Tracey Emin – A Fortnight of Tears – Exclusive Video and Insight

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I happily spent this morning/early afternoon with Tracey Emin at a press invitation to her brand new exhibition entitled ‘A Fortnight of Tears‘ at the White Cube, Bermondsey, London, SE1. This is a major exhibition installed throughout the gallery’s spaces, exhibits include sculpture, neon, painting, film, photography and drawing, all focusing on Emin’s own memories and emotions, arising from loss, pathos, anger and love.

This exhibition is one to feast upon, throughout the exhibition Emin articulates the joy and suffering that is intrinsic to our human existence. Often with fraught memories of sexual relations, the very physical and emotional trauma she endured with her abortion of twins (past three months pregnancy), and most notably the passing of her mother. Pain is very much of the theme of ‘A Fortnight of Tears’, works shown in the North Galleries in particular evoke states of bereavement, grief and abiding love.

The vast bronze sculpture entitled ‘The Mother (2017), relates to Emin’s public commission for Oslo’s Museum Island, which will be permanently installed beside the Edvard Much Museum from late spring 2020. A kneeling nude, gazing intently upon an absent form, a ghost perhaps, cradled in her palms, she is a philiosophical symbol of femininity and sanctuary. There are two further impassioned bronze sculptures exhibited throughout this vast space.

Our film captured below includes a question that I asked her, from the call out that I sent out a few weeks ago. This is Lisa Mitchell’s question and Emin addresses it with much passion.

I loved Tracey Emin’s work prior to meeting her today, now, if it’s possible I love it even more. If you do get a chance to visit this exhibition I strongly recommend it. It is open to the public from 6 February – 7 April 2019, White Cube, Bermondsey, London. Do go!

 

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Exhibition News – We Share Your Questions with Tracey Emin!

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One of my New Year Resolutions for 2019 is to accept an invitation to at least one Private View Art Exhibition per month and naturally, I do not want to attend these on my own. So, for each Exhibition that I am invited to and accept, I will give our readers the opportunity to put a question to the artist. On 4 February 2019 I will be at the White Cube, Bermondsey, London with Tracey Emin. She’s one of my favourite artists and I have not had the pleasure of meeting her previously.

Emin has a major solo exhibition entitled ‘A Fortnight of Tears’ featuring new painting, photography, film, large-scale sculpture and neon text. Stemming from the her deeply personal memories and emotions ranging from loss, grief, longing and spiritual love, highlights from the exhibition include three monumental bronze sculptures, the largest Emin has produced to date, as well as a new self-portrait photographic series titled ‘Insomnia’.

I have a Q&A session booked and I’m opening this up to our readers. Please jot any question you may have in the comment section below and I’ll select from these to personally ask her.

 

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The New Vanguard Photography Prize

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Aperture and Document Journal, in partnership with Calvin Klein, are pleased to present The New Vanguard Photography Prize, spotlighting image makers on the front lines of art and fashion, with support from Ford Models, and powered by Swipecast.

Open to applications from all around the world, The New Vanguard Photography Prize sought unrepresented talents of all ages and backgrounds, with a focus on discovering new and visionary photographers across fashion and the fine arts. From those submissions, a jury selected a shortlist of 25 artists, which then was narrowed to five finalists who went on to create a series of exclusive photos for Document Journal. The exhibition will feature work from the 25 shortlisted artists, with the winner and recipient of a special cover of the Fall/Winter 2018 edition of Document Journal will be revealed at the opening reception.

Opening Reception:

Thursday, October 18, 6:30–9:00 p.m.

Aperture Gallery hours:

Monday–Saturday: 10:00 a.m.–5:30 p.m.

Closed Sunday

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LensCulture Art Photography Awards 2018 Results

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As an Editor for LensCulture as well as a member of the International Press I am happy to publish the results of the LensCulture Art Photography Awards 2018, now that the embargo has passed.  These Awards were LensCulture’s very first Art Photography Awards and they were eager to see a wide range of creativity from … Read moreLensCulture Art Photography Awards 2018 Results

James Bacchi’s ‘In The Sky’ Mobile Photography Exhibited at FourSquared, Bay Area – August 25 – October 6, 2018

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We are very proud to announce that James Bacchi, a San Francisco-based gallerist, curator and mobile photographer, is one of sixteen artists exhibiting at FourSquared, Bay Area this summer/autumn. Bacchi has co-founded galleries in New York and San Francisco, most notably ON THE WALL in New York City and ArtHaus, an award-winning San Francisco-based contemporary arts gallery that he has co-owned with art dealer Annette Schutz for nearly 23 years. He is represented by Karyn Mannix Contemporary in East Hampton, NY. The #inthesky project can best be followed at www.instagram.com/jamesbacchi

#inthesky is an inspired series of mobile photographs. Shot spontaneously, these images capture tension from the ground up, and portray the volatile relationship between the sky and the urban landscape. Void of color, these melodramas contrast fleeting moments of beauty, strength and vulnerability, all of which takes place #inthesky.

FourSquared is a unique, structurally-constrained exploration of the works of sixteen Bay Area artists. Each of the artists produces sixteen small works, presented in sixteen clusters giving the audience the experience of sixteen micro solo exhibitions. No work is over $500.

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After Nyne Launch West London Gallery with Olympus Support & Inaugural Exhibition

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The After Nyne Creative Services Group, parent company of arts publication After Nyne Magazine, today announced a collaboration with Olympus. Together they will launch a brand new permanent gallery space After Nyne Gallery in West London.

Building on their already established success from a series of well-received pop-ups,  After Nyne Gallery are proud to unveil their first exhibition space in Holland Park. This inaugural exhibition will display some remarkable works by Olympus brand ambassadors such as Martina Govindraj, whose work engages with architecture and concepts of space, and award winning Steve Gosling renowned for his signature black and white atmospheric landscapes.

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Rory Lewis to Exhibit Unseen Portraiture Work

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New body of work from British portrait specialist Rory Lewis to be unveiled for the first time from 1 August 2018

A new body of work from celebrated British portrait photographer Rory Lewis will be exhibited for the first time this August in London, featuring 24 previously unseen photographs of distinguished actors and high-profile public figures.

Entitled ‘Portraitist’, the exhibition will be held from Wednesday 1 August to Sunday 30 September 2018 at the Wex Photo Video Gallery in London E1.

Rory’s vivid and thought-provoking portraits include renowned and respected characters from the world of film and television, such as Sir Patrick Stewart, Sir Ian McKellen, Ciarán Hinds, David Bamber, Tobias Menzies, William Shatner, Rufus Sewell and more. The exhibition will also feature prominent political figures, such as former Prime Minister David Cameron and members of the Royal Family, including Prince Michael of Kent.

Challenging the established norm when capturing images, Rory injects moments of impulsiveness and even awkwardness into his imagery. He successfully shuns the aggrandising and sycophantic results typically seen in portraits of the famous. Rory’s aim is to strip back the artificial layers of staid portraiture and replace it with strangeness and a sense of quiet.

 

Sir Ian McKellen ©Rory Lewis

Rory Lewis commented, “So much of the portraiture commissioned in the press and print industry is reluctant to take risks, and I try to challenge that safety. In any commission, I always make sure that I have one moment at the end, which I like to call my ‘dessert’, where I’ve finished my brief and I have that person to myself. You shouldn’t waste your moments. In many of my sittings I only have five or ten minutes, so I have to break the ice with my subject very quickly. I like to keep them in continuous motion and direction in order to capture the movement of their thoughts.

“When I’m working with an actor, I like them to act. I’m always waiting for that moment of spontaneity in expression. I ask them to move and express themselves, and I try to work them into a frenzy. I don’t think photographers do that enough.”

Matt Devine, head of content at Wex Photo Video, said, “We’re honoured to present such an outstanding new collection of portraits in this very special showcase at our London gallery. We hope that Rory’s extraordinary style and approach will inspire other photographers to experiment with their portraiture, and we look forward to welcoming visitors to experience this work for the first time, with a chance to own an exclusive print from the exhibition.”

Limited edition prints of Rory’s iconic work will be available for purchase throughout the exhibition period. The showing is presented in collaboration with Epson. Each photograph is printed on Epson Premium Luster media, with output on an Epson SureColor SC-P800 A2 and Epson SureColor SC-P20000 64” (AO) printer.

 

Sir Patrick Stewart ©Rory Lewis

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MAJE Florence & Rome Exhibitions and Awards. The Winners

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As a proud member and a president of the Jury (along with Manuela Matos Monteiro and Cadu Lemos) for this exhibition in Florence and Rome, I am delighted to announce the winners for all sections, huge congratulations to you! M. Cecilia Sao Thiago, Helen Breznik, Adelino Marques, Frederic Deschenes, Juta Jazz, Paula Broom, Roger Guetta, Amo Passicos and Jane Schultz.

The exhibition will be held inside the ancient medieval cloister of the Church of Santo Stefano al Ponte – Florence – Italy from 5 April to 19 April 2018. The Rome Exhibition will take place between 11 May – 12 May 2018.

Many thanks to Andrea Bigiarni for bringing this experience to life!

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Celebrating the power of SmartPhone Photography – Reveal the Real You!

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Last night I was entertained with all my favourite things, smartphone photography, photographers, artists, galleries of art, fine food and not least, plentiful champagne. I was invited to an exclusive event showcasing images of the Reveal the Real You winners in association with Dazed magazine (founded by Rankin and Jefferson Hack), Huawei and Leica.

The event was organised by a wonderful team, many of whom I have known from many years ago, when I was editing print photography titles, it was so good to catch up and also to meet new friends.

I interviewed the photographers, Anthony Shintai Amao, Sahvannah Amaka and Kat Collings, who each won a £10k bursary to donate to community causes that inspired them within London.

We were further entertained with live performances from Break Mission, Shoreditch Youth Dance, London Jazz Ensemble and a DJ set from Rines FM’s Emerald Rose Lewis as well as Radio 1.

This gallery is now open to the public (from today) until Sunday 11 March – if you’re in the area, I urge you to go and visit. The address is: Top Office Machines, 133-135 Bethnal Green Road, London, E2 7DG. You will be able to view all the imagery gracing the walls from the above photographers.

This Saturday 10 March between 12 noon and 5 pm, the gallery will also be running a portrait photography studio in collaboration with The Photocopy Club. Visitors to the gallery will be invited to have their portrait taken on a Huawei P10 in the studio, which will then be printed out and added to a wall in the gallery as part of a growing art exhibition. Each participant will get their own black & white Xerox portrait to take away with them, and at the end of the day all the portraits will be made in to a zine.

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Mobile Photo Festival with mObgraphia – Free to Enter in Six Categories

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I am proud to be a member of the Jury for this fabulous Mobile Photography Festival, the largest festival of its kind in Latin America. It is free to enter into six categories and the essay category will offer a reduced fee. The Festival with exhibit for 45 days in the Museu de Imagem e do Som – MIS Sp in Brazil.

International jurors include:

Adriana Zehbrauskas NYT and Hikari Creative

Andrea Bigiarini The New Era Museum

Daniel Berman Mobile Photo Awards

Joanne Carter TheAppWhisperer.com

Manuela Matos Monteiro MIRA MOBILE PRIZE

More details to follow…

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