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GoSee loves .... 'Selections from a Survey' - Todd Hido präsentiert seine neue Serie bei Casemore Kirkeby in San Francisco

'Todd Hido: Selections from a Survey' ist Casemore Kirkeby's erste Ausstellung, die Premiere auf der Paris Photo LA im Mai 2015 feierte. Casemore Kirkeby ist ein neues Galerieprojekt in San Francisco, bestehend aus einem Joint-Venture zwischen Julie Casemore und Stefan Kirkeby mit Fokus auf zeitgenössischer Fotografie.

Die Galerie über das Projekt: "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 before published works by Hido, along with classic pieces that become elements in the carefully composed sequences of this exhibition."

Todd Hido is a San Francisco Bay Area-based artist whose work has been featured in Artforum, The New York Times Magazine, Eyemazing, Wired, Elephant, FOAM, and Vanity Fair. His photographs are in the permanent collections of the Getty, the Whitney Museum of Art, the Guggenheim Museum, New York, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, as well as in many other public and private collections. He has over a dozen published books; his most recent monograph titled Excerpts from Silver Meadows was released in 2013, along with an innovative b-sides box set designed to function as a companion piece to his award-winning monograph in 2014. His upcoming mid-career survey will be published by Aperture in 2016.

Stefan Kirkeby is the owner of Smith Andersen North in San Anselmo, CA. Smith Andersen North is a gallery and multi-faceted art services space serving the Bay Area and beyond. The gallery exhibits work by established and emerging artists, with an emphasis on twentieth-century and contemporary fine art photography and photo-based art. Smith Andersen North also publishes limited edition copper-plate photogravures by artists such as Daido Moriyama, Nobuyoshi Araki, and Malick Sidibé.

Stefan Kirkeby has been framing for almost 30 years. He spent over 10 years at the contemporary art museum Louisiana in Denmark as chief preparator, registrar, and traveling exhibition coordinator and worked closely on exhibitions by artists ranging from Claude Monet and Edward Hopper to Paul McCarthy and Kiki Smith. His extensive understanding of materials and applications enables him to provide unique solutions to any art presentation. Stefan holds a degree in cultural anthropology from UC Santa Cruz. He is also a photographer and has a wide knowledge of the process and conservation of photographic materials.

Todd Hido: Selections from a Survey
Jun 27, 2015 — Aug 15, 2015
Casemore Kirkeby
3328 22nd Street
94110 San Francisco
29.07.2015 // show complete article

GoSee Must See : Die Foley Gallery präsentiert Sage Sohier - 'At Home With Themselves', gleichgeschlechtlicher Alltag aus dem New York der 80er, noch zu sehen bis zum 26ten Juli 2015

Perfektes Timing! Ganz Amerika steht ab sofort für gleiche Rechte für alle Menschen, zumindest wenn es nach dem obersten Gericht der freien Welt geht. Und punktgenau zeigt die New Yorker Foley Gallery mit Sage Sohier’s 'At Home With Themselves' eine Strecke häuslicher Portraits gleichgeschlechtlicher Paare im Amerika der 80er.

Wohlgemerkt 30 Jahre vor der Entscheidung des Supreme Courts in 2015 entstanden Sage Sohiers Bilder von Schwulen und Lesben im häuslichen Kontext. Genauer gesagt in 1986 als die AIDS Krise zahllose Opfer forderte und ein grosser Teil der Gesellschaft noch gezwungen war im Verborgenen zu leben, zu lieben - und zu leiden.

Sage Sohier hierzu:  “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.” Den entscheidenden Anstoss zu ihrem Projekt bekam sie durch ihres Vaters äusserst diskret gelebte homosexuelle Beziehung. So erforschten sie und ihr Vater nahezu gemeinsam die geheime Welt des damals noch schwer Denkbaren.

Und so war es auch kein Wunder das es damals absolut unmöglich war einen Verleger für die Fotos zu finden, das Thema war einfach noch zu gewagt, ein Publikum für Alltag jenseits des Alltags musste erst noch geboren werden. Und was denkt sie selber, dreissig Jahre später über ihre Bilder?  “Looking at these pictures now, I realize that it took a good deal more courage to stand up and be photographed as a same-sex couple in the 1980s than it does today, and I think the photographs somehow convey that. In some, there’s a tentativeness, in others a kind of not-to-be-taken-for-granted raw tenderness. People in my father’s generation had grown up feeling that being openly gay was just not an acceptable option. In my generation that began to change, and I was grateful to be witness to it”.

About - Sage Sohier (b. 1954) has been photographing people in their environments for more than 30 years. Her work is in several public collections including the Museum of Modern Art, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, The Cleveland Museum of Art, The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, The Portland Art Museum, and The Brooklyn Museum. She received her B.A. from Harvard University.

Sage Sohier - At Home With Themselves . Foley Gallery . bis 26ten Juli 15 . open Wed – Sun 12 – 6pm . 59 Orchard St . New York . NY 10002 . USA . foleygallery.com
08.07.2015 // show complete article

Leon Borenszteins - 'American Portraits', das wahre Gesicht des amerikanischen Traums der 80er Jahre, eine Ausstellung in der New Yorker Foley Gallery

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 wore away at the possibility. A loneliness and isolation emanated from his subjects. As in the portraits of Arkansas’s Mike Disfamer and Germany’s August Sander before, Borensztein’s photographs reveal what his subjects really look like and not necessarily what they want to be.

Although his subjects didn’t know one another, they seem like they are a part of the same community, trying to present themselves in the “right” way. They are on the same social level, having the same concerns, ambitions and sharing similar living conditions as one another. Borensztein’s use of a simple and consistent backdrop equalizes their status. But, by revealing their immediate surroundings, the opportunity to be seen as something other than they are vanishes. When the backdrop gets put a way and the photographer pulls into his next town, their lives go back to normal. By subtly shifting how much is portrayed, Borensztein reinterprets the construction of the American identity.

Leon Borensztein (b. 1947) earned his MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute in 1980. He was a recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1987 and a grant from the California Council of the Humanities in 2003. His work has been exhibited at Pier 24 Photography in San Francisco, the Centre Nationale de la Photographie in Paris, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Bibliotheque Nationale in Paris, and SFMOMA. His monograph, America Portraits, was published in 2011.

Leon Borenszteins - American Portraits . Foley Gallery . bis 26ten Juli 15 . open Wed – Sun 12 – 6pm . 59 Orchard St . New York . NY 10002 . USA . foleygallery.com
07.07.2015 // show complete article