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Shoot # 15

Jim Shaw's monumental Jim Shaw’s monumental “Capitol Viscera Appliances” (2011) being watched by visitors at Art Basel 2014 © Jan Oberg 2015

Lund, Sweden – July 4, 2015

Hi!

Whether you are an old or new friend I welcome you to Oberg PhotoGraphics .

Shoot is a single photo, a digital gift – a moment of meditation – with which I wish you a good Sunday and weekbegin.

Now, I’m exploring what happens when we go to exhibitions. Above is a shot of spectators in front of Jim Shaw’s monumental “Capitol Viscera Appliances” (2011) – with nuclear explosion, technological products and the White House. It is af if they witness and photograph the end of the world…

I explore that in some sketch-like photos I’ve uploaded to my Pinterest place under the headline  “Pictures At An Exhibition” – follow if you like, there will be more. Visitors and gallery owners at Art Basel and the Biennale may find themselves there.

Can pictures of such art-ificial settings become art beyond documentation?

Great artists like Eric Fischl, Thomas Struth and David Hockney seem to say “Yes”.

All the earlier Shoot messages are now at my photo and other art blog. And lots from Art Basel on Instagram – let’s follow!

Finally, don’t miss the new GlobalArt Magazine which I curate. Welcome to follow it.

My best
Jan Oberg

PS Thanks for all encouraging comments to and sharing these “Shoots”.

Shoot # 14

Lund, Sweden, June 28, 2015

“Couple With Clive Head” – In front of Clive Head’s ‘Thinking About Georges Braque’ 2013
© Jan Oberg 2015

I shoot out a single photo to you as a digital gift – a moment of meditation – and wish you a good Sunday and weekbegin.

What happens when we go to exhibitions? Much more than just looking at some art works.

Exhibtions are landscapes with pictures as scenaries in front of which spectators act and interact in particular ways. Many see art through their smart phones more than through their eyes.

They move in and out of art spaces and create ever-changing situations. Many come merely to be seen.

Can pictures of these art-ificial settings become art beyond documentation?

I explore that in some sketch-like photos I’ve uploaded to my Pinterest place under the headline  “Pictures At An Exhibition” (much else to see there).

Great artists like Eric Fischl, Thomas Struth and David Hockney have been interested in this perspective too.

Finally, don’t miss lots of new stuff about photography and other contemporary art around the world at the new GlobalArt Magazine which I curate. Welcome to follow it.

My best
Jan Oberg

PS Thanks for all encouraging comments to and sharing these “Shoots”

Art Basel 2014 (5) Photography and painting dialogue…

 

Joel Meyerowitz's photo of Cézanne's studio

Joel Meyerowitz’s photo of Cézanne’s studio

You may have guessed that I am looking for art photography in particular here in Basel? You are right! And I am happy to report that there is so much of it; photography is as accepted as an art form as, say, painting, film, sculpture, prints and multiples. Secondly, there are interesting “dialogues” between photo and painting.

Gerhard Richter – whose exhibition at the Beyeler Foundation outside Basel I shall return to – comes to mind. Many of his paintings appear as photography (until you get closer). But there are also many other examples of how the two art forms speak with each other.

One such example is Joel Meyerowitz and here in Basel he shows a kind of photo narrative at the Howard Greenberg Gallery in New York. A couple of years ago he visited Paul Cézanne’s (1839-1906) studio in Aix-en-Provence. He managed to get the permission to take pictures there and was drawn to the grey colours of the studio in which various of Cézanne’s objects and belongings were exhibited.

Next he took pictures of these objects – as if de-coding Cézanne’s paintings and seeing each object in them as a piece of art, a motif for another sort of painting – created with his camera.

Cézanne's studioexhibit  to the left and the single objects in it to the right. By Joel Meyerowitz.

Cézanne’s studio exhibit to the left and the single objects in it to the right. Photographed by Joel Meyerowitz.

I found that interesting, explorative and brilliantly beautiful. Could be done with many other artists – illustrating both time and space in the art and how high quality work may always be seen in its company and add something new. Continue reading

In Oslo: Astrup Fearnley Museum, Cindy Sherman, Damien Hirst and all that…

The Astrup Fearnley Museum is situated in the Tjuvholmen area in the Oslo harbour. It is an exciting, creative new area of development which used to be a shipbuilding site and an old prison. Now it’s restaurants, luxurious apartments, cozy small squares and lots of diverse, creative architecture.

museet

The museum © Jan Oberg 2013

When you walk away from the anything-but-elegant City Hall and head for the Oslo Fjord, you have boats on your left hand side and those new buildings on your right; just keep walking and you cannot miss this private museum the architecture of which reminds you are a huge sail over a broad low boat. One part of this true masterpiece is the permanent collection with works of many contemporary artists such as Damien Hirst, Thomas Struth, Nan Golding, Jeff Koons, etc. – and the second part is devoted to changing exhibitions. At the time i visited in late June 2013, Cindy Sherman’s art photography.

I must admit at the outset that I have never been an admirer of her works. Continue reading