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210715

BERNICE BING

Once upon a time it was rare to find any Asians in prestigious art schools. When I was an art student, I came to the realization that a brush felt more comfortable and familiar in my hand than a pencil. Dexterity with a brush led me to the fine arts - painting. At that time I knew almost nothing about Eastern art or thought. I was totally naive about my own cultural heritage. I was living in and reacting to parallel worlds - one, the rational, conscious world of the West; the other, the intuitive, unconscious world of the East. This... [Lire la suite]
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140715

SANJA IVEKOVIC

On May 10, 1979,  Sanja Iveković engaged in an act of political defiance when she performed Triangle on the balcony of her Savska Street apartment during one of Josip Broz Tito’s official visits to Zagreb. During the festivities, she came out, dressed in an American T-shirt, onto her balcony, which overlooked the street along which the presidential motorcade slowly advanced. She sat in a chair with a glass of Ballantine’s whiskey, cigarettes, and some foreign books next to her on a small table. Once settled, Iveković... [Lire la suite]
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220615

VARVARA STEPANOVA

Pour certains, Varvara Stepanova n’est que l’épouse du célèbre Alexandre Rodtchenko. Pourtant, Varavara ne s’est pas contentée que de l’ombre de son mari. Peintre, dessinatrice, designer, poète, typographe ou encore décoratrice de théâtre, l’artiste a également été l’une des figures majeures du mouvement constructiviste russe. D’origine modeste, Varvara a suivi un cursus universitaire à la Kazan Art School. C’est là-bas qu’elle rencontre son futur époux et collaborateur Alexander Rodchenko. Un peu avant la révolution de 17, le... [Lire la suite]
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080615

SUSAN MEISELAS [CARNIVAL STRIPPERS SERIES]

From 1972 to 1975, I spent my summers photographing and interviewing women who performed striptease for small town carnivals in New England, Pennsylvania, and South Carolina. As I followed the girl shows from town to town, I photographed the dancers’ public performances as well as their private lives. I also taped interviews with the dancers, their boyfriends, the show managers, and paying customers. The women I met ranged in age from seventeen to thirty-five. Most had left small towns, seeking mobility, money and something different... [Lire la suite]
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040615

GREER LANKTON

I’m trying to remember the specifics of Greer, the way her legs and arms moved in her summer dresses. Because that’s the season I associate her with, and I associate her, too, with something diaphanous, but I wonder if that impression is based on Nan Goldin’s famous photographs of her, and the one I’m thinking of specifically was taken against a brick wall where Greer sort of sits and sort of leans, smoking, looking, at first, like another down on her luck artist, but something more, too, like a ruined movie star having a movie star... [Lire la suite]
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180415

MIKIKO HARA

It happened to me several times in the recent months that I was told that her photographs look like the work of Rinko Kawauchi. I think that this is a misunderstanding. While both photographers work in color, use midsize cameras for square images and do a lot of shots in the streets, Mikiko Hara’s approach is different to Rinko Kawauchi. Rinko Kawauchi’s work is first of all a poetic appreciation of life (which does not exclude to talk about death), with images which range from straight documentary photographs (see her book “Cui... [Lire la suite]
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080415

DEBORAH TURBEVILLE

Peu de photographes de mode ont réussi à ériger leurs clichés au rang d’art. Deborah Turbeville fait partie de ces surdoués qui ont su transcender le genre pour en faire un objet autre, presque unique. Déjà enfant, Deborah Turbeville se distinguait par une personnalité affirmée, résultat à n’en pas douter de son éducation. Ses parents portaient une attention toute particulière aux arts et à la culture, et se rendaient régulièrement à l’opéra et au cinéma à Boston. Son grand-père avait par ailleurs caressé le rêve d’être peintre à... [Lire la suite]
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060415

AUGUSTA SAVAGE

Née le 29 février 1892 à Green Cove Springs en Floride, Augusta Savage est une célèbre sculptrice, reconnue en majeure partie pour son militantisme en faveur des droits des artistes afro-américains. Son oeuvre majeure, La Harpe, est issue d’une commande pour la New York World’s Fair de 1939. Malheureusement, cette oeuvre fut détruite à la fin de l'événement. Alors qu’elle n’était encore qu’une enfant, Augusta Savage manipulait déjà l’argile. Ses premières sculptures, pour la plupart des reproductions d'animaux, ne faisaient... [Lire la suite]
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040415

YURIE NAGASHIMA

I’m not really interested in the obsession Japanese male photographers have with taking pictures of teenage girls and their panties. It seems to me they don’t know what’s really exciting. Some of my self-portraits look similar, but they’re completely different. Theirs are about sexual appetite, while mine are about delusions.
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040415

ANYA PHILLIPS

I think now about Anya Phillips who so briefly illuminated this fleeting world. I think about clothes worn by people so recently and yet how long ago it all seems that Anya would show up in those cocktail dresses and of all things, a Chinese girl in a blonde wig. And now all the girls in their cocktail dresses who never heard of Anya and how quickly each generation catches the look of its creators and forgets the moral underneath. Rene Ricard Dans l’histoire du punk, l’héritage d’Anya Phillips s’est plutôt fait discret. Même... [Lire la suite]
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