Photography

Alex Prager: A Face in the Crowd at Lehmann Maupin

Alex Prager. Face in the Crowd, 2013; installation view, Lehmann Maupin, New York City. Courtesy of the artist and Lehmann Maupin.

Alex Prager’s first exhibition at Lehmann Maupin makes a blood pact with the myth of cinema. The gallery’s downtown location hosts large-format stills from Prager’s newest film, A Face in the Crowd, alongside highly staged photographs taken from slightly different angles than those represented in the film. Lehmann Maupin’s Chelsea gallery features more of these beautifully rendered, high-quality stills, as well as a viewing room[.....]

Stay in Love at Lisa Cooley and Laurel Gitlen

Love is a kind of obsession, and obsession is a kind of love. It is this sentiment, not one of sensationalism or romanticism, that permeates the works in the two-gallery group exhibition, Stay in Love, curated by Chris Sharp at Lisa Cooley and Laurel Gitlen. Alternating between meditative, neurotic, and celebratory, the featured artists investigate the subjects of their fascination with the thoroughness that exists[.....]

Carrie Mae Weems: Three Decades of Photography and Video at Cantor Arts Center

Carrie Mae Weems. Afro-Chic, 2010 (video still); DVD; 5:30. Courtesy of the Artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York. © Carrie Mae Weems.

Today from our partners at Art Practical we bring you a review of Carrie Mae Weems: Three Decades of Photography and Video at the Cantor Arts Center at Stanford University. Author Danica Willard Sachs writes, “Weems’ main project is to raise questions about the relationship between an artist and her history, and the ethics of representing that history.” Though the exhibition closed a few days ago, Daily[.....]

Julie Cockburn: Slight Exposure at Yossi Milo Gallery

On entering Yossi Milo Gallery, the viewer is thrust into a bubblegum-bright world. Dull, vintage vacation snapshots and the strained smiles of a graduation portrait are transformed into photographs reminiscent of greeting cards. Through sewn-on balls and lines, and Sharpie-thick strips of thread, artist Julie Cockburn playfully graffitis each photograph. But a surreal, eerie quality belies their perky facades. Cockburn creates this effect using found photographs from[.....]

Taxonomy for the Goldfish Queen: An Interview with the Institute of Critical Zoologists

Blind Long-tailed Owl, Desert Variant of Little Owl from the series, As Walked on Water, 2011
Installation of vinyl print, 280cm x 194cm
(Exhibition view)

Today from our friends at Bad at Sports we bring you an interview by Caroline Picard with artist Robert Zhao Renhui. On the subject of nature and narrative, Renhui explains, “As a species, we have always defined and controlled the way nature existed with us, and this is nothing new… Man has always determined what nature should look and feel like.” This interview was originally published on December[.....]

Best of 2013 – With Cinder Blocks We Flatten Our Photographs at Romer Young

Regular contributor Randall Miller selected With Cinder Blocks We Flatten Our Photographs for today’s edition of Daily Serving’s Best of 2013. Of his selection, Miller says, “Right now it feels like there is a sea change going on in photography. This past year, I noticed quite a few photographers who are exploring really thought-provoking conceptual territory, while pushing the formal boundaries of the medium in exciting[.....]

Valentina Vannicola: Dante’s Inferno

Inferno. Tolfa, Rome, Italy, April 2010 February 2011. ### Infer

In Dante’s Inferno Italian artist Valentina Vannicola merges staged photography with socially engaged practice, resulting in a rich body of work reminiscent of the postdramatic theater of Romeo Castellucci and the Societas Rafaello Sanzio. Using non-professional performers from her hometown of Tolfa, north of Rome, Vannicola has constructed absurdist scenes recreating Dante’s journey through the strata of hell. While the outcome could easily have been[.....]