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. Alvin Langdon Coburn (b. America, 1882; d. Wales, 1966) was an early genius in their use and today his oeuvre serves as both the foundation of pictorialist photography and an inspiration for new generations of photographers.
Now, the °CLAIR Gallery is proud to announce a new exhibition, Between Skies and Earth exhibition, that celebrates Coburn’s role as a pioneer of pictorialism and explores the manner in which his work has influenced artists for more than a century including such icons of contemporary photography as Oliver Mark.
Alvin Langdon Coburn was a pioneering figure in photography and a 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.
°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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Le Penseur (George Bernard Shaw) by Alvin Langdon Coburn, 1906. Platinum Palladium Print. Courtesy of °CLAIR Gallery Purchase inquiries are welcome via email at email@example.com
Photographers who capture an iconic image are often confronted with a paradox: the celebration of a single photograph overshadows the entirety an artistic oeuvre. Yet what happens in those rare situations when a single photographer is responsible for scores of iconic images?
This is the question explored by the Halsman: Facets and Facets exhibition. Philippe Halsman (b. Riga, 1906; d. New York, 1979) remains one of history’s most esteemed photographers, yet there is no consensus as to what constitutes his most important work. The groundbreaking jumpology series that created a bold vision of identity through movement? His famed pcitures of Alfred Hitchcock that set a new standard for interpretive portrait photography? His collaborations with Salvador Dalì that are a monument of the Surrealist movement? By juxtaposing these disparate facets of Halsman’s artistic expression, this exhibition seeks to assemble a harmonious portrait of a photographer whose genius transcends any single image.
°CLAIR Gallery presents Halsman: Facets and Faces from December 15, 2016 to January 12, 2017 at Franz-Joseph-Strasse 10 in Munich. Vernissage the evening of Thursday December 15, 19h30. For more information, contact Anna-Patricia Kahn at firstname.lastname@example.org
The featured image is Duke and Duchess of Windsor by Philippe Halsman, 1956. Certified vintage print. Copyright the Philippe Halsman archive, Courtesy of the °CLAIR Gallery. Purchase inquiries are welcome via email at email@example.com
The °CLAIR Gallery collaborated on a new monograph that celebrates the legacy of Rudi Weissenstein’s photography. Rudi, A Dreamer—Rediscovering an Archive was published by Kehrer Verlag and °CLAIR Gallery curator Anna-Patricia Kahn is serving as the book’s principal editor. The book was published in the autumn of 2016 and you can learn more by visiting the Kehrer website.
The major German newsmagazine Der Spielgel recently published a series of images from Rudi, A Dreamer—Rediscovering an Archive. Click here to browse the images.
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.
“The gift of Rudi Weissenstein is that he understood how ordinary interludes were essential to the broader arc of history and he was able to render them with beauty,” says °CLAIR Gallery director Anna-Patricia Kahn.
The featured image is The Artist (1962) by Rudi Weissenstein, 1962. Copyright The PhotoHouse Archive, Tel Aviv, Courtesy the °CLAIR Gallery. Purchase inquiries are welcome via email at firstname.lastname@example.org