Chelsea Gallery Openings Fall 2013: Philip-Lorca diCorcia at David Zwirner

Chelsea Gallery Openings Fall 2013: Philip-Lorca diCorcia at David Zwirner
Chelsea Gallery Openings Fall 2013: Philip-Lorca diCorcia at David Zwirner (courtesy David Zwirner Gallery)

The evening started with brief stops at Lombard Freid Gallery (The Propeller Group “Lived, Lives, Will Live!”), vivid dreams of Didier Massard “L’Atlas Imaginaire” at Julie Saul Gallery, Damian Ortega’s playful and hushed alphabet shadows at Gladstone Gallery, Josh Smith’s paintings at Luhring Augustine Gallery (missed William Pope.L “Colored Waiting Room” at Mitchell – Innes & Nash due to the rain).

But it was Philip-Lorca diCorcia’s Hustlers at David Zwirner that was clearly the highlight of the evening and maybe the whole Fall art season.

The gallery at 525 West 19th Street (remember: there are multiple locations just blocks away), exhibited 32 photographs from the1990-1992 photographic series, including twelve shown for the first time.

They are photographs of street hustlers and male prostitutes hovering around Santa Monica Boulevard in Los Angeles.  The titles tell the story: Michael Gomez, 34 years old, Chicago, Illinois, $30, 1990, or: name, age, where they came from, and the price diCorcia paid for posing—roughly equal to what clients usually paid for their services.

The show takes place over three gallery rooms; the prints, about 30×45”, are printed with white boarders of about three inches and are framed with glass; edition of 20 for most.

I recall seeing the work when first showed at MoMA in 1993, where I could not believe the power of the images that I saw.  I went back several times to see it.  This evening was like seeing some “old friends”, since some individual images are memorable in their own right.  But I still felt a sense of amazement when looking at some lesser known photographs and loved some of the newly exhibited ones.

They encompass a languid narrative of mystery—to say “noir” would reduce the work to a style.  But evocative, palatable, silently emotive are what they are to me.

To have a gallery show art in such a complete way—three rooms, no less—makes me run to David Zwirner Gallery.  Please run yourselves there: it’s great.

 

Addison Gallery of American Art Family Art Photography Show with Steve Giovinco, Catherine Opie, Justine Kurland

the kids are alright
September 14, 2013-January 5, 2014
Addison Gallery of American Art
Andover, Massachusetts

 

Family Fine Art Photography Museum Show, Addison Gallery of American Art, with Steve Giovinco, Catherine Opie, Justine Kurland
Family Fine Art Photography Museum Show, Addison Gallery of American Art, with Steve Giovinco, Catherine Opie, Justine Kurland

I’m pleased to announce that several of my fine art photographs are included in a museum exhibition with Ryan McGinley, Catherine Opie, Janine Antoni, Justine Kurland, LaToya Ruby Frazier and others in “the kids are alright, ” at the Addison Gallery of American Art, Andover, Massachusetts.

The show opens September 14, 2013 and runs through January 5, 2014.

My photographs in the show explore psychological, intimate relations between couples.  I capture unguarded moments between people, and document them with unflinching clarity, taken directly from daily my life.

“the kids are alright” features photography and video created by 38 established and emerging artists who explore the contemporary family. The museum exhibition’s theme is today’s family is a complicated entanglement of people, is often unconventional, but are filled with poignant and humorous moments.

Alison Ferris, from the John Michael Kohler Arts Center, Sheboygan,Wisconsin, curated and organized the show, where the show originated; it also traveled to the Weatherspoon Art Museum, Greensboro,N.C.

Artists represented in “the kids are alright” are:  Matt Austin (IL), Guy Ben-Ner (Germany), Melonie Bennett (ME), Nina Berman (NY), David Bush (NY), Patty Chang (NY), Goseong Choi (NY), Yolanda Del Amo (NJ), Todd Deutsch (WI), Jenny Drumgoole (PA), Martha Fleming-Ives (NY), Lucas Foglia (CA), LaToya Ruby Frazier, Tierney Gearon, Aron Gent, Steve Giovinco (NY), David Hilliard (MA), Justin Kirchoff (ME), Justine Kurland (NY), Deana Lawson (NY), Jocelyn Lee (NY), Carrie Levy (CA), Lisa Lindvay (IL), Julie Mack (NY), Ryan McGinley (NY), Andrea Modica (PA), Catherine Opie, (CA), Josh Quigley (MN), Robert Rainey (ME), Justine Reyes (NY), Kathleen Robbins (SC), Paul Mpagi Sepuya (NY), Betsy Schneider (AZ), Chris Verene (NY), Brett Walker (CA), and Rona Yefman (NY).