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31 May 2007

What does the jellyfish want? – Photography from Man Ray to James Coleman

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Christopher Williams, Pacific Sea Nettle, Chrysaora Melanaster, Long Beach Aquarium of the Pacific, 100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach, California, August 9, 2005, 2005 © C.Williams

What is Photography? Copy of reality or data source to be altered as desired? Documentation or staged image?
With its three historical references back to the avant-garde at the dawn of the 20th century, the exhibition shows the current developments in photography and their traditions.

The exhibition has been divided up to include a historical review, which presents Surrealist photography around Man Ray, the photographs, photogrammes and collages of the Constructivists such as László Moholy-Nagy and A.M. Rodchenko, as well as August Sander’s “Man of the Twentieth Century”.

These early approaches will be juxtaposed with current works, which will be grouped chronologically to underline the major steps forward in contemporary art photography. These include for instance the rediscovery of photography in the context of actionism and concept art during the 1970s.

The strength of the exhibition is certainly the multitude of the presented positions. Beside the usual suspects there are many artists which can be seen rarely elsewhere. So the exhibition is well worth seeing for everyone.

Among others my (re)discoveries have been Robert Adams, Joachim Brohm, Ursula Schulz-Dornburg and Stephen Wilks.

=> “What does the Jellyfish want?” @ Museum Ludwig Köln – 15. Juli 2007

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30 May 2007

Gregor Graf & Co.

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Joerg Colberg from Conscientious mentioned additionally to my former post about Gregor Graf, who purged out signs from the city of Linz, that the photographers Matt Sieber (The Untitled Project) and Robin Collyer worked on similar topics.

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29 May 2007

Gregor Graf: “hidden town – verborgene Stadt”

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In his series “hidden town – verborgene StadtGregor Graf draws the viewer’s gaze to the city of Linz completely purged of signs. With intentional retouching, he emphasizes the architectonic and structural features of the city in an extreme way. The streets seem unreal, culturally interchangeable and alien.

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27 May 2007

Jeanloup Sieff at NRW-Forum – Inédits

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Yves Saint-Laurent, Paris, o.J. (c) Jeanloup Sieff

The NRW-Forum presents “Unseen Projects” of fashion photographer Jeanloup Sieff (1933 – 2000).
Sieff was a practitioner of the photographic art of high fashion, and avowed a fidelity to the frivolous and superficial. He worked for Esquire, Glamour, Vogue and Harpers Bazaar. The exhibition shows many unpublished photographs.

=> Jeanloup Sieff @ NRW-Forum Düsseldorf – bis 26. August 2007

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25 May 2007

Melanie Einzig

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Melanie Einzig, a New York-based freelance photographer, is addicted to street photography since many years:

“My process is linked to everyday life. Only on rare occasions do I go out specifically to ’shoot’. My best photographs were taken going to or from work, or some other destination. [...] In a time when staged narratives and rendered images are popular, I am excited by the fact that life itself offers situations far more strange and beautiful than anything I could set up.”, she writes about her work.

Impressive references to the beauty and craziness of everyday life can be found everywhere in her portfolio. Especially absorbing is Melanie Einzig’s current project “USA”. Therein she looks out for the identity of the Americans.

Although these pictures are taken in candid style, many of them have a ’staged’ look and show a pattern in one way or another.
Melanie Einzig plans to publish a book from this series when it is completed. I’m really curious what kind of pattern(s) this book will disclose.

Melanie Einzig’s photos appeared in many publications including the New York Times Magazine. Her work is part of the collection at the Art Institute of Chicago, Museum of Modern Art San Francisco and other collections.
Examples of her photo work can be seen on WITNESS X, her portfolio site, and on iN-PUBLiC, a major resource for contemporary street photography. Einzig’s photos are available at the Van Brunt Gallery.

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23 May 2007

Katharina Gruzei: “LA Work Shift – Intersection of Lives and Highways”

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Katharina Gruzei’s project “LA Work Shift – Intersection of Lives and Highways” is an artistic investigation of the current work situation of Los Angeles.
Starting point for her project was a stay in Los Angeles in 2003 when she had the opportunity to experience the life situation of LA’s inhabitants. Later on she returned for a semester abroad.

The main issue of Katharina Gruzei’s work is the precariat in Los Angeles and its inherent contradictions of the idealised American Dream within a pedal-to-the-metal society.

Many people need to accept a diversity of jobs to survive and support their families in a money thriven system. Chaotic highways reflect a break down in the social fabric of society, paradoxically disconnecting people in the pursuit of the American Dream. History reveals that automotive industries promoted the car as a symbol of freedom and independence. Ironically the situation today represents the other polar extreme.

The process of this project incorporated a video portrait with interviews and a series of staged photographs of each individual.

Katharina Gruzei is actually art student at the art university Berlin.

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21 May 2007

Dirk Reinartz at Galerie m Bochum

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© Archiv Dirk Reinartz, Elbufer Grünendeich, 1979, courtesy: Galerie m Bochum

In the 1970s Dirk Reinartz (1947-2004) was employed by stern magazine on commissions abroad. Later he went freelance and specialized in German themes.

The black-and-white photographs in his series “Kein schöner Land” showed the German devastation in the eighties. Later on Reinartz continued this theme in his color series “Innere Angelegenheiten“.
In “totenstill” he devoted his work to one of the darkest chapters in German history, the concentration camps of the Nazi regime.

For the German Art magazine Dirk Reinartz created vivid portraits of artists, such as Joseph Beuys, Hans Hartung and Emil Schumacher. The book “Künstler” with 114 Artist Portraits was published in 1992.

As part of a series of exhibitions in honor of Dirk Reinartz, Galerie m Bochum is now displaying “Portraits I Artist Portraits” by the photographer (23. Mai – 27. Juni 2007).

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18 May 2007

Thomas Ruff im Gespräch: Fotografie als Konstruktion von Wirklichkeit

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On the occasion of the exhibition “What does the jellyfish want? Photography from Man Ray to James Coleman” there is an art talk on 22th Mai 2007 at 19:00 in the museum Ludwig in cologne.

Artist Thomas Ruff discusses with curator Barbara Engelbach about photography as construct of reality.

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17 May 2007

Max Regenberg

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Since 1979 the German artist Max Regenberg (born 1951 in Bremerhaven) has worked on billboard advertising within public space in Europe.
Max Regenberg’s focused pictorial language enhances the contrasts between the high gloss consumer world with that of what is really found in the city or in suburbs.

Pictures of Max Regenberg can be found at the gallery f5.6. An Englisch article about his work can be found here.

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