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How Many Photography Museums Can a Country Have?   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
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Brassaï, John Gutmann, Lewis Hine, William Klein, Jacques-Henri Lartigue, Joel Meyerowitz, László Moholy-Nagy, Eadweard Muybridge, Man Ray, W. Eugene Smith, Ed van der Elsken at Rijksmuseum Amsterdam November 1st, 2014 - January 11th, 2015
Posted 11/4/14
Suppose you’re a collector of Dutch photography, you have no kids (or they are uninterested barbarians), and you’re reaching that age when you start thinking about your legacy. Which institute would be most suitable for a donation? Which museum would be the best new home for your collection? The Netherlands has the luxury of having not one, not two, but no fewer than four museums dedicated solely to photography. That’s an unusually large number for such a small country. A Swiss collector... [more]
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Ode to Paris   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
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Brassaï at Hôtel de Ville November 8th, 2013 - March 8th, 2014
Posted 12/29/13
Hôtel de Ville is the proud host of a retrospective exhibition of Brassaï’s photography of his beloved Paris. The native Hungarian, Gyula Halasz, worked under the pseudonym ‘Brassaï’, (referring to his hometown Brassó). Brassaï moved to Paris in 1924 and never returned to his home country. From 1925 he was socialising with the likes of Eugène Atget, André Breton and Salvador Dalí amongst others, and in 1949 he was granted French nationality, making the tie to his adopted home official. At the... [more]
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A Good, Long Look   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
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Brassaï, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Thomas Demand, Philip-Lorca diCorcia, Walker Evans, Harun Farocki, Robert Frank, Nan Goldin, Chip Lord, Oliver Lutz, Bruce Nauman, Helmut Newton, Man Ray, Thomas Ruff, Paul Strand, Weegee at SFMOMA - San Francisco Museum of Modern Art October 30th, 2010 - April 17th, 2011
Posted 11/1/10
      SFMOMA’s sprawling new photography survey, turns the high powered gaze of the camera onto itself, exploring over a century of peeping, spying, monitoring, snooping and all other forms of illicit looking facilitated by the handy-dandy technology of the lens. It’s an impressively researched archive of images that is as prescient as it might be paranoid. And like most brilliant exhibits, it elaborates on a simple historical premise: the invention of the gelatin dry plate which... [more]
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Camera as Co-Conspirator   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
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Eugène Atget, Herbert Bayer, Hans Bellmer, Constantin Brancusi, Brassaï, Manuel Alvarez Bravo, Claude Cahun, Marcel Duchamp, Robert Frank, Lee Friedlander, Robert Gober, David Goldblatt, Rachel Harrison, Hannah Höch, André Kertész, Bruce Nauman, Charles Nègre, Man Ray, Gillian Wearing, Fischli & Weiss, Hannah Wilke, Iwao Yamawaki at MoMA (Museum of Modern Art) August 1st, 2010 - November 1st, 2010
Posted 8/15/10
        MoMA's "The Original Copy: Photography and Sculpture" in a way feels more like a free-for-all mash-up of associations and juxtapositions than a focused thesis, a stream of consciousness collection of various intersections of photography and sculpture.  There is a remarkable absence of a prescribed formulation to follow, and the subject is explored rather through various themes and practices, stirring groupings and somewhat abrupt shifts of logic.  This lack results not in a confused... [more]
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