Texas panhandle, 2006, by Richard Benson

It will be an exciting Fall for straight photography at Midtown's Pace MacGill Gallery, with shows on deck of work by Richard Benson, Judith Joy Ross and Hiroshi Sugimoto. Stay tuned.

North South East West: Richard Benson 

September 8 – October 22, 2011

Opening Reception, Thursday, September 8

5:30pm – 7:30pm

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This blog series is created by choosing a photograph by a photographer who's work I greatly appreciate, that photographer picks a photograph by another photographer, that photographer picks a photograph by another photographer, and so on until a chain of five photographs have been created. 

 

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Tomorrow evening, more than 125 Chelsea galleries will host extended hours, artist talks, musical performances, and an assortment of other special events for the second annual Chelsea Art Walk. Fitting for the contemporary art industry, the events and special attractions include such rare opportunities as getting one’s dollar bills cut in half for souvenirs (courtesy of the artist Mark Wagner, at Pavel Zoubok Gallery); playing ping pong on a table made by Rikrit Tiravanija (at Nicholas Robinson Gallery); and shopping a collection of custom skateboards and furniture at a “pop-up skate shop” (at I-20).

The more traditional events should not be ignored, however, and there will be a number of worthwhile attractions for those interested in photography:

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If you are in NYC Friday (and you haven't died from the heat) you must make your way to Bushwick to see Storefront's exhibition of "Late Summer Blues". Seriously. 6-9 pm.

Forecast says 100 degrees by 10 am. Careful out there.

 

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Ai Weiwei: New York Photographs

Preparations for his exhibition at The Asia Society in New York were well underway when Ai Weiwei was detained earlier this year at Beijing Airport on April 3, 2011. En route to Hong Kong, he was detained for nearly three months before his release on June 22. Other artists critical of Chinese government practices remain imprisoned and/or detained. Shortly before his release, The Asia Society announced Ai Weiwei: New York Photographs 1983-1993, on view until August 14, 2011.

 

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Terry Evans, "Field Museum, Drawer of eastern Meadowlarks, various dates and loc

Ever since James Audubon released his stunning volume of ornithological illustrations, Birds of America, in the early 19th century, birds have lingered in the artistic imagination of America. Painters like Winslow Homer and Martin Johnson Heade depicted them with precision and a sense of romantic attachment; John Burroughs, the American writer and naturalist, famously described them as "beautiful vagabonds, endowed with every grace, masters of all climes, and knowing no bounds." It is from this quote that Yancey Richardson Gallery's upcoming summer group show gets its name. Beautiful Vagabonds: Birds in Contemporary Photography, opening tomorrow, July 21, features photography, video, and audio recordings of 19 contemporary artists, revolving solely around the subject of birds. 

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Genevieve, Age 17, Venice, CA, and Jessie, Age 16, Dupree, SD

Students in the My Viewpoint Photography Program will be exhibiting their work in two upcoming exhibitions—at the Venice Arts Gallery (Venice, CA) and Fovea Exhibitions (Beacon, NY).

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Bus stop with sea spray at Governors Island by Lisa Kereszi

Lisa Kereszi will give a slide lecture of unpublished work from a Governors Island photo project this Sunday the 24th at 130pm in the gallery at the Commanding Officer's House, on Governors Island. The work, commissioned in 2003 by the Public Art Fund, by Kereszi and Andrew Moore, is installed in the former officer's quarters, which is open 7 days a week, normal business hours, through September 25th, 2011. The pair independently photographed the innards and exteriors of the former Army, then Coast Guard, base, which was abandoned in the mid-Nineties and sold to the city for $1 to be turned into a public park. The talk will be followed by a tour inside the gym in the grand building, Liggett Hall, and the Officer's Club inside the South Battery, both otherwise off-limits to visitors. Spend the day on the island, a park in NY Harbor with activities like mini golf and circus school, art installations, bike rentals and food and drink.

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Have I not wandered intoxicated through the universe of shapes? Yes! I have seen you outlined in light. That universe which you say you see and feel, that universe is my dream. -Frank Herbert, God Emperor of Dune

 

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