Day Tripping, an exhibition of new work by Julie Blackmon, opens today at the Robert Mann Gallery in Manhattan after a five-day delay caused by flooding from Hurricane Sandy. Using models, staged sets and carefully composed tableaux, Blackmon weaves stories of the complexities of everyday life in large and busy households. She draws inspiration from her own extended family–Blackmon was the oldest of nine children–as well as the paintings of Dutch Renaissance master Jan Steen, who is known for his scenes of domestic chaos. Blackmon’s new work also reflects the influence of Balthus, the French painter whose street scenes depict people who seem to exist in their own individual worlds, indifferent to the activity around them. The work can be viewed online, as well as at the gallery (525 W 26th St.) through January 12. An artist’s reception scheduled for November 1 has been re-scheduled for November 29.
“Desert Fire #249,” 1985. © Richard Misrach
The Robert Mann Gallery in New York City recently moved to a new location and to inaugurate the space, they are hanging a retrospective of Richard Misrach’s landscape and fine-art photography. The exhibition spans the first 25 years of the photographer’s career and includes his seminal work “The Desert Cantos.” According to the gallery, “Richard Misrach: The Desert Cantos” traces the artistic development of the photographer and starts “with the luscious split-toned works realized with a flash shot into desert night scenes. Eerie and magnificent, these works introduce many of the themes that would occupy Misrach in the years to come: staging the condition of aesthetic beauty of the natural world as mediated by human intervention in the landscape — in this case the photographer’s own invasive flash.” The exhibition runs through October 27, 2012.
All images courtesy of the Artist, Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco; Marc Selwyn Fine Art, Los Angeles; Pace/MacGill, New York.
In his latest exhibit “Aftermath,” German fine-art photographer Jörn Vanhöfen explores the physical, cultural and social forces at work around the world, and how they often collide with the natural world. The large-format color photos, now on display at the Robert Mann Gallery in New York City through May 5, are stunning in scale and detail. But they also evoke beauty, wit, drama and outrage in equal parts.
All photos © Elijah Gowin/courtesy Robert Mann Gallery. Above: “Into the Sun 12,” 2009
Elijah Gowin has transgressed one of the most basic rules of photography in his latest series, “Into the Sun.” Shooting into the sun is a way of courting blindness, but it’s also a daring way to confront the source of the force and power of the center of our solar system. His exhibit “Into the Sun” is on display through October 22 at the Robert Mann Gallery in New York City.
Gowin, who received a John S. Guggenheim Fellowship in 2008, is currently associate professor in the department of art and art history at University of Missouri-Kansas City. Critic Lyle Rexer has written, “Elijah Gowin is the prophet of this longing, the diviner of such dreams. His work confronts the impenetrability of the world and the challenge of representing it.”
© Julie Blackmon.
The Dutch proverb “a Jan Steen household” originated in the 17th century and is used today to refer to a home in disarray, full of rowdy children and boisterous family gatherings. The paintings of Steen, along with those of other Dutch and Flemish genre painters, continue to inspire Julie Blackmon’s fictional narratives about the chaos of family life. Blackmon’s work will be on display with the Catherine Edelman Gallery at the AIPAD Photography Show New York, March 17-20, 2011, at the Park Avenue Armory.- AIPAD.