Los Angeles Harbor College Fine Arts Gallery

As part of the 2016 Photographers Exchange project to provide information on the public galleries of Southern California, I had a discussion with Ron Linden, the Curator and Director of the Los Angeles Harbor College (LAHC) Fine Arts gallery regarding exhibition submissions. DS: Ron, first, thanks for your time to help explain the policies and... Continue Reading →

Evolving Toward Ecstasy: Matisse Exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

The following text is an excerpt from the the New York Times. The entire story can be read at:  nytimes.com/2012/11/30/arts/design/matisse-exhibition-at-the-metropolitan-museum-of-art.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0   The great French modernist Henri Matisse (1869-1954) was not a joiner. In the early 20th century he led the brief blitz of the Fauves — those “wild beasts” of fiery colors and blunt textures — but... Continue Reading →

Robert Mapplethorpe at the Getty Museum

        A key figure in late 20th-century photography, Robert Mapplethorpe created work with a distinctive tension between opposites: sacred and profane, mainstream and underground, light and dark. From his early Polaroid portraits, to his fashion photography and later controversial work, Mapplethorpe's photographs are well-ordered and emotionally restrained, with dangerously chaotic and sensuous elements... Continue Reading →

Douglas Stockdale – Guest Curator

I have a new and unique opportunity, as my proposal to curate a photobook exhibition for the XI Edition of FotoGrafia Festival Internazionale di Roma (FotoGrafia - the International Festival of Rome) was accepted. Very nice! The theme for this festival is "work", which is an interesting subject and in my proposal, I addressed it rather broadly. I... Continue Reading →

Edvard Munch’s “Vampire”

  One of the most sensational and shocking images in European art, Edvard Munch's painting of a man locked in a vampire's tortured embrace – her molten-red hair running along his soft bare skin – created an instant outcry when unveiled a century ago. Some believed the Norwegian artist's anguished 1894 masterpiece, Love and Pain – since known... Continue Reading →

Herb Ritts: L.A. Style at the Getty

      Herb Ritts's photography is the obverse of AIDS. Populated by impossibly beautiful young people with impossibly perfect bodies frolicking in the outdoors, they are the picture of perfect health—and as such the polar opposite of the wan, cadaverous figures then increasingly visible as AIDS slowly lurched into public view. There are plenty... Continue Reading →

“Then and Now” exhibition at dnj Gallery

      In conjunction with Pacific Standard Time, dnj Gallery is pleased to announce its upcoming exhibition “Then and Now,” a group exhibition consisting of eight Southern California photographers: Darryl J. Curran, Robert Fichter, Robert Flick, Suda House, Patrick Nagatani, Jane O’Neal, Susan Rankaitis and Robert von Sternberg. In the late sixties and seventies,... Continue Reading →

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