The Vancouver Art Gallery is proud to present two important photography exhibitions this summer

Harry Callahan: The Street

A major retrospective of the American photographer’s work, featuring 150 images that Harry Callahan (1912-1999) made in the streets of Chicago, New York, Atlanta, Cairo, Mexico, Portugal and Wales.

Stephen Waddell: Dark Matter Atlas

Vancouver artist Stephen Waddell has created a new body of work focusing on underground caverns in the United States, Canada and Lebanon, photographed and printed in massive scale.

Both shows run from June 11 – September 5, 2016

For those that can’t make it to Vancouver, this book is available through the Gallery Store and other vendors:


An Exhibition of Photographs by ARLIS/NA Member Raymond Smith, October 24, 2015 – January 3, 2016

     The exhibition, In Time We Shall Know Ourselves: Photographs by Raymond Smith, organized by the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, travels to its fourth venue, the Georgia Museum of Art, University of Georgia, Athens, where it will be on display from October 24, 2015 through January 3, 2016.  The exhibition consists of fifty-two photographs taken on a three month road trip through much of the South and parts of the Midwest and the Northeastern U.S. in the summer of 1974.   Substantial reviews of the exhibition have appeared in the Florida Times-Union (for the exhibition at Jacksonville MOCA), the Charlotte Observer (for the exhibition at the Hickory Museum of Art) and the Montgomery Advertiser, and a feature based on an interview with  the photographer is scheduled for publication in the October issue of Atlanta Magazine.
     An opening reception is scheduled for October 23, to which ARLIS colleagues are invited.
    For those attending the ARLIS/SE Chapter Conference in Atlanta, November 12-13, 2015, it is hoped that members coming the day before (Wednesday, November 11) or staying an extra day in Atlanta on Saturday, the 14th, will take the two hour drive to Athens to view the exhibition.  A book published in conjunction with the exhibition will be available at the Georgia Museum of Art’s museum shop.
    The photographer will be presenting a talk at the museum auditorium at 5 P.M. , November 19, followed by a question and answer session and a tour of the exhibition with the museum’s Deputy Director and curator of the exhibition Annelies Mondi.  The talk, titled “Report from Infinity: Rural Highway, Southern Georgia, After Rainstorm” and reception are free and open to the public.
    Raymond Smith, of R.W. Smith Bookseller, New Haven, Connecticut, has been a long-time ARLIS member and supporter since the early 1980s and has exhibited at many of the national conferences over the years.  His photographs are in the collections of the Yale University Art Gallery, the New Britain Museum of American Art, The Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, and the Harry Ransom Center Gernsheim Collection of Photography, University of Texas at Austin.  His photographs have been published in Chicago ReviewNew America, and most recently in Southern Cultures.  His talks have included “Photography and Genealogy”, presented at historical and genealogical societies in Connecticut and Long Island, “Imaging the South” presented at the Southern Studies Conference, Auburn University (Montgomery Branch), in 2013, and “I Am a Camera” delivered at the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts in 2014 and available on SoundCloud.
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MoMA Acquires Hundreds of August Sander Photographs

A procession of faces from another era is coming to the Museum of Modern Art.

In what MoMA describes as a landmark acquisition, it has received a complete set of 619 photographic prints by the German portrait and documentary photographer August Sander from his sweeping chronicle of German society, “People of the 20th Century.”

Over about 60 years, Sander, who died in 1964, created the photographic record of his country’s people, making naturalistic, anthropological portraits of tradespeople and professionals.

“His ambition is nothing less than to use photography to describe the people of the 20th century,” said Sarah Hermanson Meister, a MoMA photography curator, who described the collection as one of the most important works of 20th-century photography in its ambition, scope and influence.

“He is doing this through the German people, but it’s not limited in its intention to that.”

The set was acquired from the Sander family. The terms were not disclosed.

MoMA already has about 80 Sander photographs, but the acquisition takes its collection to a new level. Seven editions of the complete set were printed from the artist’s glass-plate negatives between 1990 and 1999. MoMA said it was now the only museum to hold one of these sets in its entirety.

The faces of boxer, draughtsman, engineer, bohemian, dancer, sailor, criminal and many more stare out solemnly in a classic survey of individuals as archetypes.

When asked her favorite, Ms. Meister said, “It’s a bit like picking my favorite child.”

“But maybe,” she added, pointing to a pale girl peering from a circus wagon, “the circus people are my favorite.”


Lorenzo Castellni’s “Air Collage” Places Iconic Paintings Into Contemporary Settings

June 8, 2015 by 

The art of air collage is similar to air guitar. You emulate an original and make it your own. In Lorenzo Castellini’s case that means taking the faces of famous painters and paintings then collaging them onto modern day figures in contemporary settings. The end result is a humorous take on these iconic images and a look at how they would fare in the present day. Even though the project is supposed to be satirical it succeeds in capturing the viewer’s attention by using almost universally well known paintings and placing them in different contexts.
Some of the lighthearted narratives include Van Gogh in various “ear scenarios” and The Venus de milo placed in a shell gasoline logo. The funny stories that emerge by manipulating these images is that art can be brought into the everyday realm and perhaps reach people on a different level. It also uses a childlike technique which plays on perspective and rearranges found images to make comment on the moment. Castellini will take a photo and superimpose the painted image onto that then take another photo of him holding up the collage.
The faces Castellini chooses are from famous paintings which range from Picasso’s les demoiselles d’Avignon to Hieronymous Bosch. These resemble street paintings where the artist pairs faces taken from found images with appropriate photographic gestures which include upper and lower extremities. Material wise it references copying and printing techniques bringing it up to par with today’s standards and practices. (designboom)
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