The Secret City: The Body this Sunday at Dixon Place

If you’ve not been Secret Citied, then Sunday is your time.

Impresario/ring leader/raconteur Chris Wells’ theme this Sunday, at 11:30am, Dixon Place, is The Body.

How to describe the Secret City? I dunno. Its a fun mix of nearly everything. Its kinda a performance but with restorative reflections. The above pictures were taken at a recent fund raising event.

AIPAD 2011 Photography: Things I Like

Upon first entering, Yossi Milo’s booth stood out, and seemed to be one of the best showing at the fair. Two striking Pieter Hugo photographs greeted you, from the series, “The Hyena and Other Men.”

Next, around the corner, at Bonni Benrubi, were a few interesting black and white photographs by Paola Pellegrin (above; forgive the poor photograph).

Michael Shapiro Photographs had a few of my favorite classic photographs, including a vintage Robert Frank, as well as a series of Manuel Alvarez Bravo still photographs for the film The Pearl by John Steinbeck, from 1945 (imagine Bravo on a movie set!).

There also was an interesting series by Lewis Baltz that I’ve not seen before, “The Protoype Works.”

Eric Franck Fine Art, London, had an interesting series by under known Graham Smith, whose gritty, real black and white images of real life I found intriguing and worth looking at.

Rick Wester Fine Art had another fine vintage Robert Frank, while across the aisle, Amador Gallery had some Arnold Odermatt, the “discovered” Swiss police photographer.

Some pristine and classic Stephen Shores where at Houk.

Stephen Daiter Gallery had some John Gossage prints, a under discovered artist in my opinion.

AIPAD Photography Show 2011: Things I like (Soth, Martine Fougeron, Richard Rothman)

Is it just me? This year’s AIPAD seems less stuffy, has the right mix of contemporary work and great master/minorpieces, and is just lighter in feel (thanks Rachel for mentioning the beautifully crumbling side rooms). I’ve gone twice so far and in small doses which might have something to do with it to (the preferred way) but others, such as the New York Times seem to concur.

Weinstein Gallery has gone all Soth all the time. It’s booth is covered with the stuff. Not that I am complaining: one of the standout images is the large black and white photograph set in a forest, with an eerie light bulb hanging (forgive the incredibly poor image; see it for yourself).

At Galerie Esther Woerdehoff, I liked some of the photographs by Martine Fougeron, who captures images of her sons and her friends living a carefree upper middle class life–sans angst (with a few drunken nights at a refined strip club thrown in). What I find compelling is the is the intimacy, naturalism and light narrative feel to the work, as well as the technical lighting accomplishments. In Martine’s words, from Esther’s web site:

“Tête-à-Tête is an on-going series naturally staged, which reflects the face-to-face of the mother-photographer and the private world of two adolescent sons.
My inspiration comes from Dutch painting, especially Vermeer’s mysterious domestic scenes and Rembrandt’s expressive tableaux. I am also influenced by conventions of cinema, especially the dramatic effects of set lighting.”

Another photographer that I came across is Richard Rothman at Robert Morat Galerie. The landscapes of dense forests with slivers of light streaming through and tree stumps remind me of (and I usually dont like compairing artists) Robert Adams meets Lee Friedlander. Ask to see the rest of the portfolio where a few odd but interesting nudes pop up.

Finishing Funding Grants for Media and New Media Artists: From MIRA’S LIST

From the great MIRA’S LIST blog:

Finishing Fund Grants for artists in media, new or otherwise, up to $2,500 to help complete diverse and innovative moving-image and sonic art projects.

As per her site, “Eligible forms include single or multiple channel film and video, computer based moving-imagery and sound works, installations and performances, interactive works and works for new technologies, DVD, multimedia and the Web. We also support new media and interactive performance. Applicants must be residents of New York State; undergraduate students are not eligible. Announcement is made in early June. The program is supported in part by funds from the New York State Council on the Arts. Write to for details. Deadline: March 15th, 2011!”

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