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.
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
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.”
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).
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
|Sunday, January 14||11am – 7pm|
|Monday, January 15||11am – 6pm|