On the same colour plate, beauty and darkness have been braided in a probing frame at the flip side of the California dream by Gregory Halpern in his new photo book-ZZYZK. Once California settled for titles like ‘The Golden State’ and ‘The Land of Milk and Honey’ but today, the obvious irony is its story. The place isn’t yet saturated and can neither be pictured as a paradise, or as its quietus. It’s unpredictable, selfdestructive, where cultures and histories coexist and beautiful is found right next to ugly, but yet, a strange kind of harmony pushes it to greater extremes.
Like a snapshot taken of life from the desert, east of Los Angeles, and moving through the city to the end of the Pacific, Halpern has eternalised the emotions in thirst for water as well as the expansion of America which was born in the east. When his camera captured, those places, animals and people that were already a part of the lifestyle there, his work paged Los Angeles–as it teeters at the brim of collapsing under the weight of its own weirdly-shaped mass–as a part of fiction, or fantasy... A story for few from the life of many.
“I love nudes. In that I see the body as a work of art. It takes away any shame associated with the naked body and presents it like a work of art. Knowing the human body is essential not just for science or for procreation, but for the purpose of loving it, loving the skin we are in,” says Tavleen Akoi Gill, Co-Founder, The Egg Art Studio.
In its effort to get as close as art can get to human behaviour, The Egg Art Studio has announced a group exhibition reconnoitring the human psyche and relationship with sexuality and intimacy–Satin. It will hold 21 works by 13 artists, based on the context of sensuality being a part of the spirit beyond the human body. The exhibition acts as a platform for various artists, including Bijay Biswaal, Ghanshyam Latua, Ishan Khosla, Kunal Batra, Wasim Kapoor, Manoj Dwivedi, Rajeev Semwal, Ketan Amin, Sandeep Mani and many more, along with the launch of a book of 18 short stories co-authored by Apruv Nagpal with several contributions by female writers, based on the theme of the exhibition.
As Amrita Varma, Co-Founder of The Egg Art Studio puts, “Satin looks at arousal and intimacy with the joy, beauty and grace it deserves. Anything that can make us bigger than we are, happier, better and more beautiful, essentially leads us to live a fuller life. Satin takes its roots from this thought, in the sense that it is giving the audience an introduction to something slightly beyond the human form, whilst giving due value to the human form in its own right. The skin is the first physical entry point to the human body but the human body, its form, the skin itself, doesn’t operate just on the surface. What makes, which it beautiful is the fact that there are emotions, mental associations and connections that we make brings out our intimacy and sensuality.”
A wider view of human kind’s impact on the environment across space, literally. Edward Burtynsky, a renowned photographer will be a part of two exhibitions–Bryce Wolkowitz Gallery and Howard Greenberg Gallery in New York. He explores the dilemmas of the globalised world from the core of its existence and the outcomes of mankind’s actions on the environment. His two new books: Salt Pans and Edward Burtynsky: Essential Elements, echo the same. The Howard Greenberg Gallery will be presenting large-scale photographs from his Salt Pans series. Shot in India, the work captures the shapes, patterns and colours of the land spread over 2,000 square miles, known as ‘Survey Number Zero’, a salt-producing area in Gujarat, where thousands of families struggle in the hot wasteland with no access to fresh water, schools or hospitals and with shallow artificial ponds from where salt has been harvested. The Bryce Wolkowitz Gallery will be showcasing an overview of his work across four decades from Essential Elements including some iconic and unpublished images.
Presenting exceptional works of early masters, modern luminaries and rising names from more than 100 of the world’s leading fine art galleries is slated for the 37th edition of The Photography Show in New York; the Association of International Photography Art Dealers (AIPAD) is working closely with curators, artists and collectors, for this expanded vision. “We are thrilled about the opportunity to build an exciting, innovative, and larger fair at Pier 94,” said Catherine Edelman, President, AIPAD and President, Catherine Edelman Gallery, Chicago. Being the longest-running and foremost annual photography event, it offers a wide range of museum-quality work, ranging from a contemporary masterpiece to a 19th-century artwork. As Edelman discusses further, “The Show floor will be divided into four dynamic sections, each offering a unique experience–from established galleries with blue chip artists to younger galleries presenting solo exhibitions. And, we are tripling the number of panel discussions and innovative events, with several taking place each day of the fair.”
Featuring four new sections–Salon, Gallery, Positions and Discovery; three loan exhibitions will be on view at the show with pieces of work sourced from the noted private collections of Martin Margulies, Artur Walther and Madeleine Plonsker, for the first time. Appending 13 new members to its organisation, including Tasveer from Bangalore and New Delhi, AIPAD will also honour a photographer whose work demonstrates a compelling vision in portraiture, with The Arnold Newman Prize, and The AIPAD Award for the visionaries who have contributed to photography, including artists, curators and many more.
Beyond the human mind, into the world of city buildings, Marc Yankus’s latest series of illusive portraits features New York City buildings. The Secret Lives of Buildings is the artist’s fifth solo show at ClampArt. The exhibition is scheduled to be held in Manhattan. His images convey a bestride between documentary and fiction, captured in his enthralling language where city’s architecture has been painted in a striking moment of stillness, free from the delirium of people and cars. “The buildings are not presented simply as they are. Muted of distracting visual noise, they represent my vision of how they ought to be seen,” said Yankus. The sense of quiet elegance is platting an inspiration for people to percept historical buildings with fresh vision, offering them utopian sceneries from the past. The decay of crumbling concrete, chippedaway paint, and dregs of deconstruction, inspires the essence of nostalgia.
“My aim is to document New York’s iconic, lost and forgotten architecture– from humble small buildings to soaring skyscrapers–through a form of surreal architectural photography,” Yankus concluded.
Traversing back to centuries when all the masterwork began, Art in a Time of Chaos encapsulates six dynasties of China, from the 3rd to 6th centuries. The event is first large-scale survey of Chinese culture and the impact of international traditions over a six-dynasties period. It presents more than 100 ceramics, sculptures, calligraphy, and paintings recently unearthed from the 3rd through 6th centuries. On public view for the first time in the U.S., the presentation is accompanied by an illustrated 472-page bilingual catalogue. Curated by Willow Weilan Hai, Director, China Institute Gallery, Annette Juliano, Professor of Asian Art and History, Rutgers University, Gong Liang, Director, Nanjing Museum, and Shi Jinming, Director, Shanxi Museum, and Bai Ning, former Director, Nanjing Municipal Museum, the exhibition includes the study of division of a China into North and South during the six dynasties period. The six dynasties in the South were the Sun Wu, Eastern Jin, Song, Qi, Liang and Chen. It also presents the artwork from the Nanjing Museum, Nanjing Municipal Museum, and Shanxi Museum.4
Over the past 20 years, archaeologists have found extraordinary works of art, unearthed nearly 400 years of a period of political upheaval, geographical division, and civil strife. The featured dynasties connect the timeline between the Han and Tang dynasties through, ornately decorated sculptures, pottery and porcelain figurines. One of the most colourful masterpieces from Northern Shanxi at the exhibition apprises viewers about the prevalence of hunting and dancing, and much more.
The International Exposition of Contemporary & Modern Art, Expo Chicago, has announced an official partnership with the Palais de Tokyo, in Paris, and the Institut Français for an off-site, large-scale exhibition and a satellite programme in Chicago during the sixth edition of the exposition. This project will see the development in two parts, under the curation of Palais de Tokyo’s Katell Jaffrès. Allowing international and France-based artists to produce new work in Chicago, first would be the residency partnership with Mana Contemporary Chicago. The second would be a large-scale exhibition which will embrace a strong architectural component through a partnership with the Graham Foundation to nominate local architects collaborating with Jaffrès. “International collaborations are at the core of Expo Chicago’s mission, and I cannot be more proud of our upcoming partnership with the renowned Paris-based institution, Palais de Tokyo and Institut Français,” said Tony Karman, President and Director of Expo Chicago.