Fundación MAPFRE, home of the largest collection of Graciela Iturbide works

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Launched nine years ago, Fundación MAPFRE’s photography collection is still in its early days. The remarkable series of photographs by Graciela Iturbide, however, not only constitutes one of the main features of this collection, it also aptly illustrates its ambition: to strive to fully represent artists included in the collection in order to get to know and understand their work as fully as possible.

"Famous for her vision of indigenous Mexican cultures, which marked her entrance into the world of photography, Graciela Iturbide considers her work as an ongoing process of vital exploration, since photographing is above all a pretext for expanding knowledge. Her journeys are an integral part of her research on identity; however, the power of her images does not depend on the exoticism of her world travel, but rather emanates from her exceptional ability to foreground aspects often absent from photographic representation, and which she manages to capture through a simple working method: by integrating into, and cohabiting with, the people she photographs."

Read the full write-up on loeildelaphotographie.com
For more images by Graciela Iturbide, visit her ARTIST PAGE.

Jo Ann Callis on view in exhibition Dreamers Awake at White Cube Gallery

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Jo Ann Callis will be on view at White Cube Gallery in the group show "Dreamers Awake", a major exhibition exploring the enduring influence of Surrealism from the 1930s to the present day.  Curated by Susanna Greeves

Jo Ann Callis, Untitled, from Early Color Portfolio Circa 1976

Jo Ann Callis, Untitled, from Early Color Portfolio Circa 1976

"This thematic exhibition brings together over 100 works by women artists to explore sexual politics, eroticism, mysticism and identity. Rarely seen paintings by key figures associated with the original Surrealist movement, such as Eileen Agar and Leonora Carrington, are shown alongside modern and contemporary artists including Louise Bourgeois & Tracey Emin, Claude Cahun, Mona Hatoum, Linder, Laurie Simmons, Gillian Wearing, Hannah Wilke and many more."

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Dirk Braeckman - Belgian Representative at 57th Venice Biennale

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Dirk Braeckman is this year's Belgian Representative at the 57th Venice Biennale.  Together with curator Eva Wittocx, Braeckman's exhibition presents a full oeuvre of work, including new and unique photographs.


AnOther Magazine
Dirk Braeckman’s Bewitching Display for Venice Biennale

“The spectacle will be in the picture”: the photographer shares the beautiful and haunting photographs that will fill the Belgian pavilion from this weekend

from the series 27.1 / 21.7 / 010 – 014 / 2014© Dirk Braeckman / Courtesy of Zeno X Gallery, Antwerp

from the series 27.1 / 21.7 / 010 – 014 / 2014© Dirk Braeckman / Courtesy of Zeno X Gallery, Antwerp

It’s easy to lose yourself in the act of looking when you’re in front of an image by Dirk Braeckman. There’s an energy reverberating in the darkness of his photographs that draws you into another dimension – where the eyes simultaneously linger over the surface of the image and orbit around the emerging contours of objects, scenes and bodies that seem to possess lives of their own. For a moment, the allure of these mysterious details offers a much-needed mental detour from the stories we tell ourselves.

Braeckman is representing Belgium at the 57th Venice Biennale with a new series of monumental photographic prints, all of them black and white and on baryta paper. Born in Eeklo, Belgium, the Ghent-based photographer shoots only analogue, and always showcases his images unglazed and uncovered. Without any physical interference, the eye can directly wander along the ridges, fissures and fragments of enigmatic forms, diverting attention from any particular narrative. After all, Braeckman is not interested in crafting narratives, abiding to a specific theme nor capturing reality in his work, the artist is adamant on creating an atmosphere. “I’m not a storyteller, I’m an imagemaker,” he tells AnOther. “The story is made in the mind of the viewer.”

Read on at anothermag.com


THE WORD
Eva Wittocx on Dirk Braeckman’s show for the Belgian Pavilion at this year’s Venice Biennial

"Unlike most photographers, where the centre of the image contains the most important information, Dirk constructs the images from the edges of the composition inwards."


Curator for Dirk Braeckman's exhibition at the 57th Venice Biennale Eva Wittocx spoke to Sophie Verhulst about the upcoming extravaganza.

"Eva Wittocx, senior curator at Museum M in Leuven and curator of the show, looks delighted. “The show is turning out great, everything is coming together. We’ve got a few loose ends to tie up but overall, we’re ready.”, she explains. The building of the Belgian pavilion in Venice has been renovated over the winter, new skylights were installed and the rooms received a fresh coat of paint. “We don’t have a specific scenography, so the building needed to be in perfect shape for the focus to be on the work. It’s part of Dirk’s practice to create every exhibition anew, within the environment.”, Eva continues, while mentioning that they sent over quite a large shipment to Venice, one that included more works than they could show. “That way, we were able to explore several options and had the freedom to see what worked in the space and which combinations of works we would eventually show.” Working with neither themes nor series, Eva points out that this exactly why Braeckman’s old and new work seamlessly fit together, that the magic of the show is all in the combinations of autonomous works."

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Sebastian Riemer on view at Museum Folkwang

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Sebastian Riemer, Bogomir Ecker and Thomas Ruff are in the group show 6 1/2 Weeks: Ecker Riemer Ruff: Retouched" at the Museum Folkwang in Germany. The work will be on view from April 20 – June 5, 2017.

Sebastian Riemer, Speed Skater (Leow), 2017

Sebastian Riemer, Speed Skater (Leow), 2017

"The second installment in the new 6 ½ Weeks exhibition series brings together works by Bogomir Ecker, Sebastian Riemer and Thomas Ruff, pieces that share clear common ground. For they all feature press photos from dissolved newspaper archives. These form the starting point for their very different reflections on the photographed picture."

Read more about the exhibition HERE.

PRIX PICTET 2017 | Rinko Kawauchi

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Rinko Kawauchi has been nominated for the Prix Pictet Award 2017, The global award in photography and sustainability.  Her series Ametsuchi is in consideration.

 
 

The theme of this year's award is 'Space'

"The Prix Pictet aims to harness the power of photography – all genres of photography – to draw global attention to issues of sustainability, especially those concerning the environment. Founded in 2008 by the Pictet Group, the Prix Pictet has become the world’s leading award for photography and sustainability."

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Prix Pictet Space Award Ceremony & Exhibition
presented by Kofi Annan, Honorary President

Today | Thursday May 4, 2017
Exhibition until May 28, 2017

Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Cromwell Road, South Kensington, London SW7 2RL

Visit www.prixpictet.com for more details.

"Not From Here" reviewed on ArtDaily.org

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Our exhibition Not From Here was reviewed on ArtDaily.com!  Read below:

 
 

"Using the traditional medium of egg tempera, McCracken makes complex geometric abstract paintings. Hard-edged, luminous colour shapes and lines overlap, outline and crisscross the multi faceted colour field, creating new interwoven geometric spaces. Flowing painted lines, tracing pathways, travel across the painting, draw the viewers gaze around the panel. The viewer is encouraged to take time and traverse the unique pictorial universe existing within the edges of the panel. 

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Working primarily with paper and card, pigment and linseed oil. Müller bends, scores, folds and teases the material into his distinctive three-dimensional forms in which both positive and negative spaces are at play with one another. Müller creates architectural / sculptural forms which although non-representational reference the body, wall based and tabletop pieces are domestic and human in scale. There is little ‘colour’ in these sun bleached pieces, subtle variations in tones of ivory and white, allow light to play an important role in defining the forms. The tactile surfaces and haptic nature of these organic/architectural shapes are at once familiar and strange, making one think of a pale skin drawn tight, wrapping space. Their textures and scored lines remind the viewer of industrial design and manufacturing techniques that are then confounded by the artists choice of material – humble paper, elegantly elevated to the status of carved marble. 

With his minimalist, architectural sculptures, Müller bridges the experience of the eye with the body. He merges the environment and surroundings into his work, creating an installation that engages the viewer through thoughtful placement and a deep understanding of light, space and tactility."

Read the full review on artdaily.com

Elger Esser Artist-lead tour at Parasol Unit in London in May

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Elger Esser will lead a walking tour through his exhibition Morgenland on 17 May, 2017 at Parasol Unit gallery in London.

Elger Esser, Shivta, Israel, 2015. C-print, Alu-Dibond.

Elger Esser, Shivta, Israel, 2015. C-print, Alu-Dibond.

This exhibition, his first solo show in a public institution in the United Kingdom, focuses on a new series of works, entitled Morgenland (meaning 'Morning Land'), created during his travels in the Eastern countries of Lebanon, Egypt and Israel from 2004 to 2015.

Artist talk will be at 7PM at Parasol Unit - RSVP required.  More information HERE

The exhibition Morgenland will be from 29 March – 21 May 2017 at Parasol Unit.

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Pulped Fiction - Group show featuring Manfred Müller at Torrance Art Museum

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Manfred Müller is one of thirteen artists exploring the possibilities of cardboards in art, "From replicating realistically the objects around us, to exploring structures, to humorously delighting us, they reconstruct the basic elements into fantastical pulped fictions." Curated by Max Presneill.

The exhibition will be on view until 4 March, 2017 at the Torrance Art Museum.

Installation views via Torrance Art Museum, 2017

Installation views via Torrance Art Museum, 2017