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Graciela Iturbide Receives Hasselblad Foundation International Award for 2008

The Hasselblad Foundation International Award in Photography for 2008 has been granted to Graciela Iturbide from Mexico City. Graciela Iturbide is considered one of the most important and influential Latin American photographers of the past four decades. Her photography is of the highest visual strength and beauty. The Hasselblad award is the most important prize in photography in the world today, and the award ceremony has become an international event of unique prestige, with award winners of great international renown.

Graciela Iturbide has developed a photographic style based on her strong interest in culture, ritual, and everyday life in her native Mexico and other countries. Iturbide has extended the concept of documentary photography, to explore the relationships between man and nature, the individual and the cultural, the real and the psychological. She continues to inspire a younger generation of photographers in Latin America and beyond.

Iturbide will receive 500,000 Swedish Krona ($80,000) and a gold medal at a ceremony on October 25, 2008 at the Hasselblad Center in Göteborg, Sweden, where she will also have a solo show. Previous winners include Nan Goldin, Lee Friedlander, and Bernd and Hilla Becher.

This year’s prize committee, which submitted its proposal to the Foundation’s Board of Directors, comprised:

Frits Gierstberg, (Chair) Head of Exhibitions, Nederlands Fotomuseum, Rotterdam, The Netherlands,
David Chandler, Director, Photoworks, Brighton, England,
Monika Faber, Chief Curator, Albertina Collection of Photographs, Austria,
Michiko Kasahara, Chief Curator, Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, Tokyo, Japan,
Patricia Mendoza, Director, Instituto de Artes Gráficas de Oaxaca, Mexico.

The Hasselblad Award is an international photography prize, awarded for the first time in 1980. It has been presented annually since then, with the exception of the year of Erna Hasselblad’s death 1983.

The Hasselblad Award is granted to “a photographer recognized for major achievements”. This may be an individual who has made a pioneering achievement in photography, who has had a decisive impact on one or more younger generations of photographers, or who has implemented one or more internationally significant photographic projects. Today the award comprises the sum of SEK 500,000, a gold medal and a diploma. In conjunction with the award ceremony, an exhibition of the work of the award winner opens at the Hasselblad Center.

Each year, the Board of Directors of the Foundation appoints an award committee of nationally and internationally prominent experts in photography. The committee nominates three candidates, after which the final decision regarding the award winner is made by the Board of Directors of the Hasselblad Foundation.

The name of the award winner is announced each year on or around 8 March, the birthday of Victor Hasselblad. The award is then presented in October or November at a formal ceremony in Göteborg. On the same day, an exhibition of the work of the award winner opens at the Hasselblad Center exhibition wing of the Göteborg Art Museum.

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The Philippe de Montebello Years at The Metropolitan Museum of Art

The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York is honoring Philippe de Montebello who will be stepping down as director after 30 years of service. He will be leaving December 31, 2008 and to celebrate his presence at the famed museum, an exhibition showcasing pieces of art that was acquired during those 30 years. A team of curators got together and sifted through over 84,000 pieces that the museum came into possession of during those 3 decades and selected a fraction of those works to be shown in this exhibition that will run through February 1, 2009.

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Bass Museum of Art exhibition to Feature Works by Today’s Leading Russian Artists

” Russian Dreams “presents a selection of cutting-edge works by contemporary artists from Russia. On view at the Bass Museum of Art from December 4, 2008 to February 8, 2009, the exhibition explores Russian art’s evolution from the pre-Glasnost era to the present day. The exhibition is curated by Olga Sviblova, Director of the Multimedia Art Museum, Moscow and the curator behind the Russian Pavilion at the 2007 Venice Biennale, who is partnering with designer Yuri Avvakumov for the installation. ‘Russian Dreams’ is a collaboration between the Bass Museum of Art and the Multimedia Art Museum, Moscow.

“This is an extraordinarily fecund time for Russian art, with a diverse group artists producing exciting and innovative work,” said Olga Sviblova, curator of Russian Dreams… “To truly understand this incredible moment in contemporary art, we need to look back to the generation of artists who had been categorized in an oddly romanticized way simply as ‘underground.’ Russian Dreams… allows us to reexamine the works of these influential Sotsart artists in their own right and, in doing so, appreciate their impact upon artists working today.”

The exhibition juxtaposes the work of modern Russian artists: icons like AES+F Group, Alexander Ponomarev, Vladimir Dubossarsky and Alexander Vinogradov, Dmitri Gutov, Alexei Kostroma, and the new generation of young artists – Julia Milner, Rostan Tavasiev, Haim Sokol, and MishMash Project. The first group of artists came to prominence in the 1980-90s, the epoch of the Russian underground and Perestroika—Mikhail Gorbachev’s program of economic, political, and social restructuring which unintentionally catalyzed the toppling of Stalin’s totalitarian state. This was a time when Sotsart—a satiric blend of Socialist Realism and Pop Art that parodied official stateproduced art—was the dominant artistic mode. The latter group of artists–currently between 20 and 30 years old–developed their work in a new, post-Perestroika Russia when government bans on personal expression were lifted, changing the scope of established artists’ work.

Many of the pieces in Russian Dreams… are intimate, personal narratives, while others look back, referencing the bolder Sotsart of Yuri Albert and Yuri Avvakumov who participated in the underground art movement during the Perestroika era. Today, after seventeen years of living in a new socio-economic reality, Russian Dreams… reflects ambivalence towards a lost Utopia, as well as a sense of contradiction and tension that is today’s twenty-first century Russia. The works in this exhibition resonate with the disconnected, random associations of dreams, and a sense of profound melancholy over what has been lost.

Russian Dreams… brings the latest in contemporary Russian painting, photography, video, and installation art to Miami Beach, and explores the mindset of a new generation.

Highlights of Russian Dreams… include:
Defile, 2000-2007 by the artists’ collective AES+F (Tatiana Arzamasova, Lev Evzovich, Evgeny Svyatsky and Vladimir Fridkes) is a collage of video and digital photography, which blends images of unclaimed corpses in a morgue with images of haute couture dresses. Mimicking the runway shows of Paris, Milan, and London, the anonymous dead bodies, clothed in high fashion garments, float over an invisible catwalk. This bizarre fashion ritual will form the basis of a larger multimedia performance, The Dead Line Ball, which is still being developed. 

Olga Chernysheva, whose work has been featured at the 2007 Moscow Biennale, the 2001 Venice Biennale, and the 2006 Biennale of Sydney, offers a reflective series of images displayed in light-boxes, entitled Dream Street, 2000. These black and white images, taken outside of Moscow in 1999, hauntingly capture quotidian life in contemporary Russia.

Julia Milner, a former high fashion model turned photographer, was awarded the Silver Wreath prize for “Discovery of the Year” at the international festival Fashion and Style in Photography in Moscow and exhibited at the 2007 Venice Biennale. In Russian Dreams…., she presents the dynamic video installation Universe, 2008, which depicts the correlation among human beings, creation, and the galaxy.

Leonid Tishkov and photographer Boris Bendikov collaborated to produce the series Private Moon, 2003-2005. This visual poem–a series of sensitive, melancholy photographs–traces one man’s journey through the world’s boundaries and into dreams to protect his inner spirituality. The artists, borrowing from their personal histories, capture moments in their protagonist’s path to enlightenment. In the work, Tishkov seeks his private moon as he transforms himself into a mythic creature who lives in the real world as if in a fairytale.

Alexei Buldakov will show two, short animated films SEXLISSITZKY, 2007 and XXX MALEVICH, 2008, which offer a critique on pornography and parodies art-market pieties. A soundtrack of grunting and panting lovers accompanies the vivified, fragmentary images from Russian Suprematist paintings. The fragments mutate into limbs and body parts to form a shockingly primal cartoon.

Yuri Avvakumov created Black Bone Mausoleum, 2008 in homage to the acclaimed Russian architect Aleksey Schusev. The piece is comprised of 3,500 dominoes set with Swarovski crystals. The work will have its world premiere in Miami as part of Russian Dreams…

Andrei Molodkin seeks to expose the export of democracy for oil’s sake. His liquid sculpture Democracy, 2000 is a series of transparent, bubble letter vessels filled with light, sweet, crude oil. By transforming oil from a natural resource into an aesthetic material, Molodkin questions the role of oil in Western democracies and explores the troubling intersection between art and money. 

Bass Museum of Art

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Wassily Kandinsky Major Retrospective opens at the Lenbachhaus in Munich

The Lenbachhaus in Munich, the Centre Pompidou in Paris and the Guggenheim Museum in New York are the three museums worldwide that hold the largest collections of works by Wassily Kandinsky. Together these three museums organized a large joint show on this outstanding modernist artist and founder of abstract painting. On view 25 October through 22 February, 2009.

This large and ambitious retrospective includes some 95 paintings from all the important periods of Kandinsky’s oeuvre, with the collections of the three participating museums complementing each other perfectly. While the Lenbachhaus draws on the outstanding collection of works from Kandinsky’s Blue Rider period from 1908 to 1914 donated by Gabriele Münter, the focus of the collection at the Centre Pompidou is on the artist’s output during the Russian Revolution and his Bauhaus years from 1917 to 1933, although it is also in possession of some extraordinary works from the Paris period donated by Nina Kandinsky. Finally, thanks to the purchases made by Solomon R. Guggenheim and Hilla Rebay, the exhibition also features a number of Kandinsky’s late works produced in Paris between 1933 and 1944, together with several of the early Expressionist gems now held at the Guggenheim Museum in New York.

The coming exhibition is based on an unprecedented number of paintings of great variety from each of the three participating museums. To be able to shed light on the role Wassily Kandinsky (1866–1944) played as both a pioneer and theorist of abstraction, the organizers intend to bring together only those major, large-format works that were crucial to his development, and hence to focus the show on some of the very best examples of work he produced when at the height of his powers.

In addition to an ideal selection of the best works from the three aforementioned collections, the show also includes some magnificent loans from Moscow, Nizhny Novgorod, New York, Washington, Philadelphia, Basel, all chosen so as to present Kandinsky’s series of large-format “Impressions,“ “Improvisations,” and “Compositions” as comprehensively as possible.

By bringing together three separate collections never before loaned on such a vast scale, this first—and to date only— collaboration between the world’s three largest Kandinsky museums provides a unique opportunity to experience the artist’s work more directly and more intensively than ever before, and to review the periods he spent in Moscow, Munich, and Paris, and his collector contacts in America. It also constitutes an unprecedented opportunity for international cooperation between major museums.

For the Lenbachhaus, this Kandinsky retrospective represents a new high-water mark in its role as exhibitor of treasures by the Blue Rider group, as well as enabling it, for the first time on these premises, to show Kandinsky in a larger context encompassing even the late works of 1942. It is also the last major show to be held at the Lenbachhaus before it closes for the modernization work due to commence in March 2009, immediately after the exhibition finishes. 

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Yasumasa Yonehara at Barry Friedman

Japanese photographer Yasumasa Yonehara and his trademark sexually charged style recently debuted at the Barry Friedman LTD gallery in New York. The exhibition based on Yone’s prefer subject matter of women featured a series of Polaroid-style collages with photos laid out in a quadrant style. The exhibition goes from now until December 20th.

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Hiroshi Sugimoto Retrospective At The Lucerne Museum of Art

For the past 30 years, Hiroshi Sugimoto (born in 1948) has been producing photographic images that are both fascinating and enigmatic. His images free photography from its obligation to reproduce reality and mobilize it instead for the sake of artistic reflections on time, the ephemeral and memory. “It has been my intention,” explained the artist, “to use the resources of photography in order to render visible a primordial stage of human memory. Whether individual or cultural memory or the collective memory of humanity as a whole, it is a question of going back in time and recalling where we come from and how we came into existence.” 

The work of this Japanese artist, who has lived in the USA since 1970, is serially structured. Yet each individual photograph contains within itself the conceptual space of the respective series as a whole. The ideas of Marcel Duchamp and of American Minimal and Conceptual Art have been as decisive for his art as traditional Japanese culture and far Eastern aesthetics. Sugimoto works with a late-19th-century large-format camera. His recent works, however, have progressively transgressed the medial boundaries of photography, deploying the surrounding space in sculptural and architectural terms. Sugimoto creates extremely reduced memory pictures which explore the nature of photography as well as the fundamental phenomena of human experience.

The exhibition in the Museum of Art Lucerne will be specifically designed by the artist. It will be the closing venue of the largest retrospective in Europe so far, which started at K20 in Dusseldorf and successfully travelled to the Museum der Moderne in Salzburg and the Neue Nationalgalerie Berlin.  On exhibition through 25 January, 2009.

The Lucerne Museum of Art is aware of its important role in the cultural life of the region and the responsibility that this involves. Through its continuous activity it makes a contribution to cultural identity, takes a position on current issues and links up with other institutions and circles including the KKL Lucerne , Lucerne Festival and Lucerne Symphony Orchestra to make use of the synergies in the building.

Lucerne Museum of Art 

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