Gallery 478 is pleased to present TIMEKEEPER+9, the photography of Anthony Friedkin. This exhibition revisits many images from 2003’s monograph TIMEKEEPER, a retrospective of photographs made over a period of more than thirty-five years and selected by the artist to represent his own view of his life’s work. TIMEKEEPER+9 includes key works produced in the years since its publication.
Anthony Friedkin’s work has been widely exhibited, collected, and critically acclaimed – perhaps most perceptively by Julian Cox of the J. Paul Getty Museum’s Department of Photography describing his practice in the essay opening TIMEKEEPER. ” He captures and creates beauty for its own sake, but he also chases life’s more elusive mysteries. The best of his pictures are outré, edgy fragments of life, emitting sparks of electricity that increase in wattage the more closely we examine what’s there.” And what’s there is plenty – from surreal Hollywood film sets to the brothels of Manhattan, from the inmates of California’s Folsom Prison to the tempestuous Pacific Ocean – all captured with spare, elegant precision in black-and-white gelatin silver prints.
Anthony Friedkin’s photographs are in the permanent collections of the J. Paul Getty Museum, the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the Museum of Modern Art in San Francisco. Curated by Arnée and Ray Carofano, TIMEKEEPER+9 runs through February 23, 2012.
TIMEKEEPER will be on exhibit from December 1, 2011 – February 23, 2012
Artist’s Reception:Saturday, December 3, 4 – 7 PM
GALLERY 478 is located at 478 W. Seventh Street, San Pedro, CA 90731
Gallery hours are Monday – Friday 11 AM – 5 PM and by appointment.
By Jim McKinniss
The Fahey/Klein Gallery is pleased to present a selection of photographs from Bob Gruen’s newly released monograph, “Rock Seen” (Abrams, 2011). For forty years, Bob Gruen has been documenting the rock scene, capturing now iconic images of The Clash, The Sex Pistols, Led Zeppelin, New York Dolls, Blondie, The Ramones, and John Lennon and Yoko Ono among others. Bob Gruen says of his career and recent publication, “Photography has led me to some great experiences and enduring relationships. Blurring the line between work and play, many of the people I met through my work have become friends; some are like family to me. You can look at [“Rock Seen”] as a collection of my work, or simply as the family album of my life.” (“Rock Seen” Book Introduction by Bob Gruen).
Bob Gruen’s career began in 1965, when he shot his first concert photos at the Newport Folk Festival. “I was still a kid and a big Bob Dylan fan.” Bob Gruen recalls, “I talked my way into getting a photo pass so I could be down front. That was when Dylan played electric guitar and claimed rock’n’roll was American folk music and got booed off stage for it. After that I began taking photos a lot.” (Bob Gruen, Interview with Carlo McCormick, The New York Trash)
While shooting freelance work and photo stories for the underground rock magazine, “Rock Scene” Bob photographed local New York City bands “on stage, off stage, at home, at parties, and during time off”. “Many photos I was taking then weren’t used until years later; they weren’t considered to be news at the times, but now they are ‘history’ ” Bob says of his early photographs which document the very beginnings of what would later become a monumental rock scene at the now infamous New York City clubs CBGB and Max’s Kansas City where bands such as the Ramones and Blondie got their start.
“We’d all appreciate it when Bob would show up at a gig ‘cause we knew the pictures would be used somewhere, and our bands would get some press. But it was in the candid situations that he took most of his photos. Getting these types of shots isn’t easy with all the variables of light and movement, but Bobby would show up in the most unlikely places, smiling away, holding his camera, and ready to capture a piece of the action.” (“Rock Seen”, Book Introduction by Debbie Harry).
Many of Bob Gruen’s iconic photographs began with unassuming introductions that became the catalyst for honest and enduring friendships. A hurried introduction to Ike and Tina Turner on a street corner began a friendship that resulted in Gruen’s first album cover, and later Gruen’s first concert tour. In 1972, Gruen met John Lennon and Yoko Ono at a benefit concert, and later dropped some prints at their nearby apartment. This simple gesture began a close friendship between Bob Gruen, John Lennon, and Yoko Ono. Throughout the 1970’s Gruen worked as their personal photographer, documenting concerts and press conferences, as well as capturing serene moments between John and Yoko, and the first images of their son, Sean Lennon. In 1974, Gruen suggested photographing John Lennon on top of his New York apartment building, which would later become the hugely iconic image of John Lennon wearing the New York City T-Shirt.
Gruen’s photographs are in the permanent collection of the National Portrait Gallery, London, and have been shown in the Museum of Modern Art’s 2009 exhibition, “Looking at Music: Side 2” and the Brooklyn Museum of Art’s 2009 exhibition, “Who Shot Rock & Roll”. Bob Gruen lives and works in New York City.
This show runs December 1, 2011 through January 14, 2012
Reception for the Artist, Thursday, December 1, 7-9 pm
The Fahey/Klein Gallery is located at 148 North La Brea, between First Street and Beverly Boulevard in Los Angeles, CA 90036
The gallery is open 10 am to 6 pm Tuesday through Saturday
Phone: (323) 934-2250
By Jim McKinniss
The following text was taken from the BBC website: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-15689652
An image of the Rhine by German artist Andreas Gursky has fetched $4.3m (£2.7m) at Christie’s New York, setting an auction record for a photograph.
Glass-mounted panoramic colour print Rhein II, created in 1999, is one of an edition of six works.
Others hang at New York’s Museum of Modern Art and London’s Tate Modern.
It beat the previous record of $3.9m (£2.5m) achieved by an untitled 1981 colour print by Cindy Sherman, who is the subject of all her own works.
Gursky’s print had a pre-sale estimate of $2.5m-$3.5m (£1.6m-£2.2m).
Rhein II is the largest of the six photographs, which are produced in various sizes.
As well as in New York and London, other photographs in the edition are housed in Munich’s Pinakothek der Moderne and Glenstone art museum in the US.
Gursky has spoken of “a particular place with a view over the Rhine which has somehow always fascinated me, but it didn’t suffice for a picture as it basically constituted only part of a picture”.
He said he “carried this idea for a picture around with me for a year-and-a-half”.
“In the end I decided to digitalise the pictures and leave out the elements that bothered me,” he added.
Christie’s said the viewer was “not invited to consider a specific place along the river, but rather an almost ‘platonic’ ideal of the body of water as it navigates the landscape”.
By Jim McKinniss
John Montich will have 5 selected photographs (each 21″ x 17 “) from his Car Series displayed at SCAPE (Southern California Art Projects and Exhibitions) in Corona del Mar beginning November 19, 2011. The show runs through January 6, 2012.
In addition to John’s work will be the work of sculptor Scott McMillian who creates work on recycled auto body parts.
Artist reception is November 19 from 6-8pm
SCAPE is located at 2859 E. Coast Highway, Corona del Mar.
Contact: 949.723.3406 or Info@scapesite.com
By Jim McKinniss
Reflective Image Gallery will feature a collection of black & white photographs by award-winning local photographer, Barbara Higgins. “Reflections” includes limited edition silver gelatin prints from her “Reflections of Fashion” and “Newport Beach Reflected” series.
Fashion sketches and draped garments created by the students of Fashion Camp OC and Orange Coast College Fashion Department will also be on display. Their designs have been inspired by Barbara’s photographs.
The opening reception runs November 12, 2011 from 6 – 9 pm at the Gallery.
What: Barbara Higgins. “Reflections” includes limited edition silver gelatin prints from her “Reflections of Fashion” and “Newport Beach Reflected” series.
When: November 12 – December 18, 2011. Reception 6-9 pm, artist present. Where: Reflective Image Gallery, 211 E. Columbine, Suite G, South Coast Metro, CA, 92707, 949-709-3727, www.reflectiveiimagegallery.com
Gallery Hours: Fri. 6-9PM, Sat: 11-6, Sun. 12-5
Reflective Image Gallery is located at 211 E. Columbine, South Coast Metro, CA 92707.
Contact the Gallery at 949-709-3727 or Ludo Leideritz at 949-350-9370, or visit their website, www.reflectiveimagegallery.com, for details.
By Jim McKinniss
Long time member of The Photographers’ Exchange, Diane Reeves, has had two pieces accepted into the “South Bay Focus” show at the Torrance Art Muesum. Diane is a long time resident of Redondo Beach and is well known in the local art community. Diane works in mixed media and uses photography as the base media for creating her beautiful and unique hand crafted works of art.
Diane’s creativity seems boundless. She seems to move effortlessly between techniques that include stitching, collage, hand painting, tearing and re-weaving photos to create her work.
South Bay Focus Show
Torrance Art Museum
3320 Civic Center
Torrance, CA 90503
Show runs from November 29-December 16
The Opening is December 3 from 6-9
A walk through with the juror Carl Berg is December 3 at 5:00.
The hours of the museum are from 11-5 Tuesday thru Saturday.
By Jim McKinniss