Signs of Struggle: Photography in the Wake of Postmodernism is the new exhibition that just started at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.
The exhibition includes works by postmodern masters such as Cindy Sherman (who holds the record for the most expensive photograph ever sold, at $3.89 million), Richard Prince (who held the same record before Cindy Sherman. Gosh, this stuff is fashionable!), Anne Hardy, Claire Strand and David Shrigley. Curated by Marta Weiss, the exhibition explores self referential works that demonstrate a post modern approach to photography in the past 30 years or so. This exhibition is totally free and the V&A cafe and food hall are just great, if you are lucky you are gonna be able to eat some roasted lamb (not free though).
The Whitechapel Gallery in London offers the first UK survey of German artist Thomas Struth. The exhibition Thomas Struth: Photographs 1978-2010, spans over 30 years of the photographer’s carreer, from his first black and white prints to his recent color photographs that are up to 4 meters long. The exhibition also includes a projection of rare footage of Mr. Struth working both on location and in the studio that takes place every 45 mins at the Zilkha Auditorium. This unmissable exhibition is on till the 16th of September.
The Groninger Museum hosts the first major solo exhibition of Chi Peng out of China. The young Chi Peng (born 1981) is amongst the most requested Chinese artist working with the photographic medium all over the world. The Dutch institution brings together a fine blend of Chi Peng’s old and new work under the title Me, Myself and I. Chi Peng graduated from the Central Academy of Fine Art in Beijing, with Photography as his main subject, in 2005. Growing up during the 1980s in China, with its dynamism and astonishing progress, as well as sexual identity, insecurities and loneliness are the main themes faced by Chi Peng in his work. The exhibition is on view till the 11th of September 2011.
Hiroshima Ground Zero is a current exhibition on view at ICP in New York organized by Erin Barnett. After the United States detonated an atomic bomb at Hiroshima on August 6, 1945, the U.S. government restricted the circulation of images of the bomb’s deadly effect. President Truman dispatched some 1,150 military personnel and civilians, including photographers, to record the destruction as part of the United States Strategic Bombing Survey. The goal of the Survey’s Physical Damage Division was to photograph and analyze methodically the impact of the atomic bomb on various building materials surrounding the blast site, the first “Ground Zero.” The haunting, once-classified images of absence and annihilation formed the basis for civil defense architecture in the United States. (Source: ICP website).
Inwards and Onwards is the latest series by photographer, music video and film director Anton Corbijn, currently on view at FOAM Amsterdam. The exclusively black and white images portray the act of creation and the painful struggle related to it. The subjects are by the most renowned artists working today. The show is on view until the 1st of September. Hurry!
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