Happy Father’s Day!

Catherine Edelman Gallery wishes you a fun and relaxing Father’s Day!

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“Shaving Like Dad, 1998” © Jeffrey Wolin
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“The After-Party, 2010” © Julie Blackmon
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“Lloyd Deane with Family and Coal Truck, 2002” © Shelby Lee Adams

See more work by these artists by visiting our website.

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In the Artist’s Studio with Francesco Pergolesi

We are proud to be exhibiting Francesco Pergolesi’s second solo show at CEG, “Tableaux.” The work on view pulls from the artist’s original series Heroes, which captures independent shopkeepers and artisans framed in their storefronts, standing guard at their small businesses in the face of globalization. Pergolesi’s newest series, Tableaux, focuses on the details one can find throughout these shops–tabletops and work counters covered in years of wear-and-tear. Abstract images are created from paint, flour, tools and other objects that Pergolesi finds in his Heroes’ work surfaces.

What at first might look like a monochromatic landscape, “Minturnae, 2016” shows the flour-covered, marble counter behind the shopfront featured in “Dino, Roma, 2014.” Another of Francesco Pergolesi’s Heroes, “Charlie, Roma, 2016,” makes the bread.

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Dino, Roma, 2014 © Francesco Pergolesi
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Minturnae, 2016 © Francesco Pergolesi
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Charlie, Roma, 2016 © Francesco Pergolesi
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Bread loaves ready for baking.

 

Pergolesi also designed memory boxes to be paired with each image in his Tableaux series. The memory box for “21-21, 2018” is on view in the show. You can watch a short video of this memory box’s construction below:

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A test strip of “ES, 2016” being printed.
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A test print of “21-12, 2018” hanging in Francesco Pergolesi’s Spoleto studio.
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Various test prints hanging in the studio.

The artist states: “Tableaux is a project dedicated to the worktables of artists and artisans… Every table is a canvas generated unconsciously, thanks to the traces of daily work. The material is the tangible representation of memory…every detail becomes magnified, emphasizing the worth and uniqueness of the artisan’s work. The worktable is a reliable place, an esoteric shelter where day after day, year after year, generations repeat skillful gestures, generating ideas and solutions. It is a place where one puts together and transforms materials.”

“Francesco Pergolesi: Tableaux” is on view through July 7, 2018. See the exhibition in full on our website here.

 

 

 

 

 

Final day of Photo London

We are headed into our final day of Photo London! We’ve had an outstanding week at the Somerset House and have enjoyed meeting everyone who has visited us so far. Today is your last chance to visit the fair, beginning at noon and ending at 6:30 pm (18:30). We are thrilled to be featuring the work of Daniel BeltráClarissa BonetOmar ImamMichael KoernerYsabel LeMayLaurent MilletFrancesco Pergolesi, and Gregory Scott! Spend your Sunday with us at booth G15!

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Catch up with us here on Cyclopsblog, TwitterInstagram, and Facebook for highlights and behind-the-scenes images from London! Plan your visit to the fair here, and be sure to visit booth G15! Stateside viewers can also see the booth in full on our website here.

Photo London
May 16 – 20, 2018
Somerset House
Strand
London
WC2R 1LA

Sunday 20 May 12:00 – 18:30

@edelmangallery @photolondonfair #photolondonfair2018

Jump start your weekend at Photo London!

Today is your second to last day to visit Photo London! The fair today begins at noon and ends at 7:30 pm (19:30). So even if your weekend plans include watching the royal wedding, you’ll still have time to visit. We are thrilled to be featuring the work of eight photographers at booth G15, two of which you can read about below.

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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. His striking, large-scale photographs are shot from the air. This perspective gives the viewer a wider context to the beauty and destruction he witnesses, as well as revealing a delicate sense of scale. After two months of photographing the Deepwater Horizon Gulf Oil Spill, he produced many visually arresting images of the man-made disaster. His SPILL exhibit premiered in August 2010 and has toured around the globe since then.

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Amazon scarlet ibis (#222), 2017 © Daniel Beltrá

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. 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 again in 2018, 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.

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For more than twenty years, Laurent Millet has channeled his innate curiosity to create photographs that question the way objects appear within space and time. Citing R. Buckminster Fuller and Denis Diderot among his influences, Millet creates an artistic vocabulary through metal wire, vineyard posts and barrel hoops – objects prevalent in the coastal town of France in which he resides. There is a rich history of artists constructing environments simply to be photographed and then disassembled. These created realities were prevalent in the 1980s, as works by Sandy Skoglund, Bernard Faucon, Bruce Charlesworth, James Welling and other artists burst onto the scene. All of these artists worked with objects to create a narrative, captured by the camera. Laurent Millet (b. 1968 France) continues to work in this tradition, using various 19th c. printing techniques to magnify his vision.

 

As he stated in a 2014 interview in L’Oeil de la Photographie: “I felt like I had to take refuge in something that was comforting and reassuring… This idea brought me back to what I did as a child in the countryside when I would play with wood and stones. I rediscovered that pleasure as an adult… Starting with the first things I built, fishing machines, I felt like a world was opening up in which I could really exist. These objects are powered by my personal fictions, my dream of another life. The photograph is proof of that, a record of the moment, a reward.”

 

Laurent Millet’s work can be seen in numerous publications including his 2014 book, Les Enfantillages Pittoresques (Filigranes Editions) and in major museum collections, including The Art Institute of Chicago, Maison Européenne de la Photographie (Paris), San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and Fonds National d’art Contemporain (Paris), among others.

Follow along with us this week on Cyclopsblog, TwitterInstagram, and Facebook for highlights and behind-the-scenes images from London! Plan your visit to the fair here, and be sure to visit booth G15! Stateside viewers can also see the booth in full on our website here.

Photo London
May 16 – 20, 2018
Somerset House
Strand
London
WC2R 1LA

Saturday 19 May 12:00 – 19:30
Sunday 20 May 12:00 – 18:30

@edelmangallery @photolondonfair #photolondonfair2018

Friday at Photo London

 

We’ve had an outstanding week in London so far! Thank you to everyone for visiting us at booth G15 over the last few days. If you haven’t had the chance to visit Photo London yet, we are excited to meet you this weekend! Today we continue our highlights of featured artists, including, Clarissa Bonet, Ysabel LeMay, and Francesco Pergolesi.

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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. She has been awarded multiple Chicago Individual Artist Grants and was most recently curated into a group show at the Bauhaus Archive Museum in Berlin, Germany. Images from Bonet’s series Stray Light are on view.

Ysabel LeMay

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Quebec born Ysabel LeMay found photography later in life, after a successful career working as a graphic artist for prominent advertising agencies. Seeking greater fulfillment, she turned to painting, and in 2002, left the corporate world to pursue painting full time. Eight years later, she turned her attention to photography, garnering significant success in a few short years. Combining her technical expertise with her painterly eye, LeMay creates photographs that challenge our perception of the landscape.

 

Lemay’s technique is very straightforward, yet extremely time consuming. She photographs flora, birds, tree limbs, flowers, and anything else she finds along her daily walks. Once back in the studio, she assembles all her files into her computer and starts layering images, using hundreds of individual files to construct each final photograph. Balancing color, light and subject, Ysabel LeMay creates pieces that vibrate with an intensity often experienced in dreams. Two of Ysabel’s newest pieces are on view in booth G15.

 

Francesco Pergolesi

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Francesco Pergolesi was born in Venice in 1975. After finishing his law degree, dedicated himself entirely to photography. He is an artist-photographer whose work explores the territory of memory. Every single shot from his series Heroes is a kind of a theater scene. His subjects are revealed in the lights and shadows reminiscent of Flemish paintings. He lives and works between Spoleto, Rome and Barcelona. His second solo-show with CEG, Tableaux, is on view now in Chicago and runs through July 7, 2018.

 

About Heroes, the artist writes: “When I was a child I used to walk free exploring my village streets. I remember I loved to spend time in the little cobbler or the grocery where my Grandmother sent me to shop. Time seemed to be extended and let me feel the sense of freedom. I grew up loving neighborhoods where human relationships were the center of life. I realized early on those places were disappearing as pushed by a mysterious force, a new era was coming.” Expect to see new images from Heroes on view in our booth at Photo London.

Follow along with us this week on Cyclopsblog, TwitterInstagram, and Facebook for highlights and behind-the-scenes images from London! Plan your visit to the fair here, and be sure to visit booth G15! Stateside viewers can also see the booth in full on our website here.

Photo London
May 16 – 20, 2018
Somerset House
Strand
London
WC2R 1LA

Friday 18 May 12:00 – 19:30
Saturday 19 May 12:00 – 19:30
Sunday 20 May 12:00 – 18:30

@edelmangallery @photolondonfair #photolondonfair2018

 

Photo London opens to the public!

We had an amazing preview at Photo London yesterday! Thanks to all who visited us throughout the day, it was great to speak with so many of you about our artists. We are looking forward to the first day of public hours at the fair.

Read up on CEG artists featured in the press ahead of today’s opening!
Clarissa Bonet via The Guardian
Michael Koerner via British GQ

We’re kicking off this week of highlights with three amazing artists whose thoughtful work is not to be missed at this year’s installment of Photo London: Omar Imam, Michael Koerner and Gregory Scott! Visit booth G15 to see more.

Omar Imam

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In 2012, Syrian activist turned photographer Omar Imam (b. 1979 Damascus) was kidnapped and tortured by a militia and only let go when a friend intervened. Soon after, Imam left Damascus with his parents and wife, settling in Beirut where he and his wife started a family. In 2016, he moved to Amsterdam, where he currently resides. His wife and children finally received the paperwork that allowed them to join him. In his photographic works, Imam uses irony and a conceptual approach to respond to the violent situation in Syria, often publishing his work under a pseudonym. After leaving Damascus in late 2012, he began making fictional short films that often focus on the Syrian refugee experience. Individually and with NGOs, he has produced films, photographic projects, and workshops for Syrian refugees in Lebanon.

Live, Love, Refugee is Imam’s photographic response to the chaos erupting in his homeland. In refugee camps across Lebanon, Imam collaborated with Syrians to create photographs that talked about their reality, rather than presenting them as a simple statistic. As a refugee himself, Imam understands the loss and chaos of being displaced from ones home. But dreams cannot be eradicated — dreams of escape, dreams of love, and dreams of terror. These dreams are what Imam set out to capture. The resulting images peel back the façade of flight, to reveal the spirit of those who persevere, despite losing everything that was familiar. These composed photographs challenge our perception of victimization, offering access into the heart and soul of humanity.

In April 2017, Omar received the Tim Hetherington Visionary Award. The Tim Hetherington Trust will be presenting Omar’s series Syrialism today as a part of their 2018 Award announcement at Photo London. Details can be found here.

Michael Koerner

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Michael Koerner (b. Okinawa, Japan, 1963) is the oldest of five brothers. Due to genetic abnormalities and cancer, he is the only remaining living son. His brothers’ fates (and potentially his own) can be linked to their mother, who was eleven years old on August 9, 1945 when the atomic bomb was dropped on Nagasaki. She lived in Sasebo, Japan, 45 miles away from the blast. The long-term effects of severe, acute exposure to gamma radiation led to his mother’s death at an early age, and all of his brothers. Koerner’s work explores his family history and genetics through small tintypes, using photographic chemistry to assimilate the bursts and biochemical fallout from the atom bomb. Koerner is one of the gallery’s newest represented artists and over 30 of his plates are available for viewing at our booth.

 

Gregory Scott

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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.

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’s newest piece, “Rothko Chapel, 2018,is based on the space in which the painter’s 14 murals are installed in Houston, Texas. As many people know, photography is not permitted inside the chapel, but that did not stop Gregory. As a former model maker, he painstakingly built the chapel in his studio, creating his own access to its interior. The 6 minute video explores the experience of being inside the chapel, where meditation takes over, dreaming is encouraged, and the mind is free to imagine.

Follow along with us this week on Cyclopsblog, Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook for highlights and behind-the-scenes images from London! Plan your visit to the fair here, and be sure to visit booth G15! Stateside viewers can also see the booth in full on our website here.

Photo London
May 16 – 20, 2018
Somerset House
Strand
London
WC2R 1LA

Thursday 17 May 12:00 – 20:00
Friday 18 May 12:00 – 19:30
Saturday 19 May 12:00 – 19:30
Sunday 20 May 12:00 – 18:30

@edelmangallery @photolondonfair #photolondonfair2018

Preview Catherine Edelman Gallery at Photo London

Screen Shot 2018-05-16 at 9.50.15 AMInstallation is complete and we are ready for today’s preview of Photo London 2018! The invitation-only preview is from 11:00 am – 9:00 p.m (21:00). We are thrilled to be showing the work of Daniel BeltráClarissa BonetOmar ImamMichael KoernerYsabel LeMay, Laurent MilletFrancesco Pergolesi, and Gregory Scott. Whether you are attending todays’s preview, or you plan to visit later this week, we look forward to seeing you at booth G15!

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Follow along with us this week on Cyclopsblog, Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook for highlights and behind-the-scenes images from London! Plan your visit to the fair here, and be sure to visit booth G15! Stateside viewers can also see the booth in full on our website here.

Photo London
May 16 – 20, 2018
Somerset House
Strand
London
WC2R 1LA

Thursday 17 May 12:00 – 20:00
Friday 18 May 12:00 – 19:30
Saturday 19 May 12:00 – 19:30
Sunday 20 May 12:00 – 18:30

@edelmangallery @photolondonfair #photolondonfair2018