New work by Sandro Miller!

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Richard Avedon / John Ford, Director, Bel Air, California (April 11, 1972), 2017 © Sandro Miller

You know Illinois native Sandro Miller for his collaboration with John Malkovich to create the homage series Malkovich, Malkovich, Malkovich: Homage to Photographic Masters, which received wide acclaim when it debuted in 2014. The series honors photographs that have impacted Sandro. Pieces include Irving Penn’s photograph of Truman Capote in a corner; Bert Stern’s photographs of Marilyn Monroe; Dorothea Lange’s image of a migrant mother; Richard Avedon’s beekeeper, among many others. The show is still traveling the world and has opened this week in Oslo, where Sandro debuted 20 new homage images: August Saunder’s portraits of 20th-century workers, Man Ray’s surrealist photograph of glass tears, and Richard Avedon’s image of a John Ford, to name a few. Read on for more images and information about the series.

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August Sander / Bricklayer (1928), 2017 © Sandro Miller

At the age of sixteen, upon seeing the work of Irving Penn, Sandro Miller knew he wanted to become a photographer. Mostly self-taught, Sandro relied on books published by many of the great artists canonized in photographic history.  Through their pictures, he learned the art of composition, lighting and portraiture. More than 30 years later, with clients ranging from Forbes, GQ and Esquire, to American Express, Coca-Cola and BMW, Sandro has secured his place as one of the top advertising photographers worldwide.

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Man Ray / Tears (1932), 2017 © Sandro Miller

His success in the commercial world allows him to continue his personal projects, which has included working in Cuba, photographing American blues musicians, various dance troupes, and extended endeavors with John Malkovich, his long time friend and collaborator. Sandro first met Malkovich in the late 1990s, while working on a job for Steppenwolf Theater. More than 20 years later, Sandro and John are still collaborating.

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Irving Penn / Truman Capote, New York (1965), 2017 © Sandro Miller

In 2013, Sandro decided to do a project honoring the men and women whose photographs helped shape his career. After selecting thirty-five images to emulate, Sandro contacted Malkovich, who instantly agreed to participate. When speaking about Malkovich, Sandro states: “John is the most brilliant, prolific person I know. His genius is unparalleled. I can suggest a mood or an idea and within moments, he literally morphs into the character right in front of my eyes. He is so trusting of my work and our process… I’m truly blessed to have him as my friend and collaborator.”

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Patrick Demarchelier / Christy Turlington, British VOGUE, New York (1992), 2017 © Sandro Miller

You can see the entire series on our website here.

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Whit Forrester joins The Chicago Project!

CEG is thrilled to present our first 2018 addition to The Chicago ProjectWhit Forrester!

Fig. 12 Musa acuminata Zebrina, Chicago, IL, 2016
Fig. 12 Musa acuminata “Zebrina”, Chicago, IL, 2016 © Whit Forrester

Forrester is based in Chicago, IL. They attended Oberlin College for undergrad and received an MFA in Photography from Columbia College. They have exhibited widely, in both national and international contexts, and have a range of aesthetic interests that include: practices of accumulation, manifestations of power, diaspora, noetic science, new materialisms, discourses around the transcendent and the material relationship between self and world.

Visit The Chicago Project website to see more of their work.

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Fig. 47 Aloe vera, Louisville, KY, 2016 © Whit Forrester

Domesticating the Numinous
As principal actors in nature, plants energize the spaces of my research and work. Here, historical and contemporary aesthetic dimensions intersect with our assumed relationships to the natural world, and to what is known as the Divine or spiritual. At this juncture I primarily employ photographic processes alongside historical techniques of representation to place the work in conversation with art and colonial histories. Gold to represent light, light to represent the Divine, and a portraiture which exists at the edge of still life and iconography. The resulting works are intended to guide our responses as both viewers and participants in the larger world, taking cues from new materialism and the ongoing discourses that conjoin the metaphysical and quantum.

Fig. 72 Dracaena braunii, Chicago, IL, 2016
Fig. 72 Dracaena braunii, Chicago, IL, 2016 © Whit Forrester

Inside these aesthetic realms’ and metaphysical environment’s relationship to power, the natural world as the subject takes on multiple roles. It serves as a historical recipient, an active participant (equal in importance to our human physicality and spirituality), and ultimately a collaborative transformer for the social relationships that compose larger systems of economic and societal power. I am ultimately interested in the potential of houseplants to queer our perceptions of our environments through the capitulation that they are, in fact, living multidimensional prints of the divine themselves.

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The Chicago Project is an online gallery initiative by Catherine Edelman Gallery, devoted to new and established photographers in the Chicago area, who we feel deserve recognition. It is our hope to expose local talent to a wider audience and we plan on adding photographers as we find them. If you are interested in learning more about the Chicago Project or would like information on how to submit, click HERE.

Artist Talk with Elizabeth Ernst

We are thrilled to present our first Artist Talk of 2018! In it, Elizabeth Ernst and Catherine discuss how this new work relates to her previous two solo shows at CEG. Hear from the artist about the residents of Shady Grove Nursing Home and see the show, on view through February 24, 2018.

Watch our Vimeo channel for future talks, and catch up by watching Elizabeth’s previous two Artist Talks for Smoke and Mirrors (2010) and Mirror, Mirror (2014).

Final hours of PBM+C!

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Thank you again to everyone who has visited us at Palm Beach Modern + Contemporary this year! We have enjoyed talking to you about each of our eight featured artists and their photographs on view. If you haven’t already seen CEG at PBM+C, today is your last chance to check out work by Tami Bahat, Daniel Beltrá, Clarissa Bonet, Kate Breakey, Ysabel LeMay, Gregory Scott, Robert & Shana ParkeHarrison, and Bettina von Zwehl. Stop by booth PB140 from 11 am to 6 pm!

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Palm Beach Modern + Contemporary
Booth #PB 140

January 11 – January 15, 2018
Palm Beach Modern + Contemporary Pavilion
825 S Dixie Hwy @ Okeechobee Blvd
West Palm Beach, FL 33401

Download a complimentary pass here.
For more information, visit www.artpbfair.com.

Hours:

Monday, January 15 11am – 6pm

 

Visiting Palm Beach Modern + Contemporary today? Put Booth PB140 at the top of your list.

There are just two days left at this year’s installment of Palm Beach Modern + Contemporary! We’ve enjoyed meeting and reconnecting with collectors and friends this week. If you haven’t yet made it to booth PB140, visit us today!

The remaining two artists we are featuring this week include Daniel Beltrá, whose aerial views of the Amazon undergoing the impacts of climate change and deforestation are stunning, both visually and psychologically; and Robert & Shana ParkeHarrison, the husband and wife collaborators who stage intricate scenes that explore man’s relationship with the land.

Daniel Beltrá

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Born in Madrid, Spain, Daniel Beltrá is a photographer based in Seattle, Washington. His passion for conservation is evident in images of our environment that are evocatively poignant. Over the past two decades, Beltrá’s work has taken him to all seven continents, including several expeditions to the Brazilian Amazon, the Arctic, the Southern Oceans and the Patagonian ice fields.

He states: “The fragile state of our ecosystems is a continuous thread throughout my work. It is in nature’s beauty and complexity that I find my inspiration. My photographs show the vast scale of transformation our world is under from man-made stresses. To capture this, I have found it is often best to work from the air, which more easily allows for the juxtaposition of nature with the destruction wrought by unsustainable development. Aerial photography gives a unique perspective emphasizing that the Earth and its resources are finite. By taking viewers to remote locations where man and nature are at odds, I hope to instill a deeper appreciation for the precarious balance we are imposing on the planet.”

For his work on the Gulf Oil Spill, in 2011 he received the Wildlife Photographer of the Year Award , the Lucie Award for the International Photographer of the Year – Deeper Perspective, and was chosen as one of the six finalists for Critical Mass for Photolucida. In 2009, Beltrá received the prestigious Prince’s Rainforest Project award granted by Prince Charles. Other highlights include the BBVA Foundation award in 2013 and the inaugural “Global Vision Award” from the Pictures of the Year International in 2008. In 2007 and 2006 he received awards for his work in the Amazon from World Press Photo. Daniel’s work has been published by the most prominent international publications including The New Yorker, Time, Newsweek, The New York Times, Le Monde, and El Pais, amongst many others. Daniel Beltrá is a fellow and board member of the prestigious International League of Conservation Photographers.

Robert and Shana ParkeHarrison

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Much has been written about Robert & Shana ParkeHarrison, the husband and wife duo who met as students in New Mexico. She was studying dance and metalsmithing, while he was focused on photography. Within a few years of graduating, they gained instant recognition for their collaborative works that presented constructed and choreographed scenarios about mans effect on the landscape. More than twenty years later, the artists are still dedicated to the environment, showing us the power of nature, and the effect our actions have on it. By creating environments specifically to photograph, the artists address issues about the earth and our responsibility to heal the damage we’ve created, while investigating the human condition. This ideology has remained a constant, and is why they are so greatly admired. Their newest series, Precipice, combines their love of theater and performance. In each image, we see a man bearing witness to his own desires and struggles.

As the artists state: “The stage offers endless narrative possibilities and favors contradictions – hope and despair, desire and failure… to explore the fragile human condition, and the overarching shadow of environmental destruction. Perhaps the only true hope for our world and our human spirit rests in our ability to imagine.”

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Riverview, 2015 © Robert & Shana ParkeHarrison

Robert ParkeHarrison received a Guggenheim Fellow in 1999 and Robert and Shana received the Nancy Graves Fellowship in 2007, among many other awards. The Architect’s Brother was published in 2000 (Twin Palms Twelve Trees Press), and is now in its eighth edition. Their second book, Counterpoint, was published in 2008 (Twin Palms Publishers). Their works are included in numerous museum collections including Los Angeles County Museum of Art (Los Angeles, CA), Whitney Museum of American Art (New York, NY), Museum of Fine Arts (Houston, TX), the International Museum of Photography at George Eastman House (Rochester, NY), Nelson-Atkins Museum (Kansas City, MO), and Mudam Luxembourg – MusÉe d’Art Moderne Grand-Duc Jean (Luxembourg).

 

Follow along with us this week on InstagramFacebookTwitter and here on Cyclopsblog, for updates and more information about the artists we are featuring.

Palm Beach Modern + Contemporary
Booth #PB 140

January 11 – January 15, 2018
Palm Beach Modern + Contemporary Pavilion
825 S Dixie Hwy @ Okeechobee Blvd
West Palm Beach, FL 33401

Download a complimentary pass here.
For more information, visit www.artpbfair.com.

Hours:

Sunday, January 14 11am – 7pm
Monday, January 15 11am – 6pm

Kick off your weekend at PBM+C

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Today we will be highlighting three more of the featured artists of booth PB140! One of Clarissa Bonet’s newest Stray Light images is on view; an entire wall is dedicated to Kate Breakey’s orotones, featuring a salon wall of photographs capturing last year’s solar eclipse and other celestial images; and an additional salon of miniature portraits by Bettina von Zwehl. Be sure to see all of these stunning pieces in person!

Clarissa Bonet

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Miniature portraits by Bettina von Zwehl, left of SL.2017.1019, Chicago, 2017 by Clarissa Bonet.

Clarissa Bonet lives and works in Chicago.  Her work explores aspects of the urban space in both a physical and psychological context.  She received her M.F.A. in photography from Columbia College Chicago in 2012, and her B.S. in Photography from the University of Central Florida. Interested in the physical space of the city and its emotional and psychological impact on the body, she uses the camera to transform the physical space into a psychological one, providing a personal interpretation of the urban landscape. Her work has been exhibited nationally, internationally, and resides in the collections of The Museum of Contemporary Photography’s MPP collection, The South East Museum of Photography, and The Haggerty Museum. Most recently she received the Chicago Individual Artist Grant and was curated into a group show at Aperture Foundation Gallery.

 

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SL.2017.1019, Chicago, 2017 © Clarissa Bonet.

The artist says of Stray Light: “The urban space is striking – its tall and mysterious buildings, crowds of anonymous people, the endless sea of concrete. City Space is an ongoing photographic exploration of the urban environment and my perception of it.  I am interested in the physical space of the city and its emotional and psychological impact on the body. These photographs reconstruct mundane events in the city that I have personally experienced or witnessed in public. Stark light, deep shadow and muted color are visual strategies I explore to describe the city.  I use the city as a stage and transform the physical space into a psychological one. The images I create do not represent a commonality of experience but instead provide a personal interpretation of the urban landscape.

Kate Breakey

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Kate Breakey (B. 1957 Adelaide, South Australia) is best known for her large-scale photographic work with birds and flowers that she painstakingly brings back to life with colored pencils. These pieces can be seen in two monographs, Small Deaths (2001) and Flowers/Birds (2003). In 2014, Breakey turned her focus to the land, and the small details of everyday life: a hummingbird resting on a tree limb, a wilting tulip, figs on a counter, the moon setting over the mountain, trees swaying in the evening dusk. Produced as Orotones (prints made on glass and backed with 23k gold leaf) Breakey creates small objects that command our attention, using an early technique to comment on the beauty, fragility and simplicity of her daily surroundings.

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Solar Eclipse, Totality, Nebraska, Aug 2017 [Ref. #16] © Kate Breakey

Kate Breakey was born in Adelaide, South Australia and moved to the United States in 1988. Her work is part of numerous private and public collections including the Museum of Fine Arts (Houston, TX), Museum of Photographic Arts (San Diego, CA) and Austin Museum of Art (Austin, TX).

Bettina von Zwehl
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Bettina von Zwehl was born in Munich in 1971 and received an MA from the Royal College of Art (RCA), London, in 1999. She has built her international reputation on subtle and distinctive photographic portraits. As her practice has developed, she has continued to seek out different ways of exploring the form; from her early works, most often defined by the exacting conditions she imposed on her subjects, to her most recent projects which reprise the tradition of the painted portrait miniature of both, people and dogs.

Her ongoing pre-occupation with the miniature was inspired during her six months as Artist in Residence at the Victoria & Albert Museum in 2011. Solo exhibitions of her work have been held at a number of leading European and American museums and galleries including the Sigmund Freud Museum (Vienna, 2016) Freud Museum (London, 2016), Fotogaleriet (Oslo, 2014) National Portrait Gallery (London, 2014), Centrum Kultury Zamek (Poznan, 2011), Victoria and Albert Museum of Childhood (London, 2009), The Photographers’ Gallery (London 2005) and Lombard Freid gallery (New York, 2004).

Her photographs are held in the collections of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; Mint Museum, Charlotte, North Carolina; Victoria and Albert Museum, Arts Council Collection, London; The National Portrait Gallery, London; the Rubell Family Collection, Miami, Florida; and Pier 24 Photography, San Francisco. Bettina von Zwehl lives and works in London.

 

Follow along with us this week on InstagramFacebookTwitter and here on Cyclopsblog, for updates and more information about the artists we are featuring.

Palm Beach Modern + Contemporary
Booth #PB 140

January 11 – January 15, 2018
Palm Beach Modern + Contemporary Pavilion
825 S Dixie Hwy @ Okeechobee Blvd
West Palm Beach, FL 33401

Download a complimentary pass here.
For more information, visit www.artpbfair.com.

Hours:

Saturday, January 13 11am – 7pm
Sunday, January 14 11am – 7pm
Monday, January 15 11am – 6pm

Day two at Palm Beach Modern + Contemporary

We had a fantastic opening night of Palm Beach Modern + Contemporary. Thanks to everyone who joined us at the VIP Preview yesterday. Today, General Admission hours begin at 11 am—we look forward to seeing you soon!

CEG is featuring a variety of work by eight photographers at PBM+C this year. Today we will highlight three of them: Tami Bahat, whose vintage frames encapsulate her dramatic chiaroscuro photographs; Ysabel LeMay, with two powerful images that can stand individually but also compliment one other as a diptych; and Gregory Scott, the videos for whom you can watch below, including Time, 2017 and Georgia and Alfred, 2016.

Tami Bahat

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A salon-style wall of Tami Bahat’s series “Dramatis Personae”

Tami Bahat is a fine art photographer from Tel Aviv, Israel. Raised by a former dancer and a graphic artist, Bahat’s family resettled in Los Angeles when she was a child.

Championed by parents who encouraged her artistic expression, Bahat experimented in various media, finding her voice as well as her place in the world. She left school at the age of fifteen and was given guidance by her father, who had taught at Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design in Jerusalem. He encouraged her independent study, through workshops and seminars of art history, photography, sculpture and design, further enhancing her creative vision. A series of family trips around the world exposed Bahat to humanity as a whole and the myriad ways that people live, providing her with a keen awareness of the beauty and loss that an earthly existence brings, an undertone in much of her work.

Bahat’s fine art career began in earnest in 2010, when her photography was noticed by the editor of the U.K. publication, Nikon Owner Magazine. He was struck by her bold and imaginative approach and featured one of her portraits on the cover, along with an article detailing her as an artist. From this she participated in a series of photo events and speaking engagements, including Photo LA. Most recently, her work has been exhibited at photography events internationally, including Fotofever (Paris), AAF New York and Hong Kong, as well as the LA Art Show. Bahat was selected as a Critical Mass finalist in 2016 and invited to attend Review Santa Fe 2017. She currently lives and works in Los Angeles, CA.


Ysabel LeMay

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Center: Eden I and Eden III, 2017, © Ysabel Lemay

Quebec born Ysabel LeMay’s artistic journey began in 1987 with a thriving career as a graphic artist working for several prominent advertising agencies before opening her own firm in Vancouver. Seeking greater fulfillment, she made a transition into the fine arts studying painting at the Emily Carr University of Art. In 2002 she left the world of corporate advertising behind devoting full-time to her painting. Since then, she has achieved much success with over 40 exhibitions throughout the United States, Europe and Canada.

In 2010 she turned her full attention to photography. Combining her technical expertise with her deep-seated roots as a painter, LeMay continues her exploration into the power and divinity of nature through a unique process she calls “Photo-Fusion”. At first glance, you might think you are looking at a hyper-realistic painting. However, LeMay’s innovative technique is a lengthy process during which hundreds of photographs are taken and light and visual properties are attuned. She then assembles one detail at a time in a painterly fashion to form a single composition. In 2011 LeMay was selected the winner of KiptonArt Rising Star program in New York. Since then she exhibited in the US, Canada, Europe, Asia and The Netherlands. Ysabel LeMay is presently living and working in Austin, Texas.


Gregory Scott

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Gregory Scott’s multimedia video works, right.

Gregory Scott has always blurred the lines between painting and photography, incorporating paintings he did of himself, or his body, back into his photographs. The resulting images were both humorous and odd, challenging the viewer’s perception of photographic truth. Then, at the age of 49, Scott decided to go to graduate school to strengthen his knowledge of art history and video making. Having successfully merged his love of painting and photographs, his interest turned to video and its ability to move and manipulate still images.

In 2008, Gregory Scott graduated with a body of work that blended all three of his artistic interests. Continuing to use himself as the model, Scott creates narrative pieces which use illusion and surprise to tackle issues ranging from identity and loneliness, to the way the art world has pigeonholed the various mediums in which he works. In his pieces, Scott challenges the definitions placed on photography, painting and video, expanding its discourse.

Gregory Scott was born in Ann Arbor, Michigan in 1957 and received his Bachelor degree from the Institute of Design at IIT in Chicago in 1979 and his Master of Fine Art from Indiana University in 2008. He lives and works in Cleveland, Ohio.

Follow along with us this week on InstagramFacebookTwitter and here on Cyclopsblog, for updates and more information about the artists we are featuring.

Palm Beach Modern + Contemporary
Booth PB 140

January 11 – January 15, 2018
Palm Beach Modern + Contemporary Pavilion
825 S Dixie Hwy @ Okeechobee Blvd
West Palm Beach, FL 33401

Download a complimentary pass here.
For tickets and more information, visit www.artpbfair.com.

Hours:

Friday, January 12 11am – 7pm
Saturday, January 13 11am – 7pm
Sunday, January 14 11am – 7pm
Monday, January 15 11am – 6pm