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Adolf de Meyer Photographs at the Met

Adolf de Meyer Photographs at the Met

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I was found myself in New York City for the Christmas holiday. I wandered over to the Met to see the Michelangelo exhibit, but it was so crowded I couldn’t get close to any of the work. Disappointed, I meandered through the museum and stumbled upon this photography exhibit by Adolf de Meyer.

de Meyer was a Baron and kept company with the privileged European elite. He photographed the wealthy and enjoyed travel to exotic locations. Ever the dandy, he documented the fashion of the times for magazines and ballet productions.

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de Meyer was an explorer of color photography in its infancy, 1907. There are two color images in this exhibit, which are included in the highlights I have here for you to view. Unfortunately, the glass had a lot of glare on it, so all the images I photographed have light spots and reflections of the walls or people passing through the galleries.

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He also photographed nature and any landscapes that caught his eye.

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Here is an excerpt from the Met website explaining the show:

A member of the “international set” in fin-de-siècle Europe, Baron Adolf de Meyer (1868–1946) was also a pioneering photographer, known for creating works that transformed reality into a beautiful fantasy. Quicksilver Brilliance is the first museum exhibition devoted to the artist in more than 20 years and the first ever at The Met. Some 40 works, drawn entirely from The Met collection, demonstrate the impressive breadth of his career.

The exhibition includes dazzling portraits of well-known figures of his time: the American socialite Rita de Acosta Lydig; art patron and designer Count Étienne de Beaumont; aristocrat and society hostess Lady Ottoline Morrell; and celebrated entertainer Josephine Baker, among others. A highlight of the presentation is an exceptional book—one of only seven known copies—documenting Nijinsky’s scandalous 1912 ballet L’Après-midi d’un faune. This rare album represents de Meyer’s great success in capturing the movement and choreography of dance, a breakthrough in the history of photography. Also on view are the artist’s early snapshots made in Japan, experiments with color processes, and inventive fashion photographs.

This exhibit runs through March 18, 2018 at the 5th Ave Met.

 

 

 

 

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“Family Of Man” – Historic Photograph Exhibit Returns

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The Family of Man, a historic photographic show that was first exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art in 1955, has returned to life at a castle in Luxembourg.

Edward Steichen curated The Family Of Man with 503 photographs from all over the world. After the Museum of Modern Art show, the exhibit went on to travel around the world. It has been seen by more than 10 million people and is considered the most successful photographic show of all time.

To read more about new The Family Of Man show and see some images, click here.

 

Generous Billion Dollar Gift From Leonard Lauder To MET

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Woman in an Armchair (Eva) by Picasso

Woman in an Armchair (Eva) by Picasso

Cosmetics billionaire, Leonard A. Lauder has promised his Cubist collection worth over $1,000,000,000 to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. The collection includes paintings, sculptures, and drawings of the titans of cubism: Picasso, Braque, Gris, and Leger. Thomas P. Campbell, the Met’s director, says “It is an unreproducible collection, something museum directors only dream about.”

Leonard Lauder and his brother Ronald are heavy hitters in the NY art collecting world. According to the NY Times, Leonard Lauder says of his collection “You can’t put together a good collection unless you are focused, disciplined, tenacious and willing to pay more than you can possibly afford,” Mr. Lauder said. “Early on I decided this should be formed as a museum collection,” and “whenever I considered buying anything, I would step back and ask myself, does this make the cut?”

The MET is planning an exhibition of the collection in the fall of 2014.

Leonard Lauder in 2012

 

 

A Holiday Visit To North Carolina Museum Of Art 2012

"Abdullahi Mohammed With Mainasara, Ogre-Remo, Nigeria" C Print 2007

Pieter Hugo’s “Abdullahi Mohammed With Mainasara, Ogre-Remo, Nigeria” C Print, 2007

On December 23, my husband and I decided to visit the North Carolina Museum of Art. We especially enjoy the modern art wing. I thought I’d share a few of the works that captured my attention on this visit.

The photo above is my favorite photographic piece on display. The power of the massive hyena (with a staggering bite of 11oo PSI) is controlled by the power of the man who handles it. Man vs. beast seem equally matched here. (Sorry for the glare. As you would imagine, the photo is under glass, and there was no way for me to get a clean shot.)

A visit to the North Carolina Museum of Art. Dec 23, 2012

Aaron Douglas, “Harriet Tubman” Oil on Canvas, 1931

The tribute to Harriet Tubman’s life is apparent in this painting. The subtle white ray and circular patterns on top of the painting gives it a feeling of hope. It is an illusion of the sun and light rays shining down on the scene, like a blessing from heaven. Douglas could have omitted this white wash of rays, and the painting could still be strong, but the rays add an extra emotional punch that I appreciate.

A visit to the North Carolina Museum of Art. Dec 23, 2012

Anselm Kiefer “Untitled” Mixed Media, 1980-1986

This Kiefer painting and mixed media work is massive. It takes up a whole corner of a room in the modern wing of the museum. Each time I see it, I notice more details. The complicated textures alone make me want to get lost in it.

A visit to the North Carolina Museum of Art. Dec 23, 2012

George Bireline “Matisse Window” Acrylic on Canvas, 1964

Matisse makes me happy. Bireline’s tribute to Matisse makes me happy. The masterful use of color and pattern lead me into this window and I want to open it to see the French Riviera just like Matisse did from his studio. I adjusted the white balance in my camera to show you the purity of the colors in this painting.

A visit to the North Carolina Museum of Art. Dec 23, 2012

Lyonel Feininger “The Green Bridge II” Oil on Canvas, 1916

Feininger has always been one of my favorite painters, but this cubist canvas has to be one of his best. Again, I adjusted my camera’s white balance so you can see accurate colors. Put your finger over the yellow doorway. Without that small touch, the painting loses interest. The man knew what he was doing.

A visit to the North Carolina Museum of Art. Dec 23, 2012

A hallway in the North Carolina Museum of Art with (L to R) Gerhard Richter, Robert Motherwell, and Joel Shapiro.

This is a shot of one of the hallways leading to wings of paintings and sculptures. Below is the same hallway, facing in the opposite direction.

A visit to the North Carolina Museum of Art. Dec 23, 2012

Another hallway of the North Carolina Museum of Art with (L to R) Lee Mullican, Andy Warhol, Adolph Gottlieb, and Joseph Albers.

We planned our visit so we could have brunch at the museum restaurant, Iris. We are never disappointed with the food and atmosphere of the well-lit, clean-lined room. If you haven’t experienced the restaurant yet, you will you enjoy the quality and taste of the menu, as well as the fair prices. I had a very creative version of eggs benedict (on cornbread muffins with fresh and locally grown ingredients) and it was only $12. Keep Iris in mind for your next trip to the museum.

Brent & Gina visit the North Carolina Museum of Art and enjoy brunch in Iris restaurant. Delicious!

Brent & Gina visit the North Carolina Museum of Art and enjoy brunch in Iris restaurant. Delicious!

Gina Genis – Artist Profile in Press Enterprise Newspaper

The 11 x 18 1/2 foot Economy Portraits flag at Huntington Beach Art Center

The 11 x 18 1/2 foot Economy Portraits flag at Huntington Beach Art Center

Dear Friends and Bloggers,

The Press Enterprise newspaper, serving Riverside and San Bernardino in southern California has printed an artist profile, titled “Gina Genis Puts Artistry In Photojournalism”  about my work. I hope you visit the link and enjoy the article.

Thank you to Grace Kook Anderson, Curator of Exhibitions at the Laguna Art Museum, and Dave Barton, Senior Art Critic of OC Weekly, Theater producer and director, for providing insights about my work for this article.

Another thanks goes out to Jill  K. Jones for taking the time to research and write such an engaging profile.

You can find out more about Economy Portraits, the work highlighted in this piece by clicking here and going to another page in this blog.

A book about the Economy Portraits project is available on Amazon.

Find out about Gina Genis Photography Workshops, Lessons, and fine art here.

Internship Opportunities at National Gallery of Art, Washington,DC

The National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC is accepting internship applications for 2013-2014. The Gallery offers three different internships, each having different projects, eligibility requirements, and terms. Internships in the Museum Profession, Graduate Curatorial Internships, Summer 2012 Internships. Applications and information are available by clicking here.

Getty Center Museum Exhibits Robert Mapplethorpe

Calla Lily by Robert Mapplethorpe 1988

The Getty Center Museum is currently showing and extensive body of work by photo master Robert Mapplethorpe. The following is from the Getty’s website:

A tastemaker and provocateur, Robert Mapplethorpe was one of the great photographers of the second half of the twentieth century. His highly stylized explorations of gender, race, and sexuality became hallmarks of the period and exerted a powerful influence on his contemporaries.

I am thrilled that so much of his work is in one exhibit, so am anxious to get there as soon as possible. The show runs from October 23, 2012 – March 24, 2013.

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