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Art • 'Freedom that we seek...' Stieglitz19 presents with 223 aka Lin Zhipeng a pioneer of Chinese avant-garde photography in Antwerp

03.02.2016 • Antwerp is not only a mecca for fashion designers with an unconventional way of expressing themselves. The Belgian STIEGLITZ19 gallery also gathers a photographer generation which documents its daily life in unusual photos. The new exhibition showcases works by 223 aka Lin Zhipeng, who plays overtly with nudity and masquerade and uses particularly the Internet as his stage everyday.

“In China’s tradition-laden environment, it may seem as if we of the younger generation already have freedom, but it is freedom that we seek,” Lin Zhipeng tells us, who likes to call himself 'No. 223' like the policeman in 'Chungking Express' by Director Wongh Kar-wei. Together with photographer Ren Hang, he is among the pioneers of contemporary avant-garde photography in China. "Internet users have always had a thirst for novelty and an interest in sharing the lifestyle of young people. The photographs I've taken of the lives of Chinese youths are like that, mainly disseminated and shared online. The youth culture that is the subject of the photographs seems to be that of a minority, marginalized,...

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Art • XYZ. Robert Mapplethorpe curated by Mastermind Peter Marino. Through the beginning of March in the gallery Thaddeus Ropac Marais

01.02.2016 • Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac has invited architect and designer Peter Marino to curate its next exhibition dedicated to photographer Robert Mapplethorpe. For the exhibition XYZ at the Paris gallery in the Marais, American Peter Marino, born in 1949 and famous for his extravagant style of clothing, is one the world's most influential architects. The great creative family became first aware of him when his architecture services were booked by Andy Warhol. Since then, his clients include labels such as Chanel, Louis Vuitton, and Giorgio Armani.

For the exhibition XYZ, Peter Marino revisits the three themes he believes fundamental: Mapplethorpe’s XYZ portfolio (X for sex, Y for floral still lifes, and Z for the iconographic male nudes).

The gallery on the procedure : "Conceiving a dense yet precise curation, he selected, at The Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation based in New York, 17 Polaroid’s and 60 photographs, some of which are part of the permanent collections of The Guggenheim Museum, LACMA and The J. Paul Getty Museum. Furthering the investigation on traditional perceptions of...

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Art • 'Between Light and Dark' – the photo exhibition with Tyra Banks by Udo SPREITZENBARTH in Kulturhaus Osterfeld; we have the opener on GoSee

31.01.2016 • New York resident fashion photographer Udo SPREITZENBARTH presents at Kulturhaus Osterfeld in Pforzheim his new photo exhibition 'Between Light and Dark'. Still on show through 19 March, 2016, the works can be seen in the gallery foyer, including the poster motif with top model Tyra Banks.


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Art • 'POWER HUNGRY' - the role of food in authoritarian regimes Caitlin Levin & Henry Hargreaves in their solo exhibition at Kwadrat, Berlin

27.01.2016 • Don't play with food? Something Henry Hargreaves c/o ISABEL SCHARENBERG can only laugh out loud about. Artistically staging food is the photographer's trademark which is appreciated by advertising clients, publishing companies, gourmets, and art connoisseurs alike. Together with Caitlin Levin – with whom he has worked in a team since 2004 – he realized the series titled 'Power Hunger', dealing with the historical and political use of food in authoritarian regimes. They show the contrast of between the favorite meals of dictators such as Assad in Syria or Kim Jong-Un in North Korea and the real typical food eaten by the common people.

The creative duo is flying in from New York just to open the exhibition on 6 February from 7pm to 10pm at Kwadrat in Berlin. Whoever wants to meet the food artists in person during their first exhibition in Germany, should not miss the opportunity. “This project began with a look at the foods historical dictators have eaten. Quickly, though, our endeavor evolved as we saw stark similarities between past and present. It became abundantly clear how...

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Art • The LVR-LandesMuseum presents 'Boris Becker – Staged Confusion'. A proper photography exhibition on the topic of chaos

27.01.2016 • Boris Becker is among today's most important German photographers. His exhibition titled Staged Confusion presents at the LVR-LandesMuseum Bonn (Rhineland Regional Museum) his newest works from the areas of construction, landscape and architecture.

With the investigation of apparently chaotic scenarios in indoor and outdoor shots, the Cologne-based artist conveys the ambivalence of ordered and disordered spaces and situations, within which, if not a certain degree of order, at least a systematic structure can be recognized with a bit of empathy. With the investigation of apparently chaotic scenarios in indoor and outdoor shots, the Cologne-based artist conveys the ambivalence of ordered and disordered spaces and situations, within which, if not a certain degree of order, at least a systematic structure can be recognized with a bit of empathy. On exhibit are 21 large-format works as well as 19 smaller photographs. The large-format works were created in private, commercial and public spaces, such as the Cologne Opera House, in the years 2000-2015.

The photos raise the...

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Art • Of ephemeral corporality: Francesca Woodman - On Being An Angel, a retrospective at FOAM Museum in Amsterdam

27.01.2016 • What remains of a photo artist who at the early age of only 22 commits suicide by jumping off a building in New York? A significant lot. And also more than enough for Amsterdam's FOAM Museum to dedicate a retrospective to Francesca Woodman. 'On Being An Angel' presents through 9 March, 2016 works from the exceptional oeuvre of the American photographer. A collection of photos (almost) exclusively in black & white on topics which have never become outdated: gender, representation, sexuality, and corporality. We have a must-see insight for you on GoSee.

She expresses herself mainly in self-portraits, either naked, or hiding her body: behind the old wallpaper, squeezed into a cupboard, or in a shroud of movement. Her motifs against blank interiors showcase a range of symbolist and surrealist influences, and in many cases they evoke oppressive feelings.

Francesca Woodman (1958-1981) grew up in a family of artists and began taking photographs in her teens. From 1975 to 1978 she studied at the Rhode Island School of Design. Her oeuvre is usually divided into periods: the early...

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Art • Ian Ruhter and The New Pioneers Matthew Brandt, Jim Krantz, Michael Light, Andrew Moore, David Benjamin Sherry... still on until 16 January in New York's Danziger Gallery

13.01.2016 • 25 years of Danziger Gallery NYC – and the celebration takes place with the first solo exhibition from Ian Ruhter and his landscape photographs which seamlessly continue in the tradition of American landscape photography from the beginning of the 19th century.

The gallery tells us about the artist: "Ruhter’s photographs, following in the steps of the great 19th century American landscape photographers transform the imagery of the west into a scale unimaginable in their time. Creating unique large-scale collodion wet plates up to 48 x 60" (as well as making same scale archival pigment prints from the collodion plates), Ruhter blends old and new technologies to create powerful and resonant artworks.

Ruhter began his experiments with the wet plate collodion process five years ago. The nineteenth century photographic process involves pouring a liquid mixture of iodides, bromides, and a solution called collodion over a glass or aluminum plate. The plate is then bathed in silver nitrate, making it light sensitive. The plate must then be quickly exposed and developed in just a...

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Art • Final Call: Ian Ruhter's landscape photographs from the American West - still on until 16 January in New York's Danziger Gallery

13.01.2016 • 25 years of Danziger Gallery NYC – and the celebration takes place with the first solo exhibition from Ian Ruhter and his landscape photographs which seamlessly continue in the tradition of American landscape photography from the beginning of the 19th century. The gallery also presents works by artists such as Matthew Brandt, Michael Light, Andrew Moore, Jim Krantz, and David Benjamin Sherry – all of which contributed to depicting the image of the West anew and thus bring it to life for all of us.

25 years of Danziger Gallery NYC – and the celebration took place with the first solo exhibition from Ian Ruhter and his landscape photographs which seamlessly continue in the tradition of American landscape photography from the beginning of the 19th century.

The gallery tells us about the artist: "Ruhter’s photographs, following in the steps of the great 19th century American landscape photographers transform the imagery of the west into a scale unimaginable in their time. Creating unique large-scale collodion wet plates up to 48 x 60" (as well as making same scale archival...

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Art • 'The New Pioneers - Matthew Brandt, Jim Krantz, Michael Light, Andrew Moore, David Benjamin Sherry' in the Danziger Gallery until 16 January; we have a selection for you on GoSee

13.01.2016 • Together with the solo exhibition of Ian Ruhter's Collodion Prints zeigt die New Yorker Danziger Galerie eine Auswahl an Fotografien zum Thema Landschaftsfotografie des Amerikanischen Westens.

We learn from the press release from Danziger Gallery : "Matthew Brandt’s experiments with process include his “Lakes and Reservoir” series – color photographs that are soaked in the specific lake or reservoir water that they represent. Over time, the lake water both developed the print and degraded the emulsion creating an unpredictable collaboration with nature.

For the last 16 years, Michael Light has been flying his own small plane over the American west investigating how both man and nature make their mark on the landscape. Not looking for pretty shapes, Light documents the impact of industry and development while not being immune to the sublime attraction of light itself.

Jim Krantz occupies a unique place in the history of contemporary art and photography. His pictures of cowboys were re-photographed by Richard Prince and became not only the highest selling images to be...

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Art • GoSee Tip : 'Richard Finkelstein – Sitting in the Dark with Strangers', still on through 30 January at New York's Robert Mann Gallery

11.01.2016 • The lights slowly dim, the room becomes silent... and suddenly a stream of light appears seemingly out of nowhere, the film begins – and your in another world. Could be a brief script on Richard Finkelstein's new work: 'Sitting in the Dark with Strangers'. For his motifs, the artist worked with miniature figures and lovingly elaborated sets... And the both of them together take you on a trip through the great wide world of the moving image.

"Movies open a window into the world of our fantasies, melding what we see with what we desire, what we fear and what we hate. In Finkelstein's photographs, we enter into this world, sitting in the darkness as characters and as dreamers, then pull back as only observers. While the movie ends and the usher comes with his broom to sweep up the sodas and popcorn, while the posters are torn down and discarded, the images continue to live on inside us." Robert Mann Gallery on its present exhibition.

And goes on to explain: "Finkelstein’s works find inspiration in painting and film. In The Man Who Wasn’t There, the linear breaks and stark...

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