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Rudi Weissenstein Book Launch

Rudi—Discovering the Weissenstein Archive | Edited by Michal Amram, Anna-Patricia Kahn, Ben Peter with  texts by Anna-Patricia Kahn, Amir Kliger, Ben Peter | Published by Kehrer Verlag | Half-cloth hardcover | 160 pages, 96 duotone illustrations

The °CLAIR Gallery is pleased to announce a special book launch event that will be held in Zurich for Rudi, A Dreamer—Rediscovering an Archive. 

Rudi, A Dreamer—Rediscovering an Archive celebrates the legacy of Rudi Weissenstein’s photography. It is published by Kehrer Verlag and °CLAIR Gallery curator Anna-Patricia Kahn is the book’s principal editor. You can learn more about the book by visiting the Kehrer website.

The book launch will be held at Photobastei, Sihlquai 125, 8005 Zurich on June 7, 2017 at 19h00. The event will feature a conversation between Yves Kugelmann, the chief editor of Tachles, Ben Peter, the director of the PhotoHouse and the Weissenstein archive in Tel Aviv, and Anna-Patricia Kahn, the director of the °CLAIR Gallery.

Rudi, A Dreamer—Rediscovering an Archive has received critical international acclaim with glowing reviews in major European newspapers and photography magazines. The leading German photo critic, Klaus Honnef, has praised the glorious fragility of the photography, while major German newsmagazine Der Spiegel  published a series of images from Rudi, A Dreamer—Rediscovering an Archive. You can click here to browse the images from Der Spiegel and see a sample of the reviews for Rudi, A Dreamer by clicking here.

Weissenstein (1910–1992) was the most prominent chronicler of everyday life in the young state of Israel and his photographs are essential to understanding the country’s social history. Born in what is today the Czech Republic, Weissenstein studied photography in Vienna and then went on to work as a press photographer. He emigrated to Palestine in 1936 where he met and married Miriam Arnstein (1913–2011). The couple took over management of the Pri-Or PhotoHouse in Tel Aviv in 1940 and developed it into a renowned Israeli cultural institution. To learn more about the PhotoHouse, visit their website.

Purchase Information

The featured image is of the book Rudi—Discovering the Weissenstein Archive, published by Kehrer Verlag, edited by Michal Amram, Anna-Patricia Kahn, and Ben Peter with texts by Anna-Patricia Kahn, Amir Kliger, and Ben Peter. Half-cloth hardcover, 160 pages, 96 duotone illustrations. Purchase inquiries regarding the cover photograph are welcome via email at anna@clair.me

La Biennale di Venizia

Voici des Fruits, des Fleurs,..., 82 by Jacques Martinez, 2016 |© Jacques Martinez, All rights reserved | Courtesy °CLAIR Gallery

Voici des Fruits, des Fleurs… 82 by Jacques Martinez, 2016 | Acrylic, 195×110 cm | © Jacques Martinez, All rights reserved | Courtesy °CLAIR Gallery

The °CLAIR Gallery will be presenting a spectacular exhibition of Jacques Martinez’s paintings and sculptures as part of this year’s Biennale festivities in Venice, Italy.

“I have been following the work of Jacques Martinez for several years and what has always struck me is the elegance and the freedom of both the art and the man,” says °CLAIR director Anna-Patricia Kahn. “I am delighted to present his work in this timeless city that remains an enduring symbol of the strength of spirit.”

Martinez’s “Atelier Ephémère” project will be open on May 8, 2017 at 2828A San Marco, campo San Stefano in Venice. A special limited edition catalogue of the exhibition can be seen here.

Martinez was born in Algeria in 1944 and his paintings and sculptures have been exhibited across Europe and North America. His most recent exhibition at two museums in Nice, France was described as “an immense good” by the Le Monde newspaper. He has been named a Chevalier in the French Legion of Honour and an Officer of the French Ordre des Arts et des Lettres. To see more of Martinez’s art, visit the gallery page of his work or the °CLAIR Gallery’s Artsy site. To learn more about Jacques Martinez, visit his personal website.

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The featured image is Voici des Fruits, des Fleurs… 82 by Jacques Martinez from 2016. The painting is in acrylic, 195×110 cm. © Jacques Martinez, all rights reserved. Purchase inquiries are welcome via email at anna@clair.me

Oliver Mark & Alvin Langdon Coburn

Entre Cieux et Terres by Oliver Mark, 2014 & Le Penseur (George Bernard Shaw) by Alvin Langdon Coburn, 1906 | All rights reserved | Courtesy of °CLAIR Gallery

The light and the obscure, the sky and the earth, the ethereal and the corporeal. Such juxtapositions have long formed the essence of the photographer’s art and a mastery of these elements can evoke entire universes of nuance and emotion.

Oliver Mark (b. Germany, 1963) is one of the modern geniuses in the use of these elements; and Alvin Langdon Coburn (b. America, 1882; d. Wales, 1966) possessed such a gift in their use that his work forms the foundation of pictorialist photography. Now, the °CLAIR Gallery is proud to announce a new exhibition, Between Skies and Earth, that explores the overt and covert connections between these two celebrated photographers who are separated by more than a century.

°CLAIR Gallery presents Between Skies and Earth from March 30, 2017 to June 11, 2017 at Franz-Joseph-Strasse 10 in Munich. Vernissage the evening of Thursday March 30, 19h30. For more information, contact Anna-Patricia Kahn at anna@clair.me

Oliver Mark is renowned for his portraits of aristocrats, artists, and celebrities. His work has been published in magazines such as Vogue and Vanity Fair, while his photographs have been exhibited in museums around the world. More information available at his artist page or  on his personal website.

Alvin Langdon Coburn was a pioneering figure in photography and an early master of pictoralism. He began taking photographs as a young child and his career spanned more than six decades. His work bears witness to the rise of the great modern cities and he was fascinated by the dynamic complexity of these new urban environments. Coburn had a particular genius for photographing movement, whether it be the eerie play of artificial and natural light at nightfall in New York City or the traces of pedestrians seen from a perch high above a London park. To see more of his work, visit his °CLAIR artist page.

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First image: Entre Cieux et Terres by Oliver Mark, 2014. Second image: Le Penseur (George Bernard Shaw) by Alvin Langdon Coburn, 1906. Courtesy of °CLAIR Gallery. Purchase inquiries are welcome via email at anna@clair.me