Friday, 28 October 2011

The Photographs Gallery @ the V&A

Gustave Le Gray (1820-84), 'The Brig', 1856. Museum no. 67:995

 I have spent many hours in the V&A print room looking at various prints created using alternative photographic processes. I think its so important to view orginal prints in the flesh without any glass in front of them.  Favorites of the V&A collection include Irving Penn's platinum prints and the sets of photogravure prints of Edward Steichen's early work and Paul Strand prints. I was pleased to hear the annoncement that the new Photographs gallery will be open to the public from 24 October. The gallery will have an inaugural  display of works by key figures of photographic history including Victorian portraits by Julia Margaret Cameron and significant works by Henri Cartier-Bresson, Man Ray, Afred Stieglitz, Diane Arbus and Irving Penn.

From the V&A website :

'The Photographs Gallery will draw upon the  V&A’s internationally renowned collection of photographs, and will chronicle the history of photography from 1839 up to the 1960s. In 1858, the V&A became the first museum to exhibit photographs, and the new Photographs Gallery is able to showcase some of the most technically brilliant and artistically accomplished photographs in its collection. Temporary displays, primarily showcasing contemporary photography, will be shown in the V&A’s existing photographs gallery.'

Sunday, 23 October 2011

Rankin/Damien Hirst Private View

Attended the Rankin/Damian Hirst private view of the exhibition entitled Myths, Monsters, and Legends last Thursday. A collection of Lambda C-type prints and  platinum/palladium prints were shown as seen below:

Friend Paul Smith took some video of the event which you can view below, most impressive print had to be Rankin's interpretation of the Hirst Diamond Skull which you can see at 2mins 01sec. The lighting was really quite special the prints on the wall almost glowed.

 Show goes on till 11th November and is held at the Annroy Gallery, 110-114 Grafton Road, London