Sunday, December 2, 2012

New Arrivals: Art And Photography


 Zwelethu Mthethwa

Since Apartheid’s  fall in 1994, South African photography has exploded from the grip of  censorship onto the world stage. A key figure in this movement is  Zwelethu Mthethwa, whose stunning portraits powerfully frame black South  Africans as dignified and defiant, even under the duress of social and  economic hardship. Working in urban and rural industrial landscapes,  Mthethwa documents a range of aspects in South Africa—from domestic life  and the environment to landscape and labor issues. His work challenges the conventions of both Western documentary work and African commercial studio  photography, marking a transition away from the visually exotic and  diseased—or “Afro-pessimism,” as curator Okwui Enwezor has referred to  it—and employing a fresh approach marked by color and  collaboration. Zwelethu Mthethwa is the artist’s long-awaited first comprehensive monograph, providing an overview of his work to-date and  featuring the stunning portraits thaT have brought him international  acclaim. (2010, Aperture )

El Anatsui

El Anatsui has always employed modes of craftsmanship within work that has a clear and direct link to traditional African Art.  What makes the work that he is now most celebrated for so important is in the way he has been able to transcend tradition through process, materiality, and in the inclusion of an underlying and implicit social and political content integral to this material.  His work previously consisted of wood that would have been carved and painted in a manner that evoked artifacts commonly found in market places and centers throughout Africa.  Starting in the late 1990’s, El Anatsui made great changes in his working materials, as well as in his method and practice that enabled the work to jettison into a 21st Century post-modern critique on the social implications of craft and the sculptural form. (2009, Jack Shainman Editions )

Subodh Gupta: Gandhi's Three Monkeys

Delhi-based Subodh Gupta uses everyday domestic, rural Indian objects such as pots, pans, squat stools and cow dung in his mixed-media installations. This survey features works from the 1990s to the present (2008, Nicolas Bourriaud, S. Kalidas, Dan Cameron, 318 pages, 150 color)

Hank Willis Thomas: Pitch Blackness

Hank Willis Thomas gained wide recognition with his highly provocative series B(r)ANDED, which addresses the commodification of African-American male identity by raising questions about visual culture and the power of logos. Pitch Blackness, his first monograph, includes selections from this series and several others. The book charts Hank Willis Thomas' career as he grapples with the issues of grief, black-on-black violence in America and the ways in which corporate culture is complicit in the crises of black male identity. With his characteristic pointedness and dark humor, Willis Thomas shows in Pitch Blackness why he is considered one of today's most compelling emerging artists. (2009, Rene de Guzman and Robin D.G. Kelley, 128 pages)

Adi Nes

This comprehensive catalogue of the artist, Adi Nes, was first published when his exhibit at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art opened in the Spring of 2007. The catalogue covers four series of staged photographs which Nes created since the beginning of the 1990 s: Soldiers, Young Boys, Prisoners (a project for the fashion journal, Vogue Hommes International) and Biblical Stories. The Catalogue also includes an introduction by Professor Mordechai Omer, General Director of the Tel Aviv Museum of Art, and an article by Doreet LeVitte Harten which discusses Adi Nes work in its entirety while citing many of the references in Art History which enrich Nes images. (2007, Mordechai Omer, Doreet LeVitte Harten, Susan Chevlowe, 156 pages)

30 Americans

 From its inception in the 1960s, the Rubell Collection has been able to boast a particularly fine range of African-American art. Recent New York exhibitions (such as the Harlem Studio Museum's Freestyle and Frequency, or the Renaissance Society's Black Is, Black Ain't) inspired the Rubell family to mount an exhibition of their holdings in this area, reproduced here in 30 Americans. With a late addition to this exhibition, there are in fact 31 artists: Nina Chanel Abney, John Bankston, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Mark Bradford, Iona Rozeal Brown, Nick Cave, Robert Colescott, Noah Davis, Leonard Drew, Renée Green, David Hammons, Barkley L. Hendricks, Rashid Johnson, Glenn Ligon, Kalup Linzy, Kerry James Marshall, Rodney McMillian, Wangechi Mutu, William Pope L., Gary Simmons, Xaviera Simmons, Lorna Simpson, Shinque Smith, Jeff Sonhouse, Henry Taylor, Hank Willis Thomas, Mickalene Thomas, Kara Walker, Carrie Mae Weems, Kehinde Wiley and Purvis Young.

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