Saturday, January 30, 2010
In January 1955, I was in Paso, Texas, working on a story about a young couple. He was in the army and they lived modestly off base. She was pregnant and in the post WWII world an army career seemed secure and stable. I don’t know how I found them, but they were amenable to my tagging along and photographing their life. I was working for a revived SEE Magazine under two excellent editors, Norman Lobsenz and Marvin Albert. The idea was to give LOOK some competition and LIFE a nudge with some excellent photographic essays. I was staying with my friends, Ralph & Bronia Lowenstein. Ralph later became the Dean of Journalism at Florida State Univ.
Anyway, I had difficulty concentrating on the shoot because I was thinking about Elaine Sernovitz, an amazing woman writer who was then working at the United Nations. Just before leaving New York she told me not to bother calling her when I got back. As she has learned subsequently, I don’t listen, and with Ralph’s permission made a long distance call to New York and asked her to marry me. I was surprised and very happy when she said “yes.”
We decided to rendezvous in New Orleans and have a simple ceremony. Visits to the families in Milwaukee and Boston would come later. To compress the following events, I drove my Volkswagen all the way across Texas, at a steady speed of 58mph (the maximum), picked up my watch at a hock shop in Corpus Christi and arrived in New Orleans where I stayed with my cousin Henry Freidman who was a tourist guide in the Old Quarter.
I had a message waiting for me from Lynn Marret, my agent in New York. Marvin and Norman had been fired, she had rushed over to their office with a bottle of Scotch and managed to get a check cut for money owed (The good old days!). Then, to modify the pain she told me that she had gotten me an assignment to photograph Bourbon Street, New Orleans, for a high end startup men’s magazine that was going to compete with Esquire.
I called Elaine with the bad news/good news and I think she saw me wobbling on the marriage idea. I assured her that I wasn’t. When the money arrived from Lynn in New York, I bought the wedding rings, and film for the Bourbon Street shoot. With the help of my cousin, Henry, “Sure you can shoot the strippers; shoot whatever you want. I know everybody on the street.” I shot for three days and developed the film in the bathroom of the motel where I had moved. Each morning I would cut the negs and put them in a proof printing frame on my doorstep using POP (Printing out paper.) No developer necessary. They were like the red proofs you got from portrait studios in the 1950’s. I captioned, quickly got them out of the light and into and envelope and mailed them to New York. Shortly after the last batch arrived in New York, Lynn sent me a telegram saying the shoot was rejected and they were giving me a $100 kill fee. What news!!-- Just before our wedding!
Years later “Woman at the Bar” was taken into the collection of MOMA and ICP. Chelo was included in Bill Ewing’s book “The Body” (Thames & Hudson, 1994). The entire essay was the subject of my book “Bourbon Street New Orleans 1955” published by Les Editions du Passage, Montreal, 2006. Of course that didn’t help us then. Freelance people are survivors. We survived and after 55 years have four children and nine grandchildren.
So help us celebrate and I will help you. On Feb 3, 2010 all prints from my Bourbon Street essay will be 55% off. I have notified all my dealers of this one day event.
Stephen Bulger Gallery, Toronto
Galerie d’Este, Montreal
A Gallery of Fine Photography, New Orleans
John Cleary Gallery, Houston
Kowasa Gallery, Barcelona
Fahey Klein Gallery, Los Angeles
Staley Wise Gallery, New York
Michael Hoppen Gallery, London
Take a look: george.zimbel.com/collections/bourbon street
The exhibition will run from January 30th until March 6th, and is curated with James Salomon.
For more information, please go to LESLIE TONKONOW Artworks + Projects at
Friday, January 29, 2010
Leah Sandals and Jeff Thomas:
"Toys may be for children, but their portrayal in the photographs of Jeff Thomas is far from child's play. Currently, the Ottawa artist's acclaimed images of native-themed figurines are getting a viewing at Calgary's Glenbow Museum. Now, he talks to Leah Sandals about the ways tiny dolls can address huge histories.
Q Your images of First Nations figurines are memorable. Where do they come from?
A In 1992, I took a road trip across the U.S. The motto for that year was "Columbus: Discoverer of the New World," and I was interested in what the new world is, and for whom. I also wanted to photograph an Indian man in South Dakota who posed in tribal costume for tourists. But when I found the man, I didn't photograph him; I felt embarrassed about it.
When I returned to Ottawa, someone told me about the Champlain monument and the Indian scout that used to be at its base. From that point on, I started searching for Indian figures in the landscape; I wanted to play on the idea of the "vanishing Indian" that way.
One thing led to another, and in 1999, Ali Kazimi made a film about my work. Ali started the film by holding up a plastic cowboy and a plastic Indian. After the film premiered, he gave me the figures and said I'd probably find something interesting to do with them. So I went for a walk in Ottawa, and posed them in the landscape; that was the beginning of the series."
For the full interview, please follow the link:
The Glenbow Museum in Calgary: www.glenbow.org
Dir. Jean-Marc Vallée (CA, 2005) 127 mins
It's a story of two love affairs. A father's love for his five sons. And one son's love for his father, a love so strong it compels him to live a lie. That son is Zac Beaulieu, born on the 25th of December 1960, different from all his brothers, but desperate to fit in. During the next 20 years, life takes Zac on a surprising and unexpected journey that ultimately leads him to accept his true nature and, even more importantly, leads his father to love him for who he really is. A mystical fable about a modern-day Christ-like figure, "C.R.A.Z.Y" exudes the beauty, the poetry and the madness of the human spirit in all its contradictions.
Wednesday, January 27, 2010
February 4 to March 6, 2009
Opening Reception: Thursday, February 4, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Dominion Street brings together an extensive body of work by emerging Moncton-based photographer Jaret Belliveau. Documenting his family over the course of five years, Belliveau originally focused on daily life until his mother was diagnosed with cancer. The images that developed out the experience convey the internal workings of a family’s struggle with illness and ultimately life after personal trauma. Included alongside Belliveau’s striking colour documentary portraits is a collection of old found family photographs. This juxtaposition of two forms of the autobiographical image highlights the slippery relationship between the vernacular and the documentary.
Alongside Belliveau’s documentary practice his publications include editorial work for The Sunday Times magazine; The Saturday Telegraph magazine; The Walrus magazine; Maclean’s magazine and The Globe and Mail. In 2005 Belliveau was selected by the Musee de L’Elysee for an exhibition entitled reGeneration: 50 Photographers of Tomorrow and has published images with the Magenta Foundation. Belliveau is currently editing his first feature length documentary film. He is represented by Stephen Bulger Gallery in Toronto.
Copyright Jaret Belliveau courtesy of Stephen Bulger Gallery.
56 Ossington Avenue
Toronto, ON. M6J 2Y7
Monday, January 25, 2010
Saturday, January 23, 2010
January 16-March 14, 2010
Opening Reception: Saturday, January 16 at 2:30 pm
CAMBRIDGE GALLERIES PRESTON
435 King Street East
"Reliable" marks Fausta Facciponte's second solo exhibition of large format photographic close-ups of doll's faces. The artist uses digital photography as a means of reclaiming these common childhood playthings, many of which have been found second-hand or purchased on eBay. Each image has been constructed out of dozens of individual photos that have been digitally stitched together to capture the fine detail of each doll's expression, their individual quirks and personalities. At first glance these images appear cheerful and bright, but they also call to mind historical mourning and memorial photographs, which often focused on children as their subject.
For more information, please visit:
Reception: Friday, February 5th, 7pm
Runs - 6th February – 5th March 2010
Artist talk - Saturday 6th February , 2pm
6 live performances, limited seating per show, booking is essential!
"Local favourite, Sarah Anne Johnson, artist of international acclaim and 2008 Grange Prize winner to debut new work at aceartinc.
Dancing with The Doctor is a continuation of House on Fire, which examined the medical abuse suffered by Johnson's grandmother, Val Orlikow, in CIA-funded experiments.
This choreographed installation is a significant departure for Johnson- it includes her first performance work and the results are as extraordinary as they are moving. Few contemporary artists would take this risk in their practice and the vein tingling excitement she has engendered make this is an absolute must-see. Winnipeg has an art coup on its hands.
The exhibition features life-sized stage sets based on rooms from the original dollhouse in House on Fire. Contemporary dancers, (Ming Hon, Holly Treddenick and Tanja Woloshen,) dressed in costumes also designed by Johnson, perform on the sets, embodying the women haunted by a CIA Doctor’s dreadful experiments."
Performance Times are:
Saturday, Feb. 6 - 7pm
Sunday, Feb. 7 - 2pm
Friday, Feb. 12 - 7pm
Saturday, Feb. 13 - 7pm
Sunday, Feb. 14 - 2pm
For more information please visit:
Durham Art Gallery
251 George Street E, Durham ON
23 January – 21 March 2010
Opening Reception: Saturday January 23, 2010 2 - 4 pm
For more information please visit Akimbo at:
or contact the gallery at 519-369-3692 or firstname.lastname@example.org
GOIN’ DOWN THE ROAD
Dir. Donald Shebib (CA, 1970) 90 mins
Goin' Down the Road chronicles the lives of two young men from the Maritimes who move to Toronto in order to find a better life. It starred Doug McGrath, Paul Bradley, Jayne Eastwood and Cayle Chernin. Despite a lack of production expense, it is generally regarded as one of the best and most influential Canadian films of all time and has received considerable critical acclaim for its true-to-life performances. In 2002, readers of Playback (magazine) voted it the 5th greatest Canadian film of all-time.
The story is about desolation, as two friends Pete and Joey travel from Nova Scotia to Toronto in hope of finding a better life. When the prestigious jobs they expected do not materialize, they are forced to work in menial, low-paying jobs in a bottle factory and a carwash. Joey gets a waitress pregnant, marries her and moves into a dream apartment with furniture on borrowed money. Meanwhile, Pete has higher ambitions which also go unrewarded. When their seasonal jobs disappear, they are forced to move in together. Desperate, they decide to rob a Loblaws grocery store at Christmas. After botching this job too, they decide, in desperation, to head west.
Wednesday, January 20, 2010
Hitting the mark at the Durham Art Gallery (251 George Street East, Durham) Anthony Koutras and the other Fine Art Graduate and doctoral students in Art History & Visual Culture at York University will be producing a dress rehearsal for their upcoming thesis work from January 23 to March 14, 2010. In collaboration with AGYU Assistant Curator Suzanne Carte-Blanchenot, the exhibition will be a “test site” for new ideas, projects, and exchanges between the players.
23 January - 21 March 2010
Opening Reception: Saturday January 23rd, 2010
For more information or directions please contact the Durham Art Gallery at 519.369.3692 or email@example.com.
Saturday, January 16, 2010
The Dog and the Wolf is Letinsky’s newest series of photographs. The title is from Aesop’s Fable of the same name, but also refers to the French phrase L'heure entre chien et loup -- the time between dog and wolf is seen when dusk becomes night. This is a mysterious time when day and night exist together, when a dog is no longer a dog but not fully a wolf. Exploring this concept, Letinsky is now photographing in twilight as opposed to the morning light that permeated her earlier work. The subject matter of her recent still life photographs mirrors the darker lighting and mood with a grotesque beauty. Dead hares, birds, and even an octopus more typical of this historical genre share the stage with lollipops, candy canes, and half-eaten fruit from the artist’s own daily life.
For the full press release, please go to www.moniquemeloche.com
Opening reception is Saturday, January 16th, 4-7pm
2154 W. Division
Chicago IL 60622
Friday, January 15, 2010
Dir. Nick Cassavetes (USA, 2004, 124 mins)
The Notebook, an epic love story centered around an older man who regularly visits an invalid woman. He reads to her from a faded notebook, and though her memory diminishes with each day, the old man's words bring to life the story about a couple who is separated by World War II, and is then passionately reunited, seven years later, after they have taken different paths. His words give her the chance to relive her turbulent youth and the unforgettable love they shared.
As teenagers, Allie (Rachel McAdams) and Noah (Ryan Gosling) begin a whirlwind courtship that soon blossoms into tender intimacy. The young couple is separated by Allie's upper-class parents who insist that Noah isn't right for her. Several years pass, and, when they meet again, their passion is rekindled, forcing Allie to choose between her soul mate and her new fiancé who represents her class order. This beautiful tale has a particularly special meaning to an older gentleman (James Garner) who regularly reads the timeless love story to his aging companion (Gena Rowlands).
Wednesday, January 13, 2010
Copyright Robert Bourdeau
Robert Bourdeau's new book "Robert Bourdeau The Station Point" will be released during the spring of 2011. MaryAnn Camilleri, president of the Magenta Foundation, and publisher of this new book, writes:
"Taken over the past three decades throughout Europe and North America, these photographs are of age-old landscapes, historical treasures of architecture nestled in the countryside and rusting industrial sites reclaimed by nature. Bourdeau is deeply interested in how certain structures lose their identity and take on other feelings and ambiguities, and at other times become guardians or sentinels of physical and emotional space. He is also fascinated by the dark mysticism of mediaeval architecture and by brooding landscapes, the exactness of his photography disclosing the hidden geometry of nature.
Trained as an architect, Bourdeau (born 1931) was lured to photography by leafing through an issue of Aperture. This led to a crucial encounter with Minor White in 1958, and a spiritual, decade-long apprenticeship. The tie with the school that emerged from Camera Work was further enhanced by Bourdeau’s connection with Paul Strand in the late 1960s.Working with a large-format view camera, Bourdeau favours long exposures. Most of his photographs are contact printed, either from an 11-by-14-inch or an8-by-10-inch negative, a method that allows for a minimal loss of definition in reproduction. Bourdeau has exhibited internationally since 1967.His work is in the collections of the Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; the Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC; the Museum of Contemporary Art and The Renaissance Society, Chicago; the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; the Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto; the National Gallery of Canada and the Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography, Ottawa."
Robert Bourdeau The Station Point
Texts by Bill Ewing, Sophie Hackett & Ann Thomas
Price: ca$60.00 / us$60.00
Distributed Spring 2011
Tuesday, January 12, 2010
On Wednesday January 20th, at 6:30 pm, the Textile Museum of Canada is presenting a talk with Daniel Tanenbaum, son of collectors Carole and Howard Tanenbaum. Daniel will use examples from his own collection of vintage and modern daguerreotypes to talk about the art of collecting and the collector’s eye in “Collecting Daguerreotypes with Daniel Tanenbaum.”
"Collecting Daguerreotypes with Daniel Tanenbaum"
The Textile Museum of Canada
Saturday, January 9, 2010
Liquid of Rain and Rivers
On view December 5th, 2009 to April 11th, 2010
Opening reception on Sunday January 31st, from 2 to 4pm.
Art Gallery of Hamilton
123 King Street West
Hamilton ON L8P 4S8
Friday, January 8, 2010
Goings On About Town
January 4th, 2010
ALEX WEBB AND REBECCA NORRIS WEBB
This married couple shows color photographs from several trips to Cuba that emphasize the easy compatibility of their distinct visual styles. Alex usually takes a broad view of streetscapes complicated by shadows, reflections, and arrested movement; he has a filmmaker’s ability to find the skewed but perfect balance in a scene that threatens to spin out of control. Rebecca tends to focus on details, framing intriguing still-lifes and capturing marvellous shots of birds, including a pigeon that appears to be flying away from a freshly laid egg. Both Webbs use color like the Fauves—in hot, vibrant swatches and pungent accents. The results are the opposite of tourist views: pictures that are generated and animated by their subjects, never imposed on them. Through Jan. 2. (Ricco/Maresca, 529 W. 20th St. 212-627-4819.)
To find out what else is happening in New York, please follow the link:
Thursday, January 7, 2010
Published On Thu Jan 07 2010
After the madness of the holidays, early January tends to be a quiet month on both the gallery and shopping scenes. This week's launch of First Thursdays on West Queen West aims to change that. About 35 of the district's art galleries, shops and restaurants will stay open until 10 p.m. for the new monthly event.
As part of Thursday's festivities, the recently opened Toronto Institute for the Enjoyment of Music (821 Queen St. W.) will present two free musical performances. Over at Camera (1026 Queen), the Stephen Bulger Gallery is hosting a free film screening of The Queen. And women's wear boutique Magpie Designs (884 Queen) will present live music. "In the dreary months of winter, it's nice to have something fun going on," says Magpie co-owner and co-designer Cathy McDayter.
By staying open later, boutique and gallery owners hope to attract not only the after-dinner crowd, but new customers whose schedules prevent them from visiting during regular business hours. Participating stores are offering First Thursdays sales, which shoppers can access by downloading a savings "passport."
While First Thursdays are organized by the local Business Improvement Area, tonight's event isn't just about boosting business.
"It's an invitation to come see our area," says Tao Drayton, owner of vintage clothing shop Cabaret. "It's about a neighbourhood, not just the businesses, but the people, the artists and the community that lives and works down here."
At least two art galleries will host openings Thursday from 6 to 9. Angell Gallery (890 Queen) will unveil work by Calgary-based artist Bradley Harms. Scheduling the opening for First Thursdays lets the gallery "broaden our audience," says owner Jamie Angell.
At Lausberg Contemporary (880 Queen), visitors can meet German artist Jürgen Paas at the opening of his show, "In the Presence of an Original."
For art lovers – and those slightly intimidated by art galleries – arts journalist Betty Ann Jordan will lead an art walk. Kicking off at 6:30 p.m. at the Edward Day Gallery (952 Queen), where artist Doug Guildford will be present, Jordan's tour will visit five galleries and a restaurant (Oddfellows), introduce participants to artists and end with hot chocolate at the Drake Hotel. Complimentary "wine and nibbles" are promised.
The art and design walk is just the beginning, Jordan says. "Our hope is in upcoming months that we will expand the walks to three theme tours. One will be art and design. Another will be music and spoken word and the third will be food and drink."
As for First Thursdays, "it's a work in progress," Jordan says. "It's just going to get better and better."
More info at www.westqueenwest.ca
Murray Whyte from the Star writes about his top 5 shows for 2009, including Sarah Ann Johnson's exhibition at the AGO titled "House on Fire".
House on Fire: Sarah Anne Johnson at the AGO
Johnson--vines-2 I'm pretty hard on the AGO, as anyone who's ever so much as skimmed anything I've done on ye olde institution would know; but this one, simply, hit it out of the park. Johnson, a thirtysomething artist from Winnipeg, often combines homespun photographic manipulations -- images purposefully crudely retouched by hand, drawn or scribbled on -- with eerily primitivistic, archetypal-seeming sculpture, detailing a dark inner mythology of her own making. For House on Fire, which the AGO smartly acquired, Johnson's subject was not mythology, but a dark episode in her family history; her grandmother was one of the unfortunate few who was an unwitting subject of pharmacological mind-control experiments surreptitiously conducted by the CIA on patients at the Allen Memorial Institute at McGill University, Montreal.
The resulting work occupies a space somewhere between darkly fantastical, half-remembered nightmare and a chilling reality almost too brutal to be believed (above is a photograph Johnson has re-imagined, of herself and her sister being held by her grandmother, as children; the encircling vines growing from the tortured woman's figures speak of a permanent, inexorcizable haunting). Personal, affecting and thoroughly worked through -- Johnson's pieces, both photographic and sculptural, carry a tragic personal weight with their perfectly rendered, hand-made qualities -- House on Fire is exactly what the AGO should be doing.
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TORONTO’S MONTHLY CULTURAL CRAWL
Come Out and See "The Queen" on West Queen West!
For more information on First Thursdays and the WEST QUEEN WEST Art + Design District – Bathurst to Gladstone
Tuesday, January 5, 2010
FIRST THURSDAY on WEST QUEEN WEST
TORONTO’S MONTHLY CULTURAL CRAWL
Come Out and See "The Queen" on West Queen West!
Dir. Stephen Frears (UK: 2006) 103 mins
It’s 1997 and Diana the 'People's Princess' has died in a car accident in Paris. The Queen Elizabeth II, played by Helen Mirren, and her family decide that it is best if they remain hidden behind the closed doors of the Balmoral Castle. The heartbroken public does not understand and request that the Queen confronts her people. This also puts pressure on newly elected Tony Blair, played by Michael Sheen, who constantly tries to convince the monarchy to publicly address the tragedy.
For more information on First Thursdays and the WEST QUEEN WEST Art + Design District – Bathurst to Gladstone