posted by Bridget on 12 September 2013
Anoush Abrar, Dorothee Deiss, Giles Price and Spencer Murphy have made it to the last round of judging.
Our vote [if we had one] would go to Spencer for his haunting photograph of Katie Walsh.
posted by Bridget on 05 September 2013
Photography has yet again featured in the final four for the coveted New Sensations Prize, an award that goes to recent graduates from the UK art colleges.
Interestingly this year there is only one finalist from a London College and that is Michl BarOr who has just graduated from the Royal College of Art where she was on the MA photography course.
BarOr's degree show was an archive project based on the Palestine Exploration Fund Archive. She re-presented objects, drawings, writings and photographs to explore ideas about identity, both her own, as an Israeli living in a disputed territory and now "exported" to London and the connections between our ideas of Palestine and the land it once occupied set against the objects in the PEF, also exported to London.
posted by Bridget on 04 September 2013
If books are your thing then pop down to east London and visit the London Art Book Fair where a mix of book publishers, workshops and talks will make up this year's LABF from the 13th - 15th September.
One of our favourite artists, Cornelia Parker is in conversation with Whitechapel senior curator Iwona Blazwick on the Friday and we have already booked our seats.
Familiar publishers will be showing their latest publications including Hatje Cantz who will have Eva Vermandel's new book Splinter on their stand. In an interview for The Independent on Sunday Vermandel said she "disliked how photography mostly gets used to describe the tangible...[how] too often bodies of work can easily be described in one simple sentence. From art, I expect something different: I want it to hit me right in the gut and plant seeds in by brain".
Sounds like a great idea, and we will be heading to the Whitechapel for some art based horticulture.
posted by Bridget on 03 September 2013
For those of us [I am off to New York for a holiday mid September] who will be in London and New York this Autumn there is the opportunity to see two exhibitions by Philip-Lorca diCorcia hosted by his gallery, David Zwirner.
In New York you can see Hustlers, a series of portraits made in Hollywood in the 1990s. Using male prostitutes as his models, diCorcia paid them approximately the same amount they would have charged a customer for sex. Although Hustler marked the beginning of diCorcia's interest in street photography, there is nothing spontaneous about these images and they are very much within his controlled approach of setting the backdrop and asking the subject to step onto his carefully crafted stage.
DiCorcia's new series East of Eden, started in 2008 in response to the economic crash, opens in the Zwirner London gallery on the 25th September.
The title, drawn from John Steinbeck's novel set at the time of the Great Depression, seeks to convey a21st century disillusionment with the American dream, as diCorcia explains the photographs are "provoked by the collapse of everything, which seems to me a loss of innocence. People thought they could have anything. And then it just blew up in their faces."
Click here to listen to diCorcia talk about his work.