5 Photo Shows You Should See This Summer

Nan Goldin: The Ballad of Sexual Dependency @ MOMA

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New York’s MOMA is bringing Nan Goldin’s almost 700 snapshot-like portraits of love and loss to the public. Stash some tissues in your pockets, for this deeply personal narrative packs a punch. Sequenced against an evocative music soundtrack, Nan Goldin’s The Ballad of Sexual Dependency formed out of the artist’s own experiences around Boston, New York, Berlin, and elsewhere in the late 1970s, 1980s, and beyond. In an era of ecstasy and pain through sex and drug use, we find our protagonist (including Goldin herself) reveling at dance clubs and bonding with their children at home; and they suffer from domestic violence and the ravages of AIDS.

The Ballad of Sexual Dependency is the diary I let people read,” Goldin wrote. “The diary is my form of control over my life. It allows me to obsessively record every detail. It enables me to remember.”

The Ballad is on view now through Sunday, February 12, 2017. Presented in its original 35mm format, along with photographs from the Museum’s collection that also appear as images in a hand curated slide show featuring tracks by Maria Callas to The Velvet Underground.

Cindy Sherman: Imitation of Life @ The Broad

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The Broad is still offering reserved tickets for their first special exhibition, Cindy Sherman: Imitation of Life. If you’re like me and still haven’t had the chance to see The Broad, now is the time. Maybe the new $12 admission fee will turn you off, but let’s face it, we couldn’t expect the brand new museum to be completely free for long.

While I’ve spoken of the endless magic that is Cindy Sherman before, Los Angeles is buzzing over the showcase that features an astounding 120 works by Sherman in The Broad’s first-floor galleries, including ceiling tall murals of the ever changing Sherman.

Tickets to the exhibition are timed and are available every half hour, up until one hour before the museum closes. Ticketholders for Cindy Sherman: Imitation of Life are welcome to visit the Broad collection in the third-floor galleries after their visit to the special exhibition, but keep in mind this does not grant access to the timed Yayoi Kusama’s Infinity Mirrored Room installation. You will need a separate, first come, first served ticket which can only be reserved once you’ve joined the list upon entrance.

Izumi  Miyazaki: Cute & Cruel @ Wild Project Gallery

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If you find yourself in Luxembourg City, go have a look at Wild Project Gallery. Their current exhibition Cute & Cruel features surreal self portraits of the world wide web’s sensational Japanese photographer, Izumi Miyazaki (who I’ve written about before here).

This is Izumi’s first solo exhibition, and I am so happy that the wonderful people at Wild Project Gallery are giving miss Miyazaki her first solo exhibition, ever. There is even a special installation that the artist provided for the occasion (which has appeared before for an exhibition in Japan). Congrats Izumi!

Her self portraits practice cold humor and often feature absurd performances. The young photographer is not afraid to slice her head, adorning it with fresh tomatoes or fish in a human interpretation of sushi. If she never smiles in her photographs, it is probably to express her loneliness and the difficulty of connecting with today’s youth when you are in your twenties in Japan.

Cute & Cruel is on view at Wild Project Gallery now until July 30th.

Jordanna Kalman’s Invisible Polaroids @ Rubber Factory

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Another first time solo exhibition is in the works this summer to bring photographer, Jordanna Kalman and her manipulated polaroids at New York’s Rubber Factory, on view from July 9th through August 9th.

Jordanna’s Invisible series revolves around the grieving process and explores absence through the medium of the Polaroid. Invisible is a deeply personal body of work as the obscuring of faces, use of shadows and even the profile angle is used to channel Jordanna’s own questions about the role of women. There is a real duality, a battle within the work to show beauty and femininity but to find these elements ephemeral and difficult to define in real life. She has been working with polaroids for the last 16 years, the immediacy of the medium is central to her practice as it provides tangible proof of the moment while preserving it as object, singular and unique.

As part of Rubber Factory’s mission to make visible the production of artworks to contextualize and drive dialogue, Jordanna’s exhibition will include a recreated studio space which aims to capture the mood and domestic influences behind the work. Additionally, a combination of framed, enlarged polaroid work and more lo-fi process driven outtakes will be taped to the wall, echoing Jordanna’s chronological process and seeking to visualize the diaristic origins of the work.

If you are in New York I would encourage you to check out Rubber Factory’s opening reception for the artist on Saturday, July 9th from 6:00 – 8:00 pm.

Sinziana Velicescu: On The Periphery @ AIA|LA Gallery

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This Friday AIA|LA Gallery invites you to the opening reception for “Sinziana Velicescu: On The Periphery & Beyond” curated by the Lucie Foundation.

On The Periphery explores the aesthetic and utilitarian effect of architecture in and around the greater Los Angeles area. Minimalistic in nature and inspired by abstract expressionism and graphic design, the images represent a departure from the day to day realities of Los Angeles’s cluttered landscape. The moments captured are fragments of a cityscape’s lifetime that are most often overlooked by an entire population concerned solely with reaching a destination. The result is an homage to ‘The City,’ combined with a hidden desire to escape to another place or perhaps another time. From pastel strip malls and stucco motels to otherworldly churches and beige business centers – these structures are documented with an anthropological curiosity but simultaneously reduced to their basic forms, resulting in an abstraction from reality bound by the photographic frame.

Sinziana Velicescu is a photographer and filmmaker based in Los Angeles, California. She is a graduate of the University of Southern California with a B.A. in Comparative Literature and Film. Her photography explores human intervention with nature in landscapes that have undergone political, social, or environmental change. Selections from her award winning series, “On The Periphery,” have been shown in galleries internationally in Los Angeles, Chicago, New York, Hamburg, Melbourne, Tokyo, and Rome. Most recently, Photo Boite named her one of the 30 Female photographers under 30 to watch in 2016.

On The Periphery is on view July 8 – July 29, 2016.

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