Issue: 19960404

Thursday, April 4, 1996
FALL 1996
145
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1996
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APERTURE
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Editor's Note
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APERTURE
SURFACE AND ILLUSION: TEN PORTFOLIOS
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The poet Charles Baudelaire, in a scathing review of the 1859 Salon in Paris, wrote, "If photography is allowed to stand in for art in some of its functions it will soon supplant or corrupt it completely thanks to the natural support it will find in the stupidity of the multitude.
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Table Of Contents
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PICASSO THE PHOTOGRAPHER: BEYOND APPEARANCES
The curator of the Picasso Museum in Paris investigates the artist's little-known photographic work.
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ANNE BALDASSARI
A survey of Pablo Picasso's personal archives has made it possible to appreciate the true extent of his interest in photography. Composed of more than 15,000 works and documents, this collection reveals an artist curious about a wide range of images (carte-de-visite portraits, stereoscopic views, and postcards) and a vigilant keeper of his own life's mementos.
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DARK MIRROR: THE PHOTOGRAPHS OF EDVARD MUNCH
In Munch's photographs can be seen a freedom from the conventions of both painting and art photography, and a willingness to use the process of photography as a means of psychological exploration.
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CHARLES HAGEN
The old man offers his profile to the camera. He looks first out of one side of the frame, then the other, his squarish jaw pointing now toward the sky, now to the ground. In some pictures he wears a dark coat and an elegant, broad-brimmed hat; in others he is bare-headed, his receding white hair testifying to his advanced age.
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STUDIO POSES: PHOTOGRAPHS BY CONSTANTIN BRANCUSI AND KIKI SMITH
Photographic explorations by two of the century's most innovative sculptors of the human form.
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DAVID FRANKEL
How many visitors to the large Brancusi show at the Philadelphia Museum of Art last fall, having made the trip for the sculpture's sake, surprised themselves by the length of time they spent with a less-known part of the artist's work—his photographs?
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POLKOGRAPHY
German painter and multimedia artist Sigmar Polke makes use of photography to advance his search for an altered state of vision.
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PAUL SCHIMMEL
For the past thirty years, Sigmar Polke's art has perplexed critics and public alike with its multiplicity of styles, subjects, and positions. Polke's paintings, drawings, photographs, and sculpture have variously been described as metaphysical and profound on one hand and jocular and deliberately dumb-witted on the other.
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LOUISE LAWLER: SOUVENIR MEMORIES
Using photographs in unexpected ways, Louise Lawler addresses the role of art as commodity and as spectacle.
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ROSALIND KRAUSS
1. We begin with the assumption of spectacle. It is there in the idea of an exhibition that will include slide projections to be seen at night through the storefront window of a gallery, the miragelike image hovering in the darkened space like an exhibitionistic ghost.
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GERHARD RICHTER
The ongoing dialogue between painting and photography over the course of Gerhard Richter’s career sheds light on the boundaries of both media.
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Painter, teacher, iconoclast, Gerhard Richter has exerted a far-reaching and complex influence on contemporary art and artists. Richter has also explored every imaginable intersection of painting and photography: from photo-realistic paintings, to painting on photographs, from 1:1-scale photographs of paintings, to paintings that evoke the blurred transit of motion captured by a camera.
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AN EDGE OF BLACK
From monumental wax sculptures to whirling photographic moments— Petah Coyne's dizzying forays into photography.
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PETAH COYNE
I have always seen the world moving at an incredibly fast pace, as if I've been hurled from a slingshot, and I seem never to land. I try desperately to keep up with it all—running, always moving. I believe no generation before ours has ever had to navigate, with such agility, through so many different kinds of space and thought so quickly.
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RICHARD POUSETTE-DART
Well-known as an Abstract Expressionist painter, Richard Pousette-Dart also possessed an insightful eye for photographic portraiture.
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Although he was best known as an abstract painter of the New York School in the 1940s and ’50s, Richard Pousette-Dart was an active and inventive photographer throughout his career. His portrait and landscape photographs, in particular, reveal a continual process of experimentation and exploration.
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CHRIS MARKER’S REALITY BYTES
Filmmaker Chris Marker's inventive narratives, including the cult classics Sans Soleil and La Jetée, explore the ways that still photographs and moving images act on human memory.
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JAN-CHRISTOPHER HORAK
Formerly a journalist, novelist, essayist, and assistant director to Alain Resnais, Chris Marker has had a brilliant career as a documentary filmmaker, but less well known is his work as a photographer. Marker's five photo-books, like his films, are a mixture of documentary, diary, essay, memoir, and fiction.1
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ONCE
The internationally acclaimed filmmaker reflects on the power of the still image to provide a wealth of narrative detail.
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WIM WENDERS
Every photo, every ONE SINGLE TIME is also the beginning of a story that starts "Once upon a time...." Every photo is also the first shot of a film. Often the next moment, the next tripping of the release a few steps farther, is already tracking the progression of this story in its intrinsic space and its intrinsic time.
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PEOPLE AND IDEAS
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INFLUENCE AND INSPIRATION: FRANCIS BACON, JOHN DEAKIN, AND PHOTOGRAPHY
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Peter Hay Halpert
They were a particularly ambivalent yet strangely fitting pair of friends. Francis Bacon was one of the preeminent postmodernist painters of our times, while John Deakin, despite a prolific career as a photographer for British Vogue, remains a relative unknown.
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PICTURES FROM THE EDGE
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Nick Waplington
In order to talk about Glen E. Friedman's photographs in Fuck You Heroes, I first need to contextualize them within my own experience as a child in England in the seventies. Back then in the rainy U.K., my gang and I tried to live out a pseudo-California Dream.
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PEOPLE AND IDEAS
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CHRISTENBERRY’S SOUTHERN DISCOMFORT
William Christenberry’s Klan Room provokes controversy in his current major retrospective.
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Mark Muro
William Christenberry may be a collector's classic, a curator's dream, but in truth he has rarely been seen whole. Instead, he has been truncated. Reductive labels have distorted his career, designating the artist, by turns, a "regionalist," "Walker Evans in color," or merely a great photographer.
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PEOPLE AND IDEAS
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HELEN CHADWICK 1954-1996
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Mark Haworth-Booth
The extraordinary work of the British artist Helen Chadwick is internationally admired. She showed all over Europe and across the world from São Paulo to Tokyo. Her work appeared in On the Art of Fixing a Shadow: 150 Years of Photography in 1989 and her first book, Enfleshings, was published by Aperture the same year.
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CREDITS
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TEXT CREDITS: Pages 29-33 excerpted with permission from "Polkography," by Paul Schimmel, copyright © 1996 The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; pp. 36-39 copyright © 1996 Rosalind Krauss; p. 40 excerpt from The Daily Practice of Painting: Writings and Interviews 1962-1993, by Gerhard Richter, New York, MIT Press, 1995, p. 66;
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CONTRIBUTORS
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A curator at the Picasso Museum in Paris, ANNE BALDASSARI is organizing a cycle of three exhibitions between 1994 and 1997 devoted to different aspects of Picasso's relationship with photography. She is the author of the catalog Picasso photographe, 1901-1916 and Picasso et la photographie, À plus grande vitesse que les images (Picasso and Photography, faster than images), and of an article entitled "Heads, Faces and Bodies: Picasso’s Uses of Portrait Photographs," which was published in the catalog for the exhibition "Picasso and Portraiture, Representation and Transformation" at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, 1996.
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