Friday, February 28, 2014

Saturday March 1st marks the first day of Sarah Anne Johnson’s new exhibition, and it marks the last day for Josh Morden to serve as our Preparator, a post he ably managed through thick and thin for these past three years. He arrived as an intern, then was hired as Registrar, a position he held until returning for his Post Graduate Studies at OCADU. Soon after completing those studies, he returned to the gallery as Preparator and is now set to concentrate on his woodworking skills. We wish him every success and look forward to remaining in touch with Josh.

After a search that yielded many fine candidates, we are happy to announce that Scott Poborsa has agreed to join us and fill the vacancy left by Josh.

Best regards,
Stephen

REMINDER! Gallery Artist Phil Bergerson Lecture at Ryerson University TODAY!

Bergerson will be giving a lecture on his new book American Artifacts.  The lecture will take place at Ryerson University on February 28th at 7:30pm.  Bergerson will be signing books before the lecture starting at 7pm.

Details
Date: Friday, February 28th, 2014
Book Signing: 7:00pm
Lecture: 7:30-9:00pm
Location: LIB-72, 350 Victoria Street, Ryerson University

Lecture is FREE and open to the public
Please arrive early for guaranteed seating

For more information: www.ryerson.ca/content/dam/ric/PDF/PhilBergerson-LecturePoster2.pdf

Phil Bergerson Artist Page: www.bulgergallery.com/dynamic/fr_artist.asp?ArtistID=11

Exhibition at RIC: www.ryerson.ca/ric/exhibitions/PhilBergerson.html

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Gallery Artist Larry Towell on CBC Radio

Towell was on CBC radio this morning discussing his recent trip to document the conflict in Kyiv, Ukraine. 

To listen to the interview: www.cbc.ca/thecurrent/popupaudio.html?clipIds=2439702590

For more information on Towell: www.cbc.ca/thecurrent/episode/2014/02/27/celebrated-photojournalist-larry-towell-on-photographing-the-revolution-in-kyiv/

Larry Towell Artist Page: www.bulgergallery.com/dynamic/fr_artist.asp?ArtistID=15

AIPAD Panel Discussions - April 12, 2014

Top curators, collectors, artists, critics, and gallerists will take part in AIPAD Panel Discussions during the run of The AIPAD Photography Show New York on Saturday, April 12. Please note the location is at Hunter College (one block from the Park Avenue Armory on the corner of East 68th Street and Lexington Avenue).

10 a.m. - The Deciders: Curating Photography
Prominent curators from major U.S. and international museums talk about their methodology and how the growing demand for photography exhibitions has influenced their decisions.

Speakers: Corey Keller, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Nissan Perez, Shpilman Institute for Photography, Tel Aviv; Jeff Rosenheim, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Johan Sjöström, Gothenburg Museum of Art, Sweden

Moderator: Lyle Rexer, faculty member, School of Visual Arts, New York; curator, critic

12 noon - LGBTQ/Photography
Photography is no stranger to campaigns for social awareness and change. This panel discusses photography’s role in serving LGBTQ visibility and equality.

Speakers: Philip Gefter, author and critic; K8 Hardy, artist

Moderator: Chris Boot, executive director, Aperture Foundation, New York

2 p.m. - Perspectives on Collecting
Collectors discuss the current photography market and what motivates them to continue to build their collections.

Speakers: Fred and Laura Ruth Bidwell, Cleveland; Michael and Elizabeth Marcus, Boston; Artur Walther, New York

Moderator: Loring Knoblauch, founder and publisher, Collector Daily

4 p.m. - Film: Everybody Street
The filmmaker Cheryl Dunn screens her latest documentary, Everybody Street, featuring Bruce Davidson, Elliott Erwitt, Joel Meyerowitz, and Mary Ellen Mark, among others. A Q+A will be held with director Cheryl Dunn and selected artists after the screening.

Speakers: Jill Freedman, artist; Max Kozloff, writer and artist; Jeff Mermelstein, artist

Moderator: Cheryl Dunn, filmmaker

Ticket Information
Tickets are $10 per person, per session, and will be available for purchase at the Park Avenue Armory (643 Park Avenue at East 67th Street) during Show hours (Thursday, April 10 through Saturday, April 12, as available). Tickets are limited and sold on a first-come, first-served basis.

Tickets will not be sold on-site at Hunter College. We encourage you to purchase tickets before Saturday, April 12.

Location
AIPAD Panel Discussions will be held in the Hunter West Building at Hunter College. The entrance to the Hunter West Building is located on the corner of East 68th Street and Lexington Avenue, just one block from the Park Avenue Armory. Enter through the West Lobby and proceed to the sixth floor, room HW 615.

The 6 train stops directly under Hunter College at the 68th Street station. There is an entrance to the Hunter West Building in the subway station.

For more information: www.aipad.com/?page=paneldiscussions

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Gallery Artist Larry Towell on CBC Radio Tomorrow Morning

An interview with Larry Towell will be on the CBC morning program The Current with Anna Maria Tremonti between 8:30am -10am tomorrow morning.  Be sure to tune in!

For more information: www.cbc.ca/thecurrent/

Larry Towell Artist Page: www.bulgergallery.com/dynamic/fr_artist.asp?ArtistID=15

FREE SATURDAY SCREENING at CAMERA


 March 1, 3:00pm

A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE

Dir Elia Kazan (USA: 1951), 122 min.

A film adaptation of the 1947 play of the same name, A Streetcar Named Desire is a romantic drama about Blanche DuBois, a neurotic women seeking someplace in the world to call her own.  The film is set in the French Quarter of New Orleans during the years following the Second World War.  It was the first film to win three out of four acting categories at the Academy Awards, including best actress, best supporting actor and best supporting actress.

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Lutz Dille Film Screening

The gallery is pleased to invite you to a screening that will feature Lutz Dille’s films.

Date & Time: Wednesday, March 5, 2014, 6:30pm – 9pm. The screening will start at 7pm, with a reception to follow.
Location: Stephen Bulger Gallery, 1026 Queen Street West
Reservations: Seating is limited. To reserve your seat please contact the Stephen Bulger Gallery at 416.504.0575 or info@bulgergallery.com.

Untitled, Toronto, 1960
In conjunction with the exhibition Lutz Dille’s Toronto: Photographs of Our Recent Past at the University of Toronto Art Centre, the Stephen Bulger Gallery will be showing a series of films by the featured photographer and filmmaker.

Untitled, Toronto, 1957

The solo exhibition showcases a collection of black-and-white prints that capture moving, everyday moments in the streets of Toronto during the 1950s and 60s. Lutz Dille favoured photographing street life because that is where he felt people were most themselves and where candid honesty could be identified. Dille’s film work – a collection of short documentary style shots and still images mixed to an eccentric soundtrack – also holds that proposition, while revealing the artist’s witty and peculiar sense of humour.

Lutz Dille: Film Screening
Runtime:
Approximately 33 minutes

Over the Fence
(Canada), 6:36

Disillusion
(Canada: 1975), 5:17

Untitled
(Canada), 1:22

Limbo
(Canada), 3:53

Johan Strauss Was Here Too
(Canada: late 1960s), 14:07


http://www.utac.utoronto.ca/

Saturday, February 22, 2014

REMINDER! FREE SATURDAY SCREENING at CAMERA

February 22, 3:00PM

KING KONG
Dir. Merian C. Cooper and Ernest B. Schoedsack (USA: 1933), 100 min

Introducing this stop motion classic, an American film crew sets out to an exotic location, taking a chance on an unknown actress as their leading lady. Upon their arrival, Ann finds herself to be the main affection for the islands’ infamous giant ape that will do anything to keep her from harm. Deemed as “culturally, historically and aesthetically significant”, the film has been named one of the top 50 American films.

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Save The Date! PGH Photo Fair












We are pleased to announce our participation in the 3rd edition of PGH Photo Fair.  The fair takes place at the Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh from May 17th-18th, 2014.  The fair will host twelve internationally known dealers to exhibit museum-quality prints and photo-based art spanning the history of the medium, from nineteenth-century vintage prints to contemporary photography, as well as photographic books and photo-based magazines.

For more information: www.pghphotofair.com

REMINDER! Gallery Artist Phil Bergerson Lecture at Ryerson University

Bergerson will be giving a lecture on his new book American Artifacts.  The lecture will take place at Ryerson University on February 28th at 7:30pm.  Bergerson will be signing books before the lecture starting at 7pm.

Details
Date: Friday, February 28th, 2014
Book Signing: 7:00pm
Lecture: 7:30-9:00pm
Location: LIB-72, 350 Victoria Street, Ryerson University

Lecture is FREE and open to the public
Please arrive early for guaranteed seating

For more information: www.ryerson.ca/content/dam/ric/PDF/PhilBergerson-LecturePoster2.pdf

Phil Bergerson Artist Page: www.bulgergallery.com/dynamic/fr_artist.asp?ArtistID=11

Exhibition at RIC: www.ryerson.ca/ric/exhibitions/PhilBergerson.html

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Next Exhibition - Sarah Anne Johnson: Wonderlust - Opening March 1

We are pleased to announce our fourth solo exhibition of work by Sarah Anne Johnson, which addresses the psychology and physicality of intimacy.

SARAH ANNE JOHNSON
Wonderlust                           

Exhibition Dates: March 1 – March 29, 2014
Reception for the Artist: Saturday, March 1, 2-5pm

In “Wonderlust,” Johnson intends these photographs to “explore the internal world of sexual intimacy. To show what it looks and feels like. Some of these images represent desires for romance, ecstasy and emotional connection, while others depict boredom, self doubt and personal disappointment.” The impetus of this project was Johnson’s desire to tackle a new and challenging subject. Although intimacy was not commonly a topic of discussion in her own life, Johnson broached the theme with friends; some of whom became early subjects. They, and others, introduced her to people they knew who might consider posing. She travelled to several cities to photograph her subjects in their homes during the day. Johnson followed the lead of her subjects, initially photographing them in the nude, while some couples chose to engage in sexual activity, which she documented with their consent. She then worked with the resulting prints in her studio.

Scratches, 2013

Early into her practice Johnson was disappointed with how her photographs only conveyed part of the story. In her previous series “Tree Planting” and “The Galapagos Project,” in an effort to tell a larger truth, she constructed models and made elaborate sets that she would stage to represent something she was unable to otherwise photograph. Showing the documentary photographs alongside the fabricated photographs achieved her ambitions. As in her previous series, “Arctic Wonderland,” she uses the photograph as a base for manipulation to fabricate the image. Adding materials such as paints, re-touching inks and glitter, as well as incorporating burning, scratching and gouging, each photograph is a unique attempt to make visual what is felt physically and emotionally while in the warmth of intimacy or the throws of ecstasy.

Splatter Paint, 2013
 The interplay between the authenticity of the couples seen in their domestic surroundings and her manipulations of the photograph’s surface are sometimes raw, tender or ecstatic. These additions convey the wide range of physical and emotional experiences of intimacy and sex. They also serve to obscure the identities of her subjects and retain the privacy of these intimate moments; whether escapist, tantric, ridiculous, aggressive or lonely - each piece exposes a deeply personal moment. Johnson explores, critiques and celebrates lovemaking and sexuality as a whole. As an onlooker, we feel the tension between voyeurism, bashfulness and sentimentality.

Puzzle Pieces, 2013

In characteristic form, Johnson has conceived of this as a self contained project, as in “Tree Planting,” “The Galapagos Project,” “House on Fire” and most recently “Arctic Wonderland.” Johnson received her MFA from Yale University and a BFA from University of Manitoba. Her work is featured in numerous public collections including the Guggenheim Museum, NY; The Phillips Collection, Washington, DC; The National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, and The Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, each of which has extensive holdings of her work. She was prominently featured in the “Oh, Canada” show at Mass MOCA and she has recently received commissions from Louis Vuitton, the Winnipeg Art Gallery, and the Bank of Montreal.

Sparkles III, 2013

FREE Saturday Afternoon Screenings at CAMERA
3:00 PM


March 1
A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE
Dir Elia Kazan (USA: 1951), 122 min.

March 8
LIKE WATER FOR CHOCOLATE
Dir. Alfonso Arau (Mexico: 1992), 105 min.

March 15
THE PIANO
Dir. Jane Campion (Australian: 1993), 121 min.

March 22
AMÉLIE
Dir Jean-Pierre Jeunet (France: 2001), 122 min.

March 29
BEFORE SUNSET
Dir. Richard Linklater (USA: 2004), 80 min.

FREE SATURDAY SCREENING at CAMERA

February 22, 3:00PM

KING KONG
Dir. Merian C. Cooper and Ernest B. Schoedsack (USA: 1933), 100 min

Introducing this stop motion classic, an American film crew sets out to an exotic location, taking a chance on an unknown actress as their leading lady. Upon their arrival, Ann finds herself to be the main affection for the islands’ infamous giant ape that will do anything to keep her from harm. Deemed as “culturally, historically and aesthetically significant”, the film has been named one of the top 50 American films.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Interview of Gallery Artist Larry Towell on The Tyee



"Why Veteran Canadian Photojournalist Larry Towell Won't Ever Stop"

"He rarely touches Twitter or Facebook, doesn't own a cell phone and shoots mostly on film. And yet, midway through his seventh decade, Larry Towell remains one of the best and busiest photojournalists in the world. Towell, the first Canadian member of the world's most prestigious photo agency, Magnum Photos, recently took the time to tell J-Source photojournalism editor Mark Taylor how he got started, what he's working on now, and why he'll never stop..." - Mark Taylor, The Tyee

To read full interview: www.thetyee.ca/Mediacheck/2014/02/13/Larry-Towell-Photojournalist/

Larry Towell Artist Page: www.bulgergallery.com/dynamic/fr_artist.asp?ArtistID=15

Saturday, February 15, 2014

REMINDER! FREE SATURDAY SCREENING at CAMERA!

February 15, 3:00PM

CITIZEN KANE
Dir. Orson Welles (USA: 1941), 119 min.

This is the story of Charles Foster Kane. The film opens with a long shot of Xanadu - the private estate of Kane, one of the world's richest and most powerful men. In the middle of the estate is a castle. We see, inside the castle, a dying man examining a winter scene within a crystal ball. As he drops it, it smashes, and one word is heard - "Rosebud..." Pieces of newsreel-like footage detail how Kane amassed his fortune, turning full circle in the end.

Friday, February 14, 2014

Gallery Artist Phil Bergerson Lecture at Ryerson University

Bergerson will be giving a lecture on his new book American Artifacts.  The lecture will take place at Ryerson University on February 28th at 7:30pm.  Bergerson will be signing books before the lecture starting at 7pm.

Details
Date: Friday, February 28th, 2014
Book Signing: 7:00pm
Lecture: 7:30-9:00pm
Location: LIB-72, 350 Victoria Street, Ryerson University

Lecture is FREE and open to the public
Please arrive early for guaranteed seating

For more information: www.ryerson.ca/content/dam/ric/PDF/PhilBergerson-LecturePoster2.pdf

Phil Bergerson Artist Page: www.bulgergallery.com/dynamic/fr_artist.asp?ArtistID=11

Exhibition at RIC: www.ryerson.ca/ric/exhibitions/PhilBergerson.html

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Gallery Artist Cynthia Greig Article on Huffington Post



"Artist Transforms Ordinary Objects Into Ghostly,Two-Dimensional Versions Of Themselves"

"Many artists devote hefty amounts of time and energy to recreating three dimensional objects in a two-dimensional picture plane. Cynthia Greig does just the opposite...." - Huffington Post

To read full article: www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/02/08/cynthia-greig_n_4724382.html?utm_hp_ref=arts

Cynthia Greig Artist Page: www.bulgergallery.com/dynamic/fr_artist.asp?ArtistID=105

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

REMINDER! Peter Sramek Book Launch Tomorrow!

Please join us for the launch of Peter Sramek’s new book Piercing Time – Paris after Marville and Atget – 1865-2013.


Date: Thursday, February 13th, 6-9pm
Artist Talk: 6:30-7:30pm, “Rephotographing Marville's Paris: A Study of Urban Change.” RSVP as seating is limited. A public reception and book signing will follow.

Piercing Time presents Sramek’s rephotographic project which examines the archive of topographic photographs of Paris made by Charles Marville between 1865 and 1877, first under Georges Haussmann and then under the Third Republic. The book addresses photographic representation of urban history from a number of angles through essays by the artist and co-authors Min Kyung Lee and Shalini Le Gall. The book was released in October, 2013 by Intellect Press (UK) and is distributed by the University of Chicago Press. A major work by this established artist, it contains over 450 photographs and maps.

Rue de la Colombe, Ile de la Cité (Marville, 1865 and Sramek, 2009)
The collection juxtaposes Marville’s photographs with those made by Sramek in identifying and revisiting 184 locations to make contemporary rephotographs using a large format camera. The selection of sites was made through archival research in the Musée Carnavalet and follows a line through Paris as a metaphor of the linear avenue, archaeological slice and of the piercings through neighbourhoods which typified the Haussmann renovation of Paris in the 1860s. Images by Eugène Atget from the early 20th century of the same sites add a temporal and methodological layer to the discussion.

Rue Tirechape (Marville, 1865) disappeared with construction of Rue du Pont Neuf (Sramek, 2009)
It was Charles Marville's task to document in photographs what Georges Haussmann slated for demolition and in this illustrated lecture, Sramek talk will address our ambivalence in the face of urban change and the possible loss of heritage which accompanies it, as well as the role which photography has played in recording such change. He will discuss his process of researching and revisiting Marville's sites to discover changes of the past 150 years and what he learned from speaking with today's Parisians about how the city continues to change in some of its oldest neighborhoods.

For more information on Piercing Time, please visit: http://www.sramek.ca/marville

Peter Sramek studied photography at MIT under Minor White and has taught at the Ontario College of Art & Design University in Toronto since 1976 where he is currently Chair of Cross-Disciplinary Art Practices.

Sramek’s work incorporates silver photography, digital imaging, handmade books and video installation. His works are in many collections, notably the Musée Carnavalet (Paris), Toronto Archives, Art Gallery of Hamilton, National Library of Canada, the Allan Chasanoff Collection (NY) and MOMA (NY). Exhibitions of his rephotographic projects include the French Institute of Prague and Gallery 345 (Toronto). Recent group exhibitions include the Korean Cultural Centre, Beijing and the New Delhi Art Fair.

Sramek's black and white photography currently explores European historical sites, often incorporating rephotographic strategies, working from historical archives. Piercing Time: Paris after Marville and Atget 1865-2012 is based primarily on the Marville collection at the Musée Carnavalet and has been supported by a Google Research Award, as well as funding from OCAD University and the GRAND National Centres of Excellence Research Network.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

FREE SATURDAY SCREENING at CAMERA

February 15, 3:00PM

CITIZEN KANE
Dir. Orson Welles (USA: 1941), 119 min.

This is the story of Charles Foster Kane. The film opens with a long shot of Xanadu - the private estate of Kane, one of the world's richest and most powerful men. In the middle of the estate is a castle. We see, inside the castle, a dying man examining a winter scene within a crystal ball. As he drops it, it smashes, and one word is heard - "Rosebud..." Pieces of newsreel-like footage detail how Kane amassed his fortune, turning full circle in the end.

Group Exhibition in Calgary - Decade: Exposure Photography Festival's Retrospective Exhibit

Photographs by Sarah Anne Johnson, Alison Rossiter, Elaine Stocki and Larry Towell are included in the group exhibtion Decade: Exposure Photography Festival's Retrospective Exhibit.  The exhibition is at Christine Klassen Gallery in Calgary until March 1st.

Sarah Anne Johnson Artist Page: www.bulgergallery.com/dynamic/fr_artist.asp?ArtistID=72
Alison Rossiter Artist Page: www.bulgergallery.com/dynamic/fr_artist.asp?ArtistID=3
Elaine Stocki Artist Page: www.bulgergallery.com/dynamic/fr_artist.asp?ArtistID=180
Larry Towell Artist Page: www.bulgergallery.com/dynamic/fr_artist.asp?ArtistID=15

For more information: www.christineklassengallery.com


Sunday, February 9, 2014

Gallery Artist Alex Webb Interview on New York Times Lens Blog







"Alex Webb was a 23-year-old photographer in 1976 when he put his belongings in a New York darkroom and headed south in his beat-up Volvo, which doubled as his bedroom. His experiences led his meanderings, and he occasionally picked up assignments that financed his work..." - James Estrin, New York Times Lens

To read article: http://lens.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/02/07/alex-webb-looks-back-in-black-and-white/?_php=true&_type=blogs&_php=true&_type=blogs&_r=1&

Saturday, February 8, 2014

REMINDER! FREE SATURDAY SCREENING at CAMERA!

February 8,  3:00pm

AN AMERICAN IN PARIS
Dir. Vincente Minnelli (USA: 1951), 113 min.

After moving to Paris to pursue their artistic dreams, 3 friends find themselves in the company of women with different intentions. Drawn towards one in particular, problems arise when 2 of the friends fall in love with the same woman. Inspired by the 1928 orchestral composition by George Gershwin, main character Gene Kelly choreographed several dance numbers seen throughout the movie.

Friday, February 7, 2014

SNAP! Tickets Now on Sale!


 Don't miss Toronto's most exciting auction of contemporary photography taking place March 6th, 2014 at SNAP! Factory @ Andrew Richard Designs. Get your tickets today!

Funds raised at SNAP! help support vital AIDS Committee of Toronto programs and services. From 2012 to 2013, over 16,000 service users visited ACT for support, information, employment training and social interaction.

Go Even Further:
Consider our Adopt-A-Lot program! The Adopt-A-Lot program is a perfect opportunity to be associated with an exceptional piece of art while supporting ACT's important programs and services. 

By adopting-a-lot, you agree to sponsor a piece of art at the live auction through a matching donation. The piece will be auctioned to the highest bidder at the SNAP! Gala event, and you can be proud that you have helped us double the value of the work with your sponsorship. These much needed funds help us support those living with HIV/AIDS.

Click here to learn more about our Adopt-A-Lot program!

For more information: http://snap-toronto.com/gala-night/

Invitation to the Exclusive Preview of The AIPAD Photography Show New York

You're Invited to the Exclusive Preview of The AIPAD Photography Show New York to benefit Her Justice.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014
from 5 to 9 in the evening

The AIPAD Photography Show New York
Park Avenue Armory • Park Avenue at 67th Street

5 p.m. to 9 p.m. | $250
Includes entry for one person, one run-of-Show pass,
one copy of the AIPAD catalogue, open bar, hors d’oeuvres, and desserts.

7 p.m. to 9 p.m. | $100
Includes entry for one person, one single-day
Show pass, open bar, light hors d’oeuvres, and desserts.

Purchase your tickets online at gala.aipad.com.

Tickets will not be mailed in advance. You may pick up your tickets beginning at 4:00 p.m. EDT on Wednesday, April 9 at the Park Avenue Armory Will Call Desk. You also may purchase tickets at the door by credit card or cash only beginning at 4:00 p.m. EDT on Wednesday, April 9.

For more information: www.aipad.com/?page=PhotographyShow


Thursday, February 6, 2014

Stephen Bulger Gallery Featured in Article on The Culture Trip

Along with 9 other galleries in Toronto, Stephen Bulger Gallery was featured in the article Toronto's 10 Best Contemporary Art Galleries: Exploring Ontario's Visual Arts Scene.

To read full article: http://theculturetrip.com/north-america/canada/articles/toronto-s-10-best-contemporary-art-galleries-exploring-ontario-s-visual-arts-scene/?utm_source=emails&utm_medium=external&utm_campaign=050214canadaart

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

FREE SATURDAY SCREENING at CAMERA

February 8,  3:00pm

AN AMERICAN IN PARIS
Dir. Vincente Minnelli (USA: 1951), 113 min.

After moving to Paris to pursue their artistic dreams, 3 friends find themselves in the company of women with different intentions. Drawn towards one in particular, problems arise when 2 of the friends fall in love with the same woman. Inspired by the 1928 orchestral composition by George Gershwin, main character Gene Kelly choreographed several dance numbers seen throughout the movie.

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Great offers all February in West Queen West!

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Peter Sramek: Book Launch

Please join us for the launch of Peter Sramek’s new book Piercing Time – Paris after Marville and Atget – 1865-2013.



Date: Thursday, February 13th, 6-9pm
Artist Talk: 6:30-7:30pm, “Rephotographing Marville's Paris: A Study of Urban Change.” RSVP as seating is limited. A public reception and book signing will follow.

Piercing Time presents Sramek’s rephotographic project which examines the archive of topographic photographs of Paris made by Charles Marville between 1865 and 1877, first under Georges Haussmann and then under the Third Republic. The book addresses photographic representation of urban history from a number of angles through essays by the artist and co-authors Min Kyung Lee and Shalini Le Gall. The book was released in October, 2013 by Intellect Press (UK) and is distributed by the University of Chicago Press. A major work by this established artist, it contains over 450 photographs and maps.



Rue de la Colombe, Ile de la Cité (Marville, 1865 and Sramek, 2009)
The collection juxtaposes Marville’s photographs with those made by Sramek in identifying and revisiting 184 locations to make contemporary rephotographs using a large format camera. The selection of sites was made through archival research in the Musée Carnavalet and follows a line through Paris as a metaphor of the linear avenue, archaeological slice and of the piercings through neighbourhoods which typified the Haussmann renovation of Paris in the 1860s. Images by Eugène Atget from the early 20th century of the same sites add a temporal and methodological layer to the discussion.



Rue Tirechape (Marville, 1865) disappeared with construction of Rue du Pont Neuf (Sramek, 2009)
It was Charles Marville's task to document in photographs what Georges Haussmann slated for demolition and in this illustrated lecture, Sramek talk will address our ambivalence in the face of urban change and the possible loss of heritage which accompanies it, as well as the role which photography has played in recording such change. He will discuss his process of researching and revisiting Marville's sites to discover changes of the past 150 years and what he learned from speaking with today's Parisians about how the city continues to change in some of its oldest neighborhoods.

For more information on Piercing Time, please visit: http://www.sramek.ca/marville

Peter Sramek studied photography at MIT under Minor White and has taught at the Ontario College of Art & Design University in Toronto since 1976 where he is currently Chair of Cross-Disciplinary Art Practices.

Sramek’s work incorporates silver photography, digital imaging, handmade books and video installation. His works are in many collections, notably the Musée Carnavalet (Paris), Toronto Archives, Art Gallery of Hamilton, National Library of Canada, the Allan Chasanoff Collection (NY) and MOMA (NY). Exhibitions of his rephotographic projects include the French Institute of Prague and Gallery 345 (Toronto). Recent group exhibitions include the Korean Cultural Centre, Beijing and the New Delhi Art Fair.

Sramek's black and white photography currently explores European historical sites, often incorporating rephotographic strategies, working from historical archives. Piercing Time: Paris after Marville and Atget 1865-2012 is based primarily on the Marville collection at the Musée Carnavalet and has been supported by a Google Research Award, as well as funding from OCAD University and the GRAND National Centres of Excellence Research Network.

Monday, February 3, 2014

Employment Opportunity at Stephen Bulger Gallery - Preparator

We are looking for an experienced fine-art framer and jack-of –all-trades who is a team-player with a passion for the arts in general and photography in particular.

Job Title: Preparator
Salary: Commensurate with experience
Terms: Full-time (37.5 hrs/week); Tuesday to Saturday 10am-6pm, plus occasional evening availability.

Responsibilities:
-           Archival matting and framing of prints sold at the gallery and for exhibition
-           Preparing framing quotes for the Sales Manager
-           Installing exhibitions
-           Maintenance and ordering of framing, matting and shipping supplies
-           Inspecting incoming and outgoing inventory
-           Safe packaging of prints and books for shipping
-           Preparing shipping and customs paperwork
-           Assist with collections management
-           Support all computer systems and technology; including backing up digital
databases and fixing technical issues
-           Basic design and layout for in-house promotional materials
-           Gallery maintenance, including changing light bulbs, basic repairs, etc.

Skills Required:
-           At minimum, a basic knowledge of photographic processes and history
-           Previous matting and framing experience (minimum 1-2 years); ability to use a mat cutter
-           Comfortable working with delicate and irreplaceable prints
-           Previous experience installing exhibitions
-           Experience preparing shipping and customs paperwork
-           IT experience; the ability to troubleshoot and fix technical problems, install software and maintain computer networks
-           Ability to multi-task and meet strict and competing deadlines
-           Excellent organizational skills
-           Highly focussed, with great attention to detail
-           Self-directed, motivated and capable of working well with others in a small work environment
-           Familiarity with technical equipment (projectors, new media, etc.)
-           Proficiency with Microsoft Office, Photoshop and collection databases (Artsystems Gallery Pro, FileMaker Pro.)
-           Basic design skills
-           License to drive a vehicle and comfortable transporting art
-           Proficiency in a second language considered an asset

Application Process:

Please fax, email or mail your Cover Letter and Resume to Natalie Spagnol, Director of Operations, by Wednesday, February 5th, 4pm.  

If you are emailing your application, please quote “Preparator Application” in the subject line and attach your Cover Letter and Resume as a Word Document or PDF.

Please no phone calls or walk-in meetings.

Stephen Bulger Gallery
1026 Queen Street West
Toronto, ON
M6J 1H6
F 416.504.8929

We thank everyone who applies for their interest, but only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. All applications are considered confidential.

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Significant Collection of Robert Giard Photos Donated to the University of Toronto

TORONTO – The University of Toronto Art Centre is excited to announce the acquisition of a multi-year gift of 53 works of the famed American photographer, Robert Giard (1939-2002) donated by Jonathan Silin, Robert Giard’s partner of thirty years.

Giard first picked up a camera in 1972 and began photographing landscapes, portraits of friends, and the nude figure. By 1985, his passion for photography evolved into the creation of an extensive archive of American and Canadian gay and lesbian literary figures, both iconic and emerging: an ambitious project to celebrate queer histories and literature in the wake of the AIDS crisis.

Giard’s portraits have been described as a “transaction between the photographer and the writer.” Often captured in casual surroundings, the portraits are disarming in their unadorned, straightforward style.

Between 1985 and his death in 2002, Giard took nearly 600 black and white portraits of literary figures including the Canadians: Beth Brant, Richard Labonté, Nicole Brossard, Michael Lynch and Daryl Hine. These five pictures-- which were part of Jonathan Silin’s original 2010 donation of eight photographs -- were included in UTAC’s 2012 Just As You Are: Portraits by Robert Giard an exhibition supported in part by the Mark S. Bonham Centre for Sexual Diversity Studies.

“I believe it’s especially important that the Canadian authors included in Giard’s archive now have a home in Canada and in a university that celebrates Canadian literature. Students and researchers at SDS will have opportunities to see and work with the collection as part of their ongoing commitment to studying and exploring issues of identity, sexuality, and community and how they relate to questions of documentation, representation and aesthetics,” said SDS Associate Director Scott Rayter.

“The University of Toronto Art Centre is exceptionally fortunate to be able to share this collection and the legacy it represents with students, faculty and the public, through special research projects, exhibitions, and rotating displays,” adds UTAC Interim Director Barbara Fischer.

The University of Toronto has also recently acquired the nearly complete archive of Allen Ginsberg’s surviving photographs. Together the two archives – Girard and Ginsberg -- capture an extraordinary cultural history from the 1940s to the beginning of the 21st century.

The entire Giard archive is available at the UTAC Collections Online portal that can be accessed from the University of Toronto Art Centre’s homepage at www.utac.utoronto.ca.  You can also view a tour of the exhibition Just As You Are: Portraits by Robert Giard by following the Watch link on the UTAC website www.utac.utoronto.ca/watch.

For more information, please contact:
Maureen Smith | University of Toronto Art Centre | maureen.smith@utoronto.ca | 416-946-7089

Robert Giard Artist Page: www.bulgergallery.com/dynamic/fr_artist.asp?ArtistID=113

Saturday, February 1, 2014

REMINDER! FREE SATURDAY SCREENING at CAMERA

February 1, 3:00 PM

BANDE À PART [BAND OF OUTSIDERS]
Dir. Jean-Luc Godard (FRANCE: 1964), 95 min.

When Odile meets Franz in an English language class she shares information about a large sum of money in her village.  Franz tells his friend Arthur about this and they decide to plan a robbery.  The 3 of them, including a budding romance between Odile and Arthur, set off to steal the money.