Photography

The Art of Seeing - Photography and painting converge in Alice Gur-Arie’s work

The Art of Seeing - Photography and painting converge in Alice Gur-Arie’s work

Digitally hand re-painting her photographs from around the world, Alice invites viewers to replace the window through which they see the world, with a lens that interprets "reality" into something familiar yet foreign.

Gillian Hyland’s ‘Words In Sight’ Kickstarter Campaign

Gillian Hyland‘s Words in Sight will be a self-published stunning selection of photographs and poems by the artist, spanning ten years of work. The narrative photography series has been inspired by poetry written by the artist over the past decade and will showcase for the first time the pictures with the words together, giving a deeper perspective and insight into the series.

The Words In Sight series consists of 85 cinematic photographs created since 2013. The narrative images are all real-life staged scenes with the wardrobe and environment styled by Hyland.

Her Kickstarter campaign aims at raising the production funds required to produce this fine art photography book. Hyland has self-funded all of her shoots and has already personally invested in the design and project in order to get to these final stages, but now she’s asking for your help and support to make it happen.

Everything is in place to have the book ready to deliver before Christmas 2017, with books and boxes shipping in December. The other print offers are ready to ship now upon successful completion of the campaign. 

To view the full series of images and more information about awards, exhibitions and press, check out her website: www.gillianhyland.com.

John Marchant Gallery presents Ruth Marten

The Birds is US artist Ruth Marten’s third solo exhibition in the UK and brings with it her trademark intrigues and pleasures. Vintage prints and photographs constitute the supports for a cornucopia of fantastical, visual sauts de basque, as Marten delves into the picture surfaces – collaging, rearranging, drawing and painting – ascribing whole new narratives with marvellous precision and verve.

“The Birds, a survey, came about as the result of the abysmal campaign and election in the US which instilled in myself and my friends a strong desire to fly away. Easier said than done, hence the immersion into the realm of birds! Fortunately that world is deep and wide with innumerable interfaces with our own so, whether reflecting natural history of an utterly absurd scenario, there is much material here to play with.” 

The Birds is the continuation of a body of work that Marten instigated ten years ago with Histoire un-Naturelle, shown with the John Marchant Gallery in London; with Gallery Hosfeldt in NYC and, most recently, with Fountains and Alligators at Cologne’s Galerie van der Grinten. 

For Marten’s upcoming exhibition at the Eagle Gallery, all her works will be certified with Tagsmart’s DNA Tags and accompanied by a secure Certificate of Authenticity, guaranteeing proof of ownership and provenance for collectors.

The Birds will be on show until September 30.
159 Farringdon Road, EC1R 3AL

Tagsmart weekly discovery: Arteh Odjidja’s photographic narratives

Born and bred in London and influenced by his father who worked in filmmaking, Arteh Odjidja realised at a young age he was destined for a career in the arts. In 2004, Odjidja completed a degree in Graphic Design at the LCC University of the Arts but soon discovered his love for photography and storytelling.

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His keen eye for composition and passion for bespoke couture naturally led him to specialise in fashion, portrait and documentary photography. Having worked with some of the world’s most recognised brands, including Paul Smith and Montblanc, his innate bond to the arts however eventually led him to take up personal projects as well.

His first exhibition, Stranger in Moscow, was on display at Ozwald Boateng’s Saville Row store in 2013. The series shines a light on a young man’s story, and highlights the feelings of displacement and vulnerability felt by so many living in foreign environments. The social struggles faced by such people have defined the modern world we live in.

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He has since exhibited his work extensively in America and the UK, been featured in numerous industry publications such as Black+White Photography, The British Journal of Photography and The Photoworks annual.

Most recently, Odjidja’s Art of Monochrome series was featured in the Dandy Lion, The Black Dandy and Street Style book by Shantrelle P. Lewis, Leica UK and Aperture Foundation, alongside Hassan Hajjaj, Joshua Kissi, Travis Gumbs and Omar Victor Diop.

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On September 30, the photographer will present the Monochrome Street Portraits – Black and White Portrait Photography workshop at the Imago Fotokunst, Berlin. Teaching participants how to create a portrait narrative and achieve dynamic black and white portraits on location, the masterclass draws inspiration from his successful ongoing STRANGER series, which profiles young migrants in cities around the world.

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Mario Testino’s art collection goes up for auction at Sotheby’s in Los Angeles

One of the most influential fashion and portrait photographers of our time, Mario Testino kick-started his photographer career as a freelancer for Vogue and Vanity Fair after a chance encounter.

In his 40-year practice as a photographer, he gained worldwide attention with his unique talent in capturing his subjects candidly and effortlessly. Testino has documented A-list celebrities, supermodels and artists, as well as many royals, including his most memorable sitting with Diana, Princess of Wales, commissioned for Vanity Fair in 1997.

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In 2012 Mario Testino established the not-for-profit MUSEO MATE in Lima to promote and support local and global culture in Peru. 

His impressive contemporary art collection is now at auction at Sotheby’s revealing the artist as collector, patron and collaborator. All proceeds will go toward the expansion of the centre’s programme of exhibitions, residencies and education initiatives, ensuring its success in the future.

Some of the artists include Adriana VarejãoRichard Prince, Georg Baselitz, Wolfgang Tillmans, Cindy Sherman, and Gilbert & George.

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The Shake It Up: Works from the Mario Testino Collection auction will be taking place in Los Angeles from August 15 to 17.

Tagsmart weekly discovery: Elizabeth James’ quest for the untold beauty in the ordinary

Born in Croydon to mixed heritage-parents, Elizabeth James’ love of art has been a prominent part of her life. Captivated by the way black and white blends together and the shades of grey in between, her practice of the arts began exploring the use of pencil and charcoal. 

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It wasn’t until 2004 that James took what seemed to be a giant leap and started to use colours and paint with oils, which eventually led to her love for photography.

Looking down the lens like a form of escapism and in a quest for the beauty in the ordinary, James often shoots focuses on texture, shadows and reflections, capturing the visual rhythms in the natural flow. 

In 2014, James’ work from the Colour in Motion series was exhibited in the Works on Paper Art Fair at the Science Museum, at Gordon Ramsay’s London House in Battersea Square, and at the Stratstone of Mayfair Aston Martin showroom for the launch of the new Aston Martin Vanquish. In the same year, James was voted as one the top 5 artists at The Other Art Fair.

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Last year, James opened her own gallery, Elizabeth James Gallery, in South Norwood, to showcase the best of Croydon’s contemporary art. Hosting exhibitions with guest artists and workshops, selected artists are also occasionally invited to create art by the gallery window.

The gallery is hosting a special exhibition to mark the 50th anniversary of the original Summer of Love in 1967. The Croydon Summer of Love show represents the culturally and politically charged period of time through art. Exhibiting artists include Angela Crow, Bernard Gary, Tom Bushnell, Zoe Akroyd Parker and Jessica Le Gary. The exhibition will be on display until August 28.

Tagsmart weekly discovery: storytelling through Gillian Hyland’s photographs

Irish photographer Gillian Hyland describes herself as an image-maker and storyteller. Her work is based on her own poems and depicts characters in human dramas and isolated emotional situations. Frozen in time, solitary and vulnerable moments are presented in glorious technicolour and timeless sets. 

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“It’s not about creating a pretty picture, for me it’s the intention that lies beneath it that is truly worthwhile. I’m drawn to the thinking mind behind the face, the subject’s eyes holding a story in their gaze, that is what I aim to capture through my photographs.”

Hyland stages theatrical environments where her characters’ emotions are emphasised by playing with colours, symbols and aesthetic settings. The resulting images are not a literal description of a memory but an ambience, enabling the emotional core and mood to shine through.

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Having worked in publishing, fashion, film and television and creating imagery for editorials, commercials and advertising campaigns, Hyland has evolved into her own distinctive style and released her first fine art series, Words in Sight, in 2014. 

Since then her photographs have been exhibited around the world and received several awards, including Royal Arts Prize, International Photographer of the Year, Travel Photography Society Award, Sony World Photography Award, Magenta Flash Forward Award, La Quatrieme Image, AX3 – American Aperture Award, Moscow International Photo Award, PX3 – Prix de la Photographie and the PDN Curator Awards.

Her most recent body of work, the Windows Into Havana series, reveals experiences and emotions from her trip to Havana, Cuba. Playing with the notion of nostalgia, each image suggests a larger narrative and taps into our understanding of feelings and beliefs. The series explores Hyland’s sense of self and society and aims to engage and trigger an emotional response from the viewer.

Currently showing at Sunny Art Centre until September 4, Hyland has been shortlisted for the Sunny Art Prize 2017. Her works Eyes Shut and The Hearts Shadow have also been selected to be exhibited during the photo festival in Kuala Lumpur in the WhiteBox Gallery, opening on September 9.

Tagsmart stars alongside Mat Collishaw on BBC 4Tech

Watched by 25 million viewers in the Middle East and North Africa, BBC Arabic’s weekly 4Tech programme discusses technology, innovation and cyberspace.

Invited to take part in this week’s episode, Tagsmart demonstrated its unique triple-lock solution directly from Mat Collishaw’s studio. Our Co-Founder and Chief Innovation Officer Steve Cooke introduced our technology by tagging Collishaw’s Insecticide 28 print. 

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Tagsmart has developed a unique, secure genetic “stamp” to identify, seal and verify the authenticity of artworks. Following an extensive collaboration between leading artists, surface chemists and conservators, every component of the Tag is part of a complex web of security measures, using revolutionary label technology featuring the latest synthetic DNA taggants and inorganic compounds.

Each Tag has its own unique reference number, linked to the artwork’s secure Certificate of Authenticity and its online Provenance Record.

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Alongside presenter Anees Alqudaihi, Collishaw also talked about his exhibition Thresholds, using the latest in VR technology. 

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Thresholds is a fully immersive portal to the past, restaging one of the earliest exhibitions of photography in 1839, when William Henry Fox Talbot first presented his photographic prints to the public at King Edward’s School, Birmingham.

Presented in London and Birmingham, the show is now relocating to Lacock Abbey, in Wiltshire, where it will open on September 16.

Watch the complete episode here.

Tommy Clarke at the Bosham Gallery from August 5th

Tommy Clarke has taken some of the most extraordinary aerial photographs around the world, and he is now firmly established as one of Britain’s most collectable photographers.

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By hanging out of helicopters to capture mesmerising shapes and colours from the air, Clarke gives his images a very distinct and recognisable style. His vivid aerial photographs of beaches, salt lakes and bubbling geysers make earth look like abstract art.

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Following his successful solo exhibition Up In The Air last autumn, he will be now showcasing his work at the Bosham Gallery from August 5th until October 1st. 

He has recently launched a collection of beachwear based on his photographs with M&S Menswear and will be opening his own gallery in South London soon.

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In the meanwhile, check out his most recent interview with Aerial Cornwall here.

Great photos come with great provenance

We are delighted to announce Iconic Images will now be using Tagsmart DNA Tags specifically designed for photographic papers and mounted works and Certificates of Authenticity as a guarantee of authenticity and provenance.

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Robin Morgan, Iconic Images’ CEO and Creative Director explains: “The art market has traditionally been vulnerable to forgeries and lawsuits: Tagsmart presents a sea of change in the industry, offering a robust and fail-safe mechanism to verify art and photography. It is great news for us, and great news for collectors.” 

Representing some of the world’s most celebrated photographers, Iconic Images will introduce this innovation by tagging two of Terry O'Neill’s most famous images – Frank Sinatra on the Board Walk and Brigitte Bardot with a cigar in her mouth.

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By using Tagsmart’s triple lock solution to seal the authenticity of artworks, Iconic Images and Terry O'Neill can also control their limited editions works, protect collectors, their names and reputation against fakes and forgeries and complement their existing digital protection. 

According to legendary photographer Terry O’Neill, “Tagsmart’s authentication solution reassures collectors that the work they are buying is authentic and its value will be protected.” 

Tagsmart was here: Adrián Villar Rojas, Soul of a Nation and Dreamers Awake

From the Series ‘The Theatre of Disappearance’
Adrián Villar Rojas

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Adrián Villar Rojas calls into question the supremacy of any particular artwork. For his first exhibition in London since 2013, the Argentinian artist presents a life-size marble reproduction of the legs of Michelangelo’s David. The simplicity and beauty of the replicated 15th-century sculpture contrast with two adorable kittens smooching by his feet.

This piece is concurrent with exhibitions on the rooftop of The Met in New York, the Kunsthaus Bregenz in Bregenz, Austria and the NEON Foundation in Athens, Greece. 

Marian Goodman Gallery, until July 21
5-8 Lower John Street, W1F 9DY


Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power

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“The biggest achievement of this exhibition is the recovering of the talented legion of artists who have been kept out of the American canon of genius in a way that is utterly unjust,” says Jonathan Jones of The Guardian. Art from the 1950s is predominantly represented nowadays by American icons such as Robert Rauschenberg, Jasper Johns and Andy Warhol. 

Above is a painting April 4, which marks the first anniversary of the murder of Martin Luther King with a cascade of purple tears. This piece is by Sam Gilliam whose artistic genius was forgotten until only recently, now in his 80’s. But Gilliam’s art is not the only artwork to come out the woodwork, there are copies of The Black Panther magazine to self-portraits of Barkley Hendricks entitled Brilliantly Endowed and Frank Bowling’s unforgettable paintings. 

Tate Modern, until October 22
Bankside, SE1 9TG


Dreamers Awake
Eileen Agar, Leonora Carrington, Lee Miller, Dorothea Tanning, Leonor Fini, Francesca Woodman, Hannah Wilke, Louise Bourgeois, Rosemarie Trockel,  Kiki Smith, Paloma Varga Weisz, Mona Hatoum, Tracey Emin and Sarah Lucas, amongst others

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This exhibition of more than 50 contemporary and emerging artists, as well as well-known Surrealist figures, artfully riffs around what it means to live inside rather than gaze upon a female form.

The show explores surrealism through the eyes of women, such as Mona Hatoum who subverts the objectification of the female form with Jardin Public (1993) or Claude Cahun who plays with gender identity as a fluid construct in her iconic black and white self-portraits from the 1930s.

White Cube Bermondsey, Until September 17
144-152 Bermondsey Street, SE1 3TQ

Gallery worker pleads guilty in Afghan girl theft

Art studio employee Bree DeStephano pleaded guilty to stealing photographs from renowned photojournalist Steve McCurry, reports the Daily Local News. McCurry is best known for his June 1985 National Geographic cover Afghan Girl, an image of a young woman with haunting green eyes take at a refugee camp a year earlier.

DeStephano was arrested in June 2015 and accused of stealing $655,000 worth of photos from McCurry. Her guilty plea included three third degree felony charges: theft, conspiracy, and criminal use of a communication facility. DeStephano confessed in an affidavit taken by Chester County Detective Martin Carbonel, the lead investigator in the case.