Monday, February 20, 2017

Leica Gallery Boston Presents Darker Than Blue from Grammy-Nominated Artist and Photographer Mathieu Bitton

Leica Gallery Boston Presents Darker Than Blue from Grammy-Nominated Artist and Photographer Mathieu Bitton

Candid black-and-white exhibit features images from Bitton’s world travels as well as famous “Hand Portraits," echoing the artist’s spontaneous photography.
Leica Gallery Boston is proud to present the East Coast premiere of Mathieu Bitton’s photo exhibition, Darker Than Blue. The collection will debut on March 9, 2017 with an opening reception from 6-9pm, and be available for public viewing from March 9 – April 30, 2017.

Bitton, who shot the photographs almost exclusively with his Leica Monochrom Typ 246, sought to capture natural-feeling, unguarded snapshots. “My objective was to show the profound beauty in these very real, everyday moments,” Bitton explains. This contrast is central to Bitton’s Hand Portraits, in which he focuses on his subjects’ hands to illustrate their uniqueness. One snapshot from this series shows Quincy Jones wearing Frank Sinatra’s pinky ring – bearing the Sinatra family crest – which Sinatra wore for 40 years before leaving it to Jones. "I love this photo," says Jones, "Such a special memory."  Additional subjects include Herbie Hancock, Sidney Poitier, Gary Clark, Jr., Dave Chappelle and Melvin Van Peebles. As Bitton notes, “Hands really tell so much about a person, often times even more than their faces do. The wrinkles and calluses tell a story about one’s life and character."

Darker Than Blue features people going about their daily routines in New York City, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, Paris, The Bahamas, and New Orleans. The show as a whole is representative of Bitton’s “always-on” photography style, resulting in high-contrast, high-grain images. “I don’t leave the house without my Monochrom. I don't ever want to miss a moment," says Bitton.

The title of the exhibition, like the style of the photographs, carries on the tradition of documenting black history, subtly connecting the past to the present. Darker Than Blue references a 1970 Curtis Mayfield lyric from the Civil Rights-themed, ‘We People Who Are Darker Than Blue.’ “I've always loved its depth and symbolism and have sought to reflect that paradox of hope and struggle in these images,” says Bitton. “The fist image, 'Prey Power,' represents the continued struggles of black people in the world today and was the symbol of the 1960s "Black Power" movement. With the current political climate, massive protests and unprecedented social uprising, I believe we can find hope and solace in art, whether through film, music, fine art or photography - especially street photography - which in this case, brings the real world to the front lines of social media and gallery walls in major cities."

Bitton also has an extensive history working with musicians, including packaging and album cover design for renowned artists such as Lenny Kravitz, Prince, Miles Davis, Marvin Gaye, Sting, Bob Marley, Stevie Wonder, and James Brown. His next endeavor will be to co-direct a documentary on the life of Prince.

Darker Than Blue will be showing from March 9 until April 30, 2017 at the Leica Gallery Boston. Artist Talk: March 11, 2017 2-4PM. For more information, visit www.leicagalleryboston.com.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

KIM SOBEL - Walking the Wall

KIM SOBEL
Walking the Wall
M Fine Arts is pleased to announce an exciting exhibition featuring Kim Sobel’s colorful cutout works. These vibrant contemporary installations will transport you into another space entirely. This fantastic exhibition will be on display at 
M Fine Arts until March 3, 2017.
Sobel creates paintings using expressive marks and colors in order to make sense of the work. Her paintings move outside of the canvas and include cutouts and mix media installation pieces. Sobel states that, “A painting is inanimate, but I want it to live and breathe.” This statement is apparent as immediately as the viewer steps into the space her works occupy.
Kim Sobel, Cutouts, Mixed Media

Sobel received her MFA from Hunter college and has spent time lecturing and teaching while pursuing her studio practice. She has taught at schools including The New School in New York and Manchester Community College. She has received many prestigious awards and fellowships over her career

For more information on the artist and exhibition visit www.mfinearts.com


Sunday, February 5, 2017

Shoes: Pleasure and Pain at Peabody Essex Museum

Shoes: Pleasure and Pain

On view until March 12, 2017
Located in the: Special Exhibition Galleries
Explore the creativity of footwear from around the globe through more than 300 pairs of shoes, ranging from elaborate vintage designs to those by contemporary makers. This exhibition considers the cultural significance and transformative capacity of shoes and examines the latest developments in footwear technology creating the possibility of ever higher heels and dramatic shapes. Examples from famous shoe collectors are shown alongside a dazzling range of historic shoes, many of which have not been displayed before. The exhibition is organized by the Victoria and Albert Museum, London.
Peabody Essex Museum 
East India Square
161 Essex Street
Salem, MA 01970-3783 USA
V&A
Carolyn and Peter S. Lynch and The Lynch Foundation 
provided generous support. The East India Marine Associates 
of the Peabody Essex Museum provided additional support. 
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