Photography

Lalla Essaydi: New Beauty at Jenkins Johnson Gallery

Lalla Essaydi. Bullets #5, 2009; chromogenic print; 48 x 60 in. Courtesy of the Artist and Jenkins Johnson Gallery, San Francisco.

From our sister site Art Practical, today we bring you a review of Lalla Essaydi’s photographs now on view at at Jenkins Johnson Gallery in San Francisco. Author Danica Willard Sachs notes that in Essaydi’s work, “the effect of the ceremonial fabrics and calligraphy is to flatten the women into almost abstract images that retreat into the background like furniture.” This article was originally published on February[.....]

Fan Mail: Wendy Given

Wendy Given. On Myth and Magic No. 5: Eclipse, 2009; C-Print; 17.25” x 26” inches. Photo courtesy of the artist.

Mythos: fantasy, fiction, legend, saga, parable, fable, narrative, invention, fabrication, yarn. The conceptual distance between myth and the concrete manifestations of mythology is a potentially endless—yet meaningfully orderable—list of synonyms. But with each word the gap shrinks, as mental images of processes and then objects emerge, even if just as puns. Wendy Given is bridging the gaps between the abstract idea of a mythos and[.....]

Subverting the Sublime: Wondermountain at Penrith Regional Gallery

Hua Tunan, Fluorescent impression shanshui, 2013, spray paint, 300 x 500, image courtesy the artist

It seemed entirely appropriate that my journey to see Wondermountain at the Penrith Regional Gallery and Lewers Bequest was through rain, a concrete landscape of freeways and overpasses obscured by my windscreen wipers. I arrived beside the swollen Nepean River, the Blue Mountains shrouded in mist, reflecting on the continuing importance of shanshui (mountain/water) painting. A poetic approach to representing landscape evolving from the Tang Dynasty, the[.....]

Andy Warhol’s Photographs at the RISD Museum

What, one might ask, remains to be said of Warhol? This perennial darling of the art gallery and the auction house, so irreverent and unpredictable in his own time, increasingly registers as tame, tasteful, and non-threatening in our own. Yet Andy Warhol’s Photographs, a small, focused exhibition at the Museum of the Rhode Island School of Design, reaffirms the artist’s bracing vitality against the backdrop of his[.....]

Jill Miller: Collectors

Jill Miller. Pam Kramlich and vehicle in side mirror, 2007; Photograph. Courtesy of the Artist.

From our partner site Art Practical, today we bring you a photo essay from the recent theme issue On Collecting. This series of images is from Jill Miller‘s Collectors project, in which she “collected” notable Bay Area art patrons by taking surveillance photos of their activities, cars, houses, and public meetings. This article was originally published on February 6, 2014. “Conversely, the act of collecting[.....]

David Lynch: Small Stories at the Maison Européenne de la Photographie

David Lynch. Head #15, 2013; Silver gelatin print on archival paper, 80 x 90 cm, Courtesy Galerie Item, Paris

David Lynch’s avant-garde aesthetic is true to his practice—be it film, painting, photography, design, or music. His recent exhibition Small Stories at the Maison Européenne de la Photographie, Paris, comprises photographs that indulge an instinctual exploration into our subconscious, free from worldly conditioning and typical of Lynch’s preoccupation with the human psyche. Lynch presents unassuming scenes that are strangely abstracted, compelling the viewer to delve into the[.....]

Andrew Moore: Dirt Meridian at Yancey Richardson Gallery

The 100th meridian west is a longitudinal line that snakes through North and South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, and Oklahoma, and forms the eastern border of the Texas panhandle. Historically, it divides the weathered, parched land in the western Great Plains from its lush, eastern neighbor. Through digital aerial photographs and large-format negatives taken on land, artist Andrew Moore captures this sparsely populated area, not scarred[.....]