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Juno Calypso, 'A Dream in Green', 2015

Photo Vogue Festival

Vogue Italia celebrates the bond between fashion and photography with Photo Vogue Festival, an international event entirely dedicated to fashion photography that will take place in Milan from 22nd to 26th of November 2016. Chaired by the Editor-in-Chief of Vogue Italia, Franca Sozzani, and directed by Senior Photo Editor, Alessia Glaviano, the festival is a…

Richard Galpin: Slow Boom, installation view. Image Courtesy of Cristin Tierney Gallery, New York

Richard Galpin, Slow Boom

Cristin Tierney Gallery in New York is hosting Slow Boom, an exhibition of new works by English artist Richard Galpin (previously featured on Fantom Issue 05, Autumn 2010). In Slow Boom, a phalanx of metal structures – nicknamed ‘crawlers’ – creeps across the gallery forming the artist’s most recent investigations of urban growth. Assembled from actual building…

Guido Guidi, da La tomba Brion di Carlo Scarpa, #16969, 06-09-2006, looking north All Images © Guido Guidi, Courtesy Viasaterna

Col tempo, Guido Guidi in Viasaterna

Fantom is happy to announce the opening of Col tempo – Nei dintorni di Carlo Scarpa, featuring 118 photographs by Guido Guidi. The artist is one of those who from the 1970s onwards laid the foundations for an “Italian way” of observing landscape. The show comprises a selection of his photographs whose subject matter is the…

Mickalene Thomas, “Marie: Femme noire nue couchée”, 2012. Rhinestones, acrylic, oil and enamel on wood panel. Courtesy the Artist, Lehmann Maupin, New York and Hong Kong, and Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. © 2015 Mickalene Thomas / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Mickalene Thomas at Giverny

The dazzling mixed-media works of Mickalene Thomas (featured on Fantom #01) combine rhinestones with acrylic and oil paints to create compositions that often reference iconic works of art from XIX century. In her reimagined renderings, the artist replaces the European subjects with powerful and glamorous African American women, inviting questions about conventional beauty, racial identity,…

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Josiah McElheny, Paintings

Josiah McElheny’s artwork has often investigated the history of twentieth century modernism, in the hope of expanding on the dominant historical narrative. While continuing a dialogue with the history of aesthetics – for their political, ideological, and philosophical implications – Paintings, an exhibition of new work at Andrea Rosen Gallery, represents a shift in McElheny’s…

Capo d’Arte #6, Altrove: Soundwalk Collective. Installation view of the exhibition at Gagliano del Capo (Italy), 2015. Ph. Yu Lin Humm.

Altrove: Soundwalk Collective

You have until August 29th to visit “Altrove: Soundwalk Collective” at Gagliano del Capo, Apulia, Italy. Having now reached its sixth edition, Capo d’Arte returns once more to look into unknown artistic worlds, with the aim of exploring other continents in both geographical and creative terms. The second exhibition in the trilogy of shows entitled Altrove…

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ALTROVE · Soundwalk Collective

Fantom is happy to announce the opening of the second exhibition in the trilogy of shows entitled Altrove (Elsewhere) at Capo d’Arte, the not-for-profit organization promoting contemporary art in Puglia, Italy. Curated by Boiler Corporation‘ partner and Fantom’s co-founder Massimo Torrigiani (artistic director of Capo d’Arte for the period 2014-16), the second show of Altrove…

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Jing Shen · The act of painting in contemporary China

We are happy to announce the opening of the exhibition “Jing Shen. The act of painting in contemporary China” co-curated by Fantom’s publisher and co-founder Massimo Torrigiani at PAC Padiglione d’Arte Contemporanea in Milan. Paintings, installations, drawings, sculptures and videos explore the specific nature of the act of painting in Chinese art through the work of twenty artists from…

“Solo Double Bass”

Raed Yassin at Marsèlleria

On the 10th and 11th of June, Marsèlleria – in collaboration with Fantom – invited Raed Yassin to enact, for the first time in Italy, the performances “The Impossible Works of Raed Yassin” and “Solo Double Bass”. The ongoing performance “The Impossible Works of Raed Yassin”, involving the curators Ilaria Bonacossa, Eva Fabbris and Francesco…

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RAED YASSIN PERFORMS IN MILAN

Fantom invites you to the performances of lebanese artist Read Yassin.   “The Impossible Works Of Raed Yassin”, a performance with Ilaria Bonacossa, Eva Fabbris, Francesco Garutti. June 10th, 2015, h. 6.30/9 pm.   “Solo Double Bass” performed by Raed Yassin. June 11th, 2015, h. 8/9 pm.   Marsèlleria Permanent Exhibition Via Paullo 12/A, Milan marselleria.com…

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Picture Perfect in Viasaterna

VIASATERNA is a new gallery promoting contemporary art by means of exhibitions, projects and public events. The gallery is closely tied to Milan’s cultural context, but it is at the same time oriented towards the new international art world. Its name suggests its origins: Via Saterna is an imaginary street described by Dino Buzzati in…

miart 2015: Maurizio Anzeri’s installation at the Fantom-Marsèll booth

The 2015 edition of miart – International Fair of Modern and Contemporary Art was the second occasion of collaboration between Fantom and Marsèll at the fair. We presented Vapensiero, a site-specific mobile sculpture by London-based Italian artist Maurizio Anzeri. Anzeri is well known for his embroidered photographs and for his hair sculptures, through which he introduced us into his imaginary worlds…

Simon Fujiwara, Studio Pietà (King Kong Komplex), 2013. © Simon Fujiwara, ph. Lance Brewer. Courtesy Andrea Rosen Gallery, New York

Photography Performs

How does photography act? How is it in an act in the making? The exhibition Photography Performs [The Body and the Archive] at the Centre Photographique d’Ile-de-France show how performative photography passes through forms, as the verb perform indicates. It points to the invention of new paths, new ways of crossing through the present times,…

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The Big Manual. Alec Soth meets Lester B. Morrison

As featured in Eye To Eye on Fantom Issue 03 / Spring 2010 A number of years ago I became fascinated by the story of the Olympic Park Bomber, Eric Rudolph. While his bombings were of course despicable (along with Olympic Park he bombed an abortion clinic and a gay nightclub), I’m oddly enchanted by Rudolph’s…

Guido Guidi, Polonia - Eblag, August 7th 1984. © MACK, 2014

Guido Guidi, Veramente

Retracing the distinctive 40-year career of Italian photographer Guido Guidi’s, “Veramente” gathers excerpts of his entire oeuvre spanning from 1959 to the present. Pioneer of Italian landscape photography, Guidi’s body of images highlights the importance of the medium as a process and experience of understanding, and carries out a visual discourse upon the meaning of…

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Roe Ethridge, Sacrifice Your Body

In his latest publication by MACK, Roe Ethridge combines a series of personal documentary images taken in western Palm Beach County and surreal collage works, together with discarded images from a Chanel fashion shoot. The author’s narrative – largely inspired by David Lynch’s approach to film-making and pertaining to the “new school of synthetic photography” – aims…

Hans J. Wegner among his chairs. © Hatje Cantz

Hans J. Wegner, Just One Good Chair

In order to celebrate the one-hundredth birthday of Danish designer Hans J. Wegner (1914–2007), Hatje Cantz dedicates the monograph Just One Good Chair to his groundbreaking career, identified with the production of an unrivalled number of chairs. Trained as a furniture maker, Wegner was capable to push the technical limitations of wood by always giving…

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Marcel Dzama, Puppets, Pawns, and Prophets

The book “Puppets, Pawns, and Prophets” illustrates Marcel Dzama’s solo exhibition at David Zwirner Gallery in London. The artist’s eclectic puppets and masks, a peculiar subject matter that originates from Dadaism and Marcel Duchamp’s influences above all, are presented here in form of drawings, collages, sculptures, dioramas, paintings and video stills. Best known for his…

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Andy Sewell, Something like a nest

Sewell’s new book consists of beautiful landscapes, domestic interiors and still-lives that make up a delicate portrayal of today’s English countryside. The artist explores how our idea of this land, and the pastoral symbolism related to it, intersects with contemporary culture. Sewell goes beyond the clichés in order to create a visual experience in which the…

The Beach, Adler, Sochi region, Russia, 2011. © Rob Hornstra / Courtesy Flatland Gallery

The Sochi Project: An Atlas of War and Tourism in the Caucasus

‘The Sochi Project’ was born in 2007 from the will of Rob Hornstra and Arnold Van Bruggen’s to tell the story of the city of Sochi, Russia, site of the controversial Winter Olympic Games that took place earlier this year. The city is located on the border of the conflict zone Abkhazia and, across the Caucasus…

C.Z. and Max on the beach, Truro, Mass. 1976. © Nan Goldin

Nan Goldin, The Ballad of Sexual Dependency

First published by Aperture in 1986, Nan Goldin’s groundbreaking publication The Ballad of Sexual Dependency – now considered as a contemporary classic – was given new life in a fresh paperback edition with new scans from the original transparencies. Originally presented as a slide projection, this body of work offers an intimate visual portrait of the photographer and…

Alex Webb, Tehuantepec, Mexico, 1985. © Alex Webb.

Alex Webb and Rebecca Norris Webb on Street Photography and the Poetic Image

This is the first release (together with Larry Fink’s) of the new ‘Photography Workshop Series’ edited by Aperture. The series features a selection of the world’s most renowned photographers, who were asked to share their approaches, techniques and insights on photography for the purpose of recreating the workshop experience in a book. Internationally acclaimed for their color…

Paul Kooiker, Sunday #1, 2011. Courtesy Steven Kasher Gallery.

Paul Kooiker

Steven Kasher Gallery inaugurates a new exhibition space in New York with a solo exhibition of Paul Kooiker, previewing his upcoming major retrospective at the Fotomuseum in The Hague, which will open in October. Eleven large-scale color nudes from the artist’s recent project ‘Sunday’ will be presented, together with pieces from the series ‘Hunting and…

Matthew Brandt, Grays Lake, ID 7, 2013, courtesy Yossi Milo Gallery, New York.

Phantoms in The Dirt

The collective exhibition “Phantoms in the Dirt”, hosted at MoCP in Chicago, gathers sixteen artists whose works focus on the mutability of the photographic imagery in relation to the (often invisible) forces that leave their mark on our surroundings: enigmatic remnants and traces, cryptic objects, rugged landscapes altered by human activities. Guest curated by Karsten…

Adolphe Humbert de Molard, Untitled, 1848. © Lance Brewer, courtesy Andrea Rosen Gallery, New York.

Back Grounds: Impressions Photographiques (2)

Hosted at Andrea Rosen Gallery in New York, the exhibition “Back Grounds: Impressions Photographiques (2)” traces a history of conceptual, process-based photography ranging from the early experimentations of the 19th century to the contemporary era. The show, organized with Olivier Renaud-Clément, produces an intimate dialogue between artists Liz Deschenes (Fantom 02, Winter 2010) , Martin…

John Stezaker, Mask XXXIII, 2007. Courtesy of The Approach, London

Somos Libres II

The exhibition “Somos Libres II” – the titles refers to the Peruvian national anthem – presents a selection of works from Mario Testino’s contemporary art private collection, curated by Neville Wakefield. Focusing on the tension between photography and abstract painting, the exhibition includes works by Tauba Auerbach, Richard Avedon, Cecil Beaton, Andy Warhol and many…

Viviane Sassen, “In bloom” for Dazed & Confused magazine, 2011

In and Out of Fashion

Vivian Sassen’s exhibition “In and Out of Fashion”, currently on show at the Fotografie Forum Frankfurt, focuses on the fashion work the Dutch photographer has developed in the past 18 years, alongside her acclaimed artistic career. The presented images – more than 300 pieces between past classics, new work and a site-specific installation – are…