Saturday, January 31, 2015

Vivian Maier Story Featured In Chicago Tribune

"Nearly six years after amateur street photographer Vivian Maier died virtually penniless in Chicago, a largely behind-the-scenes struggle over the legal rights to her acclaimed work is playing out in her adopted hometown with huge repercussions for collectors and fans alike. [...] The controversy comes during what should be exciting times for fans of Maier's work. 'Finding Vivian Maier,' a documentary about the discovery of her work, has been nominated for an Academy Award, exposing her talent to a whole new audience.

[...]

 For Stephen Bulger, the opportunity to buy a big chunk of Maier's work was a dream come true. A longtime player in the thriving Toronto art scene, Bulger had already featured Goldstein's collection of Maier prints in two shows at his namesake gallery, both of which were wildly popular, he said. 'We've never had so many people come for an exhibition,' Bulger said in a telephone interview. 'Many of them were people who don't normally go to art galleries.'" - Jason Meisner for the Chicago Tribune

Read the full article here.

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January 31st at 3:200pm

THE FRENCH CONNECTON
Dir. William Friedkin (USA: 1971), 104 min.

Two New York City narcotics detectives follow leads to track down a smuggling job coming from Europe. Among many other awards, the film claimed an Academy Award for Best Picture, a Golden Globe Award, and a nomination for Best Cinematography.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Sarah Anne Johnson Mid-Career Survey Opening at CAM Raleigh

Please join gallery artist Sarah Anne Johnson for the opening reception of her Mid-Career Survey, Wonderland,  at CAM Raleigh in North Carolina. The reception will take place on Friday, February 6th at 6pm. 


For more information: http://camraleigh.org/sarah-anne-johnson-wonderland/

Sarah Anne Johnson Artist Page: www.bulgergallery.com

FREE SATURDAY SCREENING at CAMERA

January 31st at 3:200pm

THE FRENCH CONNECTON
Dir. William Friedkin (USA: 1971), 104 min.

Two New York City narcotics detectives follow leads to track down a smuggling job coming from Europe. Among many other awards, the film claimed an Academy Award for Best Picture, a Golden Globe Award, and a nomination for Best Cinematography.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Subway Exhibition Featured on Blog TO

"It'd be fair to say that we're transit-obsessed in Toronto. Perhaps it's because our commute takes up a disproportionate amount of time, and we just can't stop thinking about how bad we have. Or perhaps many of us are secret transit nerds who rejoice at the thought of fantasy subway maps and vintage photos of TTC vehicles. Whatever the reason, a new photography show at Stephen Bulger Gallery aims to capitalize on our subway obsession." - Derek Flack for Blog TO

Read the full article here and find out more about the exhibition on our website.

Saturday, January 24, 2015

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January 24th at 3:00pm

THE INCIDENT
Dir. Larry Peerce (USA: 1967), 107 min.

After run-ins with several passersby on the street, two men hold a New York City Subway train hostage. Brought together by an everyday necessity, the group ranges from elderly couples to soldiers who must share the experience of being terrorized at knifepoint.  

Friday, January 23, 2015

Cynthia Greig Exhibition Opening Tonight!

Please join gallery artist Cynthia Greig at her exhibition opening for Making Mischief tonight from 6-8pm. The show will be on view from January 23rd to March 7th at Center Galleries located at Center for Creative Studies in Detroit.

"Making Mischief features artists from Detroit, New York and Italy whose wry, provocative works scrutinize (and, in some cases, satirize) the settings, systems and behaviors unique to the art world." - Center Galleries

Location: Center Galleries, 301 Frederick Douglass Ave, Detroit
Cost: Free Admission

For more information: www.collegeforcreativestudies.edu

Cynthia Greig Artist Page: www.bulgergallery.com

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

FREE SATURDAY SCREENING at CAMERA

January 24th at 3:00pm

THE INCIDENT
Dir. Larry Peerce (USA: 1967), 107 min.

After run-ins with several passersby on the street, two men hold a New York City Subway train hostage. Brought together by an everyday necessity, the group ranges from elderly couples to soldiers who must share the experience of being terrorized at knifepoint.  

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Sunil Gupta Exhibition at Gallery at the Whitney

Gallery artist Sunil Gupta will be presenting his work, Queer Migrations: Family, Identity and Place, at Gallery at the Whitney in New Haven, Connecticut from February 5th to May 20th.

"In Queer Migrations: Family, Identity, and Place, Sunil Gupta explores issues of cultural displacement or transposition, investigating the theme of individual identity as it exists within the broader context of social mores and conventions. Two pivotal bodies of photographs, “Homelands” (2001-2003) and 'Mr. Malhotra’s Party' (2007-), are featured in the exhibit, which is presented in conjunction with a series of seminars throughout the Spring on South Asian Photographs entitled 'Across the Disciplines: The Uses of Visual Evidence.' The exhibit is presented in collaboration with the sepiaEYE Gallery New York, which represents Mr. Gupta’s work. The exhibit and seminar series are a Humanities/Humanity project of the Whitney Humanities Center." - Gallery at the Whitney

For more information: http://www.yale.edu/whcgallery/current.html

Sunil Gupta Artist Page: http://www.bulgergallery.com

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January 17th at 3:00pm

GRAVITY
Dir. Alfonso Cuarón (USA: 2013), 91 min.

During a routine spacewalk to service the Hubble Space Telescope, a veteran astronaut and biomedical engineer are warned about a cloud of debris. When disaster strikes and all communication to Earth is lost, their mental, emotional, and physical strength is put to the test. The space drama won 7 Oscars.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

FREE SATURDAY SCREENING at CAMERA

January 17th at 3:00pm

GRAVITY
Dir. Alfonso Cuarón (USA: 2013), 91 min.

During a routine spacewalk to service the Hubble Space Telescope, a veteran astronaut and biomedical engineer are warned about a cloud of debris. When disaster strikes and all communication to Earth is lost, their mental, emotional, and physical strength is put to the test. The space drama won 7 Oscars.

CBC Interviews Stephen Bulger About Vivian Maier Negatives

"Stephen Bulger has acquired thousands of negatives belonging to the reclusive Vivian Maier -- but the Toronto gallery owner still struggles with the mystery of the late "nanny photographer".

For 40 years, Maier took stunning candid shots and self portraits on the streets of Chicago, New York and Los Angeles. In 2007, her negatives were discovered in an abandoned storage locker and made popular by media coverage of her hidden talent.

Bulger joins guest host Damian Abraham to discuss the story of a street photographer shrouded in secrets, and how he feels about purchasing work that may not have been intended for public view." - CBC Q Blog

Listen to the interview here: http://www.cbc.ca/q/blog/2015/01/12/vivian-maier-stephen-bulger/

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Sarah Anne Johnson Mid-Career Survey at CAM Raleigh

CAM Raleigh Press Release

The Contemporary Art Museum Raleigh (CAM Raleigh) is pleased to announce WONDERLAND, a mid- career survey of Winnipeg based artist Sarah Anne Johnson, on view at 409 W. Martin Street from February 6 to May 5, 2015. Guest curator Steven Matijcio of Cincinnati’s Contemporary Arts Center (CAC) and formerly Curator of Contemporary Art at the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art (SECCA), is working closely with the artist on what will be her first mid-career survey. Matijcio first worked with Johnson in her inaugural museum show at Winnipeg’s Plug In ICA in 2006 and sponsored her award-winning 2008 exhibition at the Art Gallery of Ontario as part of the prestigious Grange Prize. Johnson has continued to work at a prodigious pace since that time, and WONDERLAND will bring together her five major bodies of work to date, as well as a pair of large-scale installations and live performance. In so doing, over a decade of Johnson’s bright, playful and consistently provocative work will be assembled into an exhilarating survey.

The work of Sarah Anne Johnson (b. 1976 Winnipeg, Canada) playfully, but pointedly bridges the real and the imagined; factual and fictive; lived and desired. She works from a bravely personal perspective that reflects her growing concerns for the world, combined with the pursuit of a utopian place that remains tantalizingly out of reach. At every step Johnson attempts to nudge reality closer to her ideals, supplementing quixotic photographs with humble dioramas, Sculpey figurines, painterly interludes, handcrafted doll-houses and a dizzying array of modifications performed upon the photograph itself. As a whole, WONDERLAND presents the first opportunity to trace the continuity and inspiring evolution of this artist’s practice. 

Opening Preview – Members and Press
Thursday, February 5, 2015, 6:00-8:00pm

Free First Friday & Public Opening
Friday, February 6, 2015, 6:00-10:00pm

Coffee & Conversation with the artist and curator
Saturday, February 7, 2015, 11:00am

Performance: Dancing with the Doctor
Thursday & Friday, March 19 & 20, 2015, 7:00pm
Saturday, March 21, 2015, 11:00am

For more information: http://camraleigh.org/sarah-anne-johnson-wonderland/

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January 10 at 3:00pm

MOON
Dir. Duncan Jones (UK: 2009), 97 min.

This science fiction drama introduces a man who is on a 3 year project extracting a resource from the moon to send back to Earth. Nearing the end of the project, he faces a personal crisis with only an automaton to find support from. The film made its first appearance at Sundance Film Festival and has won over 15 awards internationally.

Thursday, January 8, 2015

FREE SATURDAY SCREENING at CAMERA

January 10 at 3:00pm

MOON
Dir. Duncan Jones (UK: 2009), 97 min.

This science fiction drama introduces a man who is on a 3 year project extracting a resource from the moon to send back to Earth. Nearing the end of the project, he faces a personal crisis with only an automaton to find support from. The film made its first appearance at Sundance Film Festival and has won over 15 awards internationally.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Stephen Bulger Gallery Buys Vivian Maier Negatives

        On December 17, 2014, Stephen Bulger Gallery, Toronto, purchased Jeffrey Goldstein’s collection of approximately 17,500 black-and-white negatives, taken by Vivian Maier (February 1, 1926 – April 21, 2009).

    This recently discovered photographer quickly won world-wide acclaim for her photographic talents after her death, however the bulk of her photographic collection was purchased at a storage auction in 2007 by Roger Gunderson, who divided up the collection and sold it in numerous lots over a few subsequent weeks. At that time, John Maloof purchased approximately 30,000 of her negatives (and some vintage prints) of the Chicago area from an approximate total of some 100,000 negatives. Ron Slattery and Randy Prow were other original buyers of note. After appreciating the full extent of Maier’s talents, Maloof went on to acquire additional works from other original buyers. He also met with the Gensburg family, who gifted him with more of Maier’s possessions that were in an additional storage locker. To date, his collection of work by Vivian Maier includes approximately 150,000 black-and-white and colour negatives, as well as more than 3,000 vintage prints, hundreds of rolls of unprocessed colour film, home movies, audio tape interviews, and ephemera including cameras and paperwork.

    Jeffrey Goldstein is a Chicago area artist with a career spanning over 30 years. He is also a carpenter and cabinetmaker ( jeffreygoldstein.gallery ) specializing in art projects and a collector of many different types of fascinating objects. Drawn to the quality of Maier’s work, and fascinated by her story, he eventually came to acquire approximately 17,500 black-and-white negatives, 2,000 vintage prints, 30 8mm movies and numerous colour slides. He founded Vivian Maier Prints Inc., which promoted Maier’s work on its website, as well as through a series of travelling exhibitions that toured the world. Offered to not-for-profit, as well as to commercial galleries, these exhibitions have been seen by thousands of people, and Goldstein has gifted editioned exhibition prints to scores of charitable organizations for their own fundraising needs.

    John and Jeffrey worked collaboratively to secure some of Maier’s work, and they also sought out her living heirs via an esteemed genealogist so that they could secure use of copyright for her images to promote her work. Little is known of Maier’s family. By 1930, Vivian’s father, Charles, apparently left the family temporarily because the head of the household in New York City was then listed as Jeanne Bertrand, a successful commercial photographer. In 1935, Vivian and her mother, Maria (nee Jaussaud), were living in her hometown of Saint-Julien-en-Champsaur, France, but her father and brother Charles stayed in New York. The family of Charles, Maria, Vivian, and brother Charles were living together again in New York in 1940. By the end of WWII, Charles seems to have become estranged permanently and Vivian had returned to France. In 1951 Vivian returned to NY and eventually found employment as a nanny with the Gensburg family and moved with them to Chicago’s North Shore in 1956.

    In the mid-1950’s her brother Charles had apparently changed his name to a variation of Jaussaud, but the trail for him runs dry by the end of the 1950s. It is not known if he is alive, or if he is survived by any family and all attempts to find him or any direct lineage came to dead ends. The genealogist travelled to France and his research indicates that Sylvain Jaussaud is the closest heir, so John Maloof made a copyright arrangement with him. Jeffrey Goldstein then made a copyright arrangement with Maloof for the negative collection that he owns. Another relative named Francis Baille was dismissed as being further down the line by the genealogist based on France's vetting system, not Cook County's, but American lawyer David Deal disputed that claim and insists that Baille is the rightful heir. Vivian Maier died without a will, so Cook County, Illinois, proceeded to set up an Estate on her behalf and have determined that her brother Charles is the rightful heir and will give him 6 to 7 years for him or his family to come forward. Until such time, they presumably would like to license the copyright to generate income for the Estate and have requested that Maloof and Goldstein hand over their collections so that they can register the copyright on all of Maier’s visual archive.

    John Maloof is challenging the ability of the State to acquire the non-tangible copyright of the images contained on negatives he rightly owns, and has hired lawyers to represent him. Jeffrey Goldstein decided to shut down his operation as soon as he heard of David Deal’s challenge to copyright, and once he determined that the matter could take years to resolve, offered them for sale to Stephen Bulger Gallery.

    Celebrating its 20th year of exhibitions in March 2015, Stephen Bulger Gallery has become known for its passionate interest in photography. The gallery considers itself privileged to have exhibited Vivian Maier’s photographs and is very excited by the opportunity this acquisition presents, even though it is not known what the future has in store regarding the promotion of this photographer’s remarkable archive. The photographs are currently stored to archival standards, and housed offsite in a museum-quality facility.

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Camera Included In Top 10 Under The Radar Places To Watch A Film In Toronto

"Under the radar movie theatres in Toronto often don't make it into the city's easily Google-able movie listings like commercial and rep screenings do, but without them the film community would be a shadow of its current self. From small traditional cinema spaces to back alley bike shops, local film makers, programmers, and midsize festivals keep Toronto's micro screening houses busy year round. [...] Stephen Bulger Gallery's cozy bar/screening room (backed by Atom Egoyan himself) is a little on the fancy side, but Toronto wouldn't be complete without it." - Aubrey Jax for Blog TO

Read the full article here: www.blogto.com

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Sunil Gupta Interview In Anthology Launching Next Week

The anthology Sexuality: Documents of Contemporary Art, published by the Whitechapel Gallery and MIT press will include an interview of gallery artist Sunil Gupta, originally printed in EXPOSURE Magazine. It will launch this Thursday, January 8th in conjunction with the event, Sexuality, at Whitechapel Gallery in London, England at 7pm.

For more information: Sexuality: Documents of Contemporary Art

Sunil Gupta Artist Page: www.bulgergallery.com

National Post Lists Robert Burley Exhibition As Top Art Exhibition of 2014

Gallery artist Robert Burley's exhibition, The Disappearance of Darkness, on view last winter at the Ryerson Image Centre was listed as Number 3 in the National Post's Top 9 Art Exhibitions of 2014. Traveling internationally, the exhibition will be on view at George Eastman House until January 4th.

Read the full article here: National Post

Robert Burley Artist Page: www.bulgergallery.com