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.


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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


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.

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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 tickets and more information, visit


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

Palm Beach Modern + Contemporary opens with VIP preview

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This week, we’ve returned to sunny Florida for Palm Beach Modern + Contemporary. PBM+C will provide collectors a fresh opportunity to acquire important never-before-exhibited works from both the primary and secondary markets in the intimate setting of a 65,000 square foot clear span pavilion centrally located in downtown West Palm Beach.

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The VIP Preview sponsored by Christie’s International Real Estate takes place today, Thursday, January 11th, benefiting the Palm Beach Zoo and Conservation Society from 5:00 – 9:00 pm. We are excited to showcase the work of Tami Bahat, Daniel Beltrá, Clarissa Bonet, Kate Breakey, Ysabel LeMay, Robert & Shana ParkeHarrison, Gregory Scott and Bettina von Zwehl. Click here to view all the artwork on our website and be sure to visit us at booth PB140. 

Click below to read about CEG in West Palm Beach ahead of today’s fair opening:
Huffington Post
Palm Beach Daily News

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


Thursday, January 11 5pm – 9pm
Friday, January 12 11am – 7pm
Saturday, January 13 11am – 7pm
Sunday, January 14 11am – 7pm
Monday, January 15 11am – 6pm

Ctrl+P: Photography taken offline – Jens Sundheim

We are excited to feature the work of Jens Sundheim as our current Ctrl+P: Photography Taken Offline artist! Jens’ work will be on view through February 24, 2018.

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The Traveller
You can watch me. For 15 years now I have been following the traces of public webcams: cameras installed in public or private spheres that automatically record images and spread them via internet. I research where they are located, travel there, and get myself photographed. New York and Moscow, London, Las Vegas and Singapore – I went to more than 650 webcams in 18 countries. So far.

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On location, I place myself in front of the camera. As “The Traveller” I stare back. Same clothes, same pose, every time. You can recognize me in every image. You can watch me. A lot of questions arise. Who sets up these automated cameras, and why? What do they show? Are people aware of them? Who needs these images? Who looks at them? Does the presence of a camera alter a site? What constitutes a photographic image in terms of content, authorship or quality?

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“The Traveller,” installation view of 126 prints and 63:08-minute video on HD monitor.

“The Traveller” examines global spread of imagery between irrelevance, amusement, information and surveillance, and the aesthetics involved. Among many other places, “The Traveller” encountered the legendary coffee machine where the world’s first webcam was pointed, the ESA European Space Agency main control room, a huge cactus observed by four cameras, numerous street corners and backyards, and the inside of a New York police station – arrested for strange behavior.

The Traveller is a collaborative project with Bernhard Reuss.

Jens Sundheim (b. 1970 Germany) studied Information Science, then Photography in Dortmund and Exeter, England. He attended the master course Arno Fischer at Ostkreuzschule Berlin in 2010 and received his MA Photography at HAW Hamburg in 2013. For his work, Sundheim has received several awards including grants by Goethe-Institut Moscow and the European Union, and recently a scholarship for an artist residency in Gotland, Sweden.

Sundheim’s work has been shown at festivals and exhibitions worldwide including The New York Public Library, Rencontres d’Arles Photographie Festival, Triennale der Photographie Hamburg, Fotomuseum Antwerp, Tokyo Museum of Photography, NCCA Moscow and apexart New York. In 2017 and 2018, his works are featured as part of the Japan Media Arts Festival exhibition “Landscapes: New vision through multiple windows” in Singapore, “STARS – Cosmic Art from 1900 up to the Present” at Lentos Art Museum in Linz, Austria, and in a solo exhibition at PhotoIreland Festival in Dublin.


Jens’ Website
Conscientious Photo Magazine
TIME Lightbox
Zone Zero
Mas Context

Ctrl+P: Photography taken offline is an initiative at Catherine Edelman Gallery inspired by the hundreds of photographs we see on blogs and online galleries. Started in January 2011, Ctrl+P provides further exposure for new artists we find while searching the web, exhibiting a small selection of one person’s work every two months, taking the pictures offline and putting them on the wall. It is our goal that Ctrl+P will provide further exposure for these photographers away from the glow of a computer monitor and without the temptation to click to the next link. We hope you will join us by unplugging from the Internet and visiting CEG to see these photographs the way they were intended—in print.


Opening Friday—Elizabeth Ernst: Shady Grove Nursing Home!

Catherine Edelman Gallery is pleased to present all new work by Chicago photographer/painter Elizabeth Ernst in her third solo show, Shady Grove Nursing Home. The show opens January 5 and runs through February 24, 2018.

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For more than 12 years, Elizabeth Ernst has created art about the people and entertainers affiliated with the G.E. Circus, a small family owned circus of aging performers. Over the years we’ve seen them pose for the camera in their fanciful outfits, relax backstage playing cards, apply makeup in their dressing room mirrors, and perform for enthusiastic audiences. Through intimate detailed images, we’ve witnessed their joys and fears, as the glory days of the traveling circus began to fade.

In her third solo show at Catherine Edelman Gallery, Ernst takes us into the Shady Grove Nursing Home, located in Clarence, NY, where several of the G.E. Circus performers have retired. Elderly, and suffering from various circus related ailments, many of the G.E. regulars find themselves waiting out their days telling stories about the good old days, substituting facts when their memories fade. But this is no ordinary nursing home. Shady Grove is situated next to a beautiful lake, and has all of the amenities one can ever desire.

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Shady Grove introduces us to Jake, a retired chef in the cookhouse, who vows to keep smoking until he can no longer breathe; Lenny, one of the resident caregivers, who was a former trumpet player in the circus band and still serenades his friends in the evening; the clinic, where residents go to see Dr. Stanley, who has been taking care of them for more than 30 years; and Lois, a former showgirl dancer whose beauty is still apparent, even as her body slowly succumbs to old age. At Shady Grove, Elizabeth Ernst’s cast of characters share their remaining years with us, as they reflect, dream, fantasize and embellish their personal histories to staff and visitors. Through their eyes, we experience the difficulties and richness of circus life, as it continues to change and evolve.

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Elizabeth Ernst is a professor emeritus at Columbia College Chicago, where she taught for 25 years.  She is the recipient of numerous Illinois Arts Council Fellowships in Photography, and two Faculty Development Grants from Columbia College. Her work has been exhibited nationally and was recently featured at the Mimi and Ian Rolland Art Center, University of Saint Francis, Fort Wayne, IN. Elizabeth Ernst lives and works in Chicago.

See the entire exhibition on our website here.


2017 in review

Catherine on December 1, the gallery’s 30-year anniversary.

CEG would like to wish you all a Happy New Year! We hope you have a fun-filled celebration ringing in 2018! We wanted to take a moment and highlight some of our gallery artists’ accomplishments from the past year.


Keliy installing one of her walls of portraits.
  • Ysabel LeMay had her first museum show at the Morris Museum in Morristown, New Jersey:
  • Daniel Beltrá gave a keynote presentation at WildSpeak 2017 in Washington, DC.
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Photo by the International League of Conservation Photographers.
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Installation view of Clarissa’s work at the Bauhaus Archiv in Berlin.
Bettina with Harriet and Hercules, from her series of dog portraits.
  • Lastly, these spectacular pieces were acquired for public collections all across the country!

Thanks for following along with us on the blog! We look forward to sharing more with you in the new year!




Bettina von Zwehl answers James Lipton’s 10 questions


Have you watched Inside the Actor’s Studio with James Lipton? In this popular TV show, James Lipton interviews legendary guests. The conversations always end with his famous list of ten questions. Over the years, CEG has asked our artists these same ten questions to gain insight into their personalities and their work. This week, Bettina von Zwehl answers James Lipton’s Top Ten!

1. What is your favorite word?


2. What is your least favorite word?


3. What turns you on creatively, spiritually or emotionally?


4. What turns you off creatively, spiritually or emotionally?

Art Fairs

5. What sound or noise do you love?


6. What sound or noise do you hate?

Football and Tennis on TV

7. What is your favorite curse word?


8. What profession other than your own would you like to attempt?


9. What profession would you not like to do?

Parking warden

10. If Heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the Pearly Gates?


Bettina von Zwehl: Portraits runs through December 30, 2017.
See the entire exhibition on our website here.