Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Metropolitan Museum: Exhibitions April 2013

We discovered these exciting exhibitions at the Met...

"At War with the Obvious" William Eggleston photographs

Untitled (Louisiana), 1980, printed 1999. Dye-transfer print. 11 7/8 x 17 13/16 in. (30.2 x 45.3 cm).
William Eggleston (Amer. b.1939) emerged in the early 1960s as a pioneer of modern color photography. Now, fifty years later, he is one of our most prolific and influential modern photographers. His subject is the American vernacular (especially near his home in the Mississippi Delta). His prints are dye transfers  that reveal qualities of light and saturated chromatics, Eggleston almost single-handedly validated color photography as a legitimate artistic medium. This exhibition celebrates the artist's iconic photographs of commonplace subjects that have become an inspiration for generations of artists, musicians, and filmmakers from Nan Goldin to David yrne, the Coen Brothers, and David Lynch.

"Impressionism,Fashion, and Modernity" looks at the role of fashion in Impressionist paintings from the mid-1860's to the mid-1880's, connecting actual costumes with paintings, photographs and prints. Paris emerged as the style capital of the world with the rise of the department store, the advent of ready-made wear, and the proliferation of fashion magazines. The show highlights the work of artists in the avant-garde, Manet, Monet, Renoir, Baudelaire, Mallarmé, Zola, Sonia Delaunay and their contemporaries.

"Street" by James Nares

Street, is a new video by the British-born artist James Nares. Over the course of a week in September 2011, Nares—a New Yorker since 1974—recorded sixteen hours of footage of people on the streets of Manhattan from a moving car using a high-definition camera usually used to record fast-moving subjects such as speeding bullets and hummingbirds. He then greatly slowed his source material, editing down the results to one hour of steady, continuous motion and scoring it with music for twelve-string guitar composed and performed by his friend Thurston Moore, co-founder of Sonic Youth.

"My intention was to give the dreamlike impression of floating through a city full of people frozen in time, caught Pompeii-like, at a particular moment of thought, expression, or activity…a film to be viewed 100 years from now."
—James Nares

After Photoshop: Manipulated Photography in the Digital Age

This installation explores various ways in which artists, including Nancy Burson, Filip Dujardin, Joan Fontcuberta, Beate Gütschow, and others, have used digital technology to alter the photographic image from the 1980s to the present.

After Photoshop: Manipulated Photography in the Digital Age

Cambodian Rattan: The Sculptures of Sopheap Pich

This exhibition presents ten works by the contemporary Cambodian artist Sopheap Pich (born 1971), who lives and works in Phnom Penh. Pich works principally in rattan and bamboo, constructing organic open-weave forms that are solid and ethereal, representational and abstract. Much of his work is inspired by elements of the human anatomy or plant life. His constructions combine his training as a painter with the spatial conceptualization of a sculptor, creating three-dimensional objects that are largely defined by their graphic character. Pich's art consciously embodies his memories of culture and place. The exhibition is installed in three spaces in the Asian galleries, including an integration into historical displays, and is part of the Museum's contribution to the New York–wide Season of Cambodia

Cambodian Rattan: The Sculptures of Sopheap Pich

  82nd and Fifth

This exciting multimedia online series presents 100 works selected by 100 curators. A new web episode will be offered every Wednesday in 2013. Here is the link to the series:

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