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More Getty Center Abstractions

Getty Center Abstraction

This series of images was taken on visits to the Getty Center in Los Angeles, California over an eight year period.

I usually find this type of modern architecture sterile, but here the architect Richard Meier created spaces that are not only pleasant to be in but include interesting lines, windows, angles, curves, and textures in almost every view. Looking abstractly at these details reveals patterns that capture my eye as a photographer, and as many visual artists know, once you notice something like this, it’s hard to let go of it. I continue to visit the Getty and add to this collection.

Here’s the entire set so far: Getty Center Abstractions

I have a show of these images coming up next month. If you’re in the area stop by.

Getty Center Abstractions
Photographs by Richard Wanderman

Opening Saturday, January 7, 3:30 – 5:30 pm
Artist’s talk: 3:45 pm followed by reception

January 7 – April 14, 2012
Gallery Hours: Monday – Saturday, 10 am – 4 pm

Marie Louise Trichet Art Gallery
Wisdom House
229 East Litchfield Rd.
Litchfield, CT 06759
860-567-3163
www.wisdomhouse.org

Getty Center Abstraction

Getty Center Abstraction

Getty Center Abstraction

Getty Center Abstraction

Getty Center Abstraction

Getty Center Abstractions Show

Getty Center abstraction

I never posted the “official” show announcement for the show I have coming up. Here it is for those of you who might be close enough to come. I’ve been printing and framing and getting the images together and I must say I’m pleased.

Getty Center Abstractions
Photographs by Richard Wanderman

Opening Saturday, January 7, 3:30 – 5:30 pm
Artist’s talk: 3:45 pm followed by reception

January 7 – April 14, 2012
Gallery Hours: Monday – Saturday, 10 am – 4 pm

Marie Louise Trichet Art Gallery
Wisdom House
229 East Litchfield Rd.
Litchfield, CT 06759
860-567-3163
www.wisdomhouse.org

Framing Getty Abstraction prints

Richard at work framing Getty show

My friend Gary Sharp is visiting for Thanksgiving and he caught me doing some framing of prints for an upcoming show I’ve got.

For those who do their own framing, I found out the hard way that using acrylite (acrylic) for the glazing of large prints (23.5″ squares) can be problematic: the acrylic bowed just a bit and when I was working on the back of the frames I scratched numerous pieces as I moved the frames around on my work table. Given this I’ve decided to switch the glazing on these larger pieces to glass which I’m buying from a local frame shop to avoid the long distance shipping from the place I buy my frames from. Glass is certainly more fragile and a bit heavier but it makes for a sturdier package once it’s all together, one doesn’t have to give recipients special cleaning instructions, and the glare seems close to the same.

Gary caught me checking the surface of a newly glazed matted print before it gets put into its frame.

Irving Penn: Small Trades at The Getty

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The Getty Center has an incredible show up: Irving Penn: Small Trades.

This is a large collection of portraits of window washers, plumbers, bakers, waiters and more, shot in the early 1950s in New York, London, and Paris.

Penn is both one of the greatest portrait photographers and one of the greatest photographic printers and these images are spectacular.

These images have never been shown together before and I’ve rarely seen a show of Penn images this large: 155 gelatin silver prints and 97 platinum/palladium prints, beautifully displayed and documented.

Anyone who knows Penn’s work should make the time to see this show and any portrait photographer really ought to see this show as part of an essential photographic education.

The book covering the entire show is available from Amazon: Irving Penn: Small Trades (Hardcover).

Show announcement postcards

Show announcement postcards

Warren, Connecticut. I printed a thousand (1000) post cards for my friend Joy Brown to announce the opening of one of her shows a few years ago.

Printed on Red River Polar Matte card stock on a Canon Pixma Pro 9000 printer.

I filled my office, our bedroom and other rooms with flat surfaces with these cards for drying overnight and it took three days to get them all printed and dried.

The Art of Everyday Objects

Stacked Glasses

Gary Sharp and I are doing a two person show at The North Bend, Oregon Public Library in June, 2009: The Art of Everyday Objects. These are my submissions.

They’re printed on Hahnemuhle Fine Art Photo Rag paper and cut to 12″ squares mounted in 21″ frames and they look darn good if you ask me (you didn’t but there you have it). We also have notecards of each piece as well.

I think this will be a great show and as always, it’s a pleasure to work with Gary on it.

Carleton Watkins at the Getty

Carleton Watkins at the Getty

Los Angeles, California. The Getty Center has a spectacular show of the photography of Carleton Watkins up until the end of the month: Dialog Among The Giants: Carleton Watkins.

Any landscape photographer who lives within driving distance of LA needs to see this important photography show. It is simply one of the best photo shows I’ve seen in years. It’s deep, large, and well curated.

I was pushing my 93 year old mother around in a wheelchair and describing photographs and reading placards so I didn’t see it under the best circumstances. Still, this is one of the best shows of his work you’ll ever see.

They even have his enormous view camera on display. The rig is the size of a small car. You look at that camera rig and then at the pictures and consider him schlepping that thing around Yosemite and the western US and moaning about carrying a tripod sort of sounds ridiculous.

Edward Weston: Enduring Vision

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The Getty Center in Los Angeles has a fantastic photo show up now: Edward Weston: Enduring Vision which is one of the largest single collections of Weston photographs I’ve ever seen shown in one place. I have to say, this is one of the best photo shows I’ve seen in years, it’s well presented, deep and comprehensive, and of excellent quality, including some of his most famous work.

The show ends November 25th so those of you who live close enough should really check this out.