Coinciding with the Morgan Library & Museum’s expansive retrospective “The Illusions of the Photographer: Duane Michals at the Morgan” (through February 2, 2020), “Duane Michals: Mischievous Eye” highlights the artist’s wide-ranging curiosity and irreverent spirit with several groupings of recent works as well as selected vintage prints. In this exhibition at DC Moore gallery, Michals’ painted photographs, sequences, and self-portraits share center stage, showcasing his interest in the comical, metaphysical and surreal.
Fine Art and the act of creation has always been top priority for Alexzandra R. Chandler, her metaphysical IV to life as she deems it. According to Chandler, for whom the dark room became a true calling, creating has not only acted as the purest form of love in her life, but has also managed to sustain her head above water during her more perilous chapters in life.
The folk song by Pete Seeger tells the circular story of life, extracted from the novel, “And Quiet Flows the Don”. The lyrics evolved and the song remains one of the most popular anti-war songs in our history. In brief, the circular tale goes like this:
The Black Lives Matter movement describes itself as a “call to action and a response to the virulent anti-Black racism that permeates our society”. “#InHonor: Monoliths”, on view at Arnika Dawkins Gallery in Atlanta, features a series of portraits created by Ervin A. Johnson and is his creative response to that movement.
Most people familiar with the art of Marcia Resnick know it through Re-visions, her series of smart and very funny photographs tracking the passage of a pre-adolescent girl into young womanhood. The book Re-visions was released in 1978 to wide critical acclaim from Resnick’s artistic and literary peers, among them William Burroughs, Andy Warhol, and Allen Ginsberg.
Photojournalist Harry Benson has been a witness to a great many of the major political and social events in modern history. With an uncanny instinct for being in the right place at the right time, his unforgettable photographs have found their way into the national consciousness.
In addition to this monumental body of work there is yet another side to Benson’s career: the fashion world.
Photography’s capacity to record light has captivated the world since the medium began to take shape in the early 19th century. Aside from its acceptance and spread as a mass medium, its first visual iterations, as a product of science and art, established a signature aesthetic that fascinated future artists with the expressive and transcendent potentials of the medium.
This touring exhibition on view at Leica Gallery in Los Angeles through January 13, 2020 highlights the profound influence of Van Gogh’s work on contemporary perception of the world by focusing on the final few years of his life as well as the story of his work following his death.
In this exhibition on view at Daniel Cooney Fine Art in New York, Benjamin Fredrickson continues to walk the line between raunch and exquisite beauty. He expresses desire with finely tuned explicit imagery and he explores vanity, fetish, exhibitionism and photographing as an erotic act. He also implicates himself as a blissful observer and participant of erotic play.
After apprenticing to a photographer and learning how to use a Rolleiflex twin lens camera and process prints, Sanlé Sory (b. 1943, Burkina Faso) opened his independent photographic studio in 1960. Only a few months later, Upper Volta, the country that is now known as Burkina Faso, gained independence from France.