Category Archives: Photography

Sherman on Franco

Detail from James Franco's New Untitled Film Still 21 (2013); detail from Cindy Sherman's Untitled Film Still 21 (1978)

Detail from James Franco’s ‘New Untitled Film Still 21′ 2013 (left) and detail from Cindy Sherman’s ‘Untitled Film Still 21′ 1978 (right)

Art world darling (and certified creep) James Franco recently launched a new and appallingly bad photo series at Pace Gallery, New York, that riffs on Cindy Sherman’s iconic film stills. “Cindy is an artist who used cinema as a source for her work; she ‘played’ at being an actress” says Franco. “I am an actor who inserts himself into his work. I am fully embedded in Hollywood, but these photos allow me to take a step to the side, look back, and refashion the work I do in Hollywood. I am at the same time actor, critic, artist, and character.” Hmm. When asked about Franco’s appropriations last week, Sherman said: “I was flattered, I can only be flattered. I don’t know that I can say it’s art, but I think it’s weirder that Pace would show them than that he would make them.” Not exactly a glowing endorsement then…

Hot Photo Friday – Matthew Stone

Matthew Stone, from the series 'Body Language', 2009

Matthew Stone, from the series ‘Body Language’, 2009

Two Dead Cows

Sidney Nolan, 'Untitled (calf carcass in tree)’, 1952

Sidney Nolan, ‘Untitled (calf carcass in tree)’, 1952

Peter Peryer, 'Dead Steer', 1987

Peter Peryer, ‘Dead Steer’, 1987

Hot Photo Friday – Karlheinz Weinberger

Karlheinz Weinberger, from the series 'Rebel Youth' (1950s-1960s)

Karlheinz Weinberger, from the series ‘Rebel Youth’ (1950s-1960s)

Knobs


Here’s footage of a show by Sarah Lucas at Tramway in Glasgow that contains, among other things, 2.5 metre long sculptural erections, smashed up cars and an enormous wanking hand. LOL has an unashamed penchant for the purile so this show really delivers.  Lucas was interviewed about the exhibition – her first solo in Scotland – by Teddy Jamieson from the Herald Scotland.  Describing her more prurient interests she stated: “I’ve always found the penis a really useful sculptural thing. I’ve always said, ‘When in doubt … knob.’”

(Also worth noting is Tramway’s commitment to video documentation of its exhibitions – an excellent resource for those unable to attend a show in the flesh).

Balthus³

Balthus, 'The Room', c.1953

Balthus, ‘The Room’, c.1953

Hisaji Hara, from the series 'A Photographic Portrayal of the Paintings of Balthus', 2009

Hisaji Hara, from the series ‘A Photographic Portrayal of the Paintings of Balthus’, 2009

Promotional still from Lars von Trier's forthcoming film, 'Nymphomaniac'

Promotional still from Lars von Trier’s forthcoming film, ‘Nymphomaniac’, 2014

Hot Photo Friday – Elina Brotherus

Elina Brotherus, still from 'The Black Bay Sequence', 2010

Elina Brotherus, still from ‘The Black Bay Sequence’, 2010

Some recent work by Lynne Cohen

Lynne Cohen 2013
Cohen 2013
Lynne Cohen Untitled 2013
All works, ‘Untitled’ 2013, 132.0 x 155.0 cm

Pots, dropped

Ai Weiwei, 'Droppin a Han Dynasty Urn',

Ai Weiwei, ‘Droppin a Han Dynasty Urn’, 1995

Maximo Caminero has been charged with allegedly destroying an artwork by Ai Weiwei at the Perez Art Museum in Miami. The local artist picked up and smashed the million dollar work from Ai’s 2006 series Colour Vases in protest against the museum’s lack of local artist displays.  He now faces felony criminal mischief charges.  It’s a curious case of life imitating art; one of Ai’s most notorious works, Dropping a Han Dynasty Urn (1995) is a series of three silver gelatin prints featuring the artist doing just that.  Describing his protest, Caminero stated: “I was at PAMM and saw Ai Weiwei’s photos behind the vases where he drops an ancient Chinese vase and breaks it. And I saw it as a provocation by Weiwei to join him in an act of performance protest.”  The act was apparently spontaneous.

(And if you’re interested in seeing some of Ai Weiwei’s Colour Vases  in the flesh, there is a suite of them in QAG/GoMA’s collection)

Hot Photo Friday – Jacob Aue Sobol

Jacob Aue Sol

Jacob Aue Sobol, from the series I Tokyo 2008