Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Henri Cartier-Bresson at FUNDACIÓN MAPFRE

Henri Cartier-Bresson, "Courses de chevaux, Thurles, Tipperary County, Munster, Irlande," 1952. © Henri Cartier-Bresson/Magnum Photos. Courtesy Foundation Henri Cartier-Bresson.

Henri Cartier-Bresson at FUNDACIÓN MAPFRE June 28–September 7, 2014

FUNDACIÓN MAPFRE Recoletos Exhibition Hall
Paseo De Recoletos, 23  28004 Madrid Spain

His genius for composition, extraordinary visual intuition and ability to capture the most elusive and significant instants as they happened made Henri Cartier-Bresson (1908–2004) one of the greatest photographers of the 20th century. Throughout a career spent crisscrossing the world, turning his gaze on the great moments of history, he mingled poetry with a powerful sense of testimony.

His work falls into three main periods. During the first, from 1926 to 1935, Cartier-Bresson fraternised with the Surrealists, began working as a photographer and went on his first major trips. The second, from 1936 to 1946, was marked by his political commitment, his work for the Communist press and his experience in films. The third, 1947 to 1970, covered the creation of the cooperative Magnum Photos to the time when he stopped doing photo reports.

This retrospective exhibition of the photographer known as "eye of his time" retraces his career chronologically throughout the selection of vintage prints. It presents his most iconic works as well as the unknown ones.  It aims to give a new focus on his career going beyond the idea of the "decisive moment" that until now has been the key to understand his work. It reveals us that there was not just one but several Cartier-Bressons

FUNDACIÓN MAPFRE Recoletos Exhibition Hall
Paseo De Recoletos, 23  28004 Madrid Spain

Friday, June 6, 2014

Royal Secrets In The Queen's Body Fat : Laura Porter

Laura Porter, American conceptual artist/sculptor, recently exhibited several large-scale sculptures at l'Espace des arts sans frontières, in Paris.  The works, installations of found industrial materials are wonderfully puzzling and demand inquiry.

Here's the artist standing in front of her large work made from a found dental chair and other material.  The results are exotic and haunting.

Installation views of the exhibition are here.

Besides, Royal Secrets, the artist has launched a number of great exhibitions (and great titles) such as: Slack, Pervert's Tailgate, Swamp Meat, Pro Jet, Confectionery, Sourdough, Slax, Manswers for Mobsters, Not Sure, My Day at the Mall.

The artist, right, in front of the shadow of her piece in Paris. 

Her titles for works are intriguing and poetic and the works never cease to thrill.  Porter is pushing the limits of what sculpture and an aesthetic experience can be.  See more of Laura Porter's work here: Laura Porter.