Conservation at the Core

We would like to thank everyone who made it to the opening night of Art New York yesterday evening. It was an excellent start to what we’re sure will be an exciting week. Make sure you are following along this week as we highlight the artists in booth B203. And if you are in New York, stop by and say hello!

Today we’ll focus on three artists that photograph to document shifting landscapes and preserve their subjects.

Daniel Beltrá
Born in Madrid, Spain, Daniel Beltrá is a photographer based in Seattle, Washington. 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.

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Greenland 12, 2014 © Daniel Beltrá

Beltrá’s 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. He states: “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.”

 

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Iceland 16, 2014 © Daniel Beltrá

Daniel Beltrá is a fellow and board member of the prestigious International League of Conservation Photographers.

 

Serge Najjar
Five years ago, Najjar started photographing the interaction of people and an architecture boom in his native Beirut. Influenced by the work of Kazimir Malevich, Josef Albers, Ellsworth Kelly, Frank Stella, and Alexander Rodchenko, Najjar took to the streets, focusing his lens on daily routines: construction workers sitting on a building ledge during lunch break, the sharp lines of a high-rise facade, a man looking out an open window, and children sitting on a windowsill.

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The Wave, 2016 © Serge Najjar

Whether working in Beirut, Munich or other places he visits, Najjar’s vision is unwavering – to show other people what they may not see themselves. As he states: “There is no such thing as an ideal place to photograph, or an ideal city. Architecture inspires me, but my whole approach towards photography is to focus on what people consider as common… the people I photograph are complete strangers. I never plan where I go and what or who to shoot. My images are faithful to what I see. And every single Saturday morning I am convinced that I will never capture the picture I had the chance to capture the week before…. It is a thin line between the ugly and the beautiful, the ordinary and the extraordinary, between chaos and order.”

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Reflected Red, 2016 © Serge Najjar

Francesco Pergolesi
Francesco creates photographic tableaus inspired by memories from his past: narrow cobblestone streets, the sound of a hammer coming from the open door of a shoemaker; the smell of fresh bread from a baker, the steady beat of a sewing machine from an open window, the smell of old paper in a used bookstore. Through Heroes, these sights and smells drive his art-making, as he seeks to preserve the past, before big-box and chain stores arrive. The artist presents his work as traditional photographic prints and as 5 x 7 x 2” / 9 x 12 x 3” photo boxes, lit from within. These small pieces force the viewer to stand inches away, creating an intimate interaction with strangers – it is what inspires Pergolesi every day, as he continues to wander the streets looking for a connection.

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Theodore, 2017 © Francesco Pergolesi

Click here to see a complete list of all our featured artists.

Art New York presented by Art Miami
Booth B203

Wednesday, March 29
5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Thursday, May 4 through Saturday, May 6
2:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Sunday, May 7
12:00 pm – 6:00 pm

#ArtNewYork #Pier94 @edelmangallery

Download a complimentary pass here.

Welcome to Art New York!

IMG_9934Opening night of Art New York is this evening! We are thrilled to be exhibiting eight photographers among the fair’s 150 galleries this week: Daniel Beltrá, Clarissa Bonet, Omar Imam, Laurent Millet, Serge Najjar, Robert & Shana ParkeHarrison, Francesco Pergolesi and Gregory Scott. Follow along with us here, as well as on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter @edelmangallery for more information on our artists and for highlights from the fair.

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Art New York provides a fresh alternative for acquiring important, never-before exhibited works from both primary and secondary markets. The fair welcomes both experienced and new art collectors who are looking to experience a carefully-curated, rich-in-content presentation of the best in the global contemporary art market. See all the artwork on our website, or preview the show on Artsy. Of course, we highly recommend you see all the work in person, so stop by booth B203!

IMG_9942The fair’s VIP Preview will take place today from 2:00 – 5:00 pm, followed by a public opening reception from 5:00 – 8:00 pm. Please join us anytime this week, May 3 – 7, 2017 for Art New York presented by Art Miami at Pier 94.

Art New York presented by Art Miami
Booth B203

Wednesday, March 29
5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Thursday, May 4 through Saturday, May 6
2:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Sunday, May 7
12:00 pm – 6:00 pm

#ArtNewYork #Pier94 @edelmangallery

Download a complimentary pass here.

Inside the Artist’s Studio with Laurent Millet

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While Laurent Millet visited Chicago for his opening reception, he spoke to us about his work space in La Rochelle, France. The photographs in his solo show were selected from four seriesLes Cabanes, La Chasse, Petites Machines Littorales, and Somnium–that utilize several historical processes: ambrotypes, platinum/palladium, and gelatin silver prints. Naturally, we felt compelled to ask for a glimpse into his darkroom.

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Many of Laurent’s photographs from these series’ are created by rearranging found materials, or by posing with models that he builds by hand. These models are stored in his studio or deconstructed.

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Somnium is on view through April 29, 2017. Shortly after, a selection of Laurent’s photographs will be shown at Art New YorkMay 3-7.

 

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Laurent Millet answers James Lipton’s Top Ten

Have you watched Inside the Actor’s Studio with James Lipton? In this popular TV show, James Lipton interviews legendary guests. He ends these conversations with a list of his Top 10 Questions. Over the years, CEG has asked our artists these same 10 questions to gain insight into their personalities and work!

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Petite Machine Littorale du 13 octobre II, 1997 © Laurent Millet

This week, Laurent Millet answers James Lipton’s Top 10 Questions!

1.     What is your favorite word?
Liberty

2.     What is your least favorite word?
none

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

4.     What turns you off creatively, spiritually or emotionally?
Not being on my own

5.     What sound or noise do you love?
Sheep’s bells

6.     What sound or noise do you hate?
Chalk on the black board

7.     What is your favorite curse word?
Bordel de merde (rough translation “for crying out loud”)

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

9.     What profession would you not like to do?
All except artist or surf bum

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

See Somnium, Laurent’s first solo show in Chicago, through April 29, 2017.

Artist Talk with Laurent Millet

In an attempt to understand why artists create the work they make, we decided to launch Artist Talk in September of 2008, a video series which allows the viewer to hear, from the artist, the reasons behind making each piece on exhibit. We are thrilled to share with you our latest Artist Talk with Laurent Millet.

Watch our Vimeo channel for future talks, and feel free to share this video elsewhere. We love making these Artist Talks and when you share them, you help us to keep making new ones!

Slowing Down for Slow Art Day

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This Saturday, April 8, is Slow Art Day. Around the world, galleries, museums and other institutions will encourage their visitors to spend more time than average with their collections. It has become common to speed walk through exhibits in search of the highlights, and Slow Art Day was enacted to combat this habit. Fifteen seconds is simply not enough time to digest everything that goes into creating a work of art.

In Texas, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston has outlined a four-step process for art educators that challenged students to look at a piece of art for 30 seconds, turn their backs, and then try to recall and record everything they had seen. When the students return to the artwork, they notice just how much was missing from their lists–what they had overlooked the first time. Both Harvard and MIT now offer courses that lead classes in mindful looking.

We will have five photographs designated for “slow looking,” at which a minimum of ten minutes is recommended for viewing, per piece. At the end of this 50-minute period, gallery staff will be on hand to answer any questions. Discussions have been scheduled for noon and 3 pm.

You don’t need to know a lot about art to approach it. But by simply looking a little longer, you can learn more than you may expect. Discussing your observations with gallery staff and other visitors this Saturday will teach you even more. By thoroughly engaging with the photographs in our gallery, you’ll leave with a better understanding of how the work was made, why, and how it may relate to work by other artists you have seen.

Below are a few articles related to Slow Art Day:
The Art of Slowing Down in a Museum – New York Times
How Long Do You Need to Look at a Work of Art to Get It? – Artsy
Practice Looking at Art – Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

 

New work by Julie Blackmon

 Julie Blackmon shared with us her two newest images: Fake Weather and Trapped.

Fake Weather, 2017

Fake Weather, 2017 © Julie Blackmon

Fake Weather is the more comical of the two, the kids’ faces flaunting Julie’s skill of direction. It’s Christmas in July, or an unseasonably warm winter (not unlike what we experienced in Chicago this year).

Trapped, 2017

Trapped, 2017 © Julie Blackmon

As evidenced by the signs in this garage, Trapped hearkens to the distress felt by much of the country during and after the U.S. 2016 presidential election. Multiple skateboards, an energy drink, and the lone hand etching a lewd word across the door’s four windows hint at the extent to which the current political climate affects even young members of her community.

Those familiar with Julie’s work will recognize the Midwest domesticity as well as her children, siblings’ children, and the children of friends and neighbors. Blackmon, herself the oldest of nine children, balances her role as a mother of three and an artist, referencing family life and the circumstances it creates. Chaos, disorder, fantasies, social gatherings, game playing, all of these scenarios continue to dominate Blackmon’s work, which we first witnessed in her series, Domestic Vacations (Radius Books, 2009). Elegance, triumphs, dangers and solace mix with fantasy, where nothing is quite as it seems. Like Alice in her wonderland, Blackmon’s children appear in reality and fantasy, engrossed in their fictitious worlds.

Influenced by Jan Steen and 17th c. Dutch paintings, Blackmon also credits Edward Gorey, Tim Burton and Federico Fellini, who stated, “the things that are most real to me are the ones that I invented… even lies are interesting, eloquent and revealing, just as much as what is considered the truth.” By looking at her family through the lens of fiction, Blackmon reveals her own truth and one that seems to resonate with audiences’ worldwide.

Since 2005, Julie Blackmon has received overwhelming critical acclaim. Her works are part of numerous collections, including The Museum of Fine Arts (Houston, TX), George Eastman House International Museum of Photography (Rochester, NY), Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art (Kansas City, MO), Columbus Museum of Art (Columbus, OH), Cleveland Museum of Art and The Museum of Contemporary Photography (Chicago, IL). Her newest book Homegrown is available from Radius Books.