Contemporary Fine Arts is pleased to present the exhibition “90 Jahre 90 Fotos” on the occasion of F.C. Gundlach’s 90th birthday.
For his 90th birthday, F.C. Gundlach has selected exclusively for CFA his 90 most important, best, and favorite photographs from his substantial Oeuvre. Thematic fractures, frictions, and surprises are explicitly intended.
Iconic classics from the legendary German fashion photographer are accompanied alongside free, experimental works: one of them a white, contour-less study; a propeller plane, the Super Constellation type, high above the clouds; a camel train striding across the desert; or the timeless portrait of model Karin Mossberg. Important milestones of European post-war fashion photography are highlighted throughout the sequence of the 90 images: Beginning with the journey through Berlin in the 1950s, to the Haute Couture shows of the great Parisian fashion houses – such as Christian Dior, Pierre Cardin and Chanel – up to Prêt à Porter-styles and the trends of the modern 1960s, the miniskirt and the influence of pop and op art on the fashion collections and above all their photographic production. They are joined by photographs which can be understood as symbols of their relative Zeitgeist: A photograph form 1947 in which a friend is captured as a silhouette in the doorway through the darkness of a church in F.C. Gundlach’s birthplace, Heinebach; the first Porsche 911 of the photographer at the beach in Fanø; the impressive architecture of the Cathedral of Brasilia by Oscar Niemeyer; up to the recording of Uschi Obermaier staged with inflatable dolls from a Pepsi advertisement. The photo journalism of the 1950s and 1960s by the globe-trotting photographer is also presented as well as his artist and actor portraits: From Martin Kippenberger to Romy Schneider.
The 90 photos emanate from a conceivable variety of contexts. The common characteristic being that the photographer himself has included them in his personal “Best Of” selection. The result is a subjective look at 90 years of F.C. Gundlach, which correlates to the wish of the photographer, 90 years-old and transcending fashion photography with his work. F.C. Gundlach is still convinced that the boundaries between applied photography and photography as an art form is to a large extent taken far too seriously.
In addition to the 90 photographic works, the exhibition includes a documentary component which, housed in vitrines covers F.C. Gundlach’s diverse biography and in image and document form depicts his life journey influenced by his work, travel and the people around him. It becomes apparent how photography followed him his entire life – from his first photos as a ten-year-old with a self-timer from an Agfa Clack, to a look behind the scenes of his legendary fashion photography, to his time as gallerist, collector, museum director and benefactor.
Blum & Poe, Los Angeles
September 10 – November 5, 2016
Opening reception: Saturday, September 10, 6 – 8pm
Blum & Poe is pleased to present an exhibition of new works by Los Angeles-based artist Henry Taylor. Including new paintings and a video installation, the works are installed in three unique environments. This is the artist’s fourth solo show with the gallery.
Taylor’s work continues to delve and expand upon the language of portraiture and painting, while also pointing to the social and political issues affecting African Americans today. From racial inequality, homelessness, and poverty, to the importance of family and community, Taylor says, “My paintings are what I see around me…they are my landscape paintings.” His portraits reveal a fascination with the sitters, who are oftentimes portrayed against solid-colored backgrounds, as well as domestic and outdoor spaces. The psychological and physical implications of “space” – public vs. private, interior vs. exterior – is a theme that Taylor explores throughout this presentation.
The exhibition begins inside of an abandoned dirt lot, similar to those from Taylor’s own adolescence, which became playgrounds and gathering spaces for the community. These lots also provided temporary housing, becoming tent cities for the disenfranchised. As a result, they did not go unnoticed and were always policed. Such memories continue to influence Taylor, who turns to both his personal archives as well as found imagery and objects for source material.
Taylor marks the disparity between social classes from one gallery to the next by installing in each space a distinct terrain. An empty, dirt lot beside a lush, grassy lawn inevitably points to the different groups of people who inhabit these spaces. While one space portrays a certain sense of abandon and despair, the other is more about experiencing pleasure and comfort within private property. The subjects in the paintings vary – from scenes of Taylor’s life to imagery inspired by current affairs, candidly depicting the world around him.
On the evening of the opening, a performance collaboratively conceived by Taylor and close friend, Los Angeles-based artist and filmmaker Kahlil Joseph, will take place in the third gallery. This staging will precede the installation of a related video project created by the artists and inspired by Taylor’s encounter with reggae legend Bob Marley. This multi-media and immersive presentation weaves together personal history with collective memory, contributing to our understanding of how public memory has been and might continue to be framed.
Henry Taylor was born in Ventura, CA (1958) and received a BFA from the California Institute of the Arts. Recent solo exhibitions include This Side, That Side, The Mistake Room, Guadalajara, Mexico (2016); They shot my dad, they shot my dad!, Artpace, San Antonio, TX (2015); and a retrospective at MoMA PS1, Long Island City, NY (2012). His work has been featured in group exhibitions in museums worldwide including the Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kunst, Ghent, Belgium (forthcoming, 2016); Astrup Fearnley Museet, Oslo, Norway (forthcoming, 2016); Whitney Museum of American Art, New York NY (2016); Hammer Museum at Art + Practice, Los Angeles, CA (2016); Camden Arts Centre, London, UK (2016); Studio Museum, Harlem, NY (2013); Carnegie International, Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, PA (2013); Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA (2012); Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA (2011); and the Rubell Family Collection, Miami, FL (2011).