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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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Art • 'No Seconds' - Henry HARGREAVES' impressive doomsday work for the exhibition 'FOOD. Dal cucchiaio al mondo'. Now showing at MAXXI Museum, Rome

16.06.2015 • While the fashion capital Milan is busy hosting this year's EXPO, the MAXXI museum in Rome is tying its exhibition thematically to the 2015 World Fair: Over 50 artists are contributing works on the topic of nutrition in a large-scale show titled 'FOOD'. Dal cucchiaio al mondo'. This includes photographer Henry HARGREAVES with his work on death sentenced prisoner's last supper titled 'No Seconds'.

The artist on his work: "In my photography, I have always been fascinated by the mix of the mundane and the extraordinary. So while I was reading about efforts to stop the Last Meal tradition in Texas, it sparked my interest. In the most unnatural moment, there is (state sponsored death) what kind of requests for food had been made? In New Zealand (where I’m from), and in fact nearly any where else in the developed world, the Death Penalty is just not even in the conversation. It is a remnant of an earlier era. This little bit of civility, "hey we are going to kill you but what would you like to eat?" just jumped off the page. I felt it could be a really interesting idea to try to...

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Art • In the realm of the Princess of Polka Dots - Yayoi Kusama presents 'Give Me Love' and her walk-in Dot House from 2002 at David Zwirner NYC

01.06.2015 • David Zwirner presents with 'Give Me Love' the second solo exhibition of the world-renowned artist Yayoi Kusama in New York. Presented in the two galleries on 519 and 525 West 19th Street are new photos from the 'My Eternal Soul' spread, new polka-dotted pumpkin sculptures – but also the legendary installation titled 'The Obliteration Room' from 2002, a furnished, completely white room which visitors can actively transform into a unique piece of art with adhesive dots. And Veronique Ansorge, Director of Gallery David Zwirner New York, took us on a trip through it. Veronique was just recently proclaimed 'one of Art World’s Most Stylish Doyennes' by Barry Samara. Enjoy the show!

The press release of the Zwirner gallery tells us: "Widely recognized around the world, with a recent survey of museum attendance ranking her as the most popular artist in 2014, Kusama has shaped her own narrative of postwar and contemporary art. Minimalism and Pop art, abstraction and conceptualism coincide in her practice, which spans painting, sculpture, performance, room-sized and outdoor...

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Art • The 4th annual Frieze Art Fair New York, Randall’s Island Park Manhattan, plus several impressions filmed for you on GoSee

27.05.2015 • The Frieze Art Fair took place in 2015 at Randall’s Island Park, just north of Manhattan, which meant for its visitors – the journey is the destination. Since the location was not easy to reach – visitors came by bus, train, shuttle or ferry and upon arrival, they were able to leave their New York stress behind and completely immerse themselves in art.

Not to mention the great food – in perfectly organized intervals, there were fantastic catering stations of well-known New York gourmet temples such as Frankies Spuntino, Marlow & Sons, Court Street Grocers, Dimes, Momofuku Milk Bar, Parlor Coffee or Roberta’s. This was good reason for a long, relaxed day with contemporary art from galleries from over 30 countries worldwide.

Was it really something new? Of course, some of the works of art have travelled more than a mediocre music star – but the very apparent continental drift towards South America here alone was a new source of visual stimulation. The award for the most innovative stand went to Jaqueline Martins, São Paulo for the solo presentation of Martha Araú.


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Art • Inge Morath – Masquerades and Enoc Perez – Cut Shapes at Danziger Gallery, New York

27.05.2015 • Danziger Gallery is pleased to present a two-person show of photographs by Inge Morath and photo collages by Enoc Perez. Created half a century apart, both works share a sense of humor, an interest in concealment, and a delight in cutting and making shapes out of paper.

Inge Morath (1923 – 2002) and artist Saul Steinberg (1914 – 1999) engaged in a unique collaboration by having friends and acquaintances don his paper bags drawn with fantastic faces and then posing them for her photographs. In a delightful series of individual and group portraits taken from 1959 to 1963 the images convey both humor and an unnerving psychological depth. We may not know who is beneath each bag, but we seem to know the type they are playing. Between Morath's deadpan style and Steinberg's flights of fantasy they created a veritable encyclopedia of attitudes, postures, and mannerisms.

Inge Morath joined the photographic cooperative Magnum in Paris by invitation of Robert Capa in 1953 and was assistant to Henri Cartier-Bresson before becoming a full member. Her work was widely published in...

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Art • 'Jerome Liebling: Brooklyn and Other Boroughs, 1946 - 1996' - New York everyday heroes shown in the Steven Kasher Gallery New York

20.05.2015 • The photographer was born in Harlem in 1924 and grew up in Brooklyn in very humble surroundings. After interruptions due to the war – which he admits gave him a creative impulse – Jerome took Bauhaus-influenced courses at Brooklyn College, where he was particularly inspired by the work of the documentary photographer Walter Rosenblum. In his time around 1947 while working in the Photo League Collective, Jerome documented the deplorable situation in the remote areas of the city and took some of his most famous pictures, like that of the small boy in Harlem in his plain Sunday clothes.

The next twenty years, Jerome Liebling taught photography and film at the University of Minnesota. After his return in the 1970s, he was horrified at the continuing social injustice of his city – and once again the camera became his constant companion. The South Bronx, 'Little Odessa' in Brighton Beach, old residents, new immigrants, new motifs and new stories, which needed to be told.

The very special thing about these pictures is that you can discover things that are there but not everyone...

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Art • GoSee loves... Marilyn Minter: Pretty/Dirty. Book Signing with the exceptional artist at Bookmarc NY and a preview of an extensive exhibition at the Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston

16.05.2015 • A gem of West Village and a hotspot for all fashion and photo freaks is Marc Jacob's bookstore, BOOKMARC, with which he expanded his empire on Bleecker Street when he opened it in September, 2010. On May 14th, Marilyn Minter presented her new book 'Pretty/Dirty', a compilation of her glossy works from over the past forty years. GoSee was there and met the charismatic American artist. Plus the Contemporary Arts Museum in Houston is showing the same-titled exhibition until the 2nd of August, 2015. After further stations in the USA, it will finally be shown in Brooklyn Museum from September 2016 through January 2017.

Marilyn Minter is famed for her glossy, hyper-realistic paintings, photographs and video works-seductive images that borrow the language of fashion and advertising photography, exploring the boundaries of desire, sensuality and body anxiety in the age of consumption. Close-up imagery of mouths, feet, splashes and puddles, rendered in high-gloss enamel on sheets of metal, subversively questions the pathology of glamour. Produced in conjunction with the first major...

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Art • On friendship and the style of the 'Boston School' - 'Boston to New York: David Armstrong (1954-2014), Nan Goldin (b. 1953) Mark Morrisroe (1959-1989)' and 'Salem Suite' by Will McBride – two exhibitions at ClampArt NYC

13.05.2015 • An exhibition which, in the broadest sense, is about friendship could hardly have been any more unsentimental than 'Boston to New York: David Armstrong (1954-2014), Nan Goldin (b. 1953), and Mark Morrisroe (1959-1989)'. From May 14th through 20th, New York's ClampArt Gallery brings these three great artists and friends back together again photographically – in a way it would no longer be possible in real life. A special encounter of the stylistic 'Boston School'.

Nan Goldin, David Armstrong and Mark Morrisroe all represent the heart of the 'Boston School', a group of artists, which visited the School of the Museum of Fine Arts or the Massachusetts College of Art between 1971 and 1984. At the early age of 14, Goldin and Armstrong met at an alternative high school; Morrisroe met the two later on at a museum school. In the late 1970, they moved to New York one after the other. Mark Morrisroe was the last to do so in 1986, only a few years before his tragic death because of AIDS.

Elisabeth Sussman, Sondra Gilman, Curator of Photography at Whitney Museum of American Art, on the...

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