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"Being a father is by far the hardest thing I ever did. I used to think it was hard being an artist. Forget it. It’s duck soup." —Danny Lyon 

If you live in the NYC area and want to meet one of the greats in American photography, Danny Lyon will be on hand at Edwynn Houk gallery this Saturday the 11th for a reception with the artist honoring his latest show: Murals and Montages.

The exhibition opens earlier on the 9th and will feature for the first time thirteen large-scale, 30 x 40 inch gelatin silver prints produced from the original negatives and in conjunction with his master printer and fellow teacher, Chuck Kelton. The photographs will span Lyon’s 50+ year career and be an opportunity for collectors to purchase iconic images in a new size and edition.

My admiration for Danny Lyon’s work is infused with his mission for social justice and equity in society. His writings and personal history reveal this passion clearly. The man behind the viewfinder is more than just a bad-ass photographer, he’s “reaching out to others in the darkness.” —Lane Nevares 

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“In my art, I wish to present myself through multiple lenses — as artist, as Moroccan, as traditionalist, as Liberal, as Muslim.  In short, I invite viewers to resist stereotypes.”—Lalla Essaydi

The work of Lalla Essaydi reminds me why I love photography. Sumptuous, complex, referential and captivating, her images seek the sublime. Underlying this aspiration for a transcendent beauty is a rich intellectual foundation that Essaydi eloquently explores in her writing. To appreciate the depth of her art is to read her statement

These large-scale works from her series “Harem Revisited” and “Bullets Revisited” will go on display tomorrow at Edwynn Houk Gallery in NYC. What we see online cannot reveal the elaborate detail in the intricate (and time consuming) henna calligraphy applied to her models, nor can it reveal the details in her staged sets. The photographs online, however, can lure us into reshaping our ideas of women, Arab culture and what photography can do. Join Lalla Essaydi on this journey. —Lane Nevares

Dream in Color

By Jenny Bahn

Born in the Netherlands and currently residing in New York City, artist Sebastiaan Bremer creates mixed media photographs and collages imbued with the candy-colored  sweetness it seems only nostalgia can bring to memories. His “Schoener Goetterfunken” series is especially beautiful. Each image is manipulated by hand, featuring a cascade of colorful bubbles over ordinarily pleasant and pastoral images. If only real life actually looked like this. To watch a video of Bremer’s process, visit Artlog’s website.

(Photo: Courtesy of Edwynn Houk Gallery)


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“Throughout her life, she behaved as if she had never heard anyone suggest that a woman couldn’t do entirely as she pleased.”—Francine Prose

Motherhood. The Israeli-born photographer Elinor Carucci is no stranger to laying it on the line. In her latest monograph,”Mother”, Carucci takes us on an open journey into being a Mom. As with her other projects, “Mother,” is an affecting chapter of self-revelation. The images will please and upset, but there’s no getting around a search for the truth. 

Parenting, for men and women alike, is a transformative experience. For a photographer like Carucci, balancing the worlds of teaching, shooting commercial work, and staying true to one’s artistic aspirations, motherhood became her muse and her connection to all other mothers. Moms and Dads who view her work will feel it most.

Elinor Carucci’s show opens tomorrow night at Edwynn Houk here in New York, and will be up until the 3rd of May. Carucci will be in attendance and signing books. Looks like it’ll be a “Mother” of a show. —Lane Nevares

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"I find that through the study of women, you get to the heart—the truth—of the culture."—Shirin Neshat 

The first New York solo show for Vienna-based artist, Sissi Farassat, recently opened at Edwynn Houk. Farassat, born in Iran, but reared in Austria, brings a unique fusion of Persian and Viennese influences into her work. A careful study of these photographs, reveals thousands of hand-stitched sequins, crystals and beads she uses to transform her photographs from one medium into another.

Of course, Farassat, isn’t the first to take a photograph, manipulate it by hand, and to create something new. What is wonderful about her work, however, is the attention and the commitment to the idea that a photograph possesses endless possibilities. —Lane Nevares

"This was a remarkable exhibition, Elinor Carucci is hardly the first photographer to turn the camera on herself and the circumstances of her life. But in her best work she is able to communicate moments of psychological intensity so uncomfortable that is difficult to fathom how she can portray herself with such detachment.
Carucci’s world is one of emotional light and dark,
and the snapshotlike images in which she is smiling or laughing (often in the company of her mother) throw into sharper relief the pictures where she appears distraught.” - Edwynn Houk

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