Category Archives: Photography

The Mob at Gow Langsford

Portrait of Mongel Mob member by Jono Rotman

Portrait of Mongel Mob member by Jono Rotman

Auckland dealer Gary Langsford’s exhibiting a suite of photographs of patched NZ gang members.  Taken four years ago by Jono Rotman, the series includes a portrait of a Mongrel Mob member currently on trial for murder. Despite protestations from the victim’s family, Langsford is refusing to remove the image, stating: “I don’t think that’s our role. It would create a very bad precedent. It would be like the media censoring freedom of speech”.  The show runs until May 24th.

Smith on Franco

James Franco, 'New film still #58', 2013

James Franco, ‘New film still #58′, 2013

“The deep content here, beneath the entitled narcissism, is a confused desperation that seems to drive Mr. Franco’s pursuit of visual art. It’s hard not to feel some sympathy for him, while also wishing that someone or something would make him stop.”

Roberta Smith lays into James Franco’s New Film Stills in the New York Times.

Lukasz Wierzbowski vs. Alia Jensen

Lukasz Wierzbowski

Lukasz Wierzbowski, ‘Untitled’, 2012

Alia Jensen, 'Jungle Woman' from the Captiva Suite, 2013

Alia Jensen, ‘Jungle Woman’ from the Captiva Suite, 2013

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)