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Art • GoSee loves... 'Selections from a Survey' – Todd Hido presents his new series at Casemore Kirkeby in San Francisco

29.07.2015 • Todd Hido: 'Selections from a Survey' is Casemore Kirkeby's first exhibition and celebrated its premiere at Paris Photo L.A. in May, 2015. Casemore Kirkeby is a new galllery project in San Francisco in a joint venture between Julie Casemore and Stefan Kirkeby focused on contemporary photography.

The gallery tells us about the project: "This installation, drawn from Oakland-based Hido's ever-expanding archive, invites viewers to dwell on the images and ideas that have followed him throughout his career, continually finding new manifestations in his work. This selection focuses on Hido's primary model Khrystyna - a tacit partner in his cinematic narratives, and a shape shifter in the nightscapes, interiors, and psychological landscapes that she haunts. The result is a deeply personal collection of imagery, often drawn from Hido's own biography and his childhood home of Kent, Ohio – the place that has guided his sustained inquiry into the darker aspects of American suburban life, investigated through the lens of his own imperfect memory. The selection includes several new, never...

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Art • WHO CARES? – Social responsibility in contemporary art. Bernheimer Contemporary opens on 700 square meters, including a shop in Berlin. We wish we were artists too!

16.07.2015 • Who cares? Isabel Bernheimer encourages the art world, as well as the design world with her gallery concept to think, and perhaps even to rethink. After academic studies and working at international galleries, she decided to open an agency for artists – and succeeded in a very short time. Her newest idea was followed by prompt action: Just last winter, she told us about her vision of a new type of gallery in the Monbijou Palais opposite the Bode Museum on Berlin's Museum Island – and, a little over half a year later, she already invited us to the grand opening. She likes it big! And she cares! And Isabel takes care of her handful of selected artists from the area of art to design the same way she realizes her visions.

So – what is there to see? The artists represented by the agency Bernheimer Contemporary show their works in all eleven rooms of the Monbijou Residence in the heart of Berlin, and ask the question with the exhibition, what responsibility art may, can, has to or should take for our society. "Together with my artists, I invite visitors to come and look, to reflect...

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Art • Jung A Kim – Reminiscence (2012-2014) – the nature of life as an exhibition at pavlov’s dog, Berlin and an illustrated book published by Kehrer Publishing

15.07.2015 • The Korean artist Jung A Kim describes her relationship to photography as follows: " Through photography I have the feeling of being the world. I perceive things with my eyes and my heart and start to be a human being." Her pictures are diary-like records that reflect her innermost thoughts and poetically capture the essential relationship between man and nature. Reminiscence serves to bring the past to light. In today’s media-oriented times, this is an important aspect for the photographer. By means of photography the intangible world of thoughts and memories can manifest itself in reality. Her photographs can in some cases be understood as a metaphor for recollections that were initially overlooked but which find their way back to us in the form of images. The pictures tell the artist’s own story but also speak to the universal ties between humankind and all of Creation, ultimately presenting us with small fragments of life.

About - Jung A Kim (* 1978) lives and works in Berlin and Seoul. She graduated 2014 with a BA in Photography at CAU, Seoul. In 2013, she also studied at...

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Art • The Foley Gallery presents Leon Borensztein – American Portraits as well as Sage Sohier – At Home With Themselves, daily same-sex life in the 80s

08.07.2015 • Perfect timing! All America now stands for the equal rights of all people, at least by the ruling of the free world's highest Supreme Court. And right on time, New York's Foley Gallery presents Sage Sohier’s 'At Home With Themselves' spread of portraits taken in the homes of same-sex unions in America of the 80s.

Yes, you read right – 30 years before the Supreme Court ruling in 2015 was when Sage Sohier's photos of gays and lesbian couples in domestic relationships were created. To be exact in 1986, when the AIDS crisis cost the lives of countless victims and a large part of society was forced to live, love and ultimately, suffer in hiding.

Sage Sohier tells us: “I was interested in how as a culture, we weren’t used to looking at two men touching, and was struck by the visual novelty yet total ordinariness of these same-sex relationships.” The decisive inspiration for her project came from the extremely discreet homosexual relationship her father had to live in. She and her father were in a sense explorers of the secret world of the taboos of that time.

So it is no...

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Art • GoSee must see : The Foley Gallery presents Sage Sohier - 'At Home With Themselves', same-sex life in 80s New York, until 26 July, 2015

08.07.2015 • Perfect timing! All America now stands for the equal rights of all people, at least by the ruling of the free world's highest Supreme Court. And right on time, New York's Foley Gallery presents Sage Sohier’s 'At Home With Themselves' spread of portraits taken in the homes of same-sex unions in America of the 80s.

Yes, you read right – 30 years before the Supreme Court ruling in 2015 was when Sage Sohier's photos of gays and lesbian couples in domestic relationships were created. To be exact in 1986, when the AIDS crisis cost the lives of countless victims and a large part of society was forced to live, love and ultimately, suffer in hiding.

Sage Sohier tells us: “I was interested in how as a culture, we weren’t used to looking at two men touching, and was struck by the visual novelty yet total ordinariness of these same-sex relationships.” The decisive inspiration for her project came from the extremely discreet homosexual relationship her father had to live in. She and her father were in a sense explorers of the secret world of the taboos of that time.

So it is no...

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Art • Leon Borenszteins - 'American Portraits', the true face of the American Dream in the 80s, and exhibition at New York's Foley Gallery

07.07.2015 • Foley Gallery is delighted to present American Portraits 1979-1989 by photographer Leon Borensztein. Borensztein first immigrated to the United States from Israel in the late 1970s and initially worked as a traveling portrait photographer throughout the environs of San Francisco. Commercial portrait sessions would be set-up by eager salesmen, sending Borensztein across California, making up to 30 portraits a day of people in their homes. While photographing put-on smiles in color for his employer, he decided to make his own photographs in black & white, pulling far enough away from the backdrop to reveal the interior room, the domestic life of his sitter(s). With clear directions not to smile, “the masks on their faces vanished.” Eventually, he traveled across the country, meeting his customers in public spaces, economically covering more subjects at a time.

During his travels, it became clear to him that the “American Dream” he longed for himself was also a dream that he shared with his subjects. But, like his own life, the realities of these mostly working class families...

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Art • GoSee Tip: Amsterdam's Rijksmuseum presents for the first time 'New for Now: The origin of fashion magazines', 300 unique fashion prints from five centuries

06.07.2015 • Long before photography, printing was considered fashion's best ally. The often elaborately and meticulously colored prints presented the latest trends, sometimes even accompanied by a short description. This combination is why they are seen today as the predecessors of our so beloved fashion magazines. The Rijksmuseum is now presenting for the first time a large-scale retrospective from its vast archive of costume and fashion prints. All 300 exhibited prints document the transition of men's and women's fashion from the 16th century to the first half of the 20th century. The show was designed by Christian Borstlap in close cooperation with the fashion illustrators Piet Paris and Quentin Jones.

The press release tells us : "A great sense of elegance - The publishers of fashion prints did everything to make their product as attractive as possible. They attracted skilled illustrators for this purpose, some of whom went on to become specialists in this area: true ‘fashion illustrators’. The trick was to portray the models on the prints as skillfully as possible and with a great...

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Art • 'Not your Slave' : Julia Fullerton Batten sheds light on the lives of English servants in the beginning of 1900

22.06.2015 • "Always say yes!" is a widely spread principle when it comes to satisfying your guest or your customer. But there are (or were) times when this noble motif threatened to create less noble situations. This becomes clear when taking a look at “In Service”, a project by the unquestionably talented photographer Julia Fullerton-Batten. Her pictures are meticulously structured and magnificently staged, and they display the alarming details of this tricky principle.

The artist, who lives in London, explains on her homepage that she wanted to show the living conditions of English servants around the time of Edward 7th (1901 – 1911) from a new perspective. She desired to create a new image apart from the popular mainstream notion of lovingly cared-for servants who lived in splendor and prosperity.

The sad truth is that more than one million people worked at the houses of wealthy Englishmen in order to escape their miserable and poor lives. Much to their chagrin, especially to many women’s chagrin, abuse and sexual assaults happened frequently.

Julia Fullerton Batten impressively...

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Art • The Photographers’ Gallery London presents with FreshFaced + WildEyed 2015 tomorrow's art talents. We have the fresh perspectives for you on GoSee.

17.06.2015 • The Photographers' Gallery in London presents through the 5th of July, 2015 FreshFaced + WildEyed, the annual exhibition, which is dedicated to new and emerging talents. Since 2008, the art show celebrates in connected events the most innovative works of the students, who finished their studies in the UK the year before. 25 artists were chosen from the areas photography and digital media. GoSee has insights into a world full of fresh perspectives, new abysses and heavenly moments. And presents the most likely great names of tomorrow.

Winners were selected by an expert team consisting of Kate Cooper (Auto Italia), A K Dolven (artist), Damien Poulein (Oodee Books) and Brett Rogers (Director of The Photographers' Gallery).

Topics touched upon various different areas, from sexual identity in the digital world and African Christian communities in London up to personal portraits of a daughter with Down Syndrome or German Hip Hop culture.

The winners: William Ashton and Emma Gruner, the artist blør, Alex Burgess and Mandukhai Kaylin, Francesca Jane Allen, Jocelyn Allen, Craig...

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Art • Noah's Ark - a fashionable new interpretation by Cathleen Naundorf, now shown at the Hamilton Gallery London

17.06.2015 • Painted backdrops, elaborate sets, taxidermy animal extras, and haute couture fashion from Dior, Chanel, Valentino, Gaultier, Elie Saab as well as Stephane Rolland. These are the extravagant ingredients of photographer Cathleen Naundorf's recipe for 'Noah's Ark', her newest pieces now exhibited at the London's Hamilton gallery. “I am telling the classic Bible story, Noah’s Ark. Saving the animals and mankind; leaving earth as we know it – in a boat – and believing there is something better for the future,” the photographer explains her newest body of work.

The press release tells us: "Naundorf captures her scenes with analogue large-format cameras, which, since the 1990s, she has used in rare combination with Polaroid film. Combined with her distinctive approach, Naundorf’s personal claim to the uniqueness of these carefully orchestrated images lies in the characters of the great Parisian haute couture designer gowns - which became the epitome of fashion during the second half of the last century. Eschewing digital editing, the colors and contrasts within Naundorf’s work...

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