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Chuck Samuels, The Photographer – Chuck Samuels, The Ventriloquist’s Dummy: Another interview

Chuck Samuels, The Photographer – Chuck Samuels, The Ventriloquist’s Dummy: Another interview

May 22, 2019 [originally published in CV100 in Spring 2015] — Chuck Samuels: In Before the Camera, you presented yourself in drag to look at the female nude in the history of photography; in Psychoanalysis, you appeared as both the Norman Bates and the Marion Crane characters; in Before Photography, you assumed the roles of photographers in film stills from a specific era…

Althea Thauberger, Marat, Sade, Bohnice / Geneviève Chevalier, The Revolution of Marat, Sade, Bohnice

Althea Thauberger, Marat, Sade, Bohnice / Geneviève Chevalier, The Revolution of Marat, Sade, Bohnice

May 21, 2019 [originally published in CV100 in Spring 2015] — From the opening credits, the title of The Persecution and Assassination of Jean-Paul Marat as Performed by the Inmates of the Asylum of Charenton under the Direction of the Marquis de Sade as Performed by the Prague-based Experimental Theatre Company Akanda for the Patients and Staff of the Bohnice Psychiatric Hospital announces the work’s device….

BNLMTL 2014 : L’avenir (looking forward) – Louis Cummins, Geopolitics and Institutional Strategies

BNLMTL 2014 : L’avenir (looking forward) – Louis Cummins, Geopolitics and Institutional Strategies

May 15, 2019 [originally published in CV100 in Spring 2015] — By including artists such as Lawrence Weiner and Krzysztof Wodiczko, two pioneers of conceptual art who, in the late 1960s, combined art and social activism, the curators of the Biennale de Montréal 2014 clearly staked out their position…

“Photo Season” at the MNBAQ: What Photography for the Museum? – Pierre Dessureault

“Photo Season” at the MNBAQ: What Photography for the Museum? – Pierre Dessureault

May 13, 2019 [originally published in CV100 in Spring 2015] — “The nineteenth-century dispute over the relative artistic merits of painting and photography seems misguided and confused today”. Does Walter Benjamin’s statement, dating from the 1930s, put a final stop to the debate over whether photography naturally belongs in museums?

Michael Snow’s Bent: Image distortion in 1956 – Robert Fones

Michael Snow’s Bent: Image distortion in 1956 – Robert Fones

May 8, 2019 [originally published in CV100 in Spring 2015] — As a child, I learned from a book on cartooning that my mother bought me that a cartoon character’s body could be distorted or exaggerated to express astonishment or alarm. I vividly recall an illustration in the book of a character with eyes popped out, jaw dropped to the navel, and the whole body stretched vertically…

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From the manipulation of light (through filtering, combination, or diffraction) to work on the supporting medium (film, photographic paper, walls) to searching out pictorial compositions on city streets, a space of exploration opens up for photography around the various manifestations of colour. The result is images that challenge our perceptions. Often, the referent for these works is abstract painting, with its long tradition of experimentation, but the real also bears its share of perceptual ambiguity with regard to the impact of colours.
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Ciel variable 111 - L'ESPACE DE LA COULEUR

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Web exclusive content. Originally published only in French.

Web exclusive content. Originally published only in French.

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