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Upcoming Exhibitions at the Witliff Collections: Manuel Alvarez Bravo & Mexico Lindo

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Caja de visiones / Box of Visions by Manuel Álvarez Bravo, © 1938 AUGUST 1 – DECEMBER 1, 2013 MANUEL ÁLVAREZ BRAVO

One of the founders of modern photography, Manuel Álvarez Bravo (1902–2002) is Mexico’s most accomplished and renowned photographer. His images are masterpieces of post-revolutionary Mexico, composed with avant-garde and surreal aesthetics that resonate with stylized vision. Álvarez Bravo’s signature landscapes, portraits, and nudes translate reality into dream-like moments that have become iconic. “Don Manuel,” as he was called, taught photography at various schools in Mexico City and mentored generations of Mexico’s finest photographers. The Wittliff is proud to present its first-ever solo exhibition of works by this esteemed master—the result of more than 20 years of collecting—more than 50 of Álvarez Bravo’s signed prints. Included among the many famous images are: Bicicletas en domingoBicycles on SundayCaja de visionesBox of VisionsEl ensueñoThe Day DreamObrero en huelga asesinadoStriking Worker MurderedParábola ópticaOptical Parable; and Retrato de lo eterno Portrait of the Eternal.

Maguey Mazahua  © 1989 by Mariana Yampolsky


Titled in tribute to the famous song, “México lindo y querido”—whose lyrics evoke a sentiment of love of the homeland—this exhibition celebrates the beauty of Mexico as seen through both native and foreign eyes. Presenting more than 100 photographs drawn from the Wittliff’s permanent collection, México lindo explores subjects that illuminate the diversity of the country’s landscapes, speak to the dignity of the individual, and reveal the importance of family, community, tradition, and faith. Images by 49 photo­journalists and fine-art photographers span in date from modern to contemporary and represent a variety of printing techniques.


FEATURING WORK BY  Alicia Ahumada  |  Lola Álvarez Bravo |  Yolanda Andrade  |  Lizeth Arauz Velasco  |  Lázaro Blanco  |  Byron Brauchli  |  Kate Breakey  |  Hugo Brehme  |  Debbie Fleming Caffery  |  Manuel Carrillo  |  Keith Carter  |  Henri Cartier-Bresson  |  John Christian  |  Marco Antonio Cruz  |  Dennis Darling  |  Faustinus Deraet  |  Alinka Echeverría  |  Miguel Gandert  |  Héctor García  |  Flor Garduño  |  Maya Goded |  Jesse Herrera  |  Robin Renee Hix  | Graciela Iturbide |  Guillermo Kahlo  |  Joseph Keiley  |  Robb Kendrick  |  Mary Ellen Mark  |  Luis Márquez  |  Eniac Martínez Ulloa  |  George Miller  |  Tina Modotti Pablo Ortiz Monasterio |  Rodrigo Moya  |  José Ángel Rodríguez  |  Josephine Sacabo  |  Joel Salcido  |  Rocky Schenck  |  Kitty Alice Snead  |  Richard Speedy  |  Jack Spencer  |  Roger Stone  |  Paul Strand  |  Antonio Turok  |  Terry Vine  |  Edward Weston  |  Geoff Winningham  |  Bill Wittliff  |  Mariana Yampolsky

Mexico: A Revolution in Art -- The Week

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Mexico: A Revolution in Art 'Year's Boldest Exhibition'

RA exhibits works by Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo, but the photographs are the stars of the show

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What you need to know A new exhibition of early 20th century Mexican art has opened at the Royal Academy in London. Mexico: A Revolution in Art focuses on the art of the cultural renaissance in Mexico from 1910 to 1940, following the 1910 revolution.

The show brings together work from key figures including Diego Rivera (above), Frida Kahlo and José Clemente Orozco and photographers Manuel Alvarez Bravo and Tina Modotti. Their work is shown alongside work by international artists and intellectuals who visited and were influenced by Mexico's cultural scene, including Henri Cartier-Bresson, André Breton and Robert Capa. Until 29 September.

What the critics like It's "the year's boldest, barmiest exhibition", says Alastair Smart in the Daily Telegraph. Credit must go to curator Adrian Locke for pulling off this fascinating show.

"The prints and photographs are the true stars of the show," says Laura Cumming in The Observer. Modotti's photographs show her gift for capturing the sensual materiality of life, while Alvarez Bravo's monumental works are a revelation.

The show also introduces "an interesting cluster of artistic foreigners attracted to Mexico by all the revolutionary promise", says Waldemar Januszczak in the Sunday Times. Edward Burra evokes the darkness of Mexican belief, while the great American abstractionist Josef Albers captures the light and shade of a Mexican afternoon - lovely.

What they don't like The show's fundamental flaw is that it misses out on the great Mexican murals, says Charles Darwent in The Independent. Since mural painting was central to Mexican art in the decades after the 1910 Revolution – "it is a grave lack, like an ice-cream cone with no ice-cream."

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Manuel Alvarez Bravo Exhibition at Instituto Cervantes

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Manuel Alvarez Bravo: Portraits of Mexico

Manuel Álvarez Bravo (February 4, 1902 – October 19, 2002) was Mexico’s first principal artistic photographer and is the most important figure in 20th century Latin American photography. He was born and raised in Mexico City. While he took art classes at the Academy of San Carlos, his photography is self-taught. His career spanned from the late 1920s to the 1990s with is artistic peak between the 1920s to the 1950s. His hallmark as a photographer was to capture images of the ordinary but in ironic or surrealistic ways. His early work was based on European influences, but he was soon influenced by the Mexican muralism movement and the general cultural and political push at the time to redefine Mexican identity. He rejected the picturesque, employing elements to avoid stereotyping. Over his career he had numerous exhibitions of his work, worked in the Mexican cinema and established Fondo Editorial de la Plástica Mexicana publishing house. He won numerous awards for his work, mostly after 1970.
Dates: Del 31/05/2013 al 15/06/2013 (19:30 h)
Location: Instituto Cervantes 211-215 East 49th Street 10017 Nueva York (ESTADOS UNIDOS)
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The Wall Street Journal: What's On Around Europe

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Master Photographer

Manuel Àlvarez Bravo pioneered Mexican art photography in the 1920s. Initially influenced by European art movements as well as Mexican muralism, the self-taught Bravo developed a distinct vision that still arrests viewers today with its clarity and simplicity. "Manuel Àlvarez Bravo: A Photographer on the Watch" showcases 150 works by Bravo, exploring the thematic observations that repeatedly informed him throughout his career.

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Manuel Álvarez Bravo at Jeu de Paume—Paris

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Manuel Álvarez Bravo is one of the missing myths in the history of photography, often analyzed from the condescending occidental point of view he merits and deserves new analyses…

Manuel Álvarez Bravo, Maniquí tapado (Mannequin couvert), 1931 © Colette Urbajtel Archivo Manuel Álvarez (image courtesy of JDP)

And Jeu de Paume’s new exhibition is willing to take a fresh new look into his photography, that of the Mexican culture in the 20th century, that of its society and the profound transformations this country has experienced in over 8 decades… from the revolution of the 1910s to the 90s, from the emergence of the postrevolutionary & cosmopolitan culture to the digital age.

With deep local & popular Mexican roots but  always with a modern eye his works are individual and autonomous pieces of poetry. Very influenced by cinema his photographic series could be understood as a research work, always willing to conceive photography as an art filled with questions around the image vs language relationship.

Manuel Álvarez Bravo, El color (La Couleur), 1966 épreuve chromogénique d’époque © Colette Urbajtel Archivo Manuel Álvarez (image courtesy of JDP)

An exhibition which is willing to give a new image to the artist by presenting a selection of his most well-known images & also some new material (Polaroids & experimental films) from the 60s. A look into some unknown aspects of his photography which funnily enough are extremely pertinent and contemporary nowadays.

Structured around 8 themes we’ll get an in-depth look through 152 prints and five 8mm and super-8 film montages as well as many documents from the personal archives of the photographer which will allow the viewer to understand the facets of his professional life.

Manuel Álvarez Bravo, Castillo en el Barrio del Niño (Feux d’artifice dans le quartier de l’Enfant Jésus), vers 1990 © Colette Urbajtel Archivo Manuel Álvarez (image via JDP)

More than exotic, a key ingredient to understand the Mexican culture, and a key exhibition this autumn.More info this way pipol!

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The Jeu de Paume has announced its Programme

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Paris, 23 July 2012, Art Media Agency (AMA)

The Jeu de Paume in Paris has announced its new programme: Manuel Álvarez Bravo, Muntadas, Filipa César, Alessandro Ludovico and activities for the young public.

From 16 October 2012 to 20 January 2013, the Jeu de Paume will be organising three spectacular exhibitions. In collaboration with Madrid’s Fundación MAPFRE and the Fundación Televisa de Mexico, the Parisian museum will be displaying works by Mexican photographer Manuel Álvarez Bravo. A press release on 23 July called the latter one of photography’s most renowned and outstanding myths, and his work an essential milestone of Mexican culture. Bravo’s photography has often been perceived as an exotic drift of avant-garde Surrealism. The selection of 150 photographs to be put on display at the Jeu de Paume will take a fresh look at the Mexican artist’s work and unveils lesser-known aspects of his photography.

Muntadas (born in 1942 in Barcelona) is internationally renowned as a pioneer of conceptual art and media. In collaboration with the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía de Madrid, the Jeu de Paume will be featuring a solo exhibition for the Spanish artist entitled “Entre/Between”. Since the 70s, Muntadas has worked with diverse techniques such as performance, video, photography, installation, multimedia, publication, Internet and public art. As stated in a press release, his work elaborates upon a discourse on visible and invisible communication and power systems in a world dominated by mass media, hyperconsumption, and constant technologic advancement .

Filipa César’s exhibition (born in 1975 in Porto, Portugal) is a part of her research project on the cinematographic production’s origins in Guinea-Bissau, former colony of her home country.

From 23 October 2012 to March 2014, a new exhibition in the digital space, suggested by Alessandro Ludovico, will be on display. “Erreur d’impression. Publier à l’ère du numérique” (Printing error. Publishing in the digital era) will gather international artists and collectives including Gregory Chatonsky, Benjamin Gaulon aka Recyclism, Olia Lialina, Julian Oliver, Danja Vasiliev, Jonathan Puckey, DuroSport Electronics and Do it yourself book scanner. Throughout a selection of online works, the exhibition emphasizes on the development of printed medias and its consequences on the information transmission and the content preservation.

During the fall exhibitions at Jeu de Paume, the museum invites kids and their parents to participate in free workshops dealing with varied subjects such as the photography history, portrait, shadows and light. Moreover, on every last Saturday of the month, workshops will be put in place, allowing the kids to create their own works.

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