Where to Go and What to See

Finally, a couple photographers I wasn't familiar with but I'd love to learn more about. Pat Kurs' Dollface project (at Sous les Etoiles) is a bizarre little collection of dolls and body parts and feather and sequins -- and against all odds I really like it. Andreas Heumann's images (at The Gallery In Cork Street in London) also have something distinctly handmade about them (most of his prints are apparently one-of-a-kind), and also something dreamy and timeless that I find incredibly compelling

There are so many shows this week by photographers who I've heard about but never really gotten a chance to examine up-close-and-personal that I feel I must recommend a few. Jock Sturges, as the Scalo/Guye press release says "does not really need to be introduced anymore," but this large show (his first solo one at this gallery) should be a good place to start for those not familiar with his nostalgic yet slightly unsettling nudes. Then there is Leonard Freed at powerHouse Arena, who I and most everyone else is familiar with, but I'm interested to see how his co-exhibitor, Jamel Shabazz, contributes to Freed's important (albeit slightly outdated) social issue documentation.

There are also two shows going up with images from books I've seen recently, and which I look forward to seeing on the wall instead of on the page. Alex Kirkbride's American Waters project (at Hammer Galleries), where he photographs water in every state, has a high gimmick potential. But in looking at the images a second and third time, I find they really do tell us something not only about the states they were made in, but about our country's general attitude toward nature and discarded objects. There is also Allan Tannenbaum's study of John Lennon and Yoko Ono in New York in the '70s (at Steven Kasher). The book I sometimes find redundant, so I'd appreciate being able to focus on a culled selection -- because I know there are great photos in the body of work, I've just had a little trouble getting at them in the book.

Finally, a couple photographers I wasn't familiar with but I'd love to learn more about. Pat Kurs' Dollface project (at Sous les Etoiles) is a bizarre little collection of dolls and body parts and feather and sequins -- and against all odds I really like it. Andreas Heumann's images (at The Gallery In Cork Street in London) also have something distinctly handmade about them (most of his prints are apparently one-of-a-kind), and also something dreamy and timeless that I find incredibly compelling.

(Photo: © Andreas Heumann)

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