Thursday, February 28, 2013

Simon Roberts at Somerset House

South Downs Way (2008) ©Simon Roberts

We are so pleased to announce that gallery artist, Simon Roberts, has five photographic artworks included in the group exhibition Landmark: The Fields of Photography at Somerset House (London), opening on March 14th.

Below, is an extract from the exhibition statement:

"Today the environment is at the heart of everyone’s concerns: rising sea levels, desertification, deforestation, the melting Poles and retreating glaciers, extinction of species on land and in sea, pollution of myriad forms, and many other ills trouble our minds on a daily basis.

Photographers are our eyes and ears, bringing the facts of what is happening to Planet Earth to our attention in insightful and eloquent ways. From straightforward, even brutal documents, through pithy and ironic commentaries, to poetic and enigmatic visions, many of the best photographers working today travel the world (or simply stay at home) looking around them at the ‘marks’ humans have made and are making on the land ...

It can even be argued that ‘landscape/environment’ is the most important and vital genre in contemporary photography, and it is no coincidence that the most notable names in the field today are associated with it: Mitch Epstein, Nadav Kander, Ryan McGinley, Robert Adams, Simon Norfolk, Hiroshi Sugimoto, Lee Friedlander, Simon Roberts, Toshio Shibata, and Robert Polidori number among the masters featured in the show.

To this group are added brilliant emerging talents: Pieter Hugo, Raphael Dallaporta, Michael Najjar, Olaf Otto Becker, Penelope Umbrico, Harry Cory Wright and a number of younger practitioners who have already left their own indelible ‘marks’ on landscape photography.

The exhibition is curated by William A. Ewing, the noted photographic curator and historian. As the author of many books and the curator of hundreds of exhibitions in Europe and the Americas over the past forty years, Mr Ewing brings a wide-ranging knowledge of the field and an acute eye to bear on this important and timely subject."

Landmark: The Fields Of Photography
Somerset House (London), March 14 – April 28
Curated by William A. Ewing

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Jim Naughten in the Independent On Sunday

Below is the wonderfully laid-out feature, that appeared in the Independent On Sunday, 10th February 2013.

We're looking forward to presenting this stunning series of photographs, with an artist reception on the evening of March 14th. Jim Naughten will be attending, and we'll also be hosting  a book signing on Saturday, 16th.

The exhibition overlaps with our first booth at the renowned AIPAD Photography Fair at the Park Avenue Armory – so our Spring is looking like it's full of the 'wow' factor like never before!

We have something special to announce, regarding Jim Naughten's work, so stay tuned for that – it's imminent!

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Thursday, February 14, 2013

Emma Livingston in Loupe

Noa 17-6 (2007) ©Emma Livingston

Emma Livingston's Noa series is featured in the February issue of Loupe, published by Boston University's Photographic Resource Center.

"With their textures, colors, and depictions of space, Livingston's square format images of the Argentine Northwest are abstract ruminations of landscape that engage, intrigue, and sometimes disorient the viewer". –Francine Weiss

Follow this link to the gallery website, where you can download a PDF of the original article.

The Noa series is available to acquire as follows, with the full series viewable on our website here.

35.5" x 35.5", Edition: 7 + 2 AP's
43.3" x 43.3", Edition: 7 + 2 AP's

Jim Naughten in British Journal of Photography

 Herero Cavalry Marching (2012) ©Jim Naughten

A ten-page feature on Jim Naughten's new series is presented in the British Journal of Photography's February issue.

"What really interests me is history and trying to make a connection with it," says Naughten. "I read a great deal of history books and I suppose I'm trying to make my own version with a camera. With Hereros (as with Re-enactors), the clothes and the uniforms are the story." –Jim Naughten
Follow this link to the gallery website, where you can download a PDF of the original article.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Jim Naughten in Photo District News

 Herero Women Marching (2012) ©Jim Naughten

Photo District News has profiled Jim Naughten's new series of photographs, depicting the Herero people of Namibia. The profile appears in the Exposures section of the March issue, currently on the newstands.

"For his new book, Jim Naugten created typological photographs of Namibia's Herero people, whose military and civilian clothes are symbols of their historic struggle against colonialism ... Naughten's full-length, typological portraits show women in beautiful dresses, men in dapper suits and hats, and soldiers and cadets in uniforms that recall Germany's colonial army, but that are accented with colorful reds and blues. The desert and cerulean sky lend a consistency to the backgrounds and serve to set off the colorful costumes ... Naughten's color palette lends the images an otherworldly quality, and there is something fantastic about the combination of the costumes and the stark desert." – Conor Risch

 Follow this link to the gallery website, where you can download the PDF of the original article.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

For your Valentine ....

We believe the gift of art is perfect for the one you love. Below are some rather fabulous artworks that we think suit the theme of romance. With only two days left until Valentine's Day ... we've only selected artworks that are mounted, framed and ready to hang.

 The Invention of Drawing (2008) ©Antony Crossfield
66" x 48" Ed. 3+1 | 36.5" x 26.5" Ed. 7+1

This photograph, by the British artist Antony Crossfield, was partly inspired by one of the many tales in art history regarding the invention of drawing. The narrative spoke of two lovers, about to be separated by war. The young woman, not certain if she would see her soldier-love again, traced out the outline of his shadow onto a wall with charcoal, as it was cast by the firelight. In this way, she intended to keep her memory of his image alive. Crossfield works with this story in this artwork from the  Foreign Body series. It's an amazingly accomplished photograph that draws upon many renditions of the narrative throughout art history. His authorship and artistry brings a truly romantic narrative right up to date, by working with contemporary social references and photographic practice.

 The Irony Tower – Andrew Solomon (2010) ©Doug Keyes
17" x 21" x 1.5" Ed. 6

In 2010, the celebrated author Andrew Solomon – currently in the midst of rave reviews for his most recent book Far From The Tree – visited the gallery to view the work of Doug Keyes. The visit resulted in Mr. Solomon commissioning Doug Keyes to make two artworks inspired by his books, Noonday Demon and The Irony Tower. Our love for books, literature and photography come together in this beautifully crafted artwork. 

"In this electronic age, it's easy to become sentimental about the book as object, and if such nostalgia afflicts some readers, it more deeply moves writers; there is an almost inexpressible satisfaction to the physical heft of a book, a joy attached to holding it aloft and saying, "This, this is what I have done with my life."  Doug Keyes celebrates that physicality, but never at the expense of the books' content.  A book is already metaphoric; it is a collection of dimensional shapes that correlate to spoken language.  In Keyes's hands, the material and the essential content seem to merge; these images encapsulate the very essence of the author's vision and intent.  To have one's own art transformed by his art is to feel truly and deeply seen.  The images are beautiful, and full of meaning, and the beauty is part of their meaning.  No one has ever done a more satisfying portrait of me than these two photos". – Andrew Solomon  

 Lowlands 1 (2010) ©Martin Bogren
16" x 16" Ed. 6

Each summer, the gallery stages an exhibition called FRESH. Photographs are selected from an open call and co-curated by Darren Ching and a guest curator – in 2012 we collaborated with the collector, Fred Bidwell. One of the artists selected was Martin Bogren and this photograph, a personal documentation of Bogren's home village, has continued to capture our imagination. The nostalgia, the romance and the mystery is simply captivating.

Mesmory (2010) ©Lisa M. Robinson
32" x 40" Ed. 10+2

This contemplative and engaging photograph forms part of Lisa M. Robinson's Oceana series, with which she explores the 'rythms of natural time'. She invokes through the artwork, a visceral response that extends beyond the visual and becomes almost physical. We can imagine sitting on a bench, cozied up in the chilled air, sitting together and watching the ocean ...

"Water and the atmosphere are forever shifting, changing in both subtle and dramatic ways ... I am viewing the physical world itself with an understanding of internal trsnformations and visible signs of upheaval". – Lisa M. Robinson

PO4 (2011) ©Max de Esteban
20.7" x 27.6" Ed. 5+1 | 39.4" 52.5" Ed. 5+1
One of the most romantic things to receive is a piece of prose, a love letter, or simply a note with a discreet message of admiration. This is a wonderful photograph from Max de Esteban's series, Proposition One: Only The Ephemeral .  We've chosen it as a perfect valentine's gift because it conjures up those memories of tranforming a blank piece of paper, into somethng so much more. The artwork itself is an expertly crafted photograph of an object, once so widely used for written creativity – now obsolete but the romance of it still coveted.

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Le Journal de la Photographrie Reviews Klompching

Each day, we receive the email alert from Le Journal de la Photographie – an online photography magazine that profiles photography in all its guises. It's become one of our 'must have' resources for keeping an eye on upcoming talent, news and views.  One of the features currently running, is a spotlight on Brooklyn Galleries.

Being obvious fans of the online publication, we were delighted to welcome the magazine's regular writer – Miss Rosen – to our gallery for an interview, and a sneak preview of our upcoming exhibition of Jim Naughten's new series on the Herero people of Namibia.

The feature was published on February 7th and can be read here.