulford

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Sweetwater, TN, 2013
Staten Island, NY, 2013

Jason Fulford (b. 1973) has adopted the photobook format as a primary mode of expression in which his photographs build a layered articulation through sequence and arrangement. Many of the questions posed by the work are intentionally left unanswered, and are sometimes unanswerable. The work is about the experience of looking and thinking, inviting viewers and readers to be active participants. His 2008 title, Raising Frogs for $$$ foregrounds a concern with context and the ways that meaning can be shifted and teased from images through editing and sequencing. The Mushroom Collector (2010) continues this exploration, granting chance and intuition major roles. The photographs on view in this exhibition are from Hotel Oracle (2013), his most recent book. Through pictures and storytelling, Fulford conjures the big questions in life—those of existence, the supernatural, and where meaning originates. Starting with the proposition, “What if Earth was still charged with the supernatural forces of the ancient Greeks”, his photographic statement is equal parts earnest and tongue-in-cheek. He is a 2014 Guggenheim fellow; a cofounder of J&L Books; the coeditor, with Gregory Halpern, of The Photographer’s Playbook (2014); and the coauthor with Tamara Shopsin of a photobook for children, This Equals That (2014).

View the exhibition page.

Alec Soth is now represented by Fraenkel Gallery

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Fraenkel Gallery is delighted to announce its representation of Alec Soth. Since his first monograph, Sleeping by the Mississippi, Soth has stood out as a distinctive voice in contemporary photography. Rooted in the narrative framework of traditional photographic expression, Soth has continued to push the boundaries of the medium.

Visit Alec Soth’s artist page to learn more about his work and publications.

Lee Friedlander’s New Orleans

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Nathaniel Rich of the New York Review of Books reviews Playing for the Benefit of the Band: New Orleans Music Culture at Yale University Art Gallery.

There is something jubilant about the preservation of this embryonic form of jazz, frozen in time for a century, but there’s something haunting about it too, and it’s this duality that gives Lee Friedlander’s photographs their unsettling beauty. — Nathaniel Rich 

From the New York Review of Books’ online posting 16 May 2014.
To learn more about Lee Friedlander’s work and publications, please visit his artist page.

The New York Times Reviews Mel Bochner’s “Strong Language” Exhibition at the Jewish Museum

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Ken Johnson of The New York Times reviews “Mel Bochner: Strong Language,” an exhibition at the Jewish Museum which runs through 21 September, 2014.

Taken one at a time, the paintings are lushly sensuous and bracingly punchy, but seeing many of them together is enervating. The volume is always turned way up; you feel as if you were being yelled at by a word-mad autistic savant.—Ken Johnson

From the New York Times online posting by Ken Johnson on 1 May, 2014
To learn more about Mel Bochner’s work and publications, please visit his artist page.

Vogue Interviews Nan Goldin

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Nan Goldin discusses her artistic history and her latest book, Eden and After, with Vogue‘s Ella Alexander.

When I take a really good picture, it’s like a high – this moment of euphoria. But the best of my work is about empathy, trying to feel what it is to be in another person’s body; to break that glass. I don’t think any of us understand the other person well enough. Or maybe that’s just me. I’d always like to know what it is to be inside other people. — Nan Goldin

From the Vogue online posting by Ella Alexander on 31 March 2014.
To learn more about Nan Goldin’s work and publications, please visit her artist page.

The Purloined Landscape: Photography and Power in the American West

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In an article published in Tate Papers, University of Westminster Professor of Modern Literature John Beck investigates the New Topographics movement in the Western United States. He discusses military and industrial changes made to the natural environs of the West in the context of post-World War II landscape photography.

The American West can be described as a purloined landscape because much of it has been withdrawn from public access (some might even say stolen), but it has also been left open, apparently untouched and as nature intended. The truth about what goes on in this landscape, like the letter, remains hidden because it is right there, rendered invisible by being thoroughly exposed to the field of vision. — John Beck

From the Tate online posting by John Beck on 3 April 2014.
To learn more about Richard Misrach’s work and publications, please visit his artist page.

Robert Adams Elected to the American Academy of Arts and Letters

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The American Academy of Arts and Letters has announced that photographer Robert Adams will be included in the annual induction ceremony for new members in May, 2014. He will be one of nine new members to be inducted to the 250-member organization in 2014. The event will include an exhibition of artwork.

From the American Academy of Arts and Letters online posting on 20 March 2014.
To learn more about Robert Adams’ work and publications, please visit his artist page.

Yale Photo Show Offers Intimate Insights Into the Jazz World

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WNPR News reviews Yale University Art Gallery’s “Jazz Lives: The Photographs of Lee Friedlander and Milt Hinton.” The exhibit unites the perspectives of Lee Friedlander, a professional photographer, and Milt Hinton, a jazz bassist, to provide insight into the world of jazz from 1936 to 1999. The show runs through 7 September 2014.

Friedlander and Hinton’s jazz photographs are, like a fine duo, so simpatico that Molleen Theodore, assistant curator of programs, suggested their works “will be in dialogue” in the gallery, a kind of visual chamber jazz playing thematically off one another. — Owen McNally

From the WNPRNews online posting by Owen McNally on 2 April 2014.
To learn more about Lee Friedlander’s work and publications, please visit his artist page.