Archive for September, 2010

Vince Aletti Zine

Wednesday, September 15th, 2010

– Got an email from one of my favorite stores Printed Matter yesterday announcing the launch of a new zine by critic and curator Vince Aletti. I’ve only had a chance to look through Vince’s last publishing project Male while at Dashwood but its been on my list to buy for a while. Like Male this new zine is compiled by pictures from Vince’s personal collection, this time focusing on multiple archetypes from sailors and leather-jacketed rough trade to fresh-faced lettermen and nascent movie stars. It is being published by ELK, a press run by artist Jocko Weyland, who had this to say about the zine:

Poetic pairings as aphrodisiac, unspooling like a visually syncopated scrapbook of young male pulchritude. Dudes who were cool and looked cool without trying too hard. Blue-collar, white ethnic, from another time and place, and with an air of un-self-consciousness woefully missing in this day and age. The taboo and suppression of the era mixed with the thinly veiled and sometimes completely unmasked homoerotic nature of these striking portraits evinces a different world that burbled beneath mainstream society prior to today’s anodyne homogenization on one hand and muscle queen grotesquerie on the other. At play is a refreshing almost wholesome lubricity that pays tribute to decidedly not cheesy handsomeness in all its iterations. Pomade and brilliantine abound, as do moles, salient collarbones, strong necks, smooth chests, hairy chests, shiny backs, nice biceps, heavy brows, wide lips, Roman noses, and dark eyes. The opposite of perfect, and that’s a big part of their appeal and what makes them perfect… Kustom Kar Kommandos, Caravaggio, Tom of Finland, and the less baroque side of George Platt Lynes all come to mind, but more universally this is a celebration of eternal male attractiveness.

Be sure to stop by Printed Matter this Saturday the 18th for the launch and signing from 5-7pm.

Susan Worsham

Monday, September 13th, 2010


© Susan Worsham

– I’ve been really in love with the work of Susan Worsham lately. Her series Some Fox Trails in Virginia, whose title comes from a book written by her father’s ancestor, is “a metaphorical map, of the rediscovered paths of my childhood home,” as she explains in her statement for the work. Through a consistent and beautiful use of color, Susan tells the story of her childhood experience through the people who now reside in the places she once did. My favorite part of her statement “I photographed the house in which I grew up. The man that lives there now houses snakes in my father’s old office, and rests them in my old bedroom, while he changes their cages. My mother always promised that there were no snakes in my room, and now that she is gone, there are.” tells it all.

Be sure to also check out her newest body of work By The Grace of God about the kindness of strangers in the South. See more work here.

Fall Shows

Thursday, September 9th, 2010


© Chris Killip

– Ofer Wolberger posted a great list of Fall openings to see in New York over on his blog Horses Think. I copied it below.

Lee Friedlander: America By Car at The Whitney Museum
September 4 – November 28, 2010

Phillip Toledano: A New Kind of Beauty at Klompching Gallery
September 8 – October 29, 2010

Jessica Backhaus: I Wanted to See the World at Laurence Miller Gallery
September 9 – October 30, 2010

Adam Fuss: Home and the World at Cheim & Read
September 9 – October 23, 2010

Lee Friedlander: Recent Western Landscape at Mary Boone Gallery
September 9 – October 23, 2010

William Lamson: A Line Describing the Sun at The Boiler, Pierogi
September 10 – October 10, 2010

Chris Verene: Family at Postmasters
September 10 – October 16, 2010

Polly Apfelbaum: Off Color at D’Amelio Terras
September 10 – October 23, 2010

Pipilotti Rist: Heroes of Birth at Luhring Augustine
September 11 – October 23, 2010

Bing Wright: Silver at Paula Cooper Gallery
September 14 – October 23, 2010

Chris Killip: 4 & 20 Photographs at Amador Gallery
September 15 – November 13, 2010

Laura Letinsky: After All at Yancey Richardson Gallery
September 16 – October 30, 2010

An-My Lê at Murray Guy
September 16 – October 30, 2010

Sarah Sze at Tanya Bonakdar Gallery
September 16 – October 23, 2010

Ricci Albenda: Paintings at Andrew Kreps
September 16 October 23, 2010

Sara VanDerBeek: To Think of Time at The Whitney Museum
September 17 – December 5, 2010

Sue Williams: Al-Qaeda Is The CIA at 303 Gallery
September 18 – October 23 2010

Gregory Crewdson: Sanctuary at Gagosian Gallery
September 23 – October 30, 2010

The Students of Harry Callahan and Aaron Siskind at the Institute of Design at Higher Pictures
September 23 – October 30, 2010

New Photography 2010: Roe Ethridge, Elad Lassry, Alex Prager, Amanda Ross-Ho at MoMA
September 29 – January 10, 2011

Taryn Simon: Contraband at Lever House
September 30 – December 31, 2010

Abelardo Morell: Groundwork at Bonni Benrubi
October 7 – December 18, 2010

Abelardo Morell: The Universe Next Door at Bryce Wolkowitz Gallery
October 29 – December 11, 2010

Collier Schorr: Here The World Held Its Breath at 303 Gallery
October 30 – December 4, 2010

Elad Lassry at Luhring Augustine
October 30 – December 18, 2010

Dismantling My Career: A Conversation with Alec Soth

Wednesday, September 1st, 2010


© Alec Soth
– Getting ready for his first career retrospective opening at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, photographer Alec Soth sat down with Bartholomew Ryan to discuss his new body of work Broken Manual as well as book publishing and blogging. This is the first real look into Broken Manual, as Alec has been keeping it very secret and I can’t wait to see the full series when it is published by Steidl later this year. Read the interview here.

As well as Broken Manual, Alec has four other book projects coming out soon, including the catalogue for his exhibition at the Walker Art Center From Here to There, his collaboration with photographer John Gossage The Auckland Project, his commissioned project for the Brighton Photo Biennial Brighton Picture Hunt, another collaboration this time with photographer Catherine Opie for fashion house Rodarte, and lastly Ash Wednesday, New Orleans created from his NY Times series The Continental Picture Show. Needless to say it is going to be a very busy Fall/Winter for my favorite photographer.