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Art • The exhibition 'Refusal' by Rafał MILACH c/o AFPHOTO thru 18 June 2017 in the ATLAS SZTUKI Gallery, Łódź and as a sneak preview for you on GoSee

16.05.2017 • In 1971, Soviet television broadcast a science program that presented the mechanisms by means of which human consciousness could be manipulated effectively. The young people who had been invited to the studio were subjected to experiments that were intended to make the viewers aware of the extent to which suggestion and conformism influences our reception of reality, eliminating even the most self-evident of facts from it.

It would be no special exaggeration to state that the program laid bare, albeit indirectly, the techniques applied on an everyday basis by the Soviet authorities. At the time, no one spotted the subversive potential of the work... the regime’s propaganda tube presented it as devoid of any connection with the realities of interesting scientific facts.

Contemporary autocracies, particularly those in the post-Soviet region, have adopted the techniques for the collective management of their citizens’ consciousness with a great deal of success. They set up gigantic laboratories where an exemplary model of a social structure is created, no matter what the...

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Art • 'Western and Eastern Light' by magnum photographer Harry Gruyaert in New York's Michael Hoppen Gallery, on from 09 May thru 27 June, 2017

11.05.2017 • ‘Western and Eastern Light’ is the first exhibition by Belgian photographer Harry Gruyaert in New York's Michael Hoppen Gallery. Harry Gruyaert in his capacity as magnum photographer traveled across Europe, North Africa, the Middle East, and America over the past 30 years with his camera – often simply on the streets with his VW station wagon.

“He was one of the first European photographers to take advantage of the creative potential of color photography, following in the footsteps of great American colorists such as William Eggleston and Stephen Shore.” says the Michael Hoppen Gallery on Harry Gruyaert and continues: “Heavily influenced by the emergence of the pop art movement in New York, Gruyaert has been a pioneer in the use of color as a means of expression in photography. His filmic, jewel-hued scenes have become something of a trademark, at times suspended in a flurry of movement and, at others, thick with suspense. His dense compositions weave together a fabric of elements; texture, light, color and architecture to create tableaux.” The exhibition shows you an...

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Art • GoSee loves the touching exhibition 'Konrad Rufus Müller : 'Terra Incognita – Children of the Charité', appearing at PHOTOBASTEI, Zurich

03.05.2017 • Konrad Rufus Müller, born on March 22, 1940 in Berlin, is known as the German Chancellor photographer. He has photographed them all and has become famous for it himself: Konrad Rufus Müller advanced to become one of the most renowned German portrait photographers. And the photos of the work 'Terra Incognita – Children of the Charité' are portraits too – although very irritating. They are child-like creatures, prenatal human beings, commonly referred to as deformed fetuses, which he portrayed, as always, with the available soft light. The result is a study of a touching piece of nature. To feel – with all irritation – is the loving and compassionate perspective of the photographer, who gives these beings dignity. The vernissage was on Thursday 4 May and the artist was present.

Konrad Rufus Müller on his work: “Ever since I was confronted with a collection of deformed children in the Paris Musée Duputren in the early 1980s, I had a feeling that I would not be able to avoid the issue for long. A writer friend Gerhard Roth, who had studied extensively in this field in Vienna, and...

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Art • Fantasy & Artifice Versus Reality : Anderson & Low present their photo project VOYAGES as an extensive exhibition in the London Science Museum including exclusive background info on GoSee

20.04.2017 • Like a sunken war fleet from the past surrounded by dense British fog is how the historical ships emerge in romantic photos in 'Voyages', the new project by Anderson & Low. The large-format photos can now be seen in the Londoner Science Museum: “These images, are a radical reinterpretation of the Science Museum’s historical collection of model ships, and depict previously-hidden dramas and epic voyages for these tiny vessels. The resultant prints are truly romantic and painterly. The project represents Anderson & Low’s continuing interest in exploring the boundaries between fantasy and artifice versus reality, and between photography and the other visual arts.”

Jonathan Anderson & Edwin Low present you the idea for the unusual project on Gosee: “We are perhaps a little unusual in that (as you will see from our website) we often employ stylistic shifts between different projects. This is simply done as we always search for the way to make a project or image say "more", working and reworking our ideas and presentations in order to achieve this. But the themes that underpin the...

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Art • GoSee loves... 'Human Tonic' – Norwegian photographer Hans-Olav Forsang observes the relationship between little everyday episodes and larger existential issues. An illustrated book at Kerber Publishing

11.04.2017 • In May, Kerber published the photo project of Norwegian photographer Hans-Olav Forsang, who has won numerous international and national awards, including the World Press Photo Award, the Golden Eye Trophy and the Children's Award. The photos of his project 'Human Tonic' challenge the viewer. Some of the photos are staged while others are little photographic notes of actual events. After Forsang had for many years valued strictly documentary photography, he felt the desire to break free from the rules of the genre. The book presents the results and underscores the relationship between the little everyday episodes and the big existential issues.

The photographer on his project Human Tonic: “Some pictures are staged while others are small photographic notes of actual events. Human Tonic is a collection of images that highlights the relationship between small everyday episodes and larger existential questions. The images are not meant to explain anything, but intend to challenge the viewer by arousing emotions, recognition and wonder... Without losing the value of the experience...

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Art • 'The Masterpieces hiding in Old Master Paintings' – science meets art, the impressive work LEAD by Alejandro Guijarro at Tristan Hoare, London

30.03.2017 • Alejandro Guijarro's work LEAD uses x-ray technology and ultraviolet light to investigate what is hidden behind or in old masterpieces – and discovers a mysterious world of light and shadows. TRISTAN HOARE London is delighted to present the works by the Madrid-native artist and is looking forward to numerous visitors. This is already the second solo exhibition by Alejandro Guijarro in the gallery.

“Although he has made it with a deep scholarship, Guijarro’s is not a dry inquiry nor a research project. It is a way of making photographic objects whose twin beauties perfectly complement each other. These lovely swirling or choppy marks of painterly activity are a beautiful reflection on what it means to paint; and, because Guijarro is an artist of great subtlety, also on what it means to photograph.”
Francis Hodgson, Art Critic for the Financial Times

The title of the new series, LEAD, refers to the presence of the metal in 17th and 18th century paint. This is what the X-rays show, bouncing back off lead pigments and transforming the paintings from recognizable images into...

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Art • GoSee loves ... Sonia Sieff 'Les Françaises' - a sensitive portrait series of young French women. An exhibition in A Galerie in Paris and as an illustrated book at Rizzoli

30.03.2017 • Oh la la! Sonia Sieff presents with 'Les Françaises' an oeuvre of 150 portraits of naked women - dancers, actresses, models or just girlfriends. The daughter of famous photographer Jeanloup Sieff photographed her protagonists at Paris landmarks such as Opera Garnier, but also in the countryside and secluded in the salon. Without poses and the use of filters, Sonia set out to capture the pure beauty of the women. "French women by heart or by birth, they offer me their beauty, their animal strength, their sweet madness," The photographer revealed in an interview with France.Fr. "I wanted to make portraits undressed because the nude is what ages best, otherwise the photos become dated. I wanted them to pass the test of time, to do the opposite of what I do for my fashion photos. These are not women who are used to posing, I did not want them to have automatisms. This reflects a strong desire for reverie, poetry, something out of time," Sonia Sieff tells LePoint.

The portraits of the women are on display thru 1 May in the Paris photo gallery A Galerie, and an illustrated book was...

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Art • Reme'Crow’s Field' - fading childhood dreams by photographer Siri Kaur on display in Kopeikin Gallery, Los Angeles

28.03.2017 • The gallery explains: “Since it now exists only in memory, Crow’s Field is impossible to document, yet Kaur accesses it by subverting the traditional photographic genres of still life, landscape, and portraiture. Through the process Crow’s Field serves as a metaphor for creating a new type of photograph, one that partially embodies both the real and the surreal. As they subtly dislocate time and space, these ephemeral images de-center classical narrative structures. The results are a group of atmospheric pictures that invite the viewer to participate in finishing each story.

Permeated by everyday natural elements, almost too strange to believe, Kaur creates an otherworldly stream-of-consciousness meditation on memory through the uncanny nature of photographs. A freshly caught octopus on a fishing boat becomes a still life; a girl and her dog morph into a chimera at rest; a sunflower transforms into a baroque abstraction. Underneath these familiar and lush exteriors a sense of uneasiness gnaws away at Kaur’s most cherished attachments. It’s not that she can’t go home again; it’s...

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Art • GoSee Last Call : 'Ryan McGinley - Early' in New York Team Gallery

28.03.2017 • New York Team Gallery is pleased to present you early works by Ryan McGinley. The photos were created in the years from 1999 to 2003 in New York, a period of hopelessness for many Americans – synonomous with the beginning of the Bush era, 9/11 and its aftermath.

The press release from the gallery on the exhibition: "These vérité images, which pre-date his famed “road trip” series, capture the exploits of the artist’s social circle, members of an outlaw creative community based in New York’s Lower East Side. This body of work – a significant addition to the legacy of American subculture photography forged by the likes of Peter Hujar, David Wojnarwicz, Philip-Lorca diCorcia and Nan Goldin – is characterized by McGinley’s idiosyncratic admixture of hopefulness and self-awareness, as well as his unembarrassed disclosure of the melodrama of youth, its inextricably intertwined joy and heartbreak: the artist shows us his debauched, frequently naked friends, laughing and weeping, taking drugs and having sex, tagging walls and pissing off roofs.

Most of McGinley’s subjects are...

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Art • GoSee loves... ANJA NIEMI 'THE WOMAN WHO NEVER EXISTED' – a photographic homage to Italian actress Eleonora Duse as an exhibition in Paris, Oslo and London

23.03.2017 • Anja Niemi works in her new series again with self-portaits and self-identity. After 'The Woman Who Never Existed' already appeared this January at Photo San Francisco, gallery exhibitions in Paris, Oslo and London are soon to follow (shoot at Gallery Oslo, 9 March – 30 April, Galerie Photo 12 Paris, 16 March – 22 April, The Little Black Gallery London, 4 – 27 May).

The photographer was inspired from Italian theater actress Eleonora Duse, who is often seen as a pioneer of method acting. Several American acting schools refer to The Duse as the protagonist of the purist stylist device of expressing herself using only her body and without unnecessary props. The actress was very reserved and hardly gave any interviews. She once told a New York journalist, ‘away from the stage I do not exist.’

'The Woman Who Never Existed' tells the storyof an actress who lives only for her audience and vanishes when no one is looking.

Norwegian photographer Anja Niemi is considered ‘one of the most compelling modern artists working today’. (British Journal of Photography). Niemi always works...

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