Saturday, August 29, 2009
After over 6 years of dedicated service, most recently as Gallery Director, Sanaz Mazinani is leaving the gallery to pursue her MFA at Stanford University; a move we meet with mixed emotions. We are very excited for her and immensely proud that she was rewarded with a full scholarship, but she will be sorely missed by us all. In typical fashion, she gave us about 6 months notice, but did not want to make a big deal of her departure. I would like to say that I was very lucky to have her with us for as long as we did, have enjoyed watching her maturation and look forward to seeing her bright future unfold.
Josh Morden is also heading back to school. He has been accepted into the Masters program at OCAD but will be able to continue here on a part time basis. Natalie Spagnol is entering her 4th year with the gallery and has been promoted to Director of Operations, which better describes her key role at the gallery. Alex Holton continues as Preparator, but will also be taking over some registrar duties. Melissa Lavallee, our new Sales Assistant, is a most welcome addition to our team and I look forward to you meeting her soon. This would also be a good time to thank our two wonderful interns, Michelle O’Byrne and Joanna Foster.
In addition to staff changes, the gallery will be expanding into the CAMERA space. After 5 years at this location we have, again, been getting a little tight for space. This renovation will occur in stages over the next year or so, but the first step is to convert the southern section of CAMERA into my office and private meeting area. The bar, space around the fireplace and the theatre will remain the same and we will continue our popular film screenings that are free to the public each Saturday at 3pm. In about a year’s time we will reduce the size of the bar and make improvements to the middle section of both the gallery and CAMERA in order to have additional hanging space.
We have an exciting fall scheduled, with exhibitions of new work by Éliane Excoffier and Bertrand Carriére; lectures by Rosalind Solomon and Jock Sturges; our participation in the Toronto International Art Fair and we will soon announce the 2010 exhibition schedule that opens with a group show called “Oh Canada!”
Best regards, Stephen
Friday, August 28, 2009
By Rail Series
GOOD GUYS AND THE BAD GUYS
Dir. Burt Kennedy (USA, 1969) 91 mins
Retired Marshal Flagg hears that his old nemesis, the outlaw McKay, is back in town and planning a robbery. Flag sets out to hunt down McKay and is captured by McKay's gang. McKay is no longer the leader of the gang. A new leader, Waco, has taken over. Flagg persuades McKay that it is up to them to stop Waco and his gang from ravaging the town.
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
Opening the book on modern photography
By Melanie Abrams, August 13, 2009
Kertész’s photograph of his friend Sue Grayson Ford, taken at the Hertfordshire home of the sculptor Henry Moore in 1980. Kertész was “a warm and loving person”, she says.
With his Leica camera in hand, André Kertész wandered city streets, photographing people going about their daily lives. It helped him, he felt, come to terms with being an outsider, first as a Jew in early 20th-century Hungary, then as a émigré in Paris between the wars, and then in New York.
The images he created led many of his peers to regard him as the father of photojournalism, although it needed a Museum of Modern Art retrospective in New York in 1962 to re-establish his reputation. Even now, his name is less famous than those he influenced, such as Henri Cartier Bresson, who acknowledged his importance by claiming: “We all owe him a great deal.”
For the full article please click on the following link.
André Kertész: On Reading is at The Photographers’ Gallery, London W1 until October 4 (www.photonet.org.uk)
Friday, August 14, 2009
By Rail Series
HOW THE WEST WAS WON
Dirs. John Ford, Henry Hathaway and George Marshall (USA, 1963) 162 mins
How the West Was Won tells the tale of the development of the American west from the 1830s through the Civil War to the end of the century, as seen through the eyes of one pioneer family. The film is divided into three chapters – “The Civil War,” “The Railroad,” and “The River, the Plains, the Outlaws” – following four generations of the Prescott family, a spirited group of easterners who make a declaration to migrate west.
Thursday, August 13, 2009
Hitting the open road has long served as a useful way of renewing the mundane. And it’s precisely how Scott Conarroe created a contemplative, elegiac examination of the North American rail system in “By Rail,” his first solo exhibition at Toronto’s Stephen Bulger Gallery.
For the full interview, please click here.
The Harbourfront Centre will be launching a ten day festival this August to showcase the work of Canadian Aboriginal artists. Spanning across all mediums the festival’s guiding themes are Identity, Beyond Contact and Continuity. This festival aims to celebrate and honour the role of art in indigenous life. There will be lots going on from interactive performance pieces to food demonstrations and panel discussions.
One of the artists featured in the festival is Keesic Douglas an Ojibway artist from the Mnjikaning First Nation in central Ontario. The exhibition will feature video and still photography from his series The Vanishing Trace. Keesic Douglas work deals with the romanticisation of the “Indian” and the misrepresentation of aboriginl culture in our society. His video The Vanishing Trace won Best Short Documentary at the 2007 imagineNATIVE Film Festival in Toronto. Keesic Dougla's work will be shown at the York Quay Centre from July 27 - Sept. 13, 2009.
For more information visit the Harbourfront Centre’s website at
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
THE AIPAD PHOTOGRAPHY SHOW NEW YORK
AND ADDITION OF NEW MEMBER GALLERIES
August 2009 -- The Association of International Photography Art Dealers (AIPAD) has announced that The AIPAD Photography Show New York, one of the most important international photography events, will be held
Founded in 1979, AIPAD represents more than 120 of the world’s leading galleries in fine art photography. The organization is dedicated to creating and maintaining the highest standards of scholarship and ethical practice in the business of exhibiting, buying and selling fine art photography.
AIPAD has also announced the addition of eight new members to the non-profit organization, comprising the world’s leading photography art dealers. The new members are as follows:
Charles Guice Contemporary,
Higher Pictures, New York, NY, focusing on mid 20th century and contemporary work with an emphasis on historical revisionism in photography;
Monroe Gallery of Photography,
photography in addition to representing important modern and contemporary artists;
Photography at Quaritch, London, UK, known primarily for fine 19th and early 20th century photography by British and European photographers;
Rick Wester Fine Art,
“What’s interesting about these new AIPAD members is that they offer a wide range of specialties – from 19th century work to new media,” noted Stephen Bulger, President, Association of International Photography Art Dealers (AIPAD), and President, Stephen Bulger Gallery,
For information on AIPAD and the AIPAD Photography Show
Thursday, August 6, 2009
The Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies (CLAGS) at The Graduate Center, City University of New York is proud to announce the first winner of the $7,500 annual Robert Giard Memorial Fellowship to Sunil Gulati. This award is presented to an emerging, early or mid-career artist from any country working in photography, photo-based media, video, or moving image, including short-form film or video of no more than 30 minutes in length. This award will support a directed project, one that is new or continuing, that addresses issues of sexuality, gender, or LGBTQ identity in honor of Robert Giard, a portrait, landscape, and figure photographer whose work often focused on LGBTQ lives and issues.
The Robert Giard Fellowship was awarded in June 2009 for Sonali Gulati’s documentary film Out & About that focuses on the central question: "What do parents do when they find out that their child is gay?" Sonali Gulati is an Assistant Professor at
For more information on the 2010 Robert Giard Fellowship, please visit the CLAGS web site.
The deadline for 2010 is November 15th, 2009.